Great tablet for everyday use.
Tablets come in many shapes and sizes. Depending on their design, they have different purposes. Some are meant for professional use while others are built to withstand a small child. I have a small obsession with tablets and really love to test out as many as I possibly can. I’m not opposed to any brand or OS and I’ve had the opportunity to test out many options for tablets and in my opinion, there are two levels of tablets – premium and standard. The premium options are the state of the art, top of the line models that sometimes cost as much as a regular computer does. The standard tablets are the ones that many people would refer to as the ‘budget’ options. This Acer Iconia One 8 falls into the latter group.
The Acer Iconia One 8 is a robust tablet that is built for regular use. It has a built-in interface for children so parents can rest assured that their kids are only viewing suitable content. The tablet is built with a 1.3 gHz quad core processor and has 16GB of internal memory with the option to expand to more through Micro SD cards. You can connect to it through WiFi or Bluetooth and it has dual-facing cameras. It comes preloaded with Android 5.1 Lollipop. It’s a powerful standard tablet with a lot of extra features. During my testing, I found that several main areas stuck out to me and I have outlined them below.
Screen & Body
The screen is an 8-inch LCD, which makes the entire tablet small enough to fit into a purse or other bag without having to lug around a larger, heavier case AND the screen is large enough to enjoy movies, reading, and games. The screen resolution is 1200 x 800. I found that it is very nice for reading. News articles from Google News and e-books had beautiful, crisp text. Some images were a little grainy, but I think that had more to do with the image’s resolution and not the screen output. The body of the tablet is a harder plastic material and feels very tough while still keeping the tablet lightweight. This is great for those people who want to allow children to use it. The nice thing is that even though it’s built to be tougher, it has a beautiful look to it. It doesn’t look like a kids tablet. One small issue I had, was that the tablet got warmer the longer I used it. It wasn’t so hot that I couldn’t hold it, but it wasn’t really normal either.
As is the case with most standard tablets, the camera isn’t much to write home about. If you are buying this tablet, though, you are buying it because of its high performance, durability, and portability. The camera is only 5MP and most smartphones exceed that quality level twice over. It’s not bad for recording those precious moments that you don’t want to lose when no other camera option is around, but I wouldn’t use it as a primary photography option.
The quad core processor really gives the tablet some pep and I haven’t experienced any lag with anything I’ve asked the tablet to do. I haven’t done much heavy lifting as far as performance intensive apps go, but I’ve been very happy in general with the way the tablet has performed with everyday tasks like email management, streaming media, and Internet browsing. I do feel that if I tried using Office Suite apps it would probably operate just fine with those as well.
With standard tablets, many people are looking for a larger device to carry their entertainment on wherever they go. This tablet is actually perfect for that. I already mentioned that it’s great as an e-reader because of its text, but it’s also great for listening to music and watching movies. I streamed videos from a web-based subscription service and found that the quality was very clear and there was no stutter.In conclusion, this tablet is a solid option for people who would like a high-performance tablet with an affordable cost.
The Iconia One 8 from Acer is a great daily tablet companion. It’s affordable and it really shines when it comes to basic performance.