Customer Ratings & Reviews
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Meeting expectations!|Posted .
First of all, if you are realistic about what this tablet can do given the price point, you will find yourself to be quite pleased. You can't compare the Acer Iconia with say a tablet that a fruity company made that cost 5x the price of this one. You're not comparing Apple to Apple. No pun intended... Pros: - Price - Decent bright screen with IPS display - Good battery life - No capacitive keys on the outer screen (This is a huge plus, since we have another tablet that has 2 capacitive keys, and my toddler keep accidentally touching those keys while holding the tablet, and it would frustrate her) - Good speaker - It has kids mode - Decent camera Cons: - Bloatware - No auto brightness setting for screen - Finding accessories for this tablet will be a tad harder. You will have to settle with generic accessories. Having said this, if you're looking for a tablet just to watch Netflix, or YouTube and check your Facebook or bank account, even play simple games. This tablet will do all of that just fine. If you want to play more elaborate games, I don't think this tablet is for you.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great bang for the buck|Posted .
Acer Iconia One 8 is my first Acer tablet. I have used iPad 1, 3, Air. Also, I have used Amazon Fire and HP Touchpad, so I am very familiar with what tablets are for, their basic functions and purpose. I know I can't compare Iconia One 8 with iPad 3 and iPad Air because there is no comparison. The newer generation of iPads are clearly the kings in this arena. However, not everyone can pay the premium price of the iPad. So, Acer will be the next best thing. Acer Iconia One 8 is definitely better than Amazon Fire, HP Touchpad and other low priced tablets after I tested it for a week. It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop and it has a quad-core processor with 1GB of ram. The screen resolution is acceptable HD quality and the screen is beautiful for its 8" size. The touchscreen is very nice and sense accurate, I hardly make any touching mistake and the screen obeys to my commands 100% and it reacted pretty smooth and fast. This area is a lot better than Amazon Fire tablets for sure. Also, it is surprisingly light weight. I held my iphone 6 Plus and the Iconia in my hands and I feel they are about the same and my iphone 6 plus is 5.5" and Iconia is a 8". I held the Iconia watching Youtube and Netflix movies for 2 hours and it didn't feel any difference from holding my iphone 6 Plus. Not bad at all. Acer put a few of its own apps on the Iconia and they are not that useful. A few of them are kids apps, so I guess they think that a 8" tablet is perfect for kids with small hands or parents will most likely get a small and cheaper tablets to their kids, which makes sense to them. I will not touch them myself, but they don't take up much space either. Cameras on the Iconia are just ok, I wouldn't use it since I take most of my pictures with my iphone, but it is nice to have them when using Skype or google hangout for video chat. Microphone works pretty well, but the speaker isn't that great. I usually need to put it to the max to hear the voice better, but when it is up to the max, voice distorted a little. Not perfect, but acceptable. This is just a 16GB tablet. I can install most of the useful apps from google play and half of the space is gone. So, if you are a movie and music lover, you will need to invest some extra cash for a big micro SD card. I inserted a cheap 16GB card and it works perfectly fine and I use it for music. The looks of the Iconia One 8 is pretty slick and it looks more expensive than it actually is. Built quality feels solid, but I wouldn't drop it on hard floor since it is mostly plastic. If people are looking for an entry level tablet with reasonable price tab that mainly for Youtube, Netflix, Skype, Facebook and common tasks on the go, then Iconia One 8 is a great fit. It works better than those smaller screen smartphones and it is easier to carry around than those full size tablets.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Solid Budget Tablet|Posted .
I have been using this tablet for the past 48 hours. I have previously owned a Nexus 7 (1st gen) and an 8" Asus Zenpad. I measured this device against my experiences with those tablets. Pros: Easy set-up. Was up and running and had the tablet updated with latest software within 10 minutes. Affordable. If you are on a budget, this is a great choice if you are just looking for basic functionality. Functional for most applications. I streamed content (Netflix, HBO Go) without a problem. Worked flawlessly. I also used this tablet to stream content to my Chromecast. Worked great! Cons: Resolution is not great, but sufficient. If this is your first tablet you might not even notice. I had trouble running my favorite tablet game, Plants vs Zombies 2. It couldn't seem to handle the processing power needed and the game slowed down. Overall, for the price, I would not hesitate to buy this tablet. It's a terrific option for a budget minded consumer.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly decent laptop*|Posted .
To be honest, I was not expecting much. Acer did Impress with the build quality. I really like how light the tablet feels in hand. Holding an 8" tablet preferable in landscape mode. Comes preloaded with Android 5.1, 16gb RAM, 1.3 quad processor and 5MP camera. I included a pic I took on the Iconia of our Garden Gnom. Did a decent job for a tablet camera, but nothing close to great. The speakers on the unit are located on the back, bottom. While the occasional finger gets in the way of sound, the actual quality and loudness were pretty good actually. The Iconia tablet uses the 5ghz band for Wifi, in my tests via speedtest.net, I got an average of 90mbs down on a TWC 300MB/s connection via a Netgear Nighthawk X8. You may of noticed the * in the title. That is for the parts of the tablet that fall short in my use with it. To get it out of the way, the biggest complaint I had was with the software. One one hand, I appreciate that Acer included kid friendly apps on the tablet, so you can hand off the 8 to your child for example without fear of them seeing a text, they shouldn't. But on the other hand, some of the apps included are very intrusive. Swiping to the left will show a headlines widget that takes up the entire page. You can customize different headlines to show an all and have weather, but unfortunately, you cannot remove this widget at all. If you delete all the content from the widget, just leaves a barebones eyesore of a widget that asks you to update to show headlines. YUCK. I really wish companies would stop doing this. Android is about choice, the market is FULL of capable apps for widgets that can be deleted when not wanted. I also gave this tablet to my wife to check out and was approved. She uses an older Samsung Tab 7" and also liked the lighter experience. My father in law who uses a generic tablet really thought the Iconia was nice and comfortable to hold and navigate. I would recommend this tablet for the casual user. Power Android user need not apply. With apps centered around kids, I can also highly recommend this table for them as well. Currently priced at $100 with sales here and there ain't bad.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Good starter tablet for kids, seniors, light users|Posted .
Product Model Description: Iconia One 8 B1-850 Wi-Fi Tablet (White) Features: -OS (Operating System): Android 5.1 Lollipop -CPU (Central Processing Unit): MediaTek Cortex A53 MTK MT8163 SoC Quad-Core: 1.3GHz, 64 bit -GPU (Graphical Processing Unit): ARM Mali-T720 MP2, 2 Cores: 520MHz -Storage: 16GB -Supplemental Storage: MicroSD (Secure Digital) Slot -RAM (Random Access Memory): 1GB, 800MHz, LPDDR3, Single Channel -Size: 8.4”w x 5”h x .4”d; Weight: 12.7oz -Display: 8” IPS (In-Plane Switching) 1280x800 pixels, 24 bit -Camera: Front: 2MP/Rear: 5MP -Power: Lithium-Polymer: 4600 mAh (milliampere-hrs.)/17.5Wh (Watt-hrs.) -Connectivity: Wi-Fi (Wireless-Fidelity) 802.11 a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0 w/A2DP, Micro USB 2.0 -GPS (Global Positioning System) Overall: Good low-end budget/starter tablet for kids, sr. citizens, & light users: email, web browsing, light gaming, videos, music, podcasts, & Facebook, etc. Poor audio/volume is the only FAIL. Use Gmail acct. to fully utilize features. Price: You get what you pay for, & you don’t pay much for this; so you don’t get a lot of bells & whistles. This tablet isn’t designed to compete w/hi-end Samsung Galaxy Tabs or Apple iPads. It’s not a laptop substitute or a tablet for getting serious work done. Maybe not worth $99.99 retail price, but definitely worth recent $69.99 sale price. Pros: -Packaging: appealing, simple, & minimalist -OS: Android 5.1 makes transferring files (music, photos, etc.) to/from computer a breeze -Storage: limited internal 16MB memory, but micro SD card slot allows for plenty of memory expansion -Display: not a sharp hi-res 8” screen at 1280x800, but videos & colors look good, though black levels are poor -Battery: good standby time; good for light use, incl. email & web browsing, but not for watching videos or gaming -Browser: Chrome works fine for web browsing -Keyboard: onscreen keyboard large enough & easy to use -Startup: boots slow, but nice sleep/wake function, including EZ Wake-Up 5-finger tap feature -System Doc feature: optimizes memory storage -Kids Center app w/parental control: nice feature -Acer Iconia Suite: not a bad add-on; especially useful is EZ Snap screenshot app Cons: -Setup: limited instruction booklet is fine for avg. user w/smartphone/tablet experience. But if I gave this to my mom, who’s still acclimating to mobile technology, she’d be lost. As this tablet is targeted towards children, beginners, & seniors, better basic instructions would be helpful for novices. -Charging: Micro USB port awkwardly located at top of tablet making tablet use difficult while charging. Power cord is only 31” long, which is TOO SHORT to stretch from an AC outlet to even a low nearby platform. -Audio/speaker: total FAIL! Rear single speaker produces tinny, muffled, distorted sound. No bass. Bottom edge rear speaker location means weak audio further muffled by user’s hand when holding in portrait or landscape mode. Even w/good headphones (std. 3.5mm jack located atop unit), audio is muted, even at max volume. -Cameras: 5MP rear camera & especially 2MP front camera are abysmal. Terrible image quality. Front camera photos: heavy pixilation. Rear camera protrudes noticeably rather than being flush w/back. -Form Factor: lightweight all-plastic case looks/feels cheap; notice some cracking/creaking noise in handling, though textured back provides handy non-slip grip -Display: no ambient light sensor; so e-book reading at night in bed is too bright -Connectivity: Wi-Fi spotty at times (on both 2.4GHz & 5GHz bands) even w/our new Linksys tri-band router. -Bloatware: Acer should reduce bloatware: I was able to delete some, not all. -Speed: full websites can be slow to load (not mobile-optimized sites) w/some stutter/judder during scrolling. Switching between apps & browser tabs may force content to reload. Sometimes noticeable lag between tapping screen item & tablet response. Larger apps like MS Word can take time to launch.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Good Bargain Tablet With Some Flaws|Posted .
Let me preface this with there being two of these in my household, mine (review unit) and my sons. At points in this review i will reference the other tablet as a comparison for flaws i detect in the tablet I am reviewing. This may be more a flaw of the Acer QA process, or may just be a one off issue. My issues may also be corrected with a system reset, but they are not bad enough to go that drastic. Screen: As with any tablet, the screen is the main component. Color accuracy is quite nice and can be adjusted with Acer included application MiraVision. I can not speak to the quality of Miravision on this tablet as none of my display adjustments take. I can not dim the screen outside of MiraVision and the contrast and other settings fail inside the app. As comparison, my sons tablet works flawlessly and he likes the Vivid option on his tablet. Essentially, with my tablet, I have no control over the display properties. This is the reason for the first star docked. Overall viewing angles are very good, and the picture is sharp. 1280x800 resolution. Apps/BloatWare: Acer did a fine job not adding unneeded applications and only enhanced the stock Android experience. The only real exception to this is something Acer calls LeftSwipe (I think, I can't find the name after the initial setup). This is basically a Google Now styles social media hub. I don't use it. There is a set of tools called Acer BYOC. I assume BYOC means Bring Your Own Content. All the apps seem to connect to your PC as your personal cloud. Nothing really earth shattering. The applications under the group are abPhoto, abMusic, abFiles. All three connect to your PC to access the data. There is also Acer portal, kind of a manager of all the ab products. This does involve setting up your PC. I use none of them, but I can see someone finding them useful. Then there is the Iconia Suite. You have Pocket preloaded and can not be uninstalled. You also have EZ Snap, a screen shot tool. And last, but not least, EZ Wakeup. This allows double tap to wake the tablet, two thumb wake, five finger wake, etc. There is also a Kids Center and Kids Center Painter. Both are somewhat self explanatory. Kid center sets up a kid friendly desktop. It is easy to exit, but may be useful for smaller children. The last App preinstalled is System Doctor. Not much of a doctor, but it will show resource usage and give the option to "Optimize" the system. It kills background apps and frees up memory. It also gives you options to clean up cache, history, files, etc. It is a decent tool to be added, but I have others I have used for years. It isn't good enough to make me switch, but a nice add other manufacturers don't include. Hardware: Hardware, without geeking it up too much, I'll hit the important stuff. Expandable storage, very important as there is only 16 GB of space on the tablet. Why manufacturers only give 16 GB of storage on a media consumption device like a tablet boggles the mind. After the OS is loaded, there is minimal storage for apps and media. There is 1 GB of memory, this is something I have never understood with most tablets. Why only 1 GB while so many phones now have up to 6 GB. Yes this is a budget tablet, but many performance quirks could be resolved with just 1 GB more memory. I don't ding a star for the storage/memory, 16 GB is laughable on any tablet, nor the lack of memory as most manufacturers don't offer anything more. Just a pet peeve if you will. Sound: Here is a docked star, of all my media consumption device gripes...placing speakers/speaker on the back of the device is NUMBER 1. Sound is OK at best, but you have to cup your hand around the speaker to redirect the sound for better audio quality. Look and Feel: I like that they leave enough space on the bezel to hold the tablet without registering a touch. The back panel is very plasticy and does not give a quality feel, but it is textured so it has some grip. If you add a case designed for the tablet, hard to find but worth the web search, the tablet looks much higher quality than without a case. Button placement is comfortable and where you would expect it to be. I do have issues in landscape mode where volume up and down seem to be reversed. Camera: Have used once, decent picture for a tablet. Some neat options in the camera to play with. Lasts about 10 minutes, I have not used them since. Performance: The only app I use to test performance is Quadrant. It seems to run on anything I have ver tried it on. This tablet scored a more than respectable 12400-12800 consistently. For reference, my stock Nexus 6P scores over 18000. The only real difference between the two is I/O and cpu scores. i don't hold much faith in performance apps, as the hardware can be tweaked to fudge the scores. But it is a good reference point. Conclusion: For a budget tablet, this is a very solid offering. Don't expect to beat the feel and quality of higher priced tablets, but this tablet will suite the most basic needs and handle some gaming better than I anticipated. I think the 1280x800 resolution allows this tablet to perform better than other tablets with higher resolution because the processor and memory is not as taxed pushing pixels. More memory and storage and this would be a must buy. As it stands, this is a solid budget tablet worth a look especially if on sale. If my display brightness could be adjusted, this would have been a 4 star tablet. My sons i did rate at 4 stars, so Acer QA cost half a star overall. Some day I hope to see budget tablets with 4 GB of memory and 64 GB of storage as standard fare. If companies started rolling out something like that, the tablet market might start growing again. As it stands, not much sets one tablet apart from another. Pros: Good size, easy to handle, good grip. Excellent screen and color reproduction. Not a fingerprint magnet. External storage. No excessive bloatware, the preloaded apps could be considered useful. Cons: Rear facing speaker. Feels plasticy. Acer QA process may not be the best, brightness not adjustable on this tablet. (My sons tablet adjusts just fine) Memory and storage are minimal. TBD: I am not sure if Acer will give much upgrade love to this tablet. Only time will tell on this.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Budget tablet that WOWs!|Posted .
Thumbs up: A positive user experience that’s also easy on the checkbook. Thumbs down: The battery life is a bit disappointing with casual use. A column of stuck pixels appeared after the first 5 minutes of use and never left. Who's it for: “Ultra-affordable” entry-level 8-inch tablet is great for non-demanding users. Setup: Mine came pre-charged from the factory. Peeled off some plastic protectors, powered on the unit, selected my wifi from the drop down list, and I was online within 10 mins. The tablet connects to both 2.4 and 5.0 ghz wifi. You do need a google/gmail account as this is an android operating system. You can easily create an account if you don’t already have one. In the box: Tablet, wall charger and mini USB charging cable. Form Factor: The tablet has a medium sized bezel for the IPS 8-inch screen. It also has a micro USB charging port and a micro SD card slot. The camera on the back slightly protrudes out of the back of the case. Overall impression: Coming from an avid iPad user, I was quite skeptical when this Acer tablet arrived. I kept asking myself how a tablet that costs 5 times less than my iPad be any good. I was pleasantly surprised on how well it performed. Besides learning an android operating system, the tablet was fairly easy to use from the start. There is a bit of “bloatware” that Acer comes preinstalled on the tablet but it doesn’t take away from the overall experience. *I will use the iPad as a model for comparison as the iPad pioneered the tablet genre. FEEL: Upon first picking it up, the weight feels good in the hand, but the plastic back is less desirable when compared to the metal backs of iPads. Mine came in white with a great texture that feels good to hold. There is a slight bulge where the camera is so it doesn’t sit flat on its back. SCREEN: The IPS screen is not bad considering the price point. IPS allows for some extreme viewing angles. The resolution is 1280x800 so its not near Apple’s Retina resolution but good enough where you wouldn’t even notice unless they are side-by-side. The screen doesn’t quite have the super glossy feel of an Apple but its close. The 8” screen size is just the right size to use on the couch and while in bed. Opt for the 10” version if you primarily do video streaming with more than one viewer. I did receive a unit that had a row of stuck pixels so make sure to fully test yours before leaving on a trip with it where it would be hard to exchange for a replacement. SPEED: Switching between apps and web browsing is great for this entry level tablet. The quad core processor and 1gb of ram helps with the zippy feel. The processor is important as this directly relates to how well web pages are loaded and processed. Web pages with a lot of flash can really tax the tablet down. General surfing, facebook, etc is where this tablet works great in. Starting the camera app is usually a good test to its performance. The camera app started in a respectable amount of time where I wouldn’t feel like I missed the photo opp. It's not as instantaneous as an iPhone but it's close. CAMERA: The 5MP camera and 2MP camera is standard these days when it comes to tablets. The camera takes decent photos. The camera works best in bright light situations and not so well in low light. Have a very steady hand when you’re in your home. Keep in mind that this built-in camera isn’t meant to replace your stand-alone camera, but it works for easy sharing of moments onto social media. There also isn’t a flash. STORAGE: The 16gb internal storage is big enough for most music collections but do know that you have the ability to add an additional 128gb by the way of micro SD. This is something I wish iPads had the option to do. BATTERY: It claims a 9-hour battery life. As with all battery ratings, it really depends on how you use it. I haven’t been able to test this 9 hour battery life but I do notice that it drains at a faster pace than my iPad mini. There is also some drain from not using it. I left it at 100% charge before I left for work, and I came back to the device with some drain. There are probably some settings that I could change to prevent additional draining as it's probably constantly refreshing my apps even when I'm not using it. This tablet does not have a removable battery. SPEAKER: It’s very tiny and the sound at full volume is mediocre at best. It’s the most disappointing thing on this tablet. I would invest in some Bluetooth speakers if you were to stream videos or use the headphone jack. Bottom line: This price conscious tablet is great for families who casually play games, stream video and do general web browsing. This tablet does offer a lot of performance for the money. Don’t expect Apple-like smoothness in the user interface,but you wouldn’t be disappointed to use one while sitting on the couch either. I hope you found this review helpful!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great tablet for just about everyone|Posted .
An entry level/budget from Acer packs quite a nice punch that will suit just about anyones needs. With so many tablets on the market, it can be challenging to find one that suits your needs. iPad's are great as are some of the Samsung/LG tablets. Acer's entry level/budget tablet One 8 will, honestly, fit just about anyones needs for a tablet. With a 16GB onboard storage (expandable with MicroSD card), quad core processor and Android 5.1, this will serve pretty much whatever purpose you need. Even though I own an iPad Pro, I think the 8" tablets are the perfect size. I have the iPad Pro for watching movies/streaming so big screen helps. With the 8" tablet, for portability and use, it's spot on in terms of size/dimensions. It'll fit in your purse/backpack without taking up a lot of room and is extremely lightweight. With the Android OS (assuming you're down with Google), you have access to everything you need as far as communication/media/productivity. Standby power is great and should last a couple days or so. I was able to get a good day out of the battery with moderate use. YMMV but I think it's safe to say that battery life shouldn't be an issue for most folks. the screen, despite not being HD or Retina, works well. It's a budget tablet so it won't have all the bells and whistles like higher end tablets have and it's reflected in the price. The cameras are so-so in quality. I think we've all been spoiled with our cell phone cameras and the quality pics they produce. While this can take decent quality pics, don't expect super hi-res images from this. For a sub $100 tablet, I think this is a great pickup for just about anyone really. College student, kids, your parents, even you. While it might not appeal to the techy/dork crowd, for the average person, this unit will do more than suffice. Only "weird" thing for me was the location of the SD slot. It's on top of the tablet. Usually it's beneath the back cover or somewhere enclosed. Not really an issue however with my case on the tablet, little concerned about it accidentally unmounting the card when situated in there. Overall, great piece of technology and, for the price, won't put a huge dent in your wallet.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A Fine Tablet for the Price for Casual Users|Posted .
The Acer Iconia One 8" tablet is a great introductory tablet. It's low price point and decent batter life make it a low-cost way to determine what lever of tablet user you are: a power user or a casual user. For the power user (e.g. a user who will maximize use of the tablet, extensively playing games, using productivity software, etc. Essentially, the screen is always on), this tablet will be underpowered and does experience some slowdown with demanding apps. The casual user should have all of their needs addressed. Checking emails, checking up on Facebook and reading the occasional article, this tablet can completely handle your needs for a very affordable price. Battery Life: 69% of the battery was used in 4 hours and 24 minutes. Half of that time was watching movies on Netflix and Hulu, the other half was using Facebook and playing Asphault Nitro. For the level of use I was giving the machine, with no tweaks to save power, this was an impressive battery. (Pro-Tip: a quick way to lengthen the battery life on most devices with a screen is to lower the brightness, as the screen is typically the biggest power hog, and having a lower brightness reduces the power consumption). What's in the box: the Acer Iconia One, a micro-USB data cable and wall adapter, an Acer support card, and the user manual. Software: The biggest downside to this device is the amount of preinstalled software that can't be removed. There is software included that will suggest apps from the Google Play store. not necessarily a bad thing, but these apps do eat up your battery and may be unwelcome by many. Overall, this is a great starter tablet for a kid, someone who isn't tech savvy, or a casual user. Power users will most likely want to step it up a notch or two. *I did experience one issue when setting up my tablet: the Google Play store started giving me a "server error." to fix this, I had to go to Settings->Apps->Play Store and click "Clear Data," then "Force Stop." I then restarted the Google Play Store and everything was back to normal. I doubt this was the fault of the tablet, but it is worth noting the solution.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Reactive and quick for a low power tablet|Posted .
Let me start with this. For the price point this tablet is sold at it is a very decent build quality. The materials feel nice in the hands and the tablet has a little bit of weight to it so it does not feel cheap or flimsy. The body of the tablet does have a little bit of flex to it if you stress it at all but for what your paying for its better than I would normally expect. With that said overall this tablet seems really nice. It's not top of the line but it also does not feel like its bottom of the barrel either. It is fairly responsive when you want to do stuff and it reacts to simple web browsing and simple games well. One thing I would like to note that even though this is not a completely stock build of android 5.1 lollipop it is very close in form fit and function, and I love that. There is very very little in the way of bloatware apps and Acer does a great job of staying true to android roots with this tablet. It also looks like Acer uses the standard stock Android interface which is nice because if you have used stock android anywhere else you don't have to do a bunch of searching to find settings or other things in menus that you may be looking for. Overall I would say if you are looking for a cheap tablet that you don't want to feel overly invested in but still get good performance and a decent looking piece of hardware this is a good place to start. I give it a 4 out of 5 only because I am not a huge fan of the USB port on top of the device and next to a micro SD card slot. Otherwise this is a great tablet.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Really impressed|Posted .
Very impressed with this tablet. Don't let it's size fool you. Not only has this handled every game and app I've thrown at it, but it's battery life has also been great. I've been using it off-and-on for the last three days and just now needing to charge it again. I've tried several modern games from the Google Play store, and it plays them very well. One thing I was a little turned off by at first was the lack of physical buttons on the front of the device. You swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal the typical Android buttons. I found myself not missing them at all, with the exception of maybe turning on the tablet. Acer has a great answer though. Not only do you have the typical side power button that can turn on the device, but you can also use a gesture they've implemented and place five fingers on the screen to turn it on. Awesome. Also have to say a quick note about the back. I really like the feel of it. It feels and performs like a premium Android tablet. Really happy with this one.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Acer's great budget friendly tablet is pretty nice|Posted .
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 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 falls into the latter group. The most important thing to remember with this type of tablet is that it's not a premium model. That being said, for a standard tablet, it's got some really good features and pep to it. I have considered some of the most important features with tablets (in my opinion) and 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. In testing this tablet out, I found that it has a very nice screen for viewing text. 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. I did find that the longer I used it the warmer it got. The tablet charges via a Micro USB cable, which is provided. CAMERA 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. PERFORMANCE The Iconia One 8" has some impressive performance specs underneath its shell. 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. ENTERTAINMENT With standard tablets, many people are looking for larger devices 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.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is a really nice tablet for the price range.|Posted .
I have owned several mid to high range tablets in the past several years, and so I have experience using tablets, and have something to compare this tablet to. This tablet holds better in the hand than another 8" tablet that I own, the side bezels are smaller, and so it is a bit easier to grab, compared to a slightly wider tablet. The power and volume buttons are on the upper right area, and have a nice feel to them. The charging port is on the top area just above the camera, I did not expect that, but it charges just as easy as the more common lower area charging port. This tablet does have both 2.4 Ghz and 5.0 Ghz connectivity, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. This tablet has Android 5.1 and has the built in Google Voice search app, which has the newly added music identifying option. When opening Voice Search, at the bottom right is a music note, click on it and the app will identify music that is playing, this option requires internet connectivity to function. Previously it was necessary to download a separate app to identify music. The camera on the back does stick out a small amount, it does not bother me at all, and it kind of makes the tablet raised up just a bit when it is sitting down, making it a bit easier to pick up, compared to a tablet that sits completely flat. This tablet has 16 Giga Bytes of built in memory, and also a Micro SD card slot to add more memory. Overall, this is a really nice tablet for the price range.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Really Nice Tablet|Posted .
I have been using my Iconia One for a little over a month now and it's super sleek and built with a rugged look and it's lighter than other tablets on the market. It does take some time to acclimate to functionality like switching between apps. The camera is awesome, you'll see a picture I took of some decorations on my table and it has a great camera for being such an affordably priced tablet. I do like the suite of office applications like a presentation app, document app for typing research papers and some others I haven't needed just yet. This is definitely a good start for a college student who needs a tablet to take notes on or to just keep around the dorm. I haven't looked up accessories for my tablet yet but it has a neat back cover that makes it look rugged so I almost don't want to put it in a case because of that. Overall an okay tablet I did find that it doesn't hold a charge very long so I have to plug it in often to make sure it's charged for when I need to use it. I watched a video of an Orca on it recently and I felt immersed in the video almost as though I was presently in the video so the picture quality is pristine!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Good Simple Tablet for New users/children|Posted .
This review is for the Acer Iconia One 8inch Tablet, a summary has been provided at the end if you want the quick details. As an overall tablet, this tablet is about a 2.5/5. However, for what I believe this tablet can be used for it gets an .5 star bump. I would recommend this tablet for anyone who is looking for a very affordable tablet that they can use for basic tasks like e-mail, websites, YouTube. It will allow you to do those things on a larger screen than your phone. Target Users: Tight budget, children, starter tablet. Design (4.5/5): Looks nice, I can hold it in one hand, and it looks more expensive than it really is. Uses the universal Micro-USB charging port on top. Has a microSD slot which allows for memory expansion, which is a huge plus. Standard volume/lock buttons on side of screen. Headphone jack it on top. Functionality (3/5): This tablet will allow you to do basic functions. It is not meant for the power user. The touch screen is not nearly as responsive as an Apple iPad, nor is it anywhere near as fast. However, it is not painfully slower either. If this is used by a new user or child, the response is negligible. In addition, if you download apps like NetFlix or load videos on to the tablet it can entertain children for hours on a long car or airplane ride. As a new user who is looking to get in to the tablet game, you wont be too disappointed unless you compare it to a higher-end Samsung or Apple tablet. But you are saying $100s by purchasing this device. Camera (1/5): The front and rear are terrible, especially this day in age. Very blurry and the front-face camera offers the poorest image quality I've seen since an early 2000s digital camera. Since this is an android tablet, it does offer editing and filters built in to the camera application. I personally never use my tablet for taking pictures, but I do use it to video chat and this would make that a bad experience. Software (4/5): This is an android tablet so it follows the standard Android format. Its more complex and customizable than the iOs system so this is great if that's what you are looking for. Android users will find familiarity using this tablet, whereas Apple users will have a learning curve, but I personally think its relatively easy to get used to. You can also access the Google Play store which offers a plethora of apps from games to education. You won't be missing out of application availability. That being said, Android is definitely more complex than Apple's iOs so if you are looking for the most simple and straightforward software, Apple is more toward your interest. Last note, since this is Android, you will need a free Gmail account in order to fully utilize this tablet, otherwise you will be very limited in your use. Battery (4.5/5): I get more than enough use with a fully charged battery, but I do not use this tablet nearly enough to give a great description of how it lasts with high-usage. Summary (Overal 3/5): The chrome browser works well and surfing was a breeze. I had full access to my email and was able to watch any video on YouTube. If you are on a tight budget and want a very basic tablet, this will do the job. If you are looking for a regular use tablet that can handle power-use, you need to look elsewhere, such as Samsung, LG, Apple, etc. This tablet would be great for children to keep them entertained. They can play games, watch videos, etc with ease. Also, due to the price they can abuse it and it won't hurt the wallet nearly as much as the much higher priced iPads. If you value the use of a camera, you also want to look elsewhere, the cameras built-in to this tablet are laughable at best. I would only recommend this to a new-user or parent purchasing for a child. If you are on a budget and can save up for an iPad mini that is a generation or two old, you will probably be happier.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Acer Inconia One is a good tablet for cheap.|Posted .
This tablet uses an android Lollipop Operating system. First time users of the android system will do well to get a google account to make setting the Iconia up easily (you will need a google account to update and install apps from the Google play store). The tablet was charged up to about 70% when I received it but I went ahead and charged it the full amount so I wouldn’t have problems setting it up. I previously had experience with android OS as I have had Galaxy S6 phones. Set up is similar and is very easy. When starting the first time the wizard walks you through step by step setting it up and asking questions, such as Wireless network, google account info etc. I had mine running in under 10 minutes. I visited the play store to see all of my previous purchases and free apps I had downloaded. I scrolled through and picked the ones I wanted (once you buy from play store it is yours and can be transferred to other android devices). The screen is crisp and clear, it measures 4.25 inches by 6.75. The unit itself is 5 inches by 8 inches. It utilizes 1280 x 800 pixels. The body is a little bigger than an IPad mini but the screen on the Iconia is just a little bit smaller. There are a few Bloat ware items that come stock as well as links to apps you can download BUT was not a problem to get rid of. Unlike the bloat ware on my Galaxy S 6 which can’t be removed unless it is rooted. One nice app that is loaded is for kids (Kid Center), my daughter loved it. There are a few apps inside of the program that runs and only lets them see kid related material. The app can also be locked so your child can not exit it unless they know the code. The Iconia comes with a quad-core Intel Atom Z3735G processor clocked at 1.38GHz and 1 gig of ram. Opening numerous apps and jumping back and forth multitasking was no problem. A boon to this unit is the ability to add Micro SD cards to offload apps or data. If you are in the market for 1 keep this in mind as SD memory is cheap and it might save you money to just buy a 64 GB SD card and save money on the difference between the 32gb and 64 GB units. It can take up to an additional 128 GB. I have my docs stored in a google drive and am able to easily edit or create new ones for work productivity on the go without having to bring along a laptop. The front and rear cameras are nice but the front camera is only .3 mega pixel which is ok for a low quality selfies or ok for video calls. The rear camera is 5mp. I tested the blue tooth with an OBDII Bluetooth unit I plugged into my car to read statistics with. It connected almost immediately and I was able to see all the dials with clarity immediately. In closing this is a great little unit that can be had for under $100. Great as a gift or for personal use.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good but small|Posted .
This tablet is small and easy to use. It syncs to your Samsung account which makes downloading and customizing easy. My husband is not tech friendly and he easily set it up then said "it's similar to my galaxy 4". If you can use a cell phone, you can use this tablet! I was a little frustrated that they don't make any cases that are compatible .I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 2 out of 5 stars
Tablet is Good for Day to Day Usage|Posted .
Acer Iconia One 8 At a Glance - Acer BYOC Empowered - Android 5.1 - Resolution of 1280 x 800 HD - Wide Viewing Angle - Dual Cameras (5MP rear and 2MP front) - Micro SDXC Compatible (up to 128GB) - Iconia Suite - MTK MT8163 (1.3GHz, quad-core) - 16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM - 8" IPS - 17.5 WH battery - WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n - Bluetooth 4.0 Package Contents - Acer Support Card - Tablet - Product and Safety Information - International Travelers Warranty Passport - Limited Warranty Agreement - AC Adapter - USB to Micro USB Cable Testing/Setup - Setting up the tablet is pretty straight forward and typical as far as Android setup goes - Option to set up Acer Portal (cloud, support account, updates, etc.) - Comes pre loaded on the screen with some games but you can remove them - Comes loaded with some Acer bloatware - Battery started at 80% when I first powered it on which I had it drain to 2% with a typical days usage (I had to charge the next day) - With it having 16GB of internal storage and all the apps and operating system, it was about 10.05GB available for me to fill up - Sound output was on the back bottom of the device which in my opinion made the sound quality terrible. It sounds muffled or monotone and if you don't have a stand or anything for the tablet, you basically won't hear anything. Turning the volume to the max made it sound even worse. - Sometimes the finger touch of the screen recognization isn't the best - Screen quality isn't bad but there isn't much to mention as far as pros go - Camera is not great. If you are planning on taking pictures with this tablet I recommend getting another product. But to be honest... Why would you use your tablet to take pictures. Sure once in a while here and there it isn't bad, but if you are hoping to get glamorous pictures from the camera I would look elsewhere. The camera does offer the settings of film strip, panorama mode, face beauty, motion track, and live photo. Camera has typical functions such as auto smile, HDR, color effects, etc. - When downloading an app on Google Play, the tablet would become "slow" or "lag" - Randomly had a glitch where the Google bar (widget) turned into a box and said "Problem Loading Widget". A restart fixed this problem. - The best thing I found that this tablet could do for my day to day usage was propping it up someway somehow and watching a movie or YouTube video. Conclusion - I would recommend this tablet maybe for perhaps kids or someone that doesn't expect too much from the tablet. Depending on what the MSRP is, that would be where your decision would have to come to. If it was lets say, $100; then it might be worth it to get for just a daily usage tablet for things like playing a game here and there or watching a movie/clip. If you are looking to have it perform and last throughout the whole day and enjoy the sound that it produces, I would maybe save the $100 and invest on a different tablet. Long story short, the tablet falls short on list of tablets I have used in my time. I have an old (1st gen I believe) iPad Mini and it outperforms this Acer Iconia 8. With the technology that we have nowadays, Acer shouldn't have a problem putting out something better in my opinion.No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Rated 3 out of 5 stars
Hit and miss|Posted .
This is a great cheap gift for someone who doesnt have a tablet. The screen is amazing, color reproduction is great and the picture is super clear. The processor is very quick and it has no problems streaming video. As for the cons, the speaker quality is poor, its too big to fit comfortably in your hand and it feels like a budget tablet.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good tablet for the price--especially for kids|Posted .
The best thing about the Acer Iconia One 8" tablet is the price. Finding a tablet that works well and is reliable for under $100 is an amazing thing these days, particularly if you have several young children like I do. You can get one of these for three children for the same price as an ipad mini. To be clear it's NOT an Ipad mini, but it is a solid tablet that can run most anything. The tablet itself is attractive--white plastic with a good looking screen. It's light and easy to hold. If you are going to let young children use it I do recommend a solid case, as the tablet is plastic and will bend (and likely break) if put under too much stress. The instructions recommend charging it out of the box, but mine came fully charged (I have no idea if this is typical or not). Set up was a breeze--it walks you through step-by-step and takes less than five minutes. It's an android operating system so it uses the google play app store. You can also link it to Amazon's app store fairly easily. There are quite a few links to "recommended" apps already on the tablet. They are easy to install if you're interested, and easy to remove if you're not. The screen itself is good, with bright, vivid colors. I tested a high definition movie through the Vudu app, and while it played, it did not look great. Less than HD videos played perfectly fine, and looked as good as they could. In my experience kids do not mind at all if the video quality isn't excellent, so this may or may not matter, but if you're particular about having the best video quality you probably want to look elsewhere. I tried a couple of game apps (the farm app and a star wars game) and the video quality on those was outstanding, with no noticeable chop or washing out of the picture. The processor is good enough that games played very smoothly, even when a lot was happening on screen. I did notice with extended game play (an hour or more) the tablet did get warm. Not so hot as to be uncomfortable to hold but noticeably warmer--this happens near the camera so I'm assuming that's where the processor is located. Speaking of the camera, it's not great and subpar when compared to more expensive tablets. Kids won't care, but most tablets these days have better cameras than this, so it is a knock. There is a minimum of memory on the tablet, but it is expandable. You are limited by which apps allow themselves to be stored on a memory card (many don't), but the expanded memory slot is fantastic for storing movies to watch on long car trips. You can find micro SD cards up to 128mb, which can hold hundreds of hours of movies--perfect for long car trips. The description states the battery should last about nine hours with extended use. The longest I used it (between myself and my kids) was about three hours, but the rate it was using the battery looked to be about right for lasting nine hours overall. It uses a micro USB charger for charging, which is great since nearly everything in our household does as well. It's easy to charge either in a car or at home. A wall-charger is included. Overall if you're looking for a cut-rate tablet that works well you can't go wrong with this one--particularly since it has a one year warranty on parts and labor. It's especially recommended for kids.I would recommend this to a friend