Acer Iconia Tab 7 A1

Acer"s Iconia series of tablets has been in the market for some time and the Taiwanese manufacturer is not a stranger to lớn this space. The lakiểm tra khổng lồ hit the retail shelves is the Iconia A1-713. The tablet costs around Rs. 13,000 và has a mediocre specifications danh sách. However, its USPhường is its support for 3G data & voice calling. We try to find out if it is worthy as a tablet that can also make calls.

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Look & feelThe Acer Iconia A1-713 looks like any other 7-inch Android tablet in the market today. The uninspired design doesn"t attract too much attention.

The front is dominated by the 7-inch screen with thiông xã borders on all sides. While the tablet is mostly made of plastic, Acer proudly advertises the metallic finish on the rear. It looks premium but the finish actually makes the rear slimy & we had to be extra careful not lớn drop the device. The Iconia A1-713 has dimensions of 193x116x8.95milimet & weighs 305g.


Above sầu the display are the front-facing camera, earpiece, a few sensors, and a notification LED. The Iconia A1-713 uses on-screen buttons for navigating through the operating system. The volume rocker và the power button sit on the right edge. The microphone và the Micro-USB port are on the bottom & there is a 3.5mm jack on top. On the bottom of the rear is the loudspeaker và on top is the protruding rear camera. The upper segment of the rear is removable, và reveals the SIM card và the microSD card slots. The cover is a thin strip of plastic that flexes easily and is very flimsy.

Specifications & softwarePowering the tablet is a Mediatek MT8382 quad-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz with the older Mali-400MP GPU integrated. There is 1GB of RAM for running applications, and 16GB of internal storage which can be upgraded by a further 32GB using a microSD card.

The Acer A1-713 is a voice-calling tablet and accepts a single Mini-SIM card. It can connect to lớn networks operating in the 850/900/1800/1900/2100MHz frequency bands, which includes 3G. The other connectivity options include Công nghệ Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi b/g/n. Also, there is a 2-megapixel rear camera and a card VGA front-facing camera.


The 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024x600 which translates to lớn a pixel density of 169.5. This is probably the worst screen we"ve sầu seen on a 7-inch tablet till date. Individual pixels can be discerned, text is fuzzy, và there is slight discolouration when viewed at an angle. Viewing angles và sunlight legibility are very poor too. Moreover, the screen is almost as reflective sầu as a mirror.


The tablet runs Android 4.2 out of the box, but there an update lớn KitKat is readily available. Apart from a few changes khổng lồ the lockscreen and icons, the update is not visually too different from Android Jelly Bean. Before the update, we could only unlochồng the device from the lockscreen, but after it , there were also shortcuts to the camera tiện ích và two of Acer"s own apps - Photo lớn & Remote Files. Both require the user to be connected khổng lồ Acer Cloud for which the user needs lớn create an Acer ID. Just like the Nexus 7, the Acer A1-713 doesn"t have sầu tablet-specific software additions such as a multi-windowed mode.

However, Acer includes an tiện ích called Quiông xã Mode when lets you switch between Basic, Senior và Default modes, which are simplified interfaces that borrow heavily from Windows Phone"s style. In the basic mode, the user has quiông xã access to six favourite contacts và a choice of three apps. Similarly, the Senior mode, which we presume is made for the elderly, provides direct access to a few relevant apps. You have sầu lớn mix a PIN code và use it every time you want lớn change any settings, which is frustrating but is meant lớn prsự kiện people from inadvertently changing settings they don"t understand. You can use this to lớn lochồng down functions so the device can be given lớn children or unfamiliar users without worry.

Apart from the Quick Mode ứng dụng, there are a total of 17 third-party apps, most of which can be uninstalled. These are mostly non-intrusive sầu và a few are in fact pretty useful.

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CameraIt seems pretty clear to us that both, the 2-megapx rear camera and the card đồ họa front-facing camera, are mere add-ons and you would be better off forgetting they exist.

The rear camera doesn"t have sầu auto-focus. The captured images have sầu smudged details and the colours are also slightly off. For those interested (we don"t know why), it can also capture videos at a lowly 480p resolution. Take a look at the full resolution sample photograph captured by the rear camera khổng lồ see for yourself.


(Cliông chồng for full size)PerformanceThe Acer Iconia A1-713 is slow to boot, & there is a very slight but perceptible delay when the phầm mềm drawer is opened. However, apps opened and closed quickly without any issue.

The benchmark numbers aren"t great either. The Iconia A1-713 scored 15840 & 5755 in AnTuTu & Quadrant respectively. In the GFXbench thử nghiệm the Iconia A1-713 returned a score of 6.4fps and in the low-cấp độ 3DMark Ice Storm chạy thử it scored 2904. The tablet cannot play graphically intensive 3 chiều games without lagging.


We played a few videos encoded at different resolutions. The heavily encoded 1080p đoạn Clip stuttered badly. Moreover, the screen"s chất lượng made watching it it a bad experience. The loudspeaker is adequately loud for a tablet. There are no bundled earphones but with our reference headmix we found that the sound quality was decent. The phone had absolutely no problem in connecting lớn a 3G network and the connection was pretty solid throughout our journey in a Mumbai local. In our đoạn phim loop chạy thử for battery life, the tablet lasted us 7 hours, 7 minutes. This is normal by tablet standards.


VerdictPriced at Rs. 12,999, the Acer A1-713 is characterised by sluggish performance, a terrible screen & unexciting software. Those wanting a great tablet experience are bound khổng lồ be disappointed. The only redeeming factor is its solid voice-calling capability. All things considered, we think the Hãng Asus Fonepad 7 Dual SIM (reviews | Pictures), Flipkart Digiflip Pro XT712 (review | Pictures) & HP Slate 7 are much better options. More importantly, they are cheaper. We might have sầu been okay with this tablet if it had been priced below Rs. 10,000.