CNET First Look
Acer Iconia Tab 8 looks better than it behavesThis affordable 8-inch tablet's high-end aesthetic can't hide its lackluster performance.
[MUSIC] Shopping on a budget doesn't always mean settling for a homely piece if hardware. I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNet and this is the first look at the Acer Iconia Tab 8. This eight inch tablet weighs a little less than a pound and it 8.5 millimeters thin. That's as thin as the Nexus 7. It's comfortable to hold and I found it very portable. [MUSIC] It has an aluminum back, reminiscent of the Apple iPad Mini, and is offered with a white front facade. There's a micro SD slot on the left edge, expandable up to 32 GB. And the power and volume buttons are on the right edge. Located on the top of the tablet is the headphone jack, micro USB port and micro HDMI cord. These days a micro ACMI port is a rare feature, so it's a refreshing sight on the Iconia Tab 8. On the back there's a speaker on the bottom edge which is fine in portrait mode, however when you flip it over it's easy to block with your hand. The tablet comes preloaded with some software that you can't delete and features the Touch Wake Up setting, which lets you unlock the screen by either placing two thumbs or five fingers on the screen. Running Android KitKat 4.2.2, it houses a 1.33 gigahertz, quad-core Intel Atom processor with. Two gigabytes of ram. That's one more gig of ram than what's typical in this price range and the extra boost is evident. When navigating the user interface and switching between apps performance is fast and smooth. Large apps and games take a while to launch but tend to run fine once loaded. It's. Screen has a HD 1920 by 1200 pixel resolution display. HD video looks sharp enough and the touch screen display responds consistently to taps and swipes. Considering the rear camera is only 5 mega pixels, the photos come out evenly exposed and in focus with the. Steady hand. The front facing 2 megapixel camera is surprisingly sharp, but usually grainy. During my time with the tablet its battery life was pretty weak. [MUSIC] With heavy use, the tablet only lasted about four to five hours on a full charge, depending on your activity. And it drains quickly if using large apps while running apps in the background. Conclusively, Iconia Tab 8 is a stylish tablet that's fine for basic use, like surfing the web or loading up with your favorite media. For viewing on the go, but with faster performing models only a bump in budget away, it doesn't provide compelling enough reason to pick it over comparable products. For CNet, I'm Xiomara Blanco and this has been the Acer Iconia Tab 8.