The Good The $179 Acer Iconia A1-830 is stylishly thin and performs consistently smoothly during casual use. With a smooth aluminum back, it feels solid yet comfortable to hold, and it has a microSD card expansion slot.
The Bad It runs an older version of Android; performance lags if multiple apps are open or if multitasking; the screen resolution is low for today's standards; it no longer offers a micro-HDMI port.
The Bottom Line The Acer Iconia A1-830 is a sleek and simple tablet for basic use, but you need only spend $50 more to upgrade to a slate with faster performance and better features.
A simple and stylish affordable tablet
The Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet is the designer handbag knock-off of tablets. It looks like a high-end purchase, but it simply -- and fashionably -- fulfills basic needs at a reasonable price. The 7.9-inch slate resembles anat first glance, with its sleek white-and-silver design, but upon closer inspection, it's nothing special-- unless you consider a chic and functional $179 tablet exceptionally noteworthy.
Though the A1-830's slick look is a significant improvement over its chunky predecessor, the Acer Iconia A1-810, its performance shows only a slight upgrade, and its specs don't hold a candle to those of its competition, such as the or the , which start at the relatively low price of $229.
If you must stick to a sub-$200 price range, a bevy of other budget tablets offer similar options -- unless you're an aesthetic hound. Still, if your needs are basic (no bells and whistles) and you equally appreciate both fashion and function, then the Acer Iconia A1-830 is a stylishly simple bargain buy.
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