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conclusion:We're mixed

70

Despite its sub-$200 MSRP, the A1-830 might not deliver enough to justify buying it instead of better (albeit more expensive) 7-inch tablets like the stellar Nexus 7. With a resolution of just 1,024 x 768, PC Mag says the display feels "dated" and not "particularly sharp, and colors are on the dull side." It does offer decent performance, but CNET says "performance lags if multiple apps are open or if multitasking" which may present an issue with continuous or heavy usage. Taking some design cues from the iPad mini, the A1-830 is "well-built and attractive" according to Computer Shopper, with Android Central agreeing that it is "one of the most well-built Android tablets available today." But design is the only thing it really shares with the iPad mini -- the A1-830 doesn't deliver anything close to the same performance or battery life.

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Critic reviews

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    8.1
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    7.4
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6.0
PC Mag Mar 31, 2014

The Acer Iconia A1-830 is notable for how closely it hews to the iPad mini's design, but it's also a serviceable budget-friendly Android tablet in its own right.

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6.0
CNET Apr 1, 2014

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.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 8, 2014

For $179, the Iconia A1-830 is an affordable tablet that offers a fairly big screen for a low price. We also like the metal back, which gives this slate a sturdier feel than some other low-cost slates. Unfortunately, the somewhat dim screen and below-average battery life may give some pause.

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9.0
SlashGear Apr 7, 2014

If you want a new tablet with Android and a set of specifications that are more than worth their price and you're not about direct spec-for-spec comparisons, the Acer Iconia A1-830-1633 is your winner.

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7.0
PC World Australia Mar 21, 2014

Acer has made a decent tablet with the A1-830. It looks like an Apple iPad Mini — which is a good looking tablet — and it will easily perform most tasks without any trouble. Furthermore, the $249 price is attractive.

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8.0
Android Central Mar 31, 2014

With an exponentially nicer build quality, a unique 4:3 screen ratio and a nearly-untouched Jelly Bean experience, the 830 is a fine device. At just $180, it’s a fantastic buy for the casual or new tablet user.

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7.0
Computer Shopper Apr 14, 2014

This 7.9-inch Android tablet, an unabashed iPad Mini clone, is built well and looks good, but battery life is among the trade-offs for the under-$200 price.

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8.0
Notebookcheck Apr 7, 2014

Acer has taken a lesson from the feedback of the first tablet and has launched a considerably more sophisticated tablet on the market with its Iconia A1-830. That will please everyone looking for a tablet equal with Google's Nexus 7 but want an expandable storage and a better camera.

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6.0
Digital Trends Apr 1, 2014

Acer’s latest budget tablet is attractive if you crave that iPad look, but underneath, it’s underpowered and overloaded with pre-installed apps.

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Engadget Jan 4, 2014

It doesn't look half bad, either, although the plastic which encroaches the top edge, framing the camera, kind of ruins the upper-end look. The screen appears to be relatively good quality and it feels solidly built. With a noticeably thin profile, it gives a good first impression.

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TechRadar Feb 13, 2014

The new A1 does look the part and, while its spec sheet is clearly designed to hit a precise price point, it's really great option if you want a device that has a 7.9 instead of a 7-inch display.

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