Tablet: Acer ICONIA One

I recently received the Acer Iconia One 10.1 tablet with 32gb memory. I’ve used a number of tablets, including prior Android, iOS, and Windows devices.
AcerOneThe tablet runs on Android 5.1 rather than the newest 6.0 (note, Acer refreshed the tablet after my review, so now the new version comes with Marshmallow).

Some general impressions from looking at and holding the device:

  • The textured plastic back of the tablet looks ok to me and helps maintain decent grip.
  • For the size, the tablet feels a little heavy.
  • The bezels are rather large by current standards.
  • The plastic body creaks and has too much give to it.
Setup was relatively painless. You can skip the Acer account, if you want. I see very little benefit from setting up the Acer account.
Android flowed freely. I did notice that the onboard memory seemed challenged when I was downloading and installing a number of apps at the same time. I kept getting “memory low” warnings, but it didn’t seem to slow performance, which seems fine, overall. Apps opened quickly and performed as expected.
A plus for any Android tablet is the ability to customize the experience in a variety of ways. This one is no different.
I don’t tend to use cameras on tablets, but even so, I was very disappointed with the quality of the 5mp rear-facing camera. Unless you had essentially perfect lighting conditions, the image was too grainy for any normal use.
Screen resolution is a huge “meh.” Images look ok. But with only 1280 x 800 pixels, the screen basically brings up the rear guard in terms of modern tablets.
The speakers seem to be improved from prior versions. They are loud but lack the depth I’m used to with better tablets.
It also has a micro-SD card slot, which I always appreciate. It is easily accessed near the power button along the top of the tablet.
At the end of the day, it’s not a particularly compelling tablet, but it is a reasonable budget tablet for Android fans.
Final: Hate
Note, the Acer ICONIA One was provided to free of charge for review by Best Buy and Acer.

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