A few weeks ago I was invited down to the W Hotel to celebrate the launch of Acer’s new tablet, the Inconia A1. As well as mingling with a mixture of bloggers, tech press, testers (customers who try out new gadgets ahead of release) and other media types I got to find out about the tablet. In tablet land there are three camps; Samsung, Kindle and the master all tablets – the iPad. With those three in sight they are a pretty hard nut to crack, rather like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. That being said, Acer have a real contender to the throne with the new Inconia. At 7.9′ it is aimed at modern day digital creatives who often have to work on the go. It comes in a sleek case that fits perfectly in the palm of your hand. The internal aspects are equally impressive: it has a quad-core processors for faster media performance as well as vibrant visuals on 20.1 cm (7.9â) LED-backlit display with IPS(1) technology and 5MP camera.
The size is perfect, you can hold it on one hand and use it effectively. It is also dinky enough to fit into your bag.
The hook up with Google is a life saver, the Inconia was connected to my email, Instagram, Google Reader and other apps very easily. I love the fact that I get alerts about new emails, Twitter messages and updates as soon as they come in.
It fills the gap between a laptop and smartphone. This works perfectly for me for when I am out and about and do not want to carry my laptop about or when I am at home and I am too lazy to fire up the laptop. It also acts as an extension of my Samsung and makes it easy for me to read news and blogs on a larger screen.
Watching videos on the Iconia is a cinch because it just boots up instantly unlike the Kindle which takes ages to load.
Navigation between apps on is very easy and you can find whatever you want quickly.
The battery lasts quick a while – seven hours on the box – I haven’t actually tested this but I tend to to use it on and off for a good few days before it runs out of juice.
The elasticity feel of the keyboard makes it difficult to type on. I prefer a much sturdier keyboard.
The plastic case gives it a cheap feel which is a shame considering that the Iconia is on par with the Kindle Fire HD except the Kindle looks like a much more quality product.
Internet connection can be a bit iffy.
So as you can see there are a lot of positives about the Inconia and at Â£169 it is a pretty good steal.
The Acer Iconia A1 is available to buy now.
For more information please go to the Acer website.