deals8" acer iconia tablet with 16gb memory for $99…

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This got my attention because ive been considering the nexus 7 for so darn long. when i saw this offered up, right away i tried to find some reviews and found this one from reviews.cnet.com:
Just FYI, please read with a grain of salt. others might find that this will perfectly suit their needs and are probably totally happy with it.

"The good: The Acer Iconia A1-810 has a low price, runs the latest version of Android 4.2, and includes an expandable storage option and a Micro-HDMI port.

The bad: The tablet is thicker and heavier than other small tablets and uncomfortable to hold in one hand. Its screen could be brighter, and the front-facing camera takes washed-out, blurry photos.

The bottom line: The Acer Iconia A1-810 goes low on price, but the Google Nexus 7 costs about the same and is still the tablet to get with its sharper screen and more comfortable build."

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@wuwee: If you are looking for a good value comparison to the Nexus 7 you should really take a look at the Hisense Sero 7 Pro which can be found on sale for a similar price to this Iconia Tablet.

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@mammlouk: EXCEPT...8GB on the Hisense. This limits the number of Apps you can keep installed as the expandable storage is for content, not Apps.

I always see people saying to get the Sero Pro, but this hugely limiting factor is always conveniently left out.

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@morriea: Fair enough, but when you're shopping in the budget category you have to trade off somewhere. I'd rather have less onboard storage than crummy specs.

If I were to make another recommendation that has higher storage capacity it would be the Barnes and Noble Nook HD/HD+ line up. The bigest let down there would be if you want a camera. I personally don't need cameras on a tablet and the nooks have beautiful displays.

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so the ram and processors are fast. nice tablet....but....the screen brightness could be an issue for some. considering a lot of people run on medium brightness, then they would be fine. but I like mine on the highest it will go. these look like they are on half way when they are on full. as for the rest of the tablet, they are just fine. yes thick, yes lots of bezel. but for a kid or entry level tablet? very nice...overall 7.5 out of 10

p.s. back camera is ok. front is weak. but still works for skyping and stuff

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@sabby2000 ...
i just might make the move because of this ...
"for a kid or entry level tablet? very nice...overall 7.5 out of 10"
mine can wait. i'd like my daughter to have one though ... think im gonna make the move. would also be a good opportunity to see exactly how much use and how much i can do with one of my own.
@mammlouk & @morriea ...
great points! thanks!

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@morriea: I'll give you that, but as mammlouk pointed out there are limitations to all tablets especially those under 150 bucks. If you are wanting something for just playing games then the extra 8 gigs helps, if you are like me and use it to watch a lot of ripped videos, the swappable external sd card slot and hdmi port are a lot more important. It certainly was more convenient when traveling in Germany with the 4 year old to just unmount, exchange and remount an sd card than to find public wifi to swap video libraries in a country that almost universally does not offer it. I think it is generally left out because most people looking for a budget tablet aren't looking to install 2 gig applications, just something that can do a little bit of everything, With the Nexus Google is pushing you keep as much of your content as possible online and streaming through there services.

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@wuwee: Another thing to consider is that if you want to use restricted profiles (for your daughter) you will need to be able to load android 4.3. If you are on an older version of android you will have to install a separate appp to get that functionality.

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@idontkn1: This is from the CNET review - see above in the 1st comment: "The good: The Acer Iconia A1-810 has a low price, runs the latest version of Android 4.2, and includes an expandable storage option and a Micro-HDMI port."

It looks like this does have HDMI and microSD card slot. The listed SPECS must mean that the information is unavailable (odd, since it is from the manufacturer), not the port is unavailable.

So this does have expandable storage and HDMI in addition to double the storage. The best of both worlds!

BTW, my comment was for the Hisense, not the Nexus.

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@morriea: My comments were aimed entirely towards the Nexus 7. Although it is a great tablet the lack of sd card slot and hdmi port was why I never went crazy over it. I had specific needs that the Nexus would not accommodate. My point was pointed towards there are always going to be tradeoffs with budget tablets. The Nexus shortcomings were too much for me.

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@idontkn1: I thought so, but since you @ME, I was a bit confused since I had not mentioned the Nexus, just the Hisense that I was trying to give a bit info about.

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@wuwee: hey awesome, Im sure you will be more than satisfied. is it as good as MY ipad mini? (which it is aiming for) no....but still, solid tablet so far. hope you are happy, for $99 minimal risk

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I bought this tablet when it first came out and use the hel ...heck out of it! I am a software engineer and have this thing loaded to the hilt, except for the 32GB microSD card. I used a 12 foot micro HDMI to HDMI cable to connect to my big screen and now use it with chromecast. Love building a que of YouTube videos and using it as the remote. Though I did have to change my router settings from automatic channel selection to manual and set it to channel 13 to avoid the WiFi dropping my connection with my chromecast. I'm typing this comment using it via WiFi and I'm outside with 3 walls and two rooms between myself and my router. I cannot imagine a better tablet than this one. And the .9" difference in screen size over the 7" tablets I've seen makes a HUGE difference. I bought mine when they first came out for $169 and absolutely could not be happier. This tablet is the sleeper of the year!!!!! BUY IT NOW!!!

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@morriea: I don't understand this comment - I have my Hisense out right now (Android 4.3). The memory section of settings show that I have several apps installed on the SD card....same thing on my Galaxy Tab.

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@mgherter: SOME, a very small minority, of APPS will run from SD. If you try to transfer them all, you will find that almost none will transfer (especially the newer ones). Try an APP2SD app on there, try to transfer different apps and you will see that it will fail the vast majority of the time.

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I have some apps on my microSD card, I just meant I don't have the SD loaded to the hilt. Morriea is absolutely correct re: apps and the SD card. This tablet gives more features than any I've seen and I use them all to their fullest. The front camera is fairly low res but works fine for Skype calls, but the rear camera is high res and excellent for photos and video. There is not a single thing I've wanted to do that this tablet hasn't handled. I think this tablet was released in the UK before the US because I could only find UK reviews before it's release date, when I bought it. I'm in no way putting any tablets down, I'm just astounded this tablet hasn't been listed as a best buy from it's release....astounded!

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One last comment about the A1-810 is that it comes with a micro USB to USB cable for charging and data transfer. For charging, you plug the micro USB into the tablets micro USB port and the USB end into the AC adapter. However it is extremely handy to plug the USB end into my laptop to transfer data between them. I regularly transfer photos and word documents using this method. It seems from the comments that some are unclear about the features. Quad-core processor, two cameras, microUSB, microHDMI, max. 32 GB microSD, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack, 7.9" screen, 1GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, jellybean 4.2.2 are the major features.

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Tried to change my previous posts "generalized" features with the specifics but when I hit "submit" the new data didn't show, so here they are. Media Tek 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 7.9" XGA TFT 1024 x 768 IPS technology capacitive screen, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, max. 32 GB microSD, WiFi IEEE b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, microHDMI, .3 megapixel front camera, 5 megapixel rear camera, microUSB 2.0, microphone, 3.5mm audio jack and android jellybean 4.2.2. I've used mine many hours per day for 6 months without a glitch. I purchased Norton's Multi Device security software and use on my tablet and laptop and find Advanced Task Killer to be a great help in maintaining free memory. Performance is always top notch. Enjoy!

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It shows refurbished (which I don't have a problem with), but I don't see a warranty listed. Am I just not seeing that, somewhere? BTW, great discussion, All. THX!

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@katzland: Generally, items that are Factory Refurbished AND bought directly from the Acer Outlet (like this) come with 90-day warranty. It is not listed here, but it is true of all items that I have bought from them before through this avenue (about 6 or 7 times).

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Is 4.2 the latest android version this can handle? I'm currently developing an app that requires 4.4 kitkat.

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The post where your info. originated came from an article saying manufacturers are "unlikely" to update their tablets which are beyond 18 months old, incl. Acer, as well as many major mfgs. The A1-810 is less than 18 mo. old and the architecture is easily capable of running 4.4 KitKat, so I wouldn't say it's an absolute. My A1-810 provides every feature and function I would ever need to be useful for a long, long time. And at $99, heck of a value. My Google maps will get me anywhere kitkat's will, and the same holds true with any other function. It's just like PC's, new software comes out that you need Win 8 to run, others still find their Win Vista functionality useful without having to lay out the money for the latest and greatest. The article stated tablets with kitkat will start to appear in 2014, 4.2 apps will be avail. for a long time. Personally, I appreciate your input, but it wouldn't sway me regarding this one.

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@nullx42: Since you are developing an app, why would you consider something other than the Nexus, which will always have the latest version 1st?

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@morriea: I still question this - I have many common apps (everything from swiftkey to angry birds to mxplayer) installed to 16 GB card I have in my Galaxy tab. Under settings - applications you just press and hold on the app and a menu option comes up to move it to the card. I am no developer....haven't done anything special to the tablet.

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@morriea: I felt like asking the same question. Excellent point. I couldn't figure out why he would even post that here. BTW, thx for posting the listing in the first place.

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@mgherter: Sorry, but it still works for very few Apps. App Data and Cache is quite often moved to SD.

http://androidandme.com/thread/apps2sd-removed-from-jelly-bean-google-wtf-are-you-doing/

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Nice find morriea. I have always had good luck with Acer stuff, especially tablets. To be fair though, one spec that is missing is the resolution which is 1024 x 768. The Hisense Sero pro is 1280 x 800 at 7 inches, definitely a crisper screen. In addition the Tegra 3 (Hisense) is a better processor than the •MTK MT8125 on the Acer, even though benchmarks may be close there are many games that are optimized for NVidia architecture, and the Tegra 3 has better graphics cores. Although the Hisense Sero pro is only 8 gb, it would be very difficult to entirely fill that amount of memory with apps, and it has an external SD slot for media content. Right now I don't see a deal going on for the Hisense Sero 7 Pro (make sure you get the Pro), but in November I bought 5 at $89 each off 1saleaday for Christmas presents. So- this Acer is a really nice tablet at this price, but the Hisense Sero pro 7 is also a great tablet when on sale.