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Acer Iconia A1-830 tablet looks like an iPad Mini twin

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acericonia3You’d be forgiven for mistaking the new Acer Iconia A1-830 Android tablet for the iPad Mini – its design is virtually identical to the popular Apple device.

But they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery so the device offers a definite nod to Apple.

So design-wise you know you’re getting something that’s high quality.

Acer’s version has a solid build quality and actually feels pretty good in your hands.

It has a 7.9-inch Active Matrix TFT XGA display – the same size as the iPad Mini – with a resolution of 1024 x 768.

The Acer Iconia A1-830 has a familiar design

The Acer device is 8.2mm thick and is narrow enough at 13.8cm wide to hold comfortably in one hand. It weighs just 380g.

But the design is where the similarities between the Acer Iconia A1-830 and Apple’s iPad Mini ends.

For a start the Acer device is running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

Under the hood is an Intel Atom Z2560 1.6Ghz dual core processor and 1GB RAM that give the product respectable performance.

The colour screen is a little muted in terms of colour brightness and tone so you are not going to see the same bright colours you’ll find on the iPad and other AMOLED screen Android tablets.

The Acer Iconia A1-830 (right) bears a remarkable resemblance to Apple's iPad Mini

The sharpness of the screen is also not in the same ballpark as competitors like the iPad Mini and the Google Nexus 7 – both if which have a higher PPI (pixels per inch).

The Iconia A1-830 has 16GB of internal memory along with a handy microSD slot on the right edge below the volume and on/off/sleep key so you can expand your memory to up to 64GB.

Also on board is a rear 5-megapixel camera and the photos it produces are good not great and only an alternative if you can’t use your better smartphone camera.

There is also a 2-megapixel front facing camera which can be used for Skype video calls.

One thing going for the Acer Iconia A1-830 is that it has a form factor that is different from other Android tablets.

Acer's Iconia A1-830 has adopted quite a similar design to Apple's iPad Mini

Most Android devices have a narrower and longer screen but, because the A1-830 has adopted the near-identical iPad Mini design, you get the squarer screen aspect ratio.

This makes it more suitable to those users who may not be able afford the iPad Mini but prefers the screen size and shape.

On the battery side the Acer Iconia A1-830 runs for up to a respectable seven hours on a full charge.

There are also a couple of accessories that work with the device – a Crunch Keyboard which folds out of a leather case and the Crunch Cover which fits the product snugly while still allowing access to the ports and buttons.

Acer’s Iconia A1-830 faces a lot of competition in the Android market especially with tablets around the 7-inch size which are proving to be very popular.

Acer’s tablet is not a bad budget choice for $249 but there other choices that offer higher screen quality for a slightly higher price.

Acer Iconia A1-830

Price: $249

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