Acer's budget-priced iPad mini lookalike might be a good buy for business users. The attractive Acer Iconia A1 tablet boasts a sharp, 8-inch display and decent performance, and it's light and portable enough for your daily commute. But there are some major tradeoffs. The Iconia A1 isn't the speediest Android tablet on the market, though it should suffice for basic productivity tasks. And with a battery that lasts for just six hours, it can't match the longevity of competing slates. But the low price of Acer's tablet makes it worth a look, anyway. Check out a full review of the Iconia A1 at our sister site Laptop Mag, then read on for three features that make it good for business.
At just $179, the Acer Iconia A1 offers good bang for your buck, and that's good news for budget-minded business users. Some comparable Android tablets offer better performance, but at a price. Amazon's 8-inch Kindle Fire HDX, for example, offers impressive performance and high-quality hardware, but starts at $229. And Google's 7-inch Nexus 7, one of the best small tablets on the market, also costs $229.
The Iconia A1 is a business tablet you can take seriously, with an attractive design that outshines most budget-priced devices. Its white front and silver back give this tablet a premium look reminiscent of Apple's iPad mini tablet. And the metal back makes the Iconia feel sturdier and more durable than other slates in its price range.
Acer's slate sports a slim, compact design, so you can pick it up and take it with you. With an 8-inch display, the tablet strikes a middle ground between smaller devices, such as the 7-inch Nexus 7, and large 10-inch tablets, such as Apple's iPad. In other words, it features a display that's big enough for productivity, without compromising portability. That's good news for business users who need to stay productive when away from the office.