I’ve been tasked with getting a cheap Android tablet for a relative, and the best value for money that I could find in the price range was an Acer Iconia A1-810 with 7.9″ screen. The tablet is going to be used for web-browsing and iPlayer so a bigger screen is better.
The tablet was bought as a refurbished model from Argos’ eBay outlet. I can’t see anything obviously wrong with it, there are no marks on the case or screen and everything seems to be working perfectly, so that saved at least £20! The first noticeable thing is that the screen is 4:3 rather than 16:9, it looks more like an iPad mini than an Android tablet. It is slightly thicker than my LG G Pad 8.3, here is a poor quality picture showing them side by side:
The Acer is wider but the LG is taller. The wider screen does make it easier to view the BBC homepage, but the screen is inferior to the G Pad, with only a 1024×768 resolution compared to the G Pad’s 1920×1200. However, this is reflected in the price, as well as the difference in CPU, memory, storage, etc.
The screen seems responsive enough and whilst the picture image is not as good as the G Pad it will be perfectly suitable for what it will be used for. It runs Android 4.2.2 out of the box, I don’t know if it will ever get KitKat or Lollipop but I wouldn’t hold my breath! It runs adequately and for the money presents good value.