Acer Iconia A1 vs. iPad Mini vs. Galaxy Note 8.0: Spec showdown

Acer Iconia A1

Earlier today in New York City, Acer unveiled a series of new products. One of them, the Iconia A1, introduces the electronics manufacturer into the new 8-inch mini tablet competition. The newest of the mini tablets is very promising, particularly with its insanely competitive price point, which sits comfortably at about half the price, if not more, than its biggest competitors, the iPad Mini and the Galaxy Note 8. So let’s see how the three gadgets stack up against each other:

 

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iPad Mini

Apple iPad Mini

 Galaxy Note 8

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Price
$170-$200 $330-$530 $400
OS Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean iOS 6 Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Processor 1.2GHz MediaTek quad-core Apple A5 dual-core 1.6GHz A9 quad-core
RAM 1GB 512MB 2GB
Display 7.9 inches 7.9 inches 8 inches
Resolution 1024×768 1024×768 1280×800
Weight 14.4 ounces 11 ounces 11.7 ounces
Connectivity Wi-Fi, 3G Wi-Fi, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 3G
Marketplace Google Play Store App Store Google Play Store
Front Camera VGA (.3 megapixels) 1.2 megapixels 1.3 megapixels
Back Camera 5 megapixels 5 megapixels 5 megapixels
Bluetooth Yes, 4.0 Yes, 4.0 Yes, 4.0
Internal storage 8/16GB 16/32/64GB 16/32GB
SD card slot Yes No Yes
Battery Life 3,250mAh (7 hours) 10 hours 4,600mAh (8-9 hours)

From the specs alone, the Aspire P3 is a little heavier than its competitors and slightly bulkier, but holds its ground. Though it’s battery life doesn’t appear to match up to either the Note 8.0 or iPad Mini, it costs roughly half (or even less) than either of its major competitors. Though we didn’t compare it here, the Google Nexus 7 may end up being the strongest competition for this budget tablet, though it’s screen is noticeably smaller. The Iconia A1 should hit the shelves in the U.S. sometime this upcoming June.

What do you think? Which of the three above would you be most likely to invest in?

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