- Windows 8.1 OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 2GB RAM
- 5MP Rear Camera
- 2MP Front Camera
- 4960mAH Battery
- 64GB Internal Memory
Acer Iconia W4 820: Here comes an Addictive Tablet
Although Acer’s previous attempt at Tablets did meet many expectations, it was soon eclipsed by other stalwarts including Lenovo, Dell which came up internationally with more innovative options followed by an interactive interface. Acer eventually did fix up the grey areas and the latest Iconia W4 820 is one prime example of this modification. Be it the newest interface for better usability or the additional built-in storage, the company finally makes up for the omissions and sets the priorities straight with the latest gadget hitting the international shores.
We would be reviewing the 32 and 64GB models of the Iconia W4 820 which renders added flexibility besides a better battery life and multiple ports which ensure that the device is completely functional in whatever form the users wants it to perform in. While we readily enumerate the positives and also the grey areas, one aspect is quite clear that Acer Iconia W4 820 does pack a punch in the existing tablet market with the only competitors being the speculated HP stream tablets which haven’t been launched as of yet.
If the current crop of 8inch tablets is to be stacked up in a defined order, the Iconia W4 820 definitely stands out. Be it the slimmer layout or the smoothened edges, this gadget feels completely feathery while raised panel acting as the screen is more of an innovative inclusion. The layered glass strategically placed over the edges spans across the front end and in unison to the plastic border, provides a balanced outlook. One may argue that the glass screen layer is a tad extruded but this turns up perfectly when even the 8inch screen looks comparatively smaller, giving a minimalistic view. While this device weighs a mere 415g, the dimensions do add to the functionality making it a great carry. What stands out is the button and port placements and we did find quite a few orifices spread evenly across the edges. Slots for the USB port and the HDMI output comes as the added perks whereas the control rocker tab sits in pretty at the rightmost edge. Better audio and video output options are provided sans the optical drive which may have been expected looking at the sizeable budget.
We were pleasantly surprised when the 1280x800-pixels resolution was realized by the company, providing a near HD experience. While the Iconia W4 820 comes with a clear and vivid layout, the IPS technology certainly makes up for the AMOLED display which could have been included considering the price range. We did find a few alternatives in the wider viewing angle which comes with exceptional detailing and sharper image quality. Be it the LED backlight or the HD quality graphics, Iconia W4 820 is certainly the perfect option for most of the users who are vouching for something different this time over like the planar technology with Zero Air Gap.
Powered by the 1.86GHz Intel Atom chipset, the Iconia W4 820 does have many admirers as per the chipset specifications. The Quad-Core variant comes with a better clock speed which allows one to handle multitasking with ease. One may also make use of the 1.86GHz of burst frequency which definitely allows one to handle more intricate tasks and high-gaming requirements. Hardware acceleration formats are supported as the Intel HD Graphics chipset is added into the mix, making this a complete gaming tablet. DirectX support comes in handy for the professional gamers and one can easily run the graphic inclusive ones without even minimal lags.
While one can choose between the 32 and the 64GB variant, the costing changes only a tad bit. This internal memory support is something to be proud of as the micro SD requirements are thus put to rest. One can also make use of the 2GB flash memory and the DDR3 make readily justifies the blinding speeds and better functionality.
Here is a tablet which includes a 5MP unit at the rear end and the 2MP secondary unit as well. These are best suited for capturing acceptable pictures whereas Full HD video recordings are also supported by the rear unit. Autofocusing spec is included with the secondary unit which also supports video recording at 60 frames per second and 1080 pixels resolution.
This actually comes to be the most important aspect of this tablet as the Windows empowered Iconia W4 820 never ceases to amaze. We can still get the best out of the rigid interface which has been updated with the Windows 8.1 installed within. As the start button is available this time around, some persistent laptop users would surely find this tablet to be extremely resourceful. Based on this platform one can also find the varied specs including the proximity and ambient light sensors. This Operating System unlike the Android platform is a bit difficult to work upon but the laptop like experience does have many admirers.
Battery Life and Added Perks:
The 4960mAh battery powers the device for long while supporting 10 hours of browsing time and comes with the video playback limit of around 8 hours. Wi-Fi support is rendered in addition to the built-in MS- Office Student and Home edition which duly makes up for the lack of voice calling features and the 3G data support.
Acer Iconia W4 820 is a winner when the processor and build is considered. The company also included a better camera this time over thus amalgamating every single aspect for making this a performance oriented gadget.
Acer Iconia W4 820 Rivals:
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 3G
Acer Iconia A1 811
Apple iPad Mini with Retina Display 16GB
HP Omni 10