Updated on:Oct 21, 2016
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A great upgraded tablet with intel's latest chipset
Acer introduces the upgraded version of its earlier tablet, the Iconia W4 sporting an 8 inch IPS LCD display with optical binding that reduces glare and improves viewing angle. The display resolution is 1280 x 800 pixels with a ppi of about ~280 to improve viewability to a large extent.
The device runs the latest Windows 8.1 OS to augment the Intel’s latest 1.8GHz Bay trail chip which makes transition between apps brisk and immediate, so it is a welcome refreshment from the earlier W3.
The 5MP camera is capable of shooting Full HD videos at 30FPS frame rate with vibrant colour details even with the low amount of pixels per square inch. Also, it hosts an array of connectivity options like a USB port, a micro USB port, an HDMI port and a micro HDMI port and a microSD slot to allow it to connect to HD devices and accessories like external keyboards and store additional media if the inbuilt 32 GB is insufficient for you.
The Acer Iconia W4 is a massive upgrade from the earlier W3 and it has a much better display, processor and camera and now can be considered a worthwhile contender when looking for tablets.
Acer was the first to debut an 8-inch Windows 8 tablet with the Iconia W3, but since then everyone from Dell to Lenovo to Toshiba has entered the market. The Iconia W4 (starting at $299, $349 as configured) looks to up the ante by offering a much-improved IPS display and Intel\'s latest quad-core Atom processor in a sleeker design. As with competing slates, you also get a free copy of Office Home & Student. Is the Iconia W4 the perfect mix of...
Pros: Beautiful display; Long battery life; Solid build quality; microHDMI port
Cons: Heftier than 8-inch competition; Lackluster camera; Speakers a bit soft
Overall User Rating (4.1 Out of 5 based on 222 ratings)
Overall: I purchased the Acer Iconia 64 GB for just 13999/-..which is a definite steal price according to me considering the powerhouse the tablet is.
The tablet comes with Windows 8.1 and not Windows RT like the rest of the windows tablet in the market.I had my doubts regarding the performance when I saw the spec sheet saying it houses 2 GB RAM, but trust me when I say it handles Multitasking like a champ. Comparing this Windows tablet to any other Tablet be it Android or the less efficient other half;iOS, will be a total waste of time considering they don't stand a chance against this Windows Tablet.
It is a given that the windows store doesn't have a lot of options when it comes to premium apps that you can see generally when using Android and iOS, considering the fact that you are using a full blown PC in a 8 inch mobile device.. you won't feel the need for those "apps".
Battery life is stellar. I use my tab a lot and i easily get over a day of charging on heavy browsing. As for entertainment, One charge can last you easily for over 4 bollywood movies.
As for gaming.. it can handle pretty much every game which can be played on a tablet and you can also play old Desktop games given you use a mouse and keyboard. I have only tested tablet gaming and it works smoothly with very little heating troubles.
Typing on the tablet can be a PIA unless you have a bluetooth keyboard to type. Surprisingly the portrait mode is very comfortable to use and type.
Compared to Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet I would give this a thumbs up because it supports external hard drives to connect to your tablet. I am using my tablet with a 2 TB WD hard drive and works flawlessly with transfer speeds of 40MB/Sec.
Dell Venue 8 Pro requires your external HD to have its own power supply for the tablet to recognize and mount the HD. You won't face such a problem with this Acer W4 Tablet.
Since I have the 64 GB, out of the box you have about 30 GB free space out of the 64 GB, I have purchased a 64 GB strontium microSD card with UHS-1 speeds. The write speed is about 14 MB/Sec and the read speed is about 80 MB/Sec.
You do get a MS Office license to go with your tablet and I cannot be more thankful for this! Working OTG has never been this easier. I hope every one realizes what a powerhouse windows can be even on a mobile platform such as a tablet.
Spend your money on this Tablet. You will not regret it!