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Acer Iconia Talk S A1-724 Tablet Review

Michael Moser, Tanja Hinum (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 03/13/2015

Talking icon. Acer's Iconia Talk S is a 7-inch tablet/phablet that is capable of making phone calls. Its dual-SIM function and LTE module ensure a good connection on-the-go. An energy-efficient quad-core Snapdragon SoC, a bright HD-IPS display, and Android 4.4 complete the package. Acer enters the battle for buyers at a recommended retail price of 229 Euros (~$245).

For the original German review, see here.

The Taiwanese manufacturer Acer is broadening their portfolio of tablets with what is now their fifth line, the Iconia Talk S. The line is aimed at both private users and business clients. The 7-inch device unites an HD display with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 quad-core SoC with 16 GB of storage space (expandable by up to 64 GB via microSD card). The package, worth 230 Euros (~$246), comes with dual-SIM functionality and LTE - neither of which are standard in this price class, as of yet.

A glance at the competition reveals that the Iconia Talk S is indeed unique in this regard. In this review, the Acer tablet steps up to bat against the HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab, the Lenovo Tab S8, the Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG and the Medion Lifetab S8311.

Case

The case of the Acer Iconia Talk S is constructed of stable polycarbonate. Thanks to its slightly roughened surface, the tablet is grippy, and fingerprints and dirt don't quickly begrime the high-gloss finish. The tablet's feel also benefits from the rounded edges and corners. The case can only be warped slightly under pressure, and its gap dimensions are even. The phablet's simple design doesn't really distinguish it from the masses - and it's only available in blue.

In terms of thickness, at 8.5 mm (~0.33 inches), of the competitors only the Lenovo Tab S8 is thinner. The back side of the Iconia Talk S is not removable - the two micro-SIM card slots and the microSD card slot are located on the sides of the tablet.

217 mm / 8.54 inch 123 mm / 4.84 inch 8.7 mm / 0.3425 inch 360 g0.794 lbs209.8 mm / 8.26 inch 123.8 mm / 4.87 inch 7.9 mm / 0.311 inch 300 g0.661 lbs194.3 mm / 7.65 inch 108.9 mm / 4.29 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 299 g0.659 lbs190 mm / 7.48 inch 100 mm / 3.94 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 275 g0.606 lbs189 mm / 7.44 inch 115 mm / 4.53 inch 9.5 mm / 0.374 inch 325 g0.717 lbs

Connectivity

Acer outfitted their 7-inch tablet with a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 quad-core SoC, including an integrated Qualcomm Adreno 306 graphics card and 1 GB of working memory. At 16 GB, the internal flash storage is standard for this price class and can be expanded by up to 64 GB via microSD card. In terms of connections, the Iconia Talk S offers a micro-USB 2.0 port and a 3.5 mm audio jack - also standard for this class.

Android 4.4 KitKat
Android 4.4 KitKat

Software

Acer selected the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system for their phablet and made very few changes to the UI. Thanks to the 64-bit SoC, the tablet is well-prepared for an upgrade to Google's newest 64-bit operating system, Android 5.0 Lollipop. An update, however, has yet to be announced.

Acer preinstalled a variety of their own apps, including an office suite and cloud apps. Acer's familiar Float UI allows the user to run applications like the notepad, calculator, calendar or even Google Maps on top of a playing video. The customary Google app package is also on board.

Communication & GPS 

Neither NFC nor dual-band WLAN are available on the Acer Iconia Talk S - but alongside WLAN b/g/n, the tablet offers the fast data standard 4G/LTE. Bluetooth 4.0 is also part of the package. In our test, at a distance of about 10 meters from the router and through three walls, the device's WLAN reception was still good and always stable. The GPS module was especially speedy in determining our position, even indoors. Outdoors, the module is even more precise and located us with an accuracy of 3 meters (~10 feet).

Both indoors and...
Both indoors and...
...outdoors, the tablet discovered its precise location with the GPS Test app.
...outdoors, the tablet discovered its precise location with the GPS Test app.

Telephone & Speech Quality

The Iconia Talk S uses Google's standard telephone app. As such, all the important functions, like call lists, favorites and groups are included.

During our test conversation, the phablet sounded reasonably good, though our conversation partner heard a few bothersome noises. All in all, however, the tablet did well here. Thanks to the device's high maximum volume, the speakerphone function is definitely useable - though the louder the voice, the tinnier the sound.

Cameras & Multimedia

The main camera on the back side of the Iconia Talk S has a resolution of 5 megapixels (maximum 2595x1944 pixels), which is reasonable for its class. Of the competition, only the Lenovo Tab S8 offers a higher resolution. Auto-focus is also on board, but flash is a no-show. In bright environments, the back camera takes reasonably good pictures, though they suffer from a lack of sharpness and sometimes muddy colors. The lens' low-light performance certainly leaves something to be desired. Directly compared to the tablet's competitors, we see that there is unquestionably room for improvement in this area.

The front camera offers a resolution of 2.0 MP, which is sufficient for the occasional selfie or groupie. With the exception of the Lenovo Tab S8 with its 1.6 MP, the rest of the competition is on par with our test device here. 

The 2 MP lens' images are plagued with a lot of image noise and a lack of sharpness. In adverse lighting conditions, the pictures are no longer worth the effort. 

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Accessories

In the tablet's packaging, Acer includes a USB charger, a standard stereo headset and a few quick start guides. To date there are no optional accessories designed specifically for the Iconia Talk S.

Warranty

Acer chose to outfit their phablet with a 12-month carry-in warranty.

Input Devices & Operation

The capacitive multi-touch screen allows the user to operate the device smoothly and proves to be highly sensitive, even in the corners. The three Android function keys are integrated into the screen, which somewhat reduces the size of the useable area. Some apps, however, like videos or various games, mask these keys and take advantage of that space.

The virtual keyboard is simply the standard Android version. There are a number of options available, and the keyboard operates reliably. Thanks to the 7-inch display, the keys are of a comfortable size for quick typing. The physical power and volume keys also function reliably and have a clear click point.

The 7-inch display has space for large keys.
The 7-inch display has space for large keys.
There are a number of keyboard settings.
There are a number of keyboard settings.
"Swyping" is possible as well.
"Swyping" is possible as well.

Display

The Acer Iconia Talk S's 7-inch LCD display with IPS technology has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels. This resolution is lower than that of the competition, especially the Lenovo Tab S8 and the Medion Lifetab S8311, both of which offer a considerably higher resolution.

At a maximum of 370 cd/m², the screen's brightness is satisfactorily high and lies more or less on par with the competition. Only the Lenovo Tab S8 glows substantially more brightly. At an 88% similarity across the screen, the display's brightness distribution is very even - more even than most of the tablet's competitors. Only the Medion Lifetab S8311 glows more homogeneously.

370
cd/m²
346
cd/m²
351
cd/m²
358
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
335
cd/m²
353
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
327
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 370 cd/m² Average: 348.9 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 348 cd/m²
Contrast: 561:1 (Black: 0.62 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.2 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6.1
ΔE Greyscale 4.74 | 0.64-98 Ø6.3
Gamma: 2.19
Acer Talk S A1-724
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA1088, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Tab S8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Medion Lifetab S8311
Mali-450 MP4, MT6592, 16 GB iNAND Flash
Screen
-6%
8%
49%
5%
Brightness middle
348
370
6%
376
8%
418
20%
323
-7%
Brightness
349
338
-3%
353
1%
401
15%
328
-6%
Brightness Distribution
88
84
-5%
86
-2%
85
-3%
92
5%
Black Level *
0.62
0.59
5%
0.61
2%
0.22
65%
0.53
15%
Contrast
561
627
12%
616
10%
1900
239%
609
9%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
4.2
5.43
-29%
3.67
13%
4.19
-0%
4.93
-17%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.74
6.08
-28%
3.48
27%
4.26
10%
3.1
35%
Gamma
2.19 100%
2.44 90%
2.3 96%
2.41 91%
2.69 82%
CCT
6710 97%
7805 83%
6910 94%
6246 104%
6654 98%

* ... smaller is better

With a black value of 0.62 cd/m² and a contrast ratio of 561:1, the Iconia Talk S proves to offer slightly better numbers than the competition here. Only the Lenovo Tab S8 belongs to a class of its own in this discipline. Subjectively, the screen content looks very good.

Our analysis of the display with the CalMAN software revealed substantial deviations from the sRGB color space. This is especially visible in the yellow-green area. The display's color accuracy is reasonably good, but the color brightness is a little too low. Even in the darker section, the grayscale has a slight green cast. The color temperature, however, comes very close to the ideal. In everyday use, these color-related shortfalls aren't particularly noticeable - subjectively, the color representation is good.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN color management
CalMAN color management
CalMAN color saturation
CalMAN color saturation
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale

The Acer Iconia Talk S can be used outdoors, with some limitations. Due to the highly reflective display surface, the screen content is almost entirely obscured under direct sunlight. In shadowy environments, however, the tablet's brightness is fully adequate.

Thanks to the IPS technology at work in the Iconia Talk S's display, the tablet offers good viewing-angle stability. Still, when observed from extreme angles, the screen's brightness begins to fade and bright colors grow slightly distorted.

Outdoors, the highly reflective display...
Outdoors, the highly reflective display...
...obscures the screen content.
...obscures the screen content.
As is typical of IPS displays, the tablet has stable viewing angles.
As is typical of IPS displays, the tablet has stable viewing angles.
Even so, from extreme angles, the screen content looks a little distorted.
Even so, from extreme angles, the screen content looks a little distorted.

Performance

The 64-bit Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 quad-core SoC at work in the Acer Iconia Talk S clocks at 1.2 GHz and has an integrated Qualcomm Adreno 306 graphics card as well as 1 GB of working memory. This team guarantees sufficient performance for almost any application.

The results from our benchmark tests are mixed. In Geekbench 3, the Acer Iconia Talk S is mostly able to leave the Medion Lifetab S8311 and the HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab pulling up the rear, but it falls substantially behind the other competitors. In the synthetic benchmarks 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited and GFXBench 3.0, only the HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab's performance is weaker. The Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG and the Lenovo Tab S8 offer very strong performance here.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
1295 Points ∼4%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
2203 Points ∼7% +70%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
1036 Points ∼3% -20%
Medion Lifetab S8311
1344 Points ∼4% +4%
Lenovo Tab S8
2352 Points ∼8% +82%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
468 Points ∼10%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
747 Points ∼15% +60%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
326 Points ∼7% -30%
Medion Lifetab S8311
262 Points ∼5% -44%
Lenovo Tab S8
768 Points ∼16% +64%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
9091 Points ∼11%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
17504 Points ∼20% +93%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
7357 Points ∼9% -19%
Medion Lifetab S8311
5713 Points ∼7% -37%
Lenovo Tab S8
17466 Points ∼20% +92%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
3890 Points ∼1%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
18258 Points ∼3% +369%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
2377 Points ∼0% -39%
Medion Lifetab S8311
4857 Points ∼1% +25%
Lenovo Tab S8
14959 Points ∼3% +285%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
4457 Points ∼2%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
18085 Points ∼8% +306%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
2798 Points ∼1% -37%
Medion Lifetab S8311
5024 Points ∼2% +13%
Lenovo Tab S8
15452 Points ∼7% +247%
GFXBench 3.0
off screen Manhattan Offscreen OGL (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
0 fps ∼0%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
11.1 fps ∼2%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
0 fps ∼0%
Lenovo Tab S8
9.7 fps ∼2%
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
4 fps ∼1%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
19.8 fps ∼5% +395%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
0 fps ∼0% -100%
Lenovo Tab S8
8.5 fps ∼2% +113%

Legend

 
Acer Talk S A1-724 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG Intel Atom Z3560, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab Marvell PXA1088, Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Medion Lifetab S8311 Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Lenovo Tab S8 Intel Atom Z3745, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 16 GB eMMC Flash

In the browser benchmarks, our test device is more or less on par with the Medion Lifetab S8311. In the somewhat older SunSpider 1.0 benchmark, however, only the HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab surpasses the Iconia Talk S, though our tablet beats the HP device in the Octane V2 benchmark. In the Kraken 1.1 benchmark, our test device is only able to eclipse the Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG. Due to the fact that the Acer tablet lacks an Android browser, we ran our tests using the preinstalled Google Chrome browser. In everyday use, this browser reliably loads websites at a high speed.

Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
13673.2 ms * ∼23%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
5830.4 ms * ∼10% +57%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
23776.2 ms * ∼40% -74%
Lenovo Tab S8
15635 ms * ∼26% -14%
Medion Lifetab S8311
14278 ms * ∼24% -4%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
2540 Points ∼5%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
5055 Points ∼10% +99%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
1155 Points ∼2% -55%
Lenovo Tab S8
5956 Points ∼11% +134%
Medion Lifetab S8311
2820 Points ∼5% +11%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
1220.9 ms * ∼13%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
661 ms * ∼7% +46%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
1554.9 ms * ∼17% -27%
Lenovo Tab S8
673 ms * ∼7% +45%
Medion Lifetab S8311
1178 ms * ∼13% +4%

* ... smaller is better

The internal mass storage in our test device is very quick and offers 16 GB of storage space. Most of the competition has to admit defeat here - only the Medion Lifetab S8311 can keep up.

AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
4.59 MB/s ∼2%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
1.12 MB/s ∼0% -76%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
1.28 MB/s ∼1% -72%
Lenovo Tab S8
1 MB/s ∼0% -78%
Medion Lifetab S8311
5 MB/s ∼2% +9%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
12.9 MB/s ∼7%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
9.94 MB/s ∼6% -23%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
13.9 MB/s ∼8% +8%
Lenovo Tab S8
11 MB/s ∼6% -15%
Medion Lifetab S8311
19.7 MB/s ∼11% +53%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
45.38 MB/s ∼9%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
14.04 MB/s ∼3% -69%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
22.3 MB/s ∼4% -51%
Lenovo Tab S8
25 MB/s ∼5% -45%
Medion Lifetab S8311
38.7 MB/s ∼8% -15%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Acer Talk S A1-724
112.91 MB/s ∼8%
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
47.97 MB/s ∼3% -58%
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
115 MB/s ∼8% +2%
Lenovo Tab S8
105 MB/s ∼7% -7%
Medion Lifetab S8311
148 MB/s ∼10% +31%

Games

Most current games are no problem for the Acer Iconia Talk S. Only titles with high hardware demands that are hungry for RAM can sometimes be too much for the tablet. Overall, gaming on our test device is fun. The movement sensors react quickly and precisely, adding to the entertainment.

Angry Birds Transformers
Angry Birds Transformers
Batman Arkham Origins
Batman Arkham Origins
Modern Combat 5 Blackout
Modern Combat 5 Blackout

Emissions

Temperature

In our test, the Acer Iconia Talk S's case warmed up to a maximum of 31.9 °C (89.42 °F) during a prolonged period under full load. We measured an average of just 28.8 °C (83.84 °F) on the underside.

The test device remains cool in idle mode as well. On average, the temperatures reached 25.6 °C (78.08 °F) on the back side and 27.4 °C (81.32 °F) on the front.

Max. Load
 31.2 °C
88 F
28.5 °C
83 F
29 °C
84 F
 
 31.8 °C
89 F
28.6 °C
83 F
30 °C
86 F
 
 30.3 °C
87 F
28.3 °C
83 F
29 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 31.8 °C = 89 F
Average: 29.6 °C = 85 F
27.2 °C
81 F
27.7 °C
82 F
31.3 °C
88 F
27.6 °C
82 F
26.8 °C
80 F
31.9 °C
89 F
27.8 °C
82 F
28 °C
82 F
30.5 °C
87 F
Maximum: 31.9 °C = 89 F
Average: 28.8 °C = 84 F
Power Supply (max.)  33.8 °C = 93 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 29.6 °C / 85 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 31.8 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 31.9 °C / 89 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.4 °C / 81 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speaker

The mono speaker located on the front of the tablet is sufficiently loud, but it generates a thin, tinny sound. The 3.5 mm jack, however, offers a clean connection to external speakers or headphones with very little noise.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Acer Iconia Talk S requires between 1.2 and 2.2 Watts in idle mode. Under full load, the device consumes a maximum of 5.5 Watts. These numbers are somewhat lower than those of the competition, which is a good omen as we turn to the question of battery life.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.2 / 2.1 / 2.2 Watt
Load midlight 4 / 5.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

At 14 Watt hours and 3780 mAh, the Acer Iconia Talk S's battery is smaller than the rest of the competition's energy stores. Even so, our test device outshines its rivals here.

With a battery runtime of 5:28 hours under full load, the Acer Iconia Talk S keeps chugging along considerably longer than its closest competitor, the HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab. In our WLAN surf test, which is designed to simulate practical, everyday use, we set the display brightness to 40% (about 150 cd/m²) and run a script that loads a new webpage at 40-second intervals. The Iconia Talk S only ran out of steam after a full 12 hours and 2 minutes. Not even the Lenovo Tab S8 endurance-runner is able to keep up with that time - even with its bigger battery (16.3 Wh), the Lenovo device lost its vital signs almost two hours sooner. Our test shows that Acer's promised 12 hours of battery life wasn't an exaggeration. The tablet will easily last through a whole workday, as long as the user sets the display to a moderate level of brightness.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
12h 02min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 28min
Acer Talk S A1-724
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 16 GB eMMC Flash
HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab
Vivante GC1000+ Dual-Core, PXA1088, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG
PowerVR G6430, Z3560, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Medion Lifetab S8311
Mali-450 MP4, MT6592, 16 GB iNAND Flash
Lenovo Tab S8
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
-43%
-24%
-17%
-10%
WiFi
722
458
-37%
513
-29%
535
-26%
610
-16%
Load
328
169
-48%
270
-18%
305
-7%
315
-4%
H.264
535

Verdict

The Acer Iconia Talk S is a good tablet with many strong points, but also a few deficits. Strengths of the Taiwanese 7-incher include the IPS display with homogeneous brightness distribution and a reasonably high maximum brightness, as well as the energy-efficient SoC with enough performance power to handle future software, including Android 5.0, thanks to its 64-bit architecture. The device also invariably keeps its cool and has a fast flash storage medium at its command. The good surf performance and great GPS module also add to the fun. The LTE and dual-SIM functionality, which aren't a given in this price class, complete the well-equipped package. The tablet's very good battery life is the cherry on top.

We weren't such fans of the tablet's application performance, but it is wholly sufficient for everyday use. The fact that neither NFC nor dual-band WLAN is on board is bearable. Weightier negatives include the lousy speaker and the cameras that lack the ability to take sharp pictures.

For about 230 Euros (~$246), you'll get a well-rounded overall package that does a lot right. Those who can do without the LTE and telephone function might want to take a closer look at the well-designed and somewhat cheaper Lenovo Tab S8. But if you do in fact want to replace your smartphone with a tablet, the Acer Iconia Talk S is an interesting option.

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In review: Acer Iconia Talk S

Specifications

Acer Talk S A1-724 (Iconia Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
, LPDDR2
Display
7 inch 16:10, 1280 x 720 pixel, Capacitive, Multi-touch, IPS LED LCD, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 11.1 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm jack, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 128 GB (SDXC), Sensors: GPS & GLONASS; Digital compass (gyroscope), Position sensor, Light sensor, Dual-SIM (Micro-SIM)
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSDPA 42,2 MB/s, HSUPA 5,76 MB/s, LTE Cat-4 up to 150 Mbit/s
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.5 x 190 x 100 ( = 0.33 x 7.48 x 3.94 in)
Battery
14 Wh Lithium-Ion, 3780 mAh, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 12 h, Talk time 2G (according to manufacturer): 7 h
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: Main camera: 5 MP (max. 2592 x 1944 pixels), Videos: [email protected] fps; Front camera: 2 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Keyboard Light: yes, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
275 g ( = 9.7 oz / 0.61 pounds), Power Supply: 79 g ( = 2.79 oz / 0.17 pounds)
Price
229 Euro

 

In review: Acer Iconia Talk S.
In review: Acer Iconia Talk S.
The 7-inch display has an HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels.
The 7-inch display has an HD resolution of 1280x720 pixels.
Thanks to IPS, the display has stable viewing angles.
Thanks to IPS, the display has stable viewing angles.
The back side is grippy and hides smudges.
The back side is grippy and hides smudges.
Android 2.2 KK is installed; an update to Android 5.0 has yet to be announced.
Android 2.2 KK is installed; an update to Android 5.0 has yet to be announced.
The camera modules...
The camera modules...
...definitely leave something to be desired.
...definitely leave something to be desired.
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
Floating app.
Floating app.
Telephone app.
Telephone app.
Appearances can be deceiving: Unfortunately, the tablet...
Appearances can be deceiving: Unfortunately, the tablet...
...does not possess a second speaker. The upper speaker is only for telephoning.
...does not possess a second speaker. The upper speaker is only for telephoning.
The micro-USB port and 3.5 mm jack are positioned on the top of the device.
The micro-USB port and 3.5 mm jack are positioned on the top of the device.
The microSD-card slots are located underneath this small lid.
The microSD-card slots are located underneath this small lid.

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Pros

+IPS display
+Homogeneous brightness distribution
+Dual-SIM
+LTE
+Fast GPS
+Surf performance
+Quick internal storage
+64-bit SoC fit for future software
+Always remains very cool
+Energy-efficient
+Long battery life
 

Cons

-Performance
-Lousy camera modules and speakers

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What we like

The great features, including a bright IPS display and SoC with strong enough performance to handle future software. Plus the fabulous battery life.

What we'd like to see

A somewhat higher-quality case and better cameras and speaker(s).

What surprises us

That Acer equipped a device in this price class with LTE.

The competition

Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CG

HP Slate 7 6100en VoiceTab

Lenovo Tab S8

Medion Lifetab S8311

Rating

Acer Talk S A1-724 - 03/05/2015 v4(old)
Michael Moser

Chassis
75%
Keyboard
69 / 80 → 86%
Pointing Device
84%
Connectivity
52 / 65 → 80%
Weight
87 / 40-88 → 98%
Battery
93%
Display
82%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
27 / 76 → 36%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
50 / 91 → 55%
Camera
51 / 85 → 60%
Average
71%
83%
Tablet - Weighted Average
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Michael Moser, 2015-03-13 (Update: 2018-05-15)