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Acer Iconia One 8

acer iconia 8 frontWant an affordable solution to inflight entertainment for the kids? Check out this Acer Iconia One 8. Wow. This is my first foray into the non-Apple world, and I have to say I am liking it. Here’s the problem with handing over one of your Apple devices to your child–nerves. That and easy access to your cloud. Apple stuff is expensive and children are…children. As careful as my son is with our iPad, it’s super expensive to replace, so I’m always a little apprehensive.

 

 

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At $100, the Acer Iconia One 8 is much more reasonable option for kids than an entry level $600 iPad. Kind of a no-brainer, right? Had I known about this when I got my son his iPod (way more expensive than this), I would have–hands down–gone for this instead. I’d rather spend that extra money on travel. And my son is thrilled with all the new things he can do on the Acer that he can’t do with the iPad. Like the cool, fluid screensavers and new designs for the home page. He loves the pattern screen lock as opposed to the word/number lock on the iPad.

He can play the games that are important to him, like Minecraft, Agar.io and Terraria. He likes the interface for playing  games on the Acer even better because he now has access to options that aren’t available with Apple restricted proprietary  availability for advanced gamers. Even though my son is used to using Apple products, he found the Acer intuitive and easy to use. It seemed like there was virtually no learning curve. The 8-inch screen is a great size for kids and I like it for myself as well.

 

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I’m so impressed with this I would consider getting a larger version for my in-flight entertainment when the iPad dies, but then I would have to get my movies from Google Play, and I’m already invested in the Apple eco system and iTunes. This is prohibitive for me (though as I understand it, there are work-arounds for this). But it’s a non-issue for my son since he uses it primarily for games, and when he wants to watch a show, he uses Netflix or Youtube. The stuff that is different is refreshing and fun for him, he likes the newness. He does not use the Acer for taking pictures–it doesn’t have the best camera, though it’s fine for skyping.

Specs:

  • Android™
  • MediaTek Cortex A53 MT8163 processor Quad-core 1.30 GHz
  • 8″ WXGA (1280 x 800)
  • Wi-Fi
  • 1 GB
  • 16 GB Flash Memory
  • 5 Megapixel (Rear Camera), 2 Megapixel (Front Camera)

If you’re traveling this summer and wonder how you’re going to keep peace in the car or on the plane–check out the Acer Iconia One 8. It’s affordable enough that each kid can have their own. Find it HERE.