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Acer Iconia Tab A210 review

Jelly Bean-toting 10.1-inch tablet with a great value spec - and a USB 2.0 slot

Acer Iconia Tab A210
The lock screen features the usual swipe-to-unlock function

While the interface is regular Jelly Bean, the A210 does have a layer of - for once - genuinely useful Acer-made apps and ideas. The most noticeable is the lock screen, which features the usual swipe-to-unlock gesture. However, as you swipe to the right, four shortcuts - in this case to Gmail, Browser, Gallery and Google - appear as four segments of half a circle. Our only issue is that you have to double-back while swiping to choose one of them, but in practice it works fine.

Acer Iconia Tab A210
The Acer Ring can be customised to bring up your favourite apps

There's also the Acer Ring, a four-pronged dial that pops up over whatever screen you're looking at when you press the yellow 'ring' in the centre of the screen's lower edge. When activated, the transparent ring makes the background blurry, and presents four shortcuts to whatever you want (by default they link to Gallery, Browser, Screenshot and Settings) around a Search shortcut, with a volume control on one side and links to recently visited web pages on the others, as preview-style tabs. Acer Ring is well executed, useful and nicely designed.

The A210's IPS LCD panel is just sensitive enough for general navigation, and is also absolutely fine for watching video. The viewing angle is good, colours are reasonable (there's the usual lack of contrast, but that's LCD for you) and certainly detailed enough for everyday viewing. Any lower res, mind, and we would have serious reservations - it's right on the limit.

The A210's reasonably fast processor also ensures that apps are launched quickly and multi-tasking is a breeze - in ten days of testing we only had one freeze-up and very few delays.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
GPSYes
Product FamilyICONIA Tab A
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30L
ColourGrey
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.20 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)720 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height175 mm
Width260 mm
Depth12.4 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesA
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelA210
Product NameICONIA Tab A210 Tablet
Product LineICONIA Tab
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberHT.HAAEK.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Lightweight and smaller than a magazine, the ICONIA TAB A Series is very easy to carry. It runs on the tablet-tailored Android operating system, and sports a capacitive multi-touch display with smart divisions that open up new possibilities for interaction. Enjoy a whole new touch experience!

Strikingly powerful

Inside the smooth and handsome chassis is a powerful mobile processor, putting striking power and graphics in your hands, while ample RAM enables fast multitasking. The multi-touch screen and fluid interface make using this tablet a breeze. And use it your way: hold the ICONIA TAB A Series in any direction and it'll auto-rotate to your perspective. What's more, the long-lasting battery will give you several hours of HD video playback and enjoyment.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA Tab A210 Tablet
  • AC Adapter