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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

Our Verdict

The Acer Iconia A210 is one of the best budget 10-inch tablets available. If it wasn't for the very average battery life, we'd be having a major fling with the A210 because it has both flexibility and an Acer-made polish to its user interface that we really enjoyed using.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)

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For

  • USB 2.0 slot
  • microSD card
  • Acer Ring
  • Good value

Against

  • Lacks HDMI output
  • Data-only microUSB
  • No rear camera
  • Average screen

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Battery life is the one are where the A210 can't match Samsung

This is probably the major area where the A210 doesn't compare well with its biggest rival the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

Saddled with a 3260mAh battery that's about half as clever as Samsung's 7,000mAh battery, the A210 managed only six hours of video. Indeed, our 90-minute Nyan Cat test forced the A210's battery down from fully charged to just 81 per cent. Mind you, that's a tad better than the Google Nexus 10.

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The pop-up menu helps you manage battery consumption

Still, we do like the option to easily de-activate certain features, and the pop-up taskbar gives options to turn off the likes of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and Notifications - or just engage Airplane mode - with single presses.

Fully charged, we were able to use the A210 intermittently through the day to browse and check email without too much of a worry about its battery, though by late afternoon it needed some power - and sadly its proprietary cable is very short, ruling out any browsing while charging.

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The SunSpider test showed the A210 doing better than average for an Android tablet

In our SunSpider benchmark test of the default Android browser (and, indirectly, of the processor, too), the A10 scored an average of 1302.7ms - that's significantly above average for a budget Android tablet - while the browser earned a pretty average score of 443 from the Peacekeeper browser test.

Qualcomm's Vellamo app-based browser test for HTML 5 and all'round 'metal' produced a score of 1,384 and 356 respectively, which ranked the A210 in fifth place behind a few Android smart phones, but above the Sony Tablet S and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

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