Acer Iconia Tab A210 review

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

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Acer Iconia Tab A210
Polaris Office is one of the apps that comes preloaded with the A210

The A210 comes loaded with apps, and not just the previously mentioned Acer-made suite; Netflix, Acetrax (movie rental), Aupeo (web radio), 7digital (music), and Google-owned apps like Gmail, YouTube and Google Maps all integrate well by default. Infraware's Polaris Office app - worth £8.99 - is included for free, which is handy for editing documents from MS Office, though there are many others available on the Play Store.

Such software, however, brings a new dimension to the A210's USB 2.0 slot, since a desktop keyboard can be wired-up (though Bluetooth is also present). There's also an AcerCloud option for file-sharing and back-up, though it's probably wiser to rely on a cross-gadget service from Dropbox or similar.

Acer Iconia Tab A210
See that massive weather app? It's not as handy as it thinks it is

The Home screen includes an overly large "Life Digital Weather" display which is supposed to mimic what's going on outside, but in our tests it displayed raging sunshine even at night - and only changed if the tiny "update" icon was pressed, which is a tad high maintenance.

There's also a separate widget that gives you information by activity or "lifestyle", but we were never able to see exactly what the next five days held in store for dog-walkers, hikers or kite-flyers as the icons (15 in total) proved inactive. Stats for rain, UV, temperature and wind remained whatever activity we selected.

It proves adequate for gaming, with sessions of Shadowgun: Deadzone, Cubeman and Real Football 2013 looking and feeling smooth, and gameplay free from disrupting stutters or streaks. Various games are pre-installed on the A210, including Fantasy Town, Let's Golf, Air Attack and Fruit Ninja. All are dealt with well, and the A210's six-axis gyroscope makes tip 'n' turn games easy to work with.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Wireless LANYes
Product FamilyICONIA Tab A
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30L
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
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 Address
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