Acer Iconia Tab A210 review

  • £200
  • $349.99

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
It's not high-end, but the soft-touch plastic back is pleasingly grippy

The A210 is all about creating a 10-inch tablet at a good price, and although that inevitably means some corners have been cut, these are fewer than we'd expected. Hardware-wise the A210 measures 159 x 175 x 12.4mm and weighs 659g. Two small speakers are mounted - oddly, perhaps - on the back of the A210, a soft-touch plastic that's hardly high-end but offers more grip than it looks like it should.

The strongly curved corners help too, and while the 18mm black screen surround is larger than we'd like, it does help add to the perceived contrast of video. The rush to have tablets and smartphones with super-slim bezels does seem to forget that. The top left-hand corner has an Iconia Tab logo, with the main Acer logo at the bottom of the screen.

Acer Iconia Tab A210
The microSD slot is one of the A210's biggest advantages

While this lowest edge of the product is otherwise clean, the left-hand side houses that USB 2.0 slot, a microUSB slot (there's also a cable in the box), a headphones jack, a standby switch, and a covered area that shields a microSD slot (that can take maximum 32GB microSDHC cards) and a reset button.

On the top of the screen is the volume rocker, an orientation lock button and the A210's mono microphone. On the right-hand side is the last remaining input, for power, though we'd like to have seen this removed in favour of charging via microUSB - that way, we could take one fewer cable when travelling with the A210. Worse, the power cable supplied is less than a metre in length. The lack of an HDMI output on the A210 will also deter catch-up TV addicts from plumping for the A210; others won't miss it at all.

Acer Iconia Tab A210
The basic front-mounted camera serves well for video calls

Though there is a basic VGA webcam on the front of the A210. Some will bemoan the lack of a camera on the rear. Personally, we'd dismiss that criticism as misunderstanding what a tablet is for: the beauty of the genre is that they can have myriad uses, of course, but photography is surely not one of them. For those looking for a tablet with no extraneous nonsense onboard, the lack of a camera is a stroke of genius.

Perhaps another is the reasonably low resolution. The A210 gets nowhere near the Retina stakes, mustering just a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, though that's just enough to host 720p natively.

The A210 has a decent quad core 1.2GHz processor based on a Nvidia Tegra 3 T30 chipset, has 1GB RAM and includes both WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as GPS.

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