Acer Iconia One 10 (2017) review

A budget tablet with serious media chops

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Battery life

  • 6,100mAh battery
  • Average performance in our tests

While tablets might primarily be used on the sofa, for many a traveller they also provide entertainment while on the go. Indeed, for many parents with young children, having a tablet handy with some cartoons is the difference between peace and an utter hell storm.

More than phones, we expect our slates to last days between charges, and this is something that most iPads manage to achieve with some aplomb.

Throughout the review period, we found that we could squeeze around a day and a half of medium use from the Iconia One 10's 6,100mAh cell. That is watching YouTube videos, reading articles and browsing social media, mixed in with a little music streaming over Bluetooth.

Heavier users will have to recharge pretty much every evening, while those who have less demanding requirements will be able to take advantage of the excellent standby time that Android Nougat offers.

Performing the TechRadar battery test (playing a 90-minute video on full brightness from local storage), the battery dropped from 100% to 75%.

This is not a particularly strong showing, with the new iPad for example losing just 15% of its life in the same test, but the Amazon Fire HD 10 lost a comparable 26%, and dropping the brightness level of the Acer’s screen sees endurance increase considerably.

The results seem to suggest that, in this scenario, you should expect around six hours of screen time.


  • 5MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing one
  • Rubbish results in almost all cases

Much has been said about those who choose a tablet as their primary photographic device, most of it negative.

Devices such as the Acer prove that relying on a 10-inch brick for your image capture needs is a lesson in futility.

While the 2MP front-facing camera and the 5MP rear camera may seem relatively okay on paper, both sensors prove to be highly sub-par.

Both produce grainy, washed out images that look exceptionally poor in every situation. The cameras can only give a remotely usable image in the best of light, and are prone to flaring, fringing, artifacting and any other negative effect you might find.

The camera is slow to launch and use, too, though at least the Acer camera UI is reasonably intuitive in its layout, even if it looks a little outdated. Using the HDR function is a commitment longer than modern marriage.

If good image quality in this form factor is a must for you, it is worth shelling out more for something a little more premium.

Camera samples

Sean is a Scottish technology journalist who's written for the likes of T3, Trusted Reviews, TechAdvisor and Expert Reviews.