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.