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Acer Iconia A210 10.1 inch Tablet - Grey (Nvidia Tegra T30L 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, WiFi, BT, 2x Webcam, Android 4.1)
Acer Iconia A210 10.1 inch Tablet - Grey (Nvidia Tegra T30L 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, WiFi, BT, 2x Webcam, Android 4.1)

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awfy good, 30 Mar. 2013
I was lucky enough to get mine for £200 at PC World when they still stocked them (it was £250 on here at the time. The price could well fall further). What's confused me is how factually incorrect most reviews of it are. The "trusted review" website is bad enough, but on here someone is saying you can't buy apps on Google Play (Yes you can) and that its missing a camera (no its not, its got the one its supposed to have that faces the user for skype etc.,. And do you actually use a tablet for taking pics? Thought not).

As for what its actually like, well its very good is what it is. I chose it over a Nexus 7 because I wanted to read comics (and needed a larger screen) and a Nexus 10 (because they were sold out and I wasn't comfortable with the idea of humphing something that expensive about, whereas this I use at home and for passing the time on the plane/in the airport when travelling for work).

More specifically, its really easy to pick up and use straightaway. The screen is what you'd expect (plus I've yet to encounter a film file format I can't get to play). The full size USB socket is fantastic and makes transferring files a doddle. Mine wouldn't recognise the 2 32g SD cards I tried, but did accept the 16gb one, so for no much extra its actually a 32gb machine. The processor means you get to play all the latest, tegra games and the build quality is good i.e. unlike a Samsung tablet it doesn't creak (or slip) when you pick it up. There's not too much bloatware on it. Battery life is fine (a few days between charges after reasonably heavy use and it charges v.quickly).Speakers are OK (those on my Wee Yin's Kindle Fire HD are a chunk better), but as I got a portable Bose speaker and it links to that perfectly (and quickly) they're no really an issue.

So 4 out of 5 from me - the SD card thing is a negative and its not fantastic, rather its just very,very good if you can get one at the right price i.e. less than the £250 it was just a couple months ago. No idea about Apple cos I'm locked into android via google play music, but, compare/contrast with the Samsung 10.1 tablets selling on here and down your high street with notably poorer spec. but for chunks more money!


Tuff-Luv Type View Leather Case Cover and Stand for Acer A200 - Black
Tuff-Luv Type View Leather Case Cover and Stand for Acer A200 - Black

4.0 out of 5 stars Does the job a treat, 8 Feb. 2013
I got this for an Acer A210 tablet, which it fits perfectly.

Put the tablet in the case and you can still easily access all the sockets and switches. Heck, the wee front facing camera is peeping out thru a well placed hole. The only time you need to take the tablet out again is to move the plastic panel covering the micro SD card slot & reset pinhole.

The case itself feels good for faux leather, is v.easy to stud into "position" and feels nicely robust. The only qualification is its a bit pricey compared to what you might pay for a case for a bigger selling tablet, hence the 4 stars, but then an acer case is more of a niche product I guess.

Overall, I reckon its well worth it.


The Transformation of Scotland: The Economy Since 1700
The Transformation of Scotland: The Economy Since 1700
by Tom M. Devine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £29.99

2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear, 28 July 2007
Scottish economic history has been in a perilous state for years, the (very) poor cousin of the vibrant studies being conducted into Scottish social, medical and cultural history, in fact any type of Scottish history it seems as long as it doesn't involve too much counting.

The one notable exception to this was Richard Saville's awardwinning Bank of Scotland History. Except that was paid for by the Bank itself over a decade ago. Professional historians it seems haven't, of their own volition, had much interest in the economy or its institutions for decades. This has left the bulk of the historiography stuck somewhere in the 70s telling tales of heavy industry, its rise and fall, growth and contraction, etc., etc.. Even worse this fetish has dragged labour historians along in its wake and together produced an account of our past economic lives as exclusionary and biased as any whig historian's. Its also one with little meaningful to say about the origins of the present day

So is it about time we finally had a new survey of the economy by historians other than the variously retired, deceased and emeritus Professors Campbell, Slaven, Checkland and Payne? Yes. Does this fill the gap? No.

Rather its 1 star for recognising there is an issue and another 2 for the contributions of Professors Peden and Lee. As for the rest, oh dear. Professor Devine largely rehashes his existing research. Mr Newlands successfully argues 'that contra to neo-classical theory the"equalising role of prices within the market mechanism" had little impact on regional differences, something I'm sure we'll all bear in mind next time we're reading "Egg-sucking lessons for grannies and other meaningless straw men". Dr Cameron for some unknown reason was allocated an entire chapter on twentieth century agriculture. In it he emphasises the marginalization of the sector and its concerns, a nice point familiar to anyone thats looked at a farmer's union policy document, but perhaps not one to ever mention in areas shut off during the Foot and Mouth epidemic where handfuls of farmers waiting for compensation where close to being lynched by dozens of uncompensated hoteliers and tourist trade workers. With this kind of analysis being made perhaps a more interesting question than many of those considered here is why where no contributors drawn from Scotland's two remaining departments of Economic and Social History? In the meantime other than the fact the alternatives are so old, I can think of few positive reasons overall for buying this book.


Era Vulgaris
Era Vulgaris
Offered by Assai-uk
Price: £6.35

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars buy this?, 11 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Era Vulgaris (Audio CD)
Only heard a few tracks (Era vulgaris, make it wit chu - stands up to the original - and 3s and 7s - rocks) and all good so far. Its probably also a 5 compared with most other recent releases, so the 4 is a kinda holding patern. Its just all the other QOTSA major record company releases have had extras/UK bonus edition things so I'm holding off to see if the same thing happens here (free DVD, CD, bonus tracks etc.), which is a pain as I' m sure its good stuff.


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