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5.0 out of 5 stars Acer just does tablets really well., 16 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Acer Iconia A210 10.1 inch Tablet - Grey (Nvidia Tegra T30L 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB SSD, WiFi, BT, 2x Webcam, Android 4.1) (Personal Computers)
**Just a side note here, since posting this review the price has went from £199 to near £250. Call me suspicious however there is no reason for that kind of hike. The price tag is now currently not worth it for this unit. I suggest therefore that any readers look towards something like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, you are getting more for around that price. Whilst the Acer is really good value needs to be considered, so avoid at this price tag**

I bought this tablet for my daughter, I have an asus transformer however for a 14 year old that was not an option. I looked long and hard at budget tablets and it had to be a 10.1 inch screen as she is mostly going to use it for watching videos.

Really struggled choosing one, there are so many from as little as £80 right up to my maximum limit of £200.

First off here is why I went for the Aconia.

Processor:

It's an Nivida Quad Core, top quality and will handle whatever you throw at it from video to games and so on. Bags of power to keep the tablet running well.

Memory:

1GB DDR3, again latest memory type, 1GB is really a must when video is a prime factor in it's use and like a pc it gets bogged down with lots of apps running. The less memory the slower it will go.

Screen:

With 1280x800 screen resolution and also 1080 pixel High Definition it ticks all the boxes for watching videos, yes there are better but there are much, much worse!

Storage:

With 16gb of space to store things on it's decent but you can expand that to 32gb, perfectley good for my daughters needs.

Wi-fi:

802.11b,g and n, the n being important at many only have b and g. The importance of that is clear when you want to stream video, b is sluggish, g is ok but then n is best. Check your router, if you can run wireless using 802.11n then I would steer away from those that do not offer it.

General use:

Out of the box it is setup in about 10 minutes and ready to go. It runs android Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest operating system is Jelly Bean and many just won't upgrade, however there is a note attached to the tablet that you can upgrade straight away to Jelly Bean which is great.

I have watched a couple of films on it, one on the device and another from netflicks, nothing bad to say at all, no issues with the film pausing every so often like some do while it buffers. Battery life is giving about 6-8 hours which I feel is adequate.

You get full unrestricted access to google play store and all it's apps.

The touch screen is very responsive, no issues with it at all.

Weight wise it's fine, certainly not the lightest, my asus is lighter however it's light enough to hold and feels quite sturdy even though the plastic backing does feel a bit thin.

Overall I have given it 5/5. It actually exceeded my expectations, as I mentioned I own a £500 asus transformer so it had to go some to impress but it did. It's a great all rounder that will give a lot of fun. Acer is a well known and quality brand, this shows that off.

Be very careful choosing a cheap tablet:

I appreciate not everyone has deep pockets and budgets are tight these days. However please do your research when buying a tablet, think about what the tablet will be used for and whether the ones you are looking at fit the bill. Read reviews especially, that is where you will get your best information.

I have the chance to try out 3 different tablets that friends gave me to check over that they bought for presents. They cost £89, £110 and £135. All of them? Well I would not recomend any for anything other than light application use and web browsing, none produced an enjoyable viewing experience. Here are the main things I found between them.

Battery life less than 4 hours.
Limited access to google play store and in some cases extremely restricted.
Poorly lit screen, poor quality images, sometimes unwatchable for tv/film.
Touch screen unresponsive, often having to double and triple click to get it to work.
Watching any video over wi-fi is very poor, constant pauses in video, every 5 minutes it locks up whilst it buffers more video.

Hence the reason I went for the Acer, it had none of these issues. Not saying cheap is bad but cheap tablets are cutting corners in areas that make them painful to use in one way or another.

Hope that helps!
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Initial post: 27 Dec 2012 15:48:20 GMT
C. Vickers says:
Hi there -is this tablet compatable with a 3G dongle ?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2012 16:19:09 GMT
Lee says:
Hi, some do and some don't. If the dongle does not need to download drivers to work then it should be fine. Best to contact the provider of the dongle and make sure before you buy. In some cases it may be necessary to carry out a procedure which is know as "rooting" but unless you really know what you are doing I would advise against that as it can basically render the device totally unusable if you make a mistake.

You will be able to use wi-fi hotspots though when you are out and about, but that is very much location dependant, although coverage is quite good in more populated areas. Other than that you may want to look at devices which accept a mobile sim card which is the same as a dongle. The acer unfortunately does not offer this. The Ipad and nexus do and some others however you tend to find the price will go up quite a bit.

Hope that helps.

Posted on 27 Dec 2012 22:21:07 GMT
S S Prasad says:
Hi there. What Operating system does your Iconia Tab have?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Dec 2012 22:36:34 GMT
Lee says:
It only comes with Android, there is no option to change it.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Dec 2012 06:57:00 GMT
C. Vickers says:
many thanks for that info .

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 01:17:49 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2013 01:19:59 GMT
Re this advert....

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

It mentions a 16GB SSD! I don't think it's what i call a proper PC/computer SSD drive BUT i could be wrong???!!!

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 12:36:22 GMT
Last edited by the author on 15 Jan 2013 12:37:54 GMT
Lee says:
Not sure wht you mean. SSD refer to a Solid State Drive, all tablets use these and in fact they are now becoming the most popular new fit to desktop pc's due to their speed.

The capacity is adequate for most people and you can add a further SD card of up to 32GB.

What exactly are you expecting the drive to be in that size of unit?

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 12:56:17 GMT
It's Ok now as i've done some more research to the SSD etc L. Wisener and now fully understand what this means!!! I should have either done more research first or gone to Spevsavers...lol.!!! The Acer sems very good Spec to me! My friend as a Samsung Tab 2! BUT for me and my hobby, radio amateur, the Acer looks better so as to be able to port to it sometime in the future when certain apps become available...cul

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2013 17:40:43 GMT
Lee says:
The samsung galaxy 2 is a great tablet as well. Aside from processor and graphics though there is little difference in capability between both. Good luck :)
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