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Acer Iconia Tab A210 Review - Multimedia, Camera and Verdict

Andrew Williams

By Andrew Williams


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Review Price £249.99

Acer Iconia Tab A210 Browser

The Acer Iconia Tab A210 uses the stock Android browser rather than the snazzier Chrome, which became the standard for Android tablets following the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. You can always download Chrome from Google Play if you fancy, though.

A 10.1in tablet like the Acer Iconia Tab A210 offers a great browsing experience. With a nippy-enough processor, responsive capacitive touchscreen and large-enough display, it's a great device to lounge about on the sofa with, surfing idly. Android no longer supports Adobe Flash, which is a shame, but otherwise it's a browsing star - like every half-decent tablet.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 Multimedia

While the browser is generic, Acer has put some real effort into upping the multimedia skills of the Acer Iconia Tab A210. There are non-standard video and music players pre-installed.

The most useful is the video player. This increases the native video skills of the tablet hugely. Without any extra tweaking, many Android Ice Cream Sandwich devices can only play basic video types like H264 and MP4, but the Acer Iconia Tab A210 can handle just about anything you'd care to throw at it.

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Its quad-core Tegra 3 1.2GHz processor has no problems with most HD video content, only dropping the occasional frame. Video tends to highlight the limitations of the so-so screen, though, in particular the dull colours.

The music player app is good too, with an interface that's been designed with the screen dimensions of the tablet in mind. It's not outright beautiful, but lets you flick through a large music library quickly. Music file support is also worth a nod, with audiophile favourite FLAC supported alongside more commonly-used formats like MP3 and AAC.

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The internal speakers sit on the bottom of the tablet's rear, providing stereo sound. However, sound quality isn’t too hot. It's a little harsh at top volume and there's not a great deal of body to it.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 Apps

When you have the Google Play app store and its 700,000-odd app catalogue at your fingertips, non-exclusive pre-installed apps don't matter a great deal in tablets like the Acer Iconia Tab A210. However, Acer does include Polaris Office, a Microsoft Office-style suite that you normally have to pay for.

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The Acer Iconia Tab A210 also comes with integrated wireless printer software, but the rest of the pre-installed goodies can easily be found with a quick trip to Google Play. However, the solid multimedia apps and the Polaris Office suit amount to an usually good crop of extras - no annoying fluff and some worthwile additions.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 Camera

There's just one camera on the Acer Iconia Tab A210, a user-facing sensor that's there to provide video chat functionality. It's a 2-megapixel sensor, which is quite high-resolution for a front snapper. You can take stills or record HD video, although it's only really there to let you chat over Wi-Fi as captured images are low-quality. Skype doesn't come pre-installed but it's just a few taps away.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 Battery Life and Connectivity

The Acer Iconia Tab A210 has a 3,260mAh battery, which is very low-capacity for a tablet of this size. Compared to the 7000mAh unit of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 or the mammoth 11,666mAh unit of the iPad 4.

We left the Acer Iconia Tab A210 running a looped video with brightness set to 50 percent and it lasted for six hours. It's enough to keep you entertained on non-transatlantic flights, but in the tablet world it's a pretty poor performance. We expect to see at least eight hours of stamina from a tablet this size.

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It doesn't miss out on too many other features you can't see, though. It has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, only missing out on NFC, which is a wireless standard used for mobile payments in places like the EAT café chain. There's no 3G option available, so you're stuck with Wi-Fi with the Acer Iconia Tab A210.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 Verdict

The Acer Iconia Tab A210 is a partly-successful attempt at a low-cost Android tablet. It avoids the most serious pitfalls of early lower-cost Android tablets, but its pricing isn't aggressive enough to compete with the stars of the quickly developing budget market. The screen isn't great, the design won't get many excited and battery life is poor.

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Wes Smith

December 30, 2012, 1:17 pm

6/10 is very harsh. £199 for a Tegra 3 tablet is a bargain! Acer also upgraded the device to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Make no mistake; this is a media powerhouse! If you want a cheap device to watch jitter free 720p/1080p movies etc. then do consider buying this little gem.


January 8, 2013, 11:29 am

I have one of these A210 tablets and think it's great. Its the same price as a nexus 7 but includes the same processor and screen resolution:but adds 10" instead of 7"; MicroSD slot for cheep storage upgrades; full size USB as well as micro usb ports; cheep three year warrantee option; It' much faster than a samsung galaxy 10" tab and already runs jellybean. If you want a larger tablet and not worried about fitting it in your pocket, then this is a great choice. I must also say the screen on mine is great, so I don't know if acer have upgraded it on later devices.


January 12, 2013, 8:17 pm

I have to agree with both previous comments. 6/10 is a bit on the low side. This tablet is excellent value for money. The screen is more widescreen than the iPad and at 10.1 inch it is a perfect size for watching videos, playing games, browsing etc. It is a nippy, responsive tablet and in a world where mobile phones are rapidly approaching a 5" standard size why would you pay £200 for a tablet just 2 inches bigger when you can have this one which is a proper tablet size. It is weighty enough to feel premium and the grippy back covering is excellent (not the slippy coating on the rear of the iPad). This is a premium device for budget money. It should command a rating of at least 8/10 if not more.


January 28, 2013, 7:15 pm

I do not agree that cylindrical power connector is a drawback. It is much better than proprietary connector. They often damage after a while and cost you extra money and effort to replace a charger.

Gordon Chan

March 19, 2013, 4:04 pm

The writer of this essay seems to have little knowledge about battery. mAh is NOT a correct unit for the comparison of batteries with different voltage. Wh is the right one. Get it? 3.7V 6000mAh is equal to 7.4V 3000mAh. As a matter of fact, Acer A210 has 24.1Wh, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has 25.2 Wh, and IPad 4 has 42.5Wh total battery capacity.


March 24, 2013, 10:48 pm

Wow. What a phenomenally bad review. Do Acer not buy enough advertising?

As someone who has got one of these I can honestly say this is a very good machine for the money (and the price continues to fall). The performance isn't "respectable" its v.good for a tablet at this price. The battery life is OK, not mediocre. The screen is fine. There are no "relatively sharp edges". And no its rivals aren't the Nexus 7 ( you know 7 i.e. smaller i.e. different) or the Ipad 4 (a LOT more expensive), its main rivals are similarly sized Samsung tablets, which more, can have way poorer spec and garbage build quality. But, Samsung do do a lot of advertising.

Trusted Reviews? No, "mediocre" and unbelievably biased, definitely (and this isn't the only one)


May 31, 2013, 7:43 pm

Just bought this tablet last week. Great buy. Great spec for the price and very solid high quality build. Highly recommend.

Gerry Murray

June 10, 2013, 8:39 am

Just bought this Tablet, and I cannot wait for it to get here. I have used a friend's unit, and for the money, it's quite simply the best budget model out there. This and other reviews on the A210 are poor. I have to agree with Flabbergasted here. The machine deserves a MUCH better review and deserves the correct comparisons. I'd give 8/10. I won't be coming back here for another review, thanks.

Some Dude

August 23, 2013, 6:43 am

Kudos for the comprehensive review, but I've owned this tablet for several months now and find the author's final scores a bit harsh. This tablet isn't competing for king of the hill, but it delivers outstanding value. Snappy performance, runs Jellybean, runs well with anything I've thrown at it, and nice expansion and connectivity (though it has no HDMI unfortunately). If it were to cost the same as a Nexus 10 or iPad, then yeah - a 6 rating is fair. But I'm in agreement with others that this tablet offers tremendous bang for the buck. I'd give it a solid 8 or 9 for what it is.


August 26, 2013, 4:42 pm

I have had my Tablet for almost 8 months and I couldnt be happyer for the price I payed it works for what I need and then some... Only problem I have had is my auto rotation going off and not being able to get it to come back on... other then that its great..


October 30, 2013, 6:42 pm

I'm stuck between this and the Hisense Sero 7 Pro - which do you think is better?

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