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Acer Iconia Tab A210 - Screen and Interface

Andrew Williams

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Acer Iconia Tab A210 Screen

The aspect of budget tablets of old that suffered the most from cost-saving cuts was the screen. Rubbish TN panels would become a veiled mess as soon as you turned the tablet the wrong way, and thankfully the Acer Iconia Tab A210 is nothing like those old dogs.

There's a loss of brightness when the Acer Iconia Tab A210 tablet is viewed from an angle, but you can still see fairly clearly what's on screen - there's no show-stopping contrast shift here. And at 10.1 inches across, you could just about squeeze a couple friends around the tablet to watch a film.

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The Acer Iconia Tab A210's screen resolution is on-par with leading Android tablets of 2011 like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - 1,280 x 800 pixels. In these days of Retina displays and Full HD tablets, it's not impressive, and is only on-par with the 7-inch, cheaper Google Nexus 7.

Much like its design, the Acer Iconia Tab A210 screen is functional but little more. Colours look washed out and the pixel structure is quite visible, making it look like there are tiny little lines etched into the display if you set your critical gaze to full beam.

Top brightness isn't too hot either, which will be a problem if you intend to use the tablet outside, as its finish is highly reflective. The screen is best described as pedestrian.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 Interface

The Acer Iconia Tab A210 uses a modified version of Google's Android OS, the Ice Cream Sandwich version. Acer's custom user interface doesn't fiddle with the system's basics too much, and you still have the standard five home screens to fill with widgets, shortcuts and the like.

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Thanks to the quad-core Tegra 3 1.2GHz processor, general performance is good but - like any Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablet - it could really do with an upgrade to Android Jelly Bean. This version is much faster, and while the Acer Iconia Tab A210 doesn't suffer from major lag, there are occasional creaky transitions and pauses.

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Changes made by Acer are mostly superficial, but there are a few noteworthy bits. The Acer Iconia Tab A210 has a custom "ring" lock screen that lets you launch into one of four pre-selected apps. An extra button has been added to the persistent nav bar at the bottom of the screen too, which accesses the Acer Ring overlay menu.

Acer Ring

This again lets you launch a few favourite apps, as well as change volume, take a screenshot or access your web bookmarks. It's a neat addition, but we wish it wasn't announced on the nav bar with a bright green button. Like the hardware itself, it suggests the Acer design studio could do with an injection of taste serum.

The Android notifications pop-up menu and the nav bar icons have been re-designed in the Acer Iconia Tab A210 too, without any lime green issues. The notifications menu provides big buttons that let you turn off features like GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth quickly, which will help when you're trying to conserve battery life.

What's more useful, though, are the bespoke music and video apps, which we'll get onto later.

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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