Interface and Functionality

Originally launched a couple of months ago with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, good news is that right now the tablet runs on 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with the animation smoothening effects of Project Butter. On top of the stock Android is the light and likable Acer Ring.

Acer’s changes to stock Android start from the lock screen where a swipe to the right would familiarly unlock the device, but you can also slide to the left directly into one of four predefined apps like the Browser, Gmail, Gallery app and Google Now. You can change those pre-selected apps with ones that better fit your needs of course.

Once you have unlocked the tablet, you notice a double yellow circle in the center of the system tray. Tap on it and you get to the Acer Ring, a neat touch optimized screen with your bookmarks on the right and volume controls on the left. Right in the middle, you get four app shortcuts that you can customize and a large search button in the very center.

Acer has also tweaked the pop-up taskbar adding a useful eight quick toggles on it. You can easily activate or deactivate Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth or GPS for instance. There is a battery saver mode as well, quick access to settings and screen brightness adjustments.

Processor and Memory

The device features a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 with each of the cores running at up to 1.2GHz. There is 1GB of RAM on board and that was just enough for a buttery smooth Android experience. Navigating around the device happens without a stutter, but for more demanding content like the newest games (we tried Real Racing 3), the Tegra 3 starts to show its age, so this device will not be the perfect fit for hardcore gamers.

Here is how the Tegra 3 did in standard Android benchmarking applications:

Quadrant: 4363
AnTuTu: 12 496
NenaMark 2: 56.8fps

The tablet comes with 8GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD cards of up to 32GB.

Internet and Connectivity

The Acer Iconia Tab A210 is a Wi-Fi-only tablet that ships with the stock Android browser. In Jelly Bean, it does not support Adobe Flash for video playback. Pages on the browser load up quickly and scrolling around and pinching to zoom in and out is a fluid and enjoyable experience.

Google Play offers an abundance of browsers, and that’s one big plus. You can get Google’s Chrome browser if you prefer with its brilliant cross-device syncing or any other browser for that matter.

In terms of connectivity, you get Wi-Fi b/g/n, a GPS chip, Bluetooth 2.1 and the microUSB and full-sized USB ports we mentioned earlier.

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