Competition in the market today is undeniably tough. With the sprouting of high-end gadgets and devices that offer different features, enthusiasts are all eyes on these new gadgets that come out of the market. iPad and Samsung Galaxy tablets may be on top, but 10-inch tablets are now grabbing attention. Acer launches the Acer Iconia Tab A210 which runs an updated Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. With its reasonable price and impressive features and specifications, this new tablet would definitely catch the interest of techies.
Design and Display
The Iconia is a multi-touch TFT capacitive touchscreen with 256K colors with two small speakers on the back, a soft-touch plastic that gives a pleasing grip. It offers 1280 x 800 pixel resolution IPS LCD screen, enough to display high-definition footage. Measuring 159 x 175 x 12.4mm and weighing 659g, its bulky appearance may not give it an attractive look, unlike other tablets which flaunt their slim and sleek designs.
Having a micro SD slot is one of the A210âs biggest advantages. It also comprises a covered area that shelters a microSD slot that can take maximum 32GB microSDHC cards, a reset button, USB 2.0 slot, a microUSB slot, a headphones jack, and a standby switch. On the top of the screen is the volume rocker, an orientation lock button and the A210's mono microphone. The A210 has a decent quad core 1.2GHz processor based on an Nvidia Tegra 3 T30 chipset, 1GB of RAM and includes both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, as well as GPS. Featured on the right-hand side is the last remaining input for power. It has a battery capacity of 3,260 mAh and a battery technology of Li Polymer.
Camera and Speakers
Built-in is a VGA front camera with a 2 MP, 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution. Though some complain about not having a rear camera, the front webcam serves its purpose as perfect for video calls. Listening to music would be a delight with its twin speakers that produce a sound that is satisfyingly good and well-balanced. Surprisingly for low-cost tablets, it features rear stereo speakers which give more quality to the sound.
The usual swipe-to-unlock lock screen function is featured in the A210. Swiping it to the right reveals four shortcuts - Gmail, Browser, Gallery and Google. Its capacitive touchscreen display is by far one of the most responsive among the android tablets. Its sensitivity is excellent for general navigation.
When it comes to entertainment, the A210 is undeniably superb. It is the strength of this gadget. Unlike other tablets which only play video types like H264 and MP4. A210 can play almost anything. It also showcases an Acer Ring, a four-pronged dial that pops up just by clicking the yellow âringâ in the screen, which can be customized to provide your favorite apps. Pre-loaded apps are available such as Netflix, Acetrax for videos, 7digital for music, Zinio for digital magazines, and Kobo for books. Downloading your favorite apps would not be a hassle since there is Google Play readily accessible.
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.
Its decent connectivity, having Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connections, lets its users connect and explore the web. Users of third party services like those from RingCentral would not have trouble with regard to call quality too because of its smooth and hassle-free performance.
Overall, the Acer Iconia A210 gives an impression to be a promising android tablet to hit the market with its price being economical, yet the performance is competitive enough to match, if not surpass, those of the leading high-end tablets available in the market.
Michelle Simpson is a full-time professional editor that focuses on online writing services, specialized in the field of technology like RingCentral cloud phone system, business and current trends in the industry.
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