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What’s the Acer Iconia Tab 10?
The Acer Iconia Tab 10 may be the Taiwanese company’s 10.1-inch entertainment-focused tablet. It’s in the same size bracket as the wonderful iPad Air 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, though it’s drastically cheaper at only £179.99.
“Start to see the difference and feel the beat” may be the Iconia’s tagline. We disagree, since both screen and speakers have a few problems. It’s a correctly functional tablet, with battery life and value being its biggest strengths. However, the funky-looking Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+, available these days for £169.99, is way better overall.
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Acer Iconia Tab 10 – Design
The Acer Iconia Tab 10 is a nice-looking tablet. It’s not really a stunner at all – the iPad Air 2 and Dell Venue 8 7000 stick out due to that – but its design is clean and simple.
Its glossy white plastic fascia is mounted on the tough aluminium rear with a white plastic frame. The curved corners and sides feel nice in the hands, although frame itself isn’t quite uniform with leading face. It juts out just a little, which is annoying since it digs into your thumbs when you’re holding it. The principal camera also shines of the trunk side, which is unusual and unsightly.
You’ll battle to hold it in a single hand for extended periods of time, but 520g is light for a 10-inch tablet as of this price. The slightly larger Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 weighs drastically less, at 465g, but also costs over £200 more. Meanwhile, the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ weighs a monstrous 626g.
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The Iconia Tab 10 is an agreeable size too, at 256 x 171 x 8.9mm. However, in portrait mode it looks awkwardly tall and thin, but we’ll focus more on that later in the review.
The Iconia includes 32GB of flash memory as standard, nevertheless, you can expand this via the microSD card slot. There are ports for Micro USB and HDMI too, that is a generous offering overall. In landscape mode, most of these, along with the power button and headphone jack, take a seat on the left edge. While this setup will please most left-handers, in addition, it helps it be tricky to carry the tablet when headphones are plugged in, because the jack sits accurately where your hand would usually be.
The quantity buttons are at the top edge, towards the left-hand side, as the front-facing camera lies above the screen, just off-centre. In addition, it runs Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
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Acer Iconia Tab 10 – Screen and Speakers
The 10.1-inch, 1,280 x 800 Active Matrix TFT LCD screen isn’t pin sharp, but its sheer size means it’s still best for watching movies on. It’s lovely and bright too, that makes it simple to use outdoors. Viewing angles and black levels are good, though it struggles to differentiate between your brightest colours on screen.
The display can be really touch-responsive, making for smooth scrolling and fuss-free typing. We were able to compose emails and notes efficiently with hardly any errors. The anti-fingerprint coating definitely toned down the residue left out by our greasy digits, but couldn’t cut out our smudges completely. Acer also says the screen is protected by the most recent version of Corning Gorilla Glass, that ought to ensure it survives minor drops and collisions.
However, it’s odd to encounter the 16:10 aspect ratio on tablets this large, and the Iconia Tab 10 does feel ungainly and imposing in portrait mode. We’re a lot more used to seeing the squarer 4:3 ratio on anything 10 inches and above, which isn’t the very best condition for watching videos on, but is superior for just about everything else. The Iconia’s screen is comparable in form compared to that of the Nexus 7, though it’s slightly less elongated.
Needlessly to say, it’s not ideal for browsing webpages in portrait mode, with sites appearing squashed and text becoming too small to learn as a result. If you need to utilize the Iconia for reading through the daily commute, you’ll need to put it to use in landscape mode. This position is most beneficial for watching videos too, with only thin black bars appearing at the very top and bottom of the picture.
A couple of Dolby-certified speakers sits on the trunk side, but they’re simple to block together with your hands in landscape mode. Because the Iconia doesn’t have a tablet stand in the box, we found ourselves sitting it flat on tables and beds, and sound quality suffered therefore, developing muffled and quiet.
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Even if you contain the tablet in portrait mode or prop it up in order never to obstruct the speakers, they’re not particularly loud and so are easily drowned out by background noise, such as for example construction work going on outside. We’d recommend purchasing a good lightweight speake