Acer Iconia Tab - Another Option

12/8/2012 9:19:01 AM

Despite not being famous, awesome performance…

When people talk about tablets, you generally hear two names more than any others: Apple and Samsung. The prevalence of the iPad and Galaxy devices are not dissuading other manufacturers, though. We’ve actually reviewed more tablets from other manufacturers that Apple and Samsung combined here at Gladget. And we’re about to add another to that list.

Acer are well known for their portable computing devices, at least in the form of the Aspire notebooks that they produce. They’re also known, to a slightly lesser degree, for other computing bits and bobs, like monitors. But they’re not really reputed for their tablet devices. Their experience in mobility shows, however, in the Iconia Tab. And it gives other, more prominent tab brands a run for their money.

Description: Acer Iconia Tab

Acer Iconia Tab

At the core of the device is an Nvidia Tegra dual core GPU that chugs along at 1GHz. Nvidia aren’t really well known for anything other than their GPU devices, but this CPU does the job admirably. Supporting that is 1GB of RAM, as well as 32GB of internal storage. Thus far, it sounds good, but nothing there necessarily sets this 10.1 inch tablet apart from the competition. The most noticeable difference is that it is a bit bulkier and slightly heavier than other devices.

But this bulk and weight comes with perks. Not many tablets can boast the level of connectivity that this Android device offers. Ports, for example, include a mini-HDMI output, as well as a USB port, in addition to the expected inputs and outputs. The device is also mini-SD compatible, so it offers expandable memory. Even down to the rotation lock switch (an extremely handy feature, let me tell you) the Iconia offers the user a lot.

And it is obviously fully supported by the Android App service, which makes a lot of sense in South Africa (where Apple offerings are still a little lacklustre in those terms.)

The device powers on and off very quickly, and the screen is extremely responsive, in addition to being very clear.

Connectivity comes by way of Blue Tooth, WiFi and multiple cellular bands, including HSDPA, Edge and GPRS. The device is even GPS ready (meaning that is has GPS support, which will kick in provided you have access).

Description: Acer Iconia Tab

It may not have specs that match up to the latest competitive offerings, but you could do far worse than the Iconia. Its responsiveness is excellent, and the expandable memory (not to mention added connectivity in physical terms) provide things that many competitors do not. Yes, it may be a bit harder to carry around, but the added bulk and weight are not that great as to make it an unviable option. In fact, it’s a very decent option indeed.

At a glance


It may be a bit bigger and heavier, but the performance and versatility it offers make up for that


Tech Specs:

§  1 GHz CPU

§  1GB RAM

§  32GB storage


§  10.1 inch

§  Micro-SD compatible


Manufacturer: Acer

RRP: Approx. $918

Pros: Very responsive, Lots of connection, Options, Expandable storage

Cons: Bigger, Heavier

Score: 88


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