Acer Iconia Tab A110 review

Not a bad tablet, but also not as good or as cheap as its rivals, with a particularly disappointing screen

22 Nov 2012

Page 1 of 2Acer Iconia Tab A110 review

Had it been launched at the beginning of 2012, instead of at the end, Acer's diminutive new tablet might have looked a bit of a bargain. Unfortunately, there's now a lot of competition in the sub-£200 tablet sector, and the Iconia Tab A110's £180 price now makes it more expensive than either the Google Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD.

Acer Iconia Tab A110

This is a shame, as the specifications look promising. The tablet has a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor running at 1.2GHz along with 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. Critically, this storage can be expanded by up to 32GB using the tablet's microSD slot, a feature neither the Nexus 7 nor the Kindle Fire possess. There's also an HDMI output for plugging it in to your TV, and a 2-megapixel/720p webcam.

Acer Iconia Tab A110

Thanks to an up-to-date version of Google's Android operating system, 4.1 Jelly Bean, everything runs smoothly (4.2 is now available but only Google's own devices to date). Transitions between homescreens are as smooth and slick as we've seen on any Android tablet, as are panning, scrolling and zoom operations in the tablet's Chrome web browser. There are a couple of games included – Real Football 2012 and Ice Age Village – but other than this the tablet runs stock Android, a decision that should be applauded.

That initial impression is reflected in decent benchmark results. In the SunSpider JavaScript test the A110 scored a respectable 1,759ms. We threw a number of popular 3D games at the A110 and it coped fine with them all, including the demanding Asphalt 7. HD video played back smoothly, too, whether streamed or via a locally stored file.

All this means the A110 should be a fine tablet for games and movies, but the screen lets it down. Normally, we wouldn't be complaining too much about the 600x1,024 resolution. This is lower than the 800x1,280 of the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD's displays, but it still has a pixel density far higher than you'll find on most laptop screens and desktop PC monitors.

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