With fewer tablets hitting our shelves year-on-year there’s less choice than ever for consumers who only want a slate and nothing else. Acer hasn’t yet forgotten that Android tablets are still a thing, however, and despite the doldrums the market finds itself in, the company keeps releasing new products. Its latest is the Iconia Tab 10, first launched last year, which gets a significant upgrade for 2016.
The design has been completely overhauled. It’s no longer the basic featureless tablet of 2015, with eye-catching bronze detailing and a textured back for extra grip. It really looks the part and at first glance, it looks like a premium product instead of the £150 budget tablet it really is.
Get your hands on it, though, and you start to notice some flaws. It’s much flimsier than I expected it to be, with the thin plastic housing flexing and bending unnervingly when put under even the slightest bit of pressure. This might not be the best product to hand over to your kids, unless it’s clad in a fairly rugged protective case.
It does have a decent selection of ports and connections, though. There’s Micro USB for charging and data transfer, a 3.5mm headset jack, and a microSD slot for expanding the 32GB of onboard storage, while a Micro-HDMI port hides beneath a curious chromed flap on the top edge. Wireless connectivity runs to 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
Typically, budget tablet manufacturers sacrifice screen resolution and overall picture quality in an effort to bring the cost down. The Tab 10 bucks that trend and has a reasonably impressive 10.1in 1,920 x 1,200 IPS screen, which is capable of displaying 80.3% of the sRGB colour gamut.
Compare this with the Alba tablet’s 76.4% and the EE Jay’s 67.6%, and the Acer is the clear winner, even if contrast ratio isn’t quite up to scratch at 634:1. Likewise, viewing angles are decent, and with a maximum brightness of 255cd/m2 it’s useable in most indoor lighting conditions; I’d stick to the shade if you want to use it in the garden, though.
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