Acer Iconia Tab A210 Review: a great gaming tablet with Tegra 3

Written by B Johnson February 23, 2014
Acer Iconia Tab A210 Specs
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(Acer Iconia Tab A210 Specs)

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Anyway – after posting some of tablets from Acer which i thought would be great for gaming, today, i want to bring you more other of Acer’s tablet that you might want to check out if you’re into tablet gaming.

However, don’t be surprised if the Acer tablets that i would like to showcase on this website are the ones that come with Tegra processors given that these mobile chipsets have been ones of the top performers alongside Qualcomm’s flagships (e.g., Snapdragon 800, 600, S4 Pro, etc) around the smartphone and tablet markets, especially when it comes to gaming.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 benchmarks and gaming performance

Okay then, the first tablet that want to show you in this review is Acer Iconia Tab A210.

And yes, it’s armed with Tegra processor, Tegra 3, and i believe this device could be a great gaming tablet, if not the best.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of Acer Iconia Tab A210.

But before going straight to the review, let me give you the brief introduction of this tablet.


There is one interesting fact about Acer tablets. Unlike other tablet manufacturers, most of Acer Iconia tablets, even almost all of them, are packing NVIDIA’s homemade Tegra processors.

This just shows how Acer has been having a close relationship with NVIDIA to supply its mobile chipset inside Acer tablets.

This is actually not very surprising because most of Tegra tablets are really great in performance (the 1st-gen Nexus 7 proved that, remember?).

Acer Iconia Tab A210 - Full tablet specifications/SPECS

Unfortunately, despite being good quality tablets, not many people, even tablet shoppers in general are familiar with Acer tablets. I personally never saw any Acer tablets in my country.

I know that one of Acer tablets, Acer Iconia Tab B1 is sold in my country, and it’s insanely cheap, but compared to other brands, like iPad, Samsung GALAXY, Sony Xperia or Asus Transformer, It’s just really rare to find any Acer tablets in many markets.

I really hope things will change in the next few months so many tablet buyers can have more choices of tablets besides iPad, Samsung GALAXY or Sony Xperia tablets.

The good thing is, even though Acer tablets are not really popular compared to its rivals, based on what I’ve seen on many reviews of Acer tablets around YouTube, the quality of Acer Iconia tablets is actually not bad at all.

In fact, some of its tablets like Acer Iconia A500, A511 or A700 are really great quality tablets.

They have great software, UI, features, hardware, build quality, design and the most amazingly, great battery life. And the fact that they are armed with Tegra 2/Tegra 3 makes these tablets great not only as media-consumption devices, but also, as gaming tablets.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 is no different. This tablet is packing a 10.1-inch display with the resolution of 1280x800 pixels, powered by Tegra 3 quad-core chipset.

This type of specs actually kind of reminds me with the specs of the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7 (1280x800 pixel display, Tegra quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 12-core GPU, etc), although this Google’s tablet is using 7-inch display, as opposed to the 10.1-inch display on Acer Iconia Tab A210.

So having known that, then it’s no brainer if this Acer tablet will also have a great performance just like Google Nexus 7 (but not as great, given its heavy software and bloatware).

The question is, does this Acer Iconia Tab A210 really stack up against other 10.1-inch tablets across the market to date? Well, we’re about to find out about that in this review.


On the design sector, Acer Iconia Tab A210 actually looks kind of similar with its predecessor, Acer Iconia Tab A200.

They both share the same looking bezels, metallic trim around the side and the same rounded corners.

On the back side, you also will not see anything than the logo of Acer engraved on the center position.

This tablet may not have that premium looking design just like on iPad, Sony Xperia Tablet Z or LG G Pad 8.3, but still, compared to other budget 10.1-inch rivals out there, the design of Acer Iconia Tab A210 is still considered as pretty good for a 10-inch tablet.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 Review and Gaming Performance

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  • SIM No
  • Released 2012, November
  • 10.1 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 800 x 1280 pixels, 256K colors, (~149 ppi pixel density)
  • Quad-core 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradable to Jelly Bean
  • Acer UI
  • microSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 8/16 GB Internal storage
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • No rear-facing camera
  • No GPRS
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • GPS
  • No Radio
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable Li-Po 3260 mAh battery
One of the best things found on this tablet compared to the predecessor Acer Iconia Tab A200 is definitely its processor.

If the Tegra 2 dual-core chipset of the predecessor is already able to deliver a great performance to that tablet, then the more powerful Tegra 3 on Acer Iconia Tab A210 will definitely bring a much even powerful performance than the predecessor.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 comes with some pretty great specs, like a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel display, a quad-core 1.3GHz Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 12-core of GeForce ULP GPU, an Acer UI with Android ICS comes pre-installed, a 2MP front-facing camera with NO rear-facing camera, a 3620mAh power battery and many more.

With this type of specs, then this tablet will fall to the mid-end tablet category, especially with its great processor, big and sharp 10.1-inch 720p display and its powerful gaming performance.

Compared to the 10.1-inch rivals across the market right now, like Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014), iPad Air, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, Samsung Google Nexus 10 or Kobo Arc 10 HD, then Acer Iconia Tab A210 has no chance to compete at all with these tablets, especially in terms of display, performance and gaming capability.

But still, if you can snatch this tablet at low price point or around $150 to $170, then you’ll make no mistake when getting this tablet.

But my recommendations around that price range are either Tegra Note 7 or HP Slate 7 Extreme if you’re looking for an affordable tablet but with insanely powerful gaming performance, although you must be willing to sacrifice the big 10.1-inch display on Acer Iconia Tab A210 and instead, get a smaller 7-inch screen on these 2 alternatives.


Even though Acer Iconia Tab A210 can be considered as an old tablet, given its release date in November 2012, it’s still good to see that this tablet is already packing a 720p resolution on its 10.1-inch display.

Compared to other 10-inch rivals in tablet market, the display of this tablet may not be on par with the names like Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014), iPad Air, Sony Xperia Tablet Z or Kobo Arc 10HD that already adopt a higher resolution display, however, in the real life implementation, the 720p resolution (1280x800 pixels) on a 10.1-inch display actually already looks great and sharp for normal human eyes.
Acer Iconia Tab A210 Review and Gaming Performance

So for doing some basic things like watching HD movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web or even playing games, all of these tasks can be enjoyed at the fullest on a sharp looking display of this tablet.

However, given that this tablet only uses a medium 720p resolution on its big 10.1-inch display, then the text and images will look small in normal view, especially when browsing the web or reading books or magazines.

But you can always do the pinching gesture in order to zoom in zoom out the screen everytime your eyes can’t read the text or see the images clearly.

User Interface

Acer Iconia Tab A210 comes pre-installed with Acer’s homemade UI called Acer UI.

However, the UI of this tablet still has that standard homescreen just like any other Android tablets out there on the market, where you can fill the homescreen with your favorite widgets, apps or shortcut apps, plus there is notification window on the top.

The great thing about Acer UI of this tablet is that, compared to the stock vanilla Android OS, this tablet comes pre-loaded with some cool features and visual presentations that you’re probably can’t find on any other regular Android tablets out there.


Similar just like any Acer Iconia tablets that i’ve showed you on this website, there is no significant difference on the User Interface of this tablet.

It still has that standard Acer UI with the same basic features like app shortcuts on lock screen “key”, 3D-alike carousel effect on music player, Photo Browser 3D, awesome camera UI and many more.

And just like other Acer tablets, my favorites are the shortcut apps on the lock screen “key” and photo browser 3D.

The app shortcuts on the lock screen “key” is actually the same feature that can also be found on any CyanogenMod-installed devices, which allows you to put your favorite app shortcuts in front of the lock screen “key” (the on-screen key to unlock the screen) and will be presented in the shape of circle ring UI.

Meanwhile, the other cool feature on this tablet is called Photo Browser 3D, which is actually a photo gallery app but it is shown in the form of photo album UI.

Through this app, all of your photos will be displayed in the form of paper-alike photo album UI.

So if you want to see the next photos, you just need to swap the screen either to the left or right just like swapping the paper when you’re reading book.

The awesome thing about this app is that, besides swapping the screen with your finger, thanks to its gyroscope, you can also lift up this tablet on the left and right position everytime you want to see the previous or next photo respectively.

Besides these 2 features, there are also some other cool features that you can get on this tablet.

I think with the features and UI that come on this Acer Iconia Tab A210, this tablet is a much better choice than the first-gen Google Nexus 7, given that it comes pre-installed with the stock vanilla Android UI, which lacks interesting features, although it’s much faster in terms of performance.


In terms of performance, Acer Iconia Tab A210 is taken care by NVIDIA’s homemade chipset, Tegra 3 quad-core processor, plus 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

So practically, tablet, actually any tablet, with this processor will be capable to deliver a super fast and smooth performance in daily tasks, probably similar like the performance of the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7, which we all know already, has been really fast and smooth.

And the fact that this Acer tablet is also packing the same 1280x800 pixel display, just like Google’s tablet, makes Acer Iconia Tab A210 on par with the performance of Nexus 7.

So doing things like: watching HD movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web, using live wallpaper or even playing games, all can be executed perfectly on this tablet in smooth and fast performance, which is one of the most important things to have on a great tablet.

So next time you’re looking for great media-consumption tablet with great performance and good gaming capability, then Acer Iconia Tab A210 definitely can be added in your hunting list.

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When it comes to gaming performance, Acer Iconia Tab A210 is actually as great as other Tegra 3 devices out there, say, the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7, given their same exact type of specs (Tegra 3 quad-core, 12-core GPU, 1GB of RAM and 1280x800 pixel display).

So in real world performance, with this type of specs, Acer Iconia Tab A210 is definitely more than capable to handle any kind of games across Google Play Store or even Tegra Zone, even the most graphically demanding ones.

So with that being said, then with Acer Iconia Tab A210, you’re able to play games like: Need for Speed Most Wanted, Horn, Asphalt (5, 6, 7), Modern Combat (1, 2, 3, 4), N.O.V.A (1, 2, 3), ShadowGun, GTA III, GTA Vice City, Dead Trigger 1 and many other games released before 2013, all in full graphics and smooth performance.

However, just like the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7, there are also some other games that just can’t be played on this tablet in high graphics setting, like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas, given that these games require more advanced and powerful chipset and especially, graphics chipset, in order to run perfectly in full graphics, like, say, Snapdragon 800, Tegra 4 or PowerVR G6430 on Apple’s latest devices.

The good news is, both GTA San Andreas and Asphalt 8: Airborne provide the setting where you can adjust the graphics of these games manually, which can be handled by the hardware of this tablet.

So you’re probably in luck to play these games in smooth performance, even if you have to sacrifice their graphics and visual effects to the low level setting.

So overall, Acer Iconia Tab A210 is still a good gaming tablet, if not great, let alone the best. It may not be able to play the latest graphically demanding games in smooth performance.

But for the games released before 2013, this tablet is definitely more than capable to handle these older games perfectly and the most importantly, in full graphics.

And given the fact that the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7 has already been a great gaming tablet on the market 2 years ago, then you can expect to see the same thing on this Acer’s tablet.

The good thing is, this Acer Iconia Tab A210 is packing a much bigger 10.1-inch display, compared to the 7-inch screen of Google’s tablet.

So besides getting the same great gaming performance, the experience of playing games on this Acer’s tablet is definitely more fun and enjoyable given its bigger screen real estate.


Despite being a good gaming tablet, it’s too bad that Acer Iconia Tab A210 has no rear-facing camera.

So if you’re into tablet photography, you will be left disappointed with this tablet, given its lack of rear-facing camera.

Even so, there is still a 2MP camera on the front that can still accommodate your hobbies of doing selfies or video call.

Battery Life

On the battery life sector, Acer Iconia Tab A210 can be considered as equal with other Acer Iconia tablets out there, like say, Acer Iconia Tab A200 or Acer Iconia Tab A500, given their same 3260mAh power battery.

The good news is, given that the battery life of Acer Iconia Tab A500 (with Tegra 2) is really great, according to PhoneArena, then you can also expect the same thing on this Acer A210.

But the thing is, Acer Iconia Tab A210 is packing the Tegra 3, which is really power hungry, compared to the Tegra 2 inside the Acer Iconia Tab A500.

So with that being said, then the battery life of this tablet may not last as longer as Acer Iconia Tab A500, although the performance of A210 is way faster and powerful than A500.

So if Acer Iconia Tab A500, according to many reviews, could last in 2 days even in heavy usage, then you can expect to see Acer Iconia Tab A210 last around 1 solid day in heavy usage, in one full charge.

However, if you’re going to use this tablet to do some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen, the battery life of this tablet probably could only last around 4 to 6 hours, which is still considered as pretty good for a media-consumption tablet.

Acer Iconia Tab A210 actually kind of reminds me with other Acer tablet named Acer Iconia Tab A110, which is packing the same Tegra 3 quad-core, 12-core GPU, 1GB of RAM, but lower-resolution 1024x600 display and smaller 3420mAh power battery.

This tablet could only last in a half of day in heavy usage, which is mediocre for a media-consumption tablet.

To make a comparison, Acer Iconia Tab A210 comes with a higher-resolution 1280x800 pixel screen, a power hungry Tegra 3 processor and a slightly bigger 3620mAh battery. So the battery life of this tablet could probably last more than the battery life of Acer Iconia Tab A110.

My Personal Opinions

So to sum this up, i personally think that Acer Iconia Tab A210 is still a pretty good quality tablet, if not great.

The highlights of this tablet are definitely its Tegra 3 processor, 12-core GPU, 720p (1280x800 pixels) display and its software.

These specs actually are the same ones found on the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7.

So having known that, then the performance of Acer Iconia Tab A210 is probably on par with that Google’s tablet, although not as powerful and faster as Google Nexus 7, given its heavy software and pre-loaded apps.

Unfortunately, this tablet lacks rear-facing camera, which has become mainstream on tablet market these days.

Even though not many people take photos with their tablets, the existence of rear-facing now is considered as really important for majority of tablet shoppers out there, especially given that iPad has a great camera, and the 2nd-gen Google Nexus 7 also already has rear-facing 5MP camera.

Luckily, the lack of rear-facing camera on this tablet is helped a lot with a great gaming performance and good display on this tablet. Compared to Acer Iconia Tab A110, it’s no doubt that Acer Iconia Tab A210 is definitely better in many ways.

It has a bigger and higher-resolution 720p display, bigger battery capacity, the latest software version, plus it has a better looking design than A110.

So if you’re still looking for a good 10-inch tablet for media-consumption device, especially for gaming, then you might want to check out Acer Iconia Tab A210.
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