Review Acer Iconia Tab A211 Tablet

Daniel Schuster, 05/18/2013

Thick all-rounder. The Acer Iconia Tab A211 offers a multitude of ports and reliable hardware in a robust case. Will this tablet be a success or is it destined to fail?

For the original German review, see here.

Acer expands its Iconia Tab series with a 3G-ready tablet running on the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC. The tablet may not be impressive at first glance, but it has a few interesting features to offer, like the full-sized USB 2.0 port. This particular SoC has been around for a while and has made a name for itself in many mobile devices. Thus, it is affordable and reliable. Currently, the Iconia Tab A211 is priced at slightly over 300 Euros (~$386) - quite reasonable considering the 10.1-inch display, 1 GB RAM, diverse ports and 8 GB flash storage. The technical specifications have now been released and in the following review we will share our own experience with this middle-class device.

Case

An unusually thick tablet.
An unusually thick tablet.

The first impression is lasting. The first time we picked up the tablet, we were surprised. The Acer Iconia Tab A211 is 12.4 mm thick, which affords sufficient space for a full-sized USB 2.0 interface. This is a feature only found in a few tablets, like the Samsung Series 7 Slate. At first, we were confused as we could find no identifying inscription on the device. Once we turned it on, the welcome screen confirmed that it was really the A211 Android tablet. The rest of the case measurements are typical for a 10.1-inch display: 260 mm x 175 mm (similar to competitors). The Toshiba AT300SE measures 261 x 180 x 10.5 mm and the Asus VivoTab RT is 263 x 171 x 8.3 mm. The A211 is noticeably heavier than the competition: the 3G tablet weighs 770 grams (AT300SE: 625 g, VivoTab RT: 525 g, Xperia Tablet S: 570 g).

The width of the case ensures sturdiness. The material is very reliable and resistant to pressure. The back cover is made of polycarbonate and can be pressed inwards slightly near the middle. Acer has installed a 1 mm rubber display border between the panel and the back cover. A similar design was used by BlackBerry for the Playbook. Given the weight and measurements, we find the feel of the device to be surprisingly good. 

Connectivity

Our model uses an internal flash memory of 8 GB. If that does not suffice, the user can add up to 32 GB more using the Micro SD slot. A flap on the left case edge hides the SD slot. Underneath the Micro SD slot, we have the SIM card slot (standard size), which provides mobile internet using the UMTS module. The left edge has many features to offer: a USB port, a Micro-USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack. This assortment is rounded off by a Power button on the top left edge. This button has a small LED on it which lights up when the tablet is being charged. As the proprietary power outlet is quite similar to the 3.5 mm audio jack, Acer has placed it on the right side to avoid confusion. The top of the A211 features the volume rocker and the rotation lock.

Peripheral devices, such as mice, keyboard or an external hard drive, work without issues via the USB port.  The hardware was recognized properly and ready-to-use within seconds. The full-sized USB port is a blessing, as the user will no longer have to lug around the cumbersome USB adapters for Micro-USB ports.

Right: proprietary power outlet.
Right: proprietary power outlet.
Top: volume rocker and rotation lock.
Top: volume rocker and rotation lock.
Left: Micro SD slot, SIM slot, USB 2.0 port, Micro USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack and power button.
Left: Micro SD slot, SIM slot, USB 2.0 port, Micro USB port, 3.5 mm audio jack and power button.
Navigation on the home screen.
Navigation on the home screen.

Software

Android 4.1.1 runs on our test model. Acer has given the OS its own flair, which is clearly noticeable on the lock screen. The unlocking of the device has been changed slightly and can be individually configured in the system settings. Acer chooses to install bloatware on this tablet, in the form of various apps like Aupeo!, Fantasy Town and Tegra Zone. These cannot be uninstalled, but they can be turned off. The manufacturer has included 3 energy plans in the system settings: High Performance, Balanced and Power Saver. Switching from High Performance to Power Saver will drop the brightness to 25%. Using the CPU Identifier app we were able to document the current clock speeds. A slight difference is noticeable: Power Saver mode runs each core at 1,100 MHz whereas the standard clock speed is 1.2 GHz.

Communication & GPS

The A211 offers two wireless methods for mobile internet. The first is the WLAN module which supports 802.11 b/g/n standards. In our test, the connection was always stable and left no room for complaint. The second method would be to use the UMTS module, which requires a SIM card. The wireless connection can be built using one of the following standards: GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, and HSDPA. Once the SIM card is installed and the correct PIN has been entered, the module will set up a connection (as long as a network is available). This process is automated and we would give it full points, were it not for the problem that we could not turn off the connection without removing the SIM card. Ideally, the user will always be connected to the internet, whether at home or on the go. However, it is not easy to turn off the UMTS module if one is connected to a WLAN network. As both modules will be constantly supplied with power, the battery life will drop significantly. In addition, the tablet does not show which connection is active. The only way to circumvent this issue is to always turn on Flight mode first and then turn on the WLAN.

App GPS Test
App GPS Test

The Sat-Fix of the GPS module works poorly (or not at all) in closed rooms or near windows. Outdoors, the tablet needs around a minute to locate a satellite. The accuracy leaves much to be desired. If one is on the go for long periods of time, the connection improves. Compared to the competition, the Acer A211 has a poor GPS receiver.

Cameras & Multimedia

The Acer Iconia Tab A211 uses a single front camera. This is quite rare for a tablet of this price range. We question the purpose of the front camera as most smartphones have better quality cameras. In addition, a smartphone is quicker to get out than a tablet. A better picture sensor would improve the tablet quite a lot as the current webcam has a resolution of 2 MP.

The test pictures attest to a low quality front camera. The sensor has problems in weak lighting (picture distortion). In addition, the colors are far from accurate. Despite the low sharpness, the camera can take acceptable pictures in good lighting. The problem is that the front camera mainly serves as a webcam. Due to high data usage, the use of the webcam will be limited to when the user is connected to a WLAN network, which is often indoors. This means that the picture quality during the video chat will be heavily dependent on the lighting of the room. We can understand what Acer tried to accomplish, but it seems as if they were not successful.

Front camera: 2 MP
Front camera: 2 MP
Reference camera: Canon EOS 600D, 18 MP, automatic
Reference camera: Canon EOS 600D, 18 MP, automatic
Front camera: 2 MP
Front camera: 2 MP
Reference camera: Canon EOS 600D, 18 MP, automatic
Reference camera: Canon EOS 600D, 18 MP, automatic

Accessories

The accessories of the A211 are quite meager. Aside from the proprietary power adapter, the manufacturer has included a Micro USB cable. A variety of manuals are also included.

Warranty

According to the manufacturer, the A211 has a standard warranty. This describes a 12-month carry-in international travelers warranty. The exact warranty specifics can be found here

Input Devices and Interface

The capacitive touchscreen recognizes multi-touch gestures reliably and quickly. The rotation of the display is fast and reliable: as soon as the position sensor is level, the display turns. If you do not want this to happen, the rotation lock on top of the tablet is helpful. Aside from the rotation lock, there are three other physical keys: the power button and the volume rocker with two functions. Both keys are placed on upper left case edge (in landscape mode).

Working on the tablet is a fluid experience, with the occasional stutter, which often occurs when opening the app drawer.

Display

10.1-inch display with a standard resolution (WXGA)
10.1-inch display with a standard resolution (WXGA)

The A211 has a mainstream display size of 10.1-inches. The LCD panel has a 16:10 ratio and a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. This combination results in a pixel density of 149 dpi (Toshiba AT300SE: 149 dpi).

With the help of the X-Rite i2Pro 2, we investigated the panel further. We measured an average illumination of 266.1 cd/m² and a maximum brightness of 290 cd/m² in the middle of the screen. The competition, like the Toshiba AT300SE and the Sony Xperia Tablet S, have higher values: the Toshiba model achieves an average 446.8 cd/m² and the Sony offers 367 cd/m².

269
cd/m²
266
cd/m²
246
cd/m²
269
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
242
cd/m²
265
cd/m²
292
cd/m²
256
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 292 cd/m²
Average: 266.1 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 290 cd/m²
Black: 0.29 cd/m²
Contrast: 1000:1

The illumination of 83% is unsatisfactory. The difference in brightness from the middle of the display to the outer right side is very high. Thankfully, the black value of 0.29 cd/m² and contrast of 1.000:1 are good.

With a color meter and CalMAN software, we evaluated the color accuracy and saturation of the display. From the RGB balance, we see the emphasis on the gray tones. However, it is quite weak. We also notice the burst of the color blue. It exceeds the DeltaE mark of 15. White, red and magenta also exceed the DeltaE value of 10 – this indicates poor color accuracy. Gray values deviate more in brighter colors than darker.

Gray Levels.
Gray Levels.
Color accuracy.
Color accuracy.
Color saturation.
Color saturation.

The modest display brightness prevents the user from reading the display with ease outdoors. In addition, the reflective display glass throws up distracting reflections. The contrast of 1,000:1 is quite good, but it cannot ensure good legibility. The user will have to constantly adjust the viewing angle to read the display. The legibility is also hindered by the lack of a brightness sensor which means that the user has to call up the brightness settings manually.

The viewing angle stability of the panel is very good. The brightness and the contrast drop only at extreme viewing angles. 

Viewing angles - Acer Iconia Tab A211
Viewing angles - Acer Iconia Tab A211

Performance

Like in the AT300SE or the Xperia Tablet S, the well-known Nvidia Tegra 3 CPU runs our test model. The SoC is finished in the 40 nm format and employs the 4 + 1 technology. This means that the SoC has 5 CPUs. The 1,024 MB of RAM serves as fast storage. The A211 is meagerly equipped in terms of capacity: 8 GB. The user can expand the storage using the Micro SD slot but this is inconvenient.

Our database is now filled with many test models which use the Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC. However, rarely do these test models achieve the same scores in benchmarks (despite the similar hardware). It all depends on the operating system and the apps installed. We ran a variety of benchmarks on our test model to see how it performs.

The result is disappointing. Despite similar hardware, the A211 almost always comes up last. The only exception is the Linpack Multi-Thread test, in which the test model can push ahead of the AT300SE and the Xperia Tablet S. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is up to 49% stronger in all benchmarks (except GLBenchmark 2.5).

GLBenchmark 2.5
Egypt HD Fixed Time
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
13 fps ∼22%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
13 fps ∼22% 0%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
14 fps ∼23% +8%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
9.8 fps ∼16% -25%
1920x1080 Egypt HD Offscreen Fixed Time
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
9.1 fps ∼2%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
9.3 fps ∼2% +2%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
9.5 fps ∼2% +4%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
9.5 fps ∼2% +4%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1250 Points ∼10%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1365 Points ∼11% +9%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
1480 Points ∼12% +18%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
1859 Points ∼15% +49%
Linpack for Android
Single Thread
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
42.191 MFLOPS ∼6%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
44.855 MFLOPS ∼7% +6%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
47.23 MFLOPS ∼7% +12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
55.77 MFLOPS ∼8% +32%
Multi Thread
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
133.333 MFLOPS ∼12%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
117.949 MFLOPS ∼11% -12%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
97.44 MFLOPS ∼9% -27%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
166.75 MFLOPS ∼15% +25%
AnTuTu Benchmark v3 - Total Score
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
10700 Points ∼30%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
12693 Points ∼35% +19%

In the browser-based benchmarks, we will also consider the test results of the Asus VivoTab RT, which runs on Windows 8 RT. The result is patchy: in Mozilla Kraken, the two devices are very close. However, in Browsermark 2.0, the gap between the two Tegra 3 tablets increases and the Windows tablet lies at a similar level as our test model.

Browsermark
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1048 points ∼15%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
794 points ∼11% -24%
Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
1043 points ∼15% 0%
Google V8 Ver. 7 - Google V8 Ver. 7 Score
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1509 Points ∼8%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1526 Points ∼8% +1%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
1327 Points ∼7% -12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
1954 Points ∼11% +29%
Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
745 Points ∼4% -51%
Mozilla Kraken 1.0 - Total Score
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
24634.3 ms * ∼14%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
23357.4 ms * ∼14% +5%
Sunspider
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
1680 ms * ∼16%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
1264.8 ms * ∼12% +25%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
1781 ms * ∼17% -6%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
1236 ms * ∼12% +26%
Asus Vivo Tab RT TF600
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
1012.9 ms * ∼10% +40%

* ... smaller is better

The last benchmark series was unkind to our test model. The Galaxy Note 10.1 achieves a 338% better result while writing 4 KB blocks. The tiny 8 GB flash storage poses a major disadvantage. If the results of the Xperia Tablet S (while writing 4 KB blocks) are blended out, the A211 would take last place.

AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
24.65 MB/s ∼15%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
32.34 MB/s ∼19% +31%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
28.16 MB/s ∼17% +14%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
31.85 MB/s ∼19% +29%
Sequential Write 256KB
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
3.54 MB/s ∼6%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
4.95 MB/s ∼9% +40%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
7.2 MB/s ∼12% +103%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
11.94 MB/s ∼21% +237%
Random Read 4KB
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
7.2 MB/s ∼34%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
7.83 MB/s ∼37% +9%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
6.41 MB/s ∼31% -11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
9.06 MB/s ∼43% +26%
Random Write 4KB
Acer Iconia Tab A211
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 8 GB SSD
0.13 MB/s ∼4%
Toshiba AT300SE-101
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 16 GB iNAND Flash
0.4 MB/s ∼14% +208%
Sony Xperia Tablet S
GeForce ULP (Tegra 3), 3, 32 GB SSD
0.25 MB/s ∼9% +92%
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Mali-400 MP4, 4412 Quad, 16 GB SSD
0.57 MB/s ∼20% +338%

Games & Videos

GTA III runs without issues and stutters.
GTA III runs without issues and stutters.

Even if the A211 fell behind in the previous tests, here it manages to play multimedia content well. Using various games, like GTA III or Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, we tested the limits of the A211 and could not find any reason for complaint. The hardware works flawlessly and as is expected of a modern multimedia internet device, the test model can play videos in high quality. We tested this by using multiple trailers in the Matroska format. The data rates of various film sections were above 6,000 kbit/s. The pre-installed player worked well with the Full HD files and provided a fluid picture in good quality.

Emissions

Temperatures

The A211 performs similarly to the Xperia Tablet S. On average and at load, the emissions lie between 32.3 °C (top) and 33.2 °C (back). If the cores are not at full load, the temperatures drop by 2 - 3 °C. Although the VivoTab RT and the AT300SE have a slimmer case, they still manage to have lower temperature emissions than our test model. At any point in time, the A211 is slightly warm. 

Max. Load
 35.0 °C30.3 °C27.9 °C 
 37.2 °C31.7 °C29.2 °C 
 36.0 °C33.3 °C30.5 °C 
Maximum: 37.2 °C
Average: 32.3 °C
28.2 °C30.5 °C38.2 °C
29.5 °C31.4 °C43.2 °C
28.3 °C33.3 °C34.0 °C
Maximum: 43.2 °C
Average: 33 °C
Power Supply (max.)  39.1 °C | Room Temperature 23 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The two speakers can be found on the back of the A211. When the tablet is placed on a smooth surface, the speakers are not entirely covered. While playing music, volume levels below 20% are not audible, as the maximum volume is not very high. This is more comfortable for the ears as the sound is not uncomfortably distorted at high levels like in other tablets we have tested. At maximum volume, while playing music which covers a wide spectrum of highs and lows, one notices that the speakers falter. The sound output is slightly distorted.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The tablet consumes unusual amounts of power while idle. At low load and brightness, the tablet requires 3.9 W. This is reflected in the battery life of the device. While the Xperia Tablet S achieves between 1.3 and 4.9 W, the A211 requires up to 6.3 W while idle. If the SoC is at high load, the power consumption can jump up to 8.6 W

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.2 / 1.1 Watt
Idle 3.9 / 5.8 / 6.3 Watt
Load 8.1 / 8.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

The Stability Test app allows us to simulate load on the CPU and GPU. At full brightness and with wireless modules on, the 3,260 mAh battery can last 3 hours and 45 minutes. Still 33 minutes more than the Xperia Tablet S, which is probably due to the tablet having a 2 Wh weaker battery. The opposite scenario depletes the battery in 14 hours and 15 minutes. The brightness is set to minimum and all wireless modules are turned off. The WLAN surf test is a more practical test which continuously loads websites and the brightness is set to 150 cd/m². The tablet lasts 6 hours and 50 minutes. Finally, it takes 2 hours and 47 minutes to fully charge the battery.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 15min
WiFi Surfing
6h 50min
Load (maximum brightness)
3h 45min

Verdict

The somewhat chunky Iconia Tab A211 has its pros.
The somewhat chunky Iconia Tab A211 has its pros.

The Acer A211 is an interesting product. For the price of 300 Euros (~$386), the buyer should not expect a miracle, but if you are interesting in having multiple ports on your tablet, then you will be very happy with this product. Sadly, the user will have to make a few compromises: the GPS receiver is laggy and the power consumption can be too high. The screen is not great either: it is not very bright but it does have a good black value and contrast. The hardware is slightly slower than that of other Nvidia Tegra 3 models. Still, the performance is sufficient for all tasks. The A211 belongs to the middle-class segment and is meant for those users who wish for good functionality and a variety of ports. Although it requires the user to make a few compromises, the tablet is not as pricy as many high-end tablets.

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Specifications

Acer Iconia Tab A211

:: Processor
NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.2 GHz
:: Memory
1024 MB, DDR3 SDRAM
:: Graphics adapter
:: Display
10.1 inch 16:10, 1280x800 pixel, Multi-Touch, LCD, WXGA
:: Harddisk
8 GB SSD, 8 GB
:: Connections
2 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: Micro-SD slot, Sensors: Position sensor,
:: Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 2.1 Bluetooth, HSDPA
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 12.4 x 260.0 x 175
:: Weight
0.77 kg Power Supply: 0.115 kg
:: Battery
24.1 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 3260 mAh
Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 10 h, Standby 2G (according to manufacturer): 479 h
:: Operating System
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
:: Additional features
Webcam: 2.0 MP, Speakers: stereo speakers, Keyboard: Virtual, 12 Months Warranty

 

The Acer Iconia Tab A211 is quite thick at first glance ...
The Acer Iconia Tab A211 is quite thick at first glance ...
... but it has a lot to offer.
... but it has a lot to offer.
For example, it includes a full-sized USB port.
For example, it includes a full-sized USB port.
The UMTS module allows the user to surf on the go.
The UMTS module allows the user to surf on the go.
The 10.1-inch screen offers good colors and ...
The 10.1-inch screen offers good colors and ...
... thanks to the Acer software, the user can customize the tablet here and there.
... thanks to the Acer software, the user can customize the tablet here and there.
The system settings offer plenty of options...
The system settings offer plenty of options...
... for fine tuning the tablet.
... for fine tuning the tablet.
The Micro SD slot is hidden beneath a flap, but it is ....
The Micro SD slot is hidden beneath a flap, but it is ....
... desperately needed. The internal memory is a mere 8 GB and ...
... desperately needed. The internal memory is a mere 8 GB and ...
... a few MBs of that is reserved for Android 4.1.1.
... a few MBs of that is reserved for Android 4.1.1.
The Nvidia Tegra 3 works reliably and ...
The Nvidia Tegra 3 works reliably and ...
... fast enough for the latest 2D and 3D games.
... fast enough for the latest 2D and 3D games.
The user can switch between different power plans ...
The user can switch between different power plans ...
... to save on energy.
... to save on energy.
The workmanship is decent, and the tablet seems ...
The workmanship is decent, and the tablet seems ...
... sturdy thanks to its thickness. It lies well in the hand.
... sturdy thanks to its thickness. It lies well in the hand.
The buyer has to make do with a 2 MP webcam ...
The buyer has to make do with a 2 MP webcam ...
... as there is no main camera on the back.
... as there is no main camera on the back.
The wireless modules do a good job ...
The wireless modules do a good job ...
... with the exception of the GPS, which is very slow.
... with the exception of the GPS, which is very slow.
The A211 is an interesting tablet with many good features...
The A211 is an interesting tablet with many good features...
... but it has glaring flaws which could have been avoided.
... but it has glaring flaws which could have been avoided.

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Pro

+Good color coverage
+Full-sized USB port
+Workmanship
+SoC provides sufficient performance
+Price
+Battery Life
 

Cons

-Weak camera (front)
-Weight
-Power consumption is too high
-Meager accessories
-Slow Sat-Fix

Shortcut

What we like

Despite above-average case thickness, the tablet is comfortable to handle and feels very sturdy.

What we miss

The flash storage of 8 GB is quite sparse, even though it can be extended with a Micro SD card. The power consumption is also too high.

What surprises us

Acer manages to put in a multitude of ports in the 10.1-inch tablet. The full-sized USB port is especially useful. All features are available for a reasonable 300 Euros (~$386).

The competition

Toshiba AT300SE

Asus VivoTab RT

Sony Xperia Tablet S

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Rating

Acer Iconia Tab A211
08/05/2013 v3
Daniel Schuster

Chassis
85%
Keyboard
65%
Pointing Device
80%
Connectivity
44%
Weight
97%
Battery
94%
Display
89%
Games Performance
30%
Application Performance
50%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Add Points
75%
Average
75%
85%
Tablet *
Weighted Average

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Author: Daniel Schuster, 2013-05-18 (Update: 2013-06- 6)