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Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 Tablet Review

Manuel Masiero, Tanja Hinum (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 02/16/2015

Multimedia central. Acer designed their Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 to be a veritable home entertainment system. To that end, they equipped the 10-inch tablet with an HD display, a quad-core SoC and a Dolby sound system. Is the 200-Euro (~$225) Android device worth buying? Read our review to find out.

For the original German review, see here.

Acer's Iconia Tab 10 line consists of tablets that are inexpensive but also equipped with good hardware. We recently reviewed the top model in this line, the Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD (NT.L5FEE.003), priced at around 250 Euros (~$285). Now we're taking a look at the Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003), the series' entry-level device. This tablet costs just 200 Euros (~$225). While the top model is equipped with a FullHD display, the A3-A20's HD display is limited to a resolution of "just" 1280 x 800 pixels.

All versions of the Acer Iconia Tab 10 are outfitted with a MediaTek MT8127 quad-core processor and an ARM Mali 450 MP graphics chip. The SoC's four cores clock at a speed of 1.3 GHz, while the top model's clock rate achieves 1.5 GHz. The Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 has 1 GB of DDR3L RAM at its command and offers 16 GB of storage space. All Iconia 10 tablets, regardless of their available storage, run Android 4.4, have a thickness of 8.9 mm (~0.35 inches), weigh 510 grams (~1.1 lbs), and offer the same connections. Along with a micro HDMI port, a micro USB port, and a micro SDHC card reader, Acer also provided the tablet with WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The device also comes with a 2 megapixel webcam and a 5 megapixel main camera.

Case

With its aluminum back cover, the Acer Iconia Tab 10 certainly has visual appeal.
With its aluminum back cover, the Acer Iconia Tab 10 certainly has visual appeal.

The Acer tablet's silvery-white unibody case doesn't just look good - its manufacturing quality is outstanding. At only 510 grams (~1.1 lbs), the Iconia Tab 10 feels good in your hands, too. Even at its mere of 8.9 mm (~0.35 inches) thickness, the case is very resistant to warping: even under strong pressure, the case can hardly be bent or pressed inwards. This sturdy constructions comes, in large part, from the device's aluminum back cover. Unfortunately, this material doesn't allow for much traction between the case and your fingers, which means the tablet can easily slip out of your grip.

The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass and, according to the manufacturer, the glass is finished with an anti-fingerprint coating. In our tests, however, we saw almost no difference between the Iconia Tab 10's display surface and that of a standard display. We didn't leave quite as many fingerprints on the Acer as other tablets; but sooner rather than later, the user will have to apply a cleaning cloth to the tablet.

264.16 mm / 10.4 inch 177.8 mm / 7 inch 10.16 mm / 0.4 inch 544.5 g1.2 lbs260.9 mm / 10.3 inch 165.9 mm / 6.53 inch 8.95 mm / 0.3524 inch 512 g1.129 lbs257 mm / 10.1 inch 178 mm / 7.01 inch 9.9 mm / 0.3898 inch 550 g1.213 lbs256 mm / 10.1 inch 171 mm / 6.73 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 520 g1.146 lbs256 mm / 10.1 inch 171 mm / 6.73 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 520 g1.146 lbs

Connectivity

The Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20, with its ARM-based quad-core MediaTek MT8127 SoC and its ARM Mali 450 MP graphics unit, stands on a solid performance foundation. Still, compared to the Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD, the SoC runs somewhat slower - instead of the top model's 1.5 GHz, our test device runs at a maximum of 1.3 GHz. As a result, those who choose to purchase the entry-level model will have to be content with somewhat slower system performance. Along with 1 GB of DDR3L RAM, our tablet offers 16 GB of storage space, about 11.3 GB of which is immediately available to the user. The storage space can by expanded by up to 32 GB using the micro SDHC slot.

Left: Power key, Mini HDMI and micro USB ports, 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro SDHC slot
Left: Power key, Mini HDMI and micro USB ports, 3.5 mm audio jack, Micro SDHC slot
Right: No connections
Right: No connections
Top: Volume rocker
Top: Volume rocker
Bottom: No connections
Bottom: No connections

Software

The Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 runs Android 4.4.2, Google's current operating system. The tablet also comes with a wide variety of pre-installed apps, including various Acer and Google applications as well as the ASTRO File Manager, a barcode scanner, a 90-day free trial of the OfficeSuite 7 office package, Skype, and a connection to the Acer Cloud. The device is also equipped with numerous widgets that can be positioned in various places across the clearly-organized user interface.

GPS: Outdoors
GPS: Outdoors
GPS: Indoors
GPS: Indoors

Communication & GPS

Using WLAN 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, the Acer Iconia Tab 10 can communicate wirelessly at the speeds we expected prior to running our tests. During our experiments, we didn't experience any connection failures, sudden drop-outs or any other kind of disturbances. The 10-inch tablet is especially deserving of praise for its integrated GPS module that positions itself very quickly and precisely as long as the device has an established WLAN connection. The Acer tablet discovered our current location just as accurately indoors as out, and was accurate to within a few meters. On our 8-kilometer-long biking test course, compared to our Garmin Edge 500 professional navigation device, the Acer tablet did very well, determining our position very accurately across the entire route. Unfortunately, the Iconia Tab 10's route recording failed, thus we are unable to provide any images for comparison.

In reality, the 2 MP webcam has a resolution of only 1280 x 720 pixels.
In reality, the 2 MP webcam has a resolution of only 1280 x 720 pixels.

Cameras & Multimedia

The camera modules on the top model in the Iconia Tab 10 line, the A3-A20FHD, were terribly disappointing - and unfortunately Acer didn't improve them for the A3-A20. Even in optimal lighting conditions, photos and videos are always fuzzy, faded and somewhat blurred. This is a real shame as, when it comes to camera settings, the manufacturer did everything right. Acer fulfills practically every wish a tablet photographer could have, from shooting modes like HDR, optional manual settings for ISO and white balance, to a timer and integrated tutorial. The camera resolutions, however, are lower than specified. According to the specs, the A3-A20 takes pictures up to 5 MP in size with the main camera, and offers a maximum webcam resolution of 2 MP. The camera menu, on the other hand, offers only 4 MP (2560 x 1440 pixels) and 1 MP (1280 x 720 pixels) respectively.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Scene 1Scene 2Scene 3

Accessories & Warranty

In the Acer Iconia Tab 10's colorful packaging, alongside the 10-inch tablet you'll find a micro USB cable, a modular power supply and a quick-start guide. The A3-A20 comes with a 12-month warranty. The manufacturer doesn't offer any accessories particular to the Iconia Tab 10.

Input Devices & Operation

The Acer Iconia Tab 10 reacts to input very quickly and recognizes up to 10 fingers-worth of input simultaneously. Even immediately after booting, the tablet reacts to commands without any noticeable lags. More than a few of its competitors need at least a second to think in this situation. The display surface provides little resistance and enables the user to operate the device with a high degree of precision. Acer decided against adding a row of numbers to the top of their virtual QWERTY keyboard, but in day-to-day operation this isn't bothersome. In landscape format, the keyboard takes up half of the screen, but as a result the keys are a comfortable size and allow for fast, error-free typing. In portrait format, the virtual keyboard only occupies about a third of the display content.

The virtual keyboard in landscape format...
The virtual keyboard in landscape format...
...and portrait format.
...and portrait format.

Display

The entry-level A3-A20 with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage space offers a display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The display content appears razor-sharp. At an average of 338.7 cd/m², the screen also reaches a high maximum brightness, and the brightness distribution is very even (90% similar across the screen). The display also scores points for its low black value of 0.42 cd/m² and high contrast ratio of 848:1 which, together, generate rich black tones and lively colors. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD glows a little brighter (357.3 cd/m²) than the base model but, overall, its display's qualities are weaker, especially in the realm of black value and contrast ratio. The prize for the brightest display amongst the competitors, at 412.6 cd/m², goes to the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A.

320
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
336
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
356
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
331
cd/m²
338
cd/m²
334
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
LCD
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 356 cd/m² Average: 338.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 356 cd/m²
Contrast: 848:1 (Black: 0.42 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.51 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 5.92 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.21
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
Mali-450 MP4, MT8127, 16 GB SSD
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
Mali-450 MP4, MT8127, 32 GB SSD
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Ideapad A10
SGX544, MT8121, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
-14%
9%
5%
-14%
Brightness middle
356
375
5%
440
24%
352.3
-1%
360
1%
Brightness
339
357
5%
413
22%
323
-5%
331
-2%
Brightness Distribution
90
86
-4%
89
-1%
85
-6%
84
-7%
Black Level *
0.42
0.74
-76%
0.41
2%
0.466
-11%
0.82
-95%
Contrast
848
507
-40%
1073
27%
756
-11%
439
-48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.51
5.81
11%
6.3
3%
5.83
10%
5.56
15%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.92
5.94
-0%
6.75
-14%
2.5
58%
3.59
39%
Gamma
2.21 100%
2.65 83%
2.99 74%
2.19 100%
2.02 109%
CCT
6736 96%
7270 89%
6796 96%
6954 93%
6483 100%

* ... smaller is better

Our measurements with the X-Rite i1Pro 2 x-spectrophotometer and the CalMan software show that the Iconia Tab 10's display has minor weaknesses. Among other things, the panel overexposes light gray tones (Delta E of 5.92), and its color reproduction is inclined slightly towards the red (Delta E of 6.51) - but these are discrepancies that would be hardly visible to the untrained eye. At 6736 K, the tablet's color temperature is very close to the optimal white point of 6500 K.

Color saturation
Color saturation
Color accuracy
Color accuracy
Grayscale
Grayscale
Mixed colors
Mixed colors
Outdoor use
Outdoor use

In order to be fit for outdoor use, a tablet should have a maximum brightness level of at least 200 cd/m². At 338.7 cd/m², the Acer Iconia Tab 10 easily surpasses this, but its highly reflective display surface limits the device's usability in the sun. In very bright environments, reflections quickly obstruct the user's view of the screen content and make it difficult to see almost anything. In somewhat more dim environments, however, the 10-inch tablet can be used without a problem. The IPS display makes it possible to observe the screen content from any direction: even from extreme side-angles, the content remains undistorted and only looks a little darker.

Performance

The Acer Iconia Tab 10 is powered by a MediaTek MT8127 quad-core SoC that reaches a maximum clock frequency of 1.3 GHz. The ARM Mali-450 MP4 serves as the GPU. As expected, our test device's performance proves to be a little weaker than its in-house competitor, the Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD, which offers twice the RAM and runs the MediaTek SoC at speeds of up to 1.5 MHz. Nevertheless, overall the Acer Iconia Tab A3-A20 hardly falls behind its top-model sibling, and amongst the competition, the tablet's performance is on par with that of the Lenovo Ideapad A10 and the LG G Pad 10.1 V700. The Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B07, on the other hand, goes about its business much more quickly.

3DMark - 1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
4660 Points ∼2%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
5391 Points ∼2% +16%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
14283 Points ∼6% +207%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
2895 Points ∼1% -38%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
4552 Points ∼2% -2%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
1179 Points ∼1%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
1343 Points ∼2% +14%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
2312 Points ∼3% +96%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
1125 Points ∼1% -5%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
1075 Points ∼1% -9%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
361 Points ∼7%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
405 Points ∼8% +12%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
763 Points ∼16% +111%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
351 Points ∼7% -3%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
327 Points ∼7% -9%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
21823 Points ∼22%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
22466 Points ∼23% +3%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
37656 Points ∼38% +73%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
17247 Points ∼17% -21%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
1645.9 ms * ∼18%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
1407.8 ms * ∼15% +14%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
676.3 ms * ∼7% +59%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
1451.8 ms * ∼16% +12%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
1136.6 ms * ∼12% +31%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
2263 Points ∼4%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
2588 Points ∼5% +14%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
2085 Points ∼4% -8%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
1810 Points ∼3% -20%
WebXPRT 2013 - Overall Score (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
196 Points ∼9%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
231 Points ∼10% +18%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
461 Points ∼20% +135%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
204 Points ∼9% +4%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
153 Points ∼7% -22%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
3.39 MB/s ∼1%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
0.68 MB/s ∼0% -80%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
1.09 MB/s ∼0% -68%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
0.88 MB/s ∼0% -74%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
1.7 MB/s ∼1% -50%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
20.25 MB/s ∼10%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
12.29 MB/s ∼6% -39%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
13.61 MB/s ∼7% -33%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
12.7 MB/s ∼6% -37%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
15.5 MB/s ∼8% -23%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
22.35 MB/s ∼4%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
18.17 MB/s ∼3% -19%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
17 MB/s ∼3% -24%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
21.74 MB/s ∼4% -3%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
16.31 MB/s ∼3% -27%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
115 MB/s ∼8%
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
90.16 MB/s ∼6% -22%
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
91.12 MB/s ∼6% -21%
Lenovo Ideapad A10
61.13 MB/s ∼4% -47%
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
112.7 MB/s ∼7% -2%

Legend

 
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003) Mediatek MT8127, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB SSD
 
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD Mediatek MT8127, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 32 GB SSD
 
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A Intel Atom Z3745, Intel HD Graphics (Bay Trail), 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Lenovo Ideapad A10 Mediatek MT8121, PowerVR SGX544, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
LG G Pad 10.1 V700 Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 APQ8026, Qualcomm Adreno 305, 16 GB eMMC Flash

* ... smaller is better

Games

Current Android games pose no problem for the Acer Iconia Tab 10. In our tests, the A3-A20 rendered titles that demand a lot of the hardware (e.g., Asphalt 8) just as fluidly as games with simple graphics (e.g., Angry Birds Go!). The position and motion sensors always worked perfectly. Only at maximum details did a few games occasionally stutter, but not enough to spoil the fun.

Current Android games like Angry Birds Go!...
Current Android games like Angry Birds Go!...
...or Asphalt 8 run fluidly.
...or Asphalt 8 run fluidly.

Emissions

Temperature

Even after an hour under full load in our tests, the Acer Iconia Tab 10 didn't even grow as warm as our hands. The thermometer rose to a maximum of 30.7°C (87.26°F); in some spots on the tablet, it never climbed beyond 24.5°C (76.1°F). In idle mode, we got almost identical results with w maximum of 30.6°C (87.08°F). All the A3-A20's competitors warm up more, including the Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD, which reaches a maximum of 38.4°C (101.12°F). The hottest device proves to be the Lenovo Ideapad A10, at up to 42°C (107.6°F). Still, none of these temperatures are disconcertingly high.

Max. Load
 29 °C
84 F
26.3 °C
79 F
24.5 °C
76 F
 
 28.9 °C
84 F
26.2 °C
79 F
25 °C
77 F
 
 30.5 °C
87 F
30.7 °C
87 F
28.7 °C
84 F
 
Maximum: 30.7 °C = 87 F
Average: 27.8 °C = 82 F
25 °C
77 F
26.4 °C
80 F
28 °C
82 F
25.7 °C
78 F
25.5 °C
78 F
27.8 °C
82 F
26.3 °C
79 F
27.1 °C
81 F
27.5 °C
82 F
Maximum: 28 °C = 82 F
Average: 26.6 °C = 80 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.4 °C = 99 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Voltcraft IR-350
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 27.8 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 30.7 °C / 87 F for the devices in the class Tablet.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 30.7 °C / 87 F, compared to the average of 34.8 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.2 to 51.8 °C for the class Tablet.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 28 °C / 82 F, compared to the average of 34.3 °C / 94 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 27.5 °C / 82 F, compared to the device average of 30.7 °C / 87 F.

Speakers

When the tablet's standard sound settings are engaged, the stereo speakers located on the shorter sides of the back cover perform no miracles - bass is non-existent, and high tones dominate the sound. But Acer outfitted their Iconia Tab 10 with a Dolby sound function that provides a noticeable improvement in sound quality compared to the standard settings. In fact, with the Dolby function activated, the stereo sound generated by the speakers is unbelievably rich. The Dolby settings include presets for films, music, games and speech, as well as two user-defined settings.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Acer Iconia Tab 10's lithium-polymer battery offers a capacity of 21.6 Wh, an electric charge of 5700 mAh, and is not removable. In idle mode, the tablet consumes between 4.7 and 4.9 watts; under load, between 6.2 and 6.4 watts. The competition is similarly energy-efficient, though the Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD needs up to 6.9 watts, and is therefore very likely to have a shorter battery life overall.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 2.1 / 4.7 / 4.9 Watt
Load midlight 6.2 / 6.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

As a result of the fact that our test device uses somewhat less energy than the Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD, the Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 does indeed offer better battery run times. For example, our Acer tablet reaches a run time of 8:31 hours in our WLAN test (designed to approximate practical, everyday use), while the FullHD device cuts out after 7:40 hours. Compared to tablets produced by other manufacturers, the Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 does well for itself: the Lenovo Ideapad A10 only manages to run for 7:02 hours in our WLAN test, and the Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A bites the biscuit after 7:52 hours. The clear champion, however, is the LG G Pad 10.1 V700 at 12:51 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
12h 48min
WiFi Surfing
8h 31min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 08min
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003)
Mali-450 MP4, MT8127, 16 GB SSD
Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
Mali-450 MP4, MT8127, 32 GB SSD
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Z3745, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Lenovo Ideapad A10
SGX544, MT8121, 16 GB eMMC Flash
LG G Pad 10.1 V700
Adreno 305, 400 APQ8026, 16 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
-15%
-22%
-13%
48%
WiFi
511
460
-10%
472
-8%
426
-17%
771
51%
Load
308
248
-19%
196
-36%
280
-9%
444
44%
H.264
456
777
WiFi v1.3
353

Verdict

According to the manufacturer, the entry-level Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 tablet is the ideal home entertainment system - and that it is, hands down. With its bright 1280 x 800 pixel IPS displayf, Dolby sound system, quad-core SoC, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n wireless module, and Bluetooth 4.0, the tablet possesses every prerequisite for multimedia use. The 10-inch tablet running Android 4.4.2 reacts extremely quickly to input and, combined with its precise 10-point touchscreen, operating the device is an absolute pleasure. You'd never guess from its appearance that it only costs 200 Euros (~$225): its manufacturing quality and elegant aluminum back cover belie its price.

Anyone who wants to expand the Acer device's 16 GB of storage space can add an SD card at any time, though the card's storage can't be larger than 32 GB. Unfortunately, we were greatly displeased with the lousy camera modules -the pictures they take are so washed out that even users who intend to only take a snapshot here and there will be dissatisfied with the results. When it comes to gaming, the options are almost limitless, though there are already some especially demanding titles on the market that cause the Acer tablet to stutter a little. If you're looking for a tablet that will be able to run all the newest games for the next year or two, the Iconia Tab 10 isn't your best bet. Even with its somewhat higher SoC clock rate, the top model in the Iconia Tab 10 line, the A3-A20FHD, faces the same problems. If you're willing to invest the extra 50 Euros (~$60) for the upgrade, however, you can get a FullHD display and 32 GB rather than 16 GB of storage space.

 

 

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In Review: Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003). Test device courtesy of Acer Deutschland.
In Review: Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003). Test device courtesy of Acer Deutschland.

Specifications

Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003) (Iconia Tab 10 Series)
Processor
Mediatek MT8127 @ 1.3 GHz
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
, DDR3L
Display
10 inch 16:10, 1280 x 800 pixel, WXGA, LCD, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
16 GB SSD, 16 GB 
, 11.3 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, Card Reader: MicroSD cards up to 32 GB, Sensors: Motion sensor, Gyroscope, GPS
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 256 x 171 ( = 0.35 x 10.08 x 6.73 in)
Battery
22 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 5700 mAh
Operating System
Android 4.4 KitKat
Camera
Webcam: Main camera 4 MP (2560 x 1440 pixels), Webcam 1 MP (1280 x 720 pixels)
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo speakers on the back side, Keyboard: Virtual, Keyboard Light: yes, Micro USB cable, Modular power supply, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
520 g ( = 18.34 oz / 1.15 pounds), Power Supply: 25 g ( = 0.88 oz / 0.06 pounds)
Price
200 Euro

 

The Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 offers a display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
The Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 offers a display resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.
A sticker carrying a row of symbols informs buyers of the tablet's most important features.
A sticker carrying a row of symbols informs buyers of the tablet's most important features.
The main camera takes just as poor-quality pictures as the webcam.
The main camera takes just as poor-quality pictures as the webcam.
The stereo speakers are located on the short sides of the back cover.
The stereo speakers are located on the short sides of the back cover.
The start screen under Android 4.4.2.
The start screen under Android 4.4.2.
A ton of apps come pre-installed.
A ton of apps come pre-installed.
Alongside the tablet, the packaging contains...
Alongside the tablet, the packaging contains...
...a micro USB cable, a modular power supply and a quick-start guide.
...a micro USB cable, a modular power supply and a quick-start guide.
Straight out of the factory or after a reset, 11.3 GB of storage space remains available to the user.
Straight out of the factory or after a reset, 11.3 GB of storage space remains available to the user.
In our WLAN test, the Acer tablet reaches a good battery run time of 8:31 hours.
In our WLAN test, the Acer tablet reaches a good battery run time of 8:31 hours.
The Dolby sound function can be activated to produce a better stereo sound.
The Dolby sound function can be activated to produce a better stereo sound.

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Price Comparison

Pros

+Aluminum back cover
+Very good manufacturing quality
+Current version of Android (4.4.2)
+Good image quality
+Current games run fluidly
+Good Dolby stereo sound
+Remains cool
+Low price
 

Cons

-Lousy camera modules
-Only reads micro SD cards up to 32 GB
-Battery not removable

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What we like

The attractive appearance and excellent manufacturing quality, as well as the tablet's very quick responsiveness, current version of Android (4.4.2), and good HD display.

What we'd like to see

Better camera modules. Both the webcam and the main camera produce dismal pictures.

What surprises us

For less than 200 Euros (~$225), you can get a solid 10-inch tablet without having to make many compromises.

The competition

Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD
Asus Transformer Pad TF103C-1B072A
Lenovo Ideapad A10
LG G Pad 10.1 V700

Rating

Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 (NT.L5DEE.003) - 02/09/2015 v4(old)
Manuel Masiero

Chassis
88%
Keyboard
77 / 80 → 96%
Pointing Device
89%
Connectivity
43 / 65 → 66%
Weight
83 / 40-88 → 90%
Battery
92%
Display
81%
Games Performance
54 / 68 → 79%
Application Performance
28 / 76 → 37%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
73 / 91 → 80%
Camera
54 / 85 → 64%
Average
73%
85%
Tablet - Weighted Average
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Manuel Masiero, 2015-02-16 (Update: 2015-03- 1)