So far as technical features are worried, Acer will not want to lose out on the most recent Iconia Tab: A Mediatek-MT8176 processor supported by a PowerVR-GX6250 graphics unit are way above average with regards to affordable tablets. Given the gear, the price of slightly below 300 Euros (~$370) appears quite reasonable. However, additionally, there are some characteristics that put this price into perspective. But more upon this at a far more convenient time. The Iconia has recently had some predecessors, nonetheless it is the first the one that we test ourselves.

You want to use a number of the devices that already are inside our database in the price-performance category for our comparison. There may be the Lenovo Tab 4 10 Plus, which may be the best comparable Tablet regarding equipment, but which costs 50 Euros (~$60) more. The same applies to the Huawei MediaPad M3 Lite, which includes even less main memory (3 GB) and less hard disk drive (32 GB). The latter was on sale for 100 Euros (~$122) less.

The Amazon Fire HD 10, however, can evidently underbid the purchase price with 225 Euros (~$275), which must go along however with only 2 GB of RAM. The 2017 iPad from Apple also offers 2 GB of main memory and reaches an identical price level.

The case tries to mention a high-quality appearance with various design applications. However, these cannot hide the actual fact that the complete cover is constructed of the cheapest plastic. This is often both seen and felt. Touching these devices quickly creates a sense of insufficient stability, which is immediately confirmed by the try to twist it: It cracks and creaks at all corners and edges. Following this attempt, an individual starts handling the Acer with velvet gloves only.

Because of the protruding speaker jaws on the left and right plus the weight greater than 500 grams (~1.1 lb); there are no new top marks. The quantity buttons are not mounted on the edges as usual, but on the left side next to the display surface between your two speakers. When touching these devices in a standard manner, they are generally triggered in error. The same pertains to the special button between your right-hand speakers, which is supposed for fast access to special multimedia functions. The strange condition and arrangement ended up being rather inconvenient during testing. However, these shortcomings usually do not make these devices difficult to use. Aside from minor nuisances, it really is simple to hold and comfortable to use.

So far as the technical equipment can be involved, this ties in well with the price tag. Mediatek’s MT8176 and the PowerVR-GX6250-GPU are fast enough and really should not cause performance problems soon. 64 GB of RAM is currently standard in the centre class. So far as RAM memory can be involved, manufacturers are apparently trying to score higher and higher, though it is quite rarely utilized. In addition, it underlines the trend towards using tablets more as full-fledged computers that may replace notebooks.

In conditions of connections, there are almost no surprises. On the left side you will find a Micro-USB port for loading and data exchange. The jack socket for the headset is put above it. At the very top, there is a tiny hump that turns over the trunk right into a camera lens cover. This could be opened at the very top – cleverly hidden – and brings about a micro HDMI connection and the microSD slot. The slot is well hidden, but with the cable plugged in it generally does not look very elegant. The maker claims the slot holds microSD cards as high as 128 GB.

Based on the manufacturer, the HDMI connection will be able to output a graphic at a 4K resolution. This is rather difficult to verify in the test. Although a graphic could be made on a 4K monitor with HDMI, Android will not support the settings for Windows. Settings indicated a 4K resolution was activated. But because the screen was only mirrored, there is very little to see. Only the lagging result of the tablet through the image composition indicated that it had to accomplish somewhat more. We left it at that. The tablet communicates wirelessly with WLAN 802.11ac and Bluetooth version 4.0. There is little to complain about here.

The operating-system used is Android 7.0. Security updates are from August 2017, which isn’t precisely updated in comparison with the Amazon Fire HD, whose Fire OS is founded on Android 5.1. A flood of updates is obviously not to be likely. Otherwise, Acer has integrated EZSnap and EZWakeUp, which are likely to be able to take screenshots and awaken from hibernation by making use of finger gestures. This worked pretty much elegantly in the test. Furthermore, there are a few advertising software that are automatically installed when these devices is started, but could be deleted again. ANY OFFICE Suite from Microsoft, including Skype are also pre-installed.

Furthermore, Acer follows the perceived trend towards the missing App Drawer and has put all installed programs on the house screen. There is absolutely no further software overview. From the author’s viewpoint, that is a sensible trend. For most users, it usually is confusing to find some programs on the beginning screen, while some are hidden elsewhere. This mostly superfluous duplication may soon be considered a thing of days gone by. If you want it anyway, you can install your own App Drawer. Basically, it appears solid, however the removal of undesirable programs is annoying. When you have to use advertising apps, Lenovo’s approach is preferable: a range screen can look during setup to determine whether these applications ought to be installed. Perhaps it isn’t so well payed for by the advertisers.

The Acer Iconia has an easy 802.11-ac WLAN, which isn’t quite as fast as the WLAN of the iPad, for instance. However, the Android comparison devices are around the same standard, so these values usually do not speak for just about any of the Android devices specifically. Furthermore, the iPad has MIMO antenna technology and for that reason slightly faster. In normal use, the WLAN showed no anomalies and ran smoothly.

As an additional communication module, the Iconia has Bluetooth version 4.0 and GPS and GLONASS. A SIM card can’t be used in combination with the Acer.

However, the integrated positioning module is quite pleasing and works extremely well to look for the position of both American GPS satellites and Russian GLONASS satellites. In open air it could gauge the distance with a good accuracy around 5 meters (~16 ft). Indoors, that is slightly worse, but nonetheless very good at 8 meters (~26 ft). However, it really is difficult to get a satellite Indoors at all. Compared to our Garmin reference device, there are no special incidents to report. The deviation is at the usual range. Cell phones and tablets contact the positioning less frequently, therefore the distance can look less “round” and you will have slight deviations in the distance of the route.

We usually do not want to state much about both cameras here. The primary camera shoots photographs with 5 MP resolution. The portrait camera includes a 2MP sensor. Neither are particularly outstanding. For a tablet the camera functions are of secondary importance. Two megapixels will do for Skype calls. The effect is merely as flat as the resolution: the images have little sharpness, lousy colors and appearance faded.