Acer updates its Iconia Tab 10, its 10-inch tablet every year. After the models A3-A20, A3-A30, here is the A3-A40, sold for less than 200 euros. The manufacturer is trying to stand out with a black and bronze design that is a bit off the beaten track. Four speakers are thus distributed on the left and right sides of this Iconia (like the Predator 8 gaming model) to improve the sound quality. Their very small size, however, prevents them from correctly reproducing the bass. In addition, these speakers can quickly become obstructed when the tablet is held in landscape mode. The volume control button is not placed on the edge but on the left border.
On the right border, the MediaMaster button gives the possibility of adapting sound and image to three modes of use: standard, photo / sound and video. Thus, the sound has more bass in audio mode and benefits from a spatialization effect in video mode. During our review, we actually noticed a change in the sound rendering, which remains fairly average, but not in the image rendering.
At the top of the tablet, a removable cover hides the microSD card reader, as well as a micro HDMI port for connecting the device to a monitor or TV. Too bad the cable is not provided.
For the back, Acer opts for black plastic with a rather pleasant textured pattern and which prevents the tablet from slipping from the hands.
High definition is not enough
The 10.1 inch IPS screen offers a high definition of 1920 x 1200 pixels, which allows for an accurate image. The contrast ratio (945: 1) is just above the average, but the brightness of 222 cd / m² is quite catastrophic. The tablet cannot be used if the ambient light is high, for example in direct sunlight, because the display is barely visible.
Endurance at half mast
The other disappointment with the Iconia Tab 10 is its lack of stamina. We measured autonomy of around 5 hours in video playback, a particularly disappointing score and 4 hours in versatile use (surfing the web, viewing photos and playing videos). In comparison, the A3-A30 model takes an hour longer for the two reviews.
Navigation in Android is fluid
On the other hand, the Iconia Tab 10 proves to be quite pleasant to use with navigation in the interface of Android 6.0 which remains fluid. Acer delivers some practical tools: EZ Utilities to optimize memory, EZ Snap to capture screenshots with a simple pinch and EZ WakeUp to wake up the tablet and open a predefined app with a simple gesture. The RAM remains 2 GB but the Intel Atom processor of the previous model gives way to a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek chip. If the circuit does the job for most apps, it does not allow you to comfortably play the lareview 3D games. Thus, we measured a frame rate of only 13 frames per second with the Android application Epic Citadel. The Mali T720 graphics chip is clearly undersized to handle the Full HD definition of this Iconia.
Note that the tablet has 32 GB of internal memory, including 24 GB available to the user, and accepts microSD memory cards, as well as USB OTG keys.
An unconvincing photo sensor
Finally, the 5 megapixel photo sensor delivers a very average image outdoors, without much precision. Indoors, shots become blurry and noisy when there is insufficient light. 1080p videos are certainly fluid, but really lack clarity and suffer from parasitic artifacts.