Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A30), a 10.1-inch Full HD tablet with Android is taking orders in the US for around $299 – $279: http://www.amazon.com/Acer-ICONIA-NT-L9YAA-001-A3-A30
The Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A30) was announced by Acer in New York in late April, and during the unveiling Acer said that this tablet was intended for the education sector, though it has no limitations as a regular consumer tablet. But because it was aimed at the education sector, it may not be a replacement of the nearly identical Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20 FHD.
The main difference between the two is the inclusion of Acer Precision Plus pen input support on the A3-A30 that enables the use of ordinary pencils on the display for drawing and making notes. There isn’t a whole lot of 10-inch Android tablets with that in mind, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition being the leading tablet within that category.
So let’s have a look at the specs. The Acer Iconia Tab 10 (A3-A30) ships with Android 5.0 Lollipop, and it has a 10.1-inch IPS screen with 1920 x 1200 display resolution, using Zero Air Gap lamination and Gorilla Glass 4.
The processing power comes from the old Intel Atom Z3735F processor, while it has 2GB of RAM, 16GB ROM storage though 32GB and 64GB models have been promised too.
The other main specs include NFC, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, a 2MP front camera, a 5MP rear camera, a weight of 540 grams, a thickness of 9.7mm, and finally a 7.5 hour battery life.
It does offer Full HD for under $300, but it is up against some real heavyweights in this category, specifically from Lenovo who’s got not only one tablet, but two 10.1-inch Android tablets with FHD screens at a lower price. The newest of which is the brilliant Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70, a formidable tablet for under $200, and what we currently consider to be the best value tablet of 2015.
The other tablet is the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 10, another great FHD tablet, but with the built in kickstand and battery power pack cylinder, it’s dimensions is not to everyone’s liking, which is understandable. The Yoga Tablet is more a tablet that people use around the house more than they carry it with them when they travel.
So as much as I like Acer’s effort at integrating new technology like the pencil input, for most people it will be a very overpriced tablet compared to Lenovo’s best value offers.
– Jim Miller