Now that we’ve had a look at the tablet in the real world, it’s time to see how it measure up against its fellows in synthetic benchmarks. We’ll be looking at some tablets and phones that are equipped with similar chipsets – for example, the One X, Transformer Prime and Nexus 7 all have Tegra 3 processors like the A210. The HTC One S, with a Snapdragon S4 processor, is also competitive. The rest of the devices, including the Kindle Fire, Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Tab 2s have weaker processors and should take the lower spots. Now, let’s get started!
In Quadrant, the Acer Iconia Tab A210 got a score of 3519 overall. That breaks down into 10299 for the CPU, 2983 for the memory, 1567 for I/O, 222 for 2D and 2524 for 3D. That’s good enough to beat out the Transformer Prime (which has always scored curiously poorly here) and the non-Tegra 3 tablets and phones – overall, a fine result and one that you’d expect from the device.
GLBenchmark (Egypt Standard, 2.1.5)
The graphical benchmark GLBenchmark is always interesting, and here it’s no exception. In the standard on-screen benchmark (which runs at the tablet’s native resolution, 1280 x 800) the A210 gets a score of 52 fps, which is marginally better than the Nexus 7 and considerably better than the crowd of lesser devices. We’d expect better results from the off-screen 1280 x 720 test, and that pans out with a score of 62 fps, which again equals the Nexus 7 and eclipses the lesser devices and the HTC One S. That indicates that the A210 will handle all of the current generation of graphical titles with aplomb, particularly the Tegra 3 optimised titles found in the Tegra Zone.
Vellamo is an web benchmark suite that includes a number of other tests, including Google’s V8 and Sunspider. It’s a test designed by Qualcomm, and their S4 processors (represented by the One S in our comparison) always do well here. It’s no surprise that the A210 takes home the fifth spot here, after the One S and Galaxy S III in the lead, and pretty close to the Nexus 7 and One X. An upgrade to Android 4.1 might improve this score in the future.
Vellamo also added a ‘Metal’ benchmark recently. While I didn’t have time to get results on this new benchmark from all of the devices on our list, we see that the A210 gets a score of 385, which compares decently to the scores of 475 and 557 of the HTC One X and Galaxy S III, respectively.
Linpack is a CPU-focused test with two components, a single-threaded test and a multi-threaded test. In the single-threaded test we see that the A210 gets a score of 45.9 – precisely the same as the Nexus 7, and just a bit behind the One X and Galaxy S III. In the multi-threaded test it’s not quite as positive, with a score of 87.8, which puts it significantly behind the Nexus 7 at 127.4. It’s not clear what’s behind this lower multi-threaded performance.
This isn’t really a benchmark in the traditional sense, but still one well worth including. We see that the A210 isn’t as amazing value as the Nexus 7, but still trounces many other tablets at a similar price level, most noticeably the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 which is the same form factor but has much worse performance thanks to the Samsung tablets’s underpowered chipset.
The Acer Iconia Tab A210 is a tablet that exists in an awkward place. It doesn’t have the big name appeal or premium features of a £499 iPad or Transformer Prime, but it’s £65 more expensive than the equally powerful and overall more impressive Google Nexus 7 – it’s just this low-priced 10″ tablet. There’s definitely a niche there, but the A210 isn’t the disruptive force that the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7 were for that 7″, £159 space.
Ultimately, the A210 is a good option if you considered the Nexus 7 for its low price and clean Android, but wanted something a bit bigger for a small premium. For most though, I’d suggest accepting the advantages of a smaller form factor or moving up to the big leagues by picking up a popular 10″ tablet like the iPad 3.
- Good build quality
- Inexpensive for a 10″ tablet
- Tegra 3 is as strong as ever
- Uninspiring screen and speakers
- No video out capabilities
- Proprietary power connector