Now let’s have a look at the tablet, unfettered for the first time. It’s pretty standard, but it looks nice with the Acer logo at the bottom and the model name in the upper right. Neither are too obtrusive. The 10.1″ dominates the front, as expected, and there are no physical buttons here. The webcam is noticeable in the top centre of the tablet.
Now we flip the A210 over and have a look at the back. We see there’s a soft, textured back similar but not quite as nice as the Nexus 7’s, with the Acer logo again in the centre. There are also two speakers here, which seem like they’ll be covered up by anyone holding it.
On the top we’ve got a volume rocker (confusingly volume up is two buttons, and volume down is one) and an orientation lock switch – very useful!
On the left side, we’ve got quite a few buttons and ports. There’s a full size USB, micro USB, a headphone jack and the power / lock button. There’s also a flap that can be pried open to reveal a micro SD card slot and a recessed reset button.
On the right side of the A210 there is almost nothing – just the proprietary power connector.
When the machine’s turned on, it’s quite nice – the background is interesting, and the widgets not too overpowering. There are a fair amount of preinstalled programs featured here, including Netflix (which was foreshadowed by the box), Polaris Office, Zinio, eBay, Games, Netflix and Acetrax Movies.
If we compare the size of the A210 to the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Nexus, we see that the Galaxy Nexus is about a third the size of the Nexus 7, and the A210 is between two and three times the size of the Nexus 7.