PROS / The Acer Iconia One 10 has an excellent battery life of more than nine hours.
CONS / The tablet's performance is limited by an entry-level processor.
VERDICT / The Iconia One 10 is a good value, and a strong budget-level model for users who appreciate portability.
On the inside and outside, the Acer Iconia One 10’s specifications and build quality emphasize tablet value for mainstream users. In testing from our colleagues at Laptop Mag, the Android-based Iconia produced respective scores of 1,932 and 5,763 points in processor test Geekbench 3 and graphics test 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited. Geekbench evaluates the processing performance of a tablet, while 3DMark runs through a simulated game scenario to measure graphics processing performance.
Both marks fall in line with similar budget-level tablets and give the Iconia One 10 a modest performance ceiling. While the tablet computer handles tasks like web browsing and Facebook, it struggled to tackle more demanding applications like high-end gaming during our hands-on testing. In the graphically demanding first-person shooter game "N.O.V.A. 3," the Iconia's performance in rendering onscreen visuals was inconsistent, and it suffered from spurts of performance slowdown.
The tablet also produced an excellent mark of nine hours and 13 minutes in battery testing by our colleagues at Laptop Mag. In its benchmark, a tablet loops through webpages at a constant brightness level until it powers down. By comparison, this mark is in line with the nine-hour battery life range that the best tablets, both entry-level and budget, generally reach.
The Iconia One 10’s external specs fall into a similar ballpark. With dimensions of 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.4 inches and a weight of 1.2 pounds, the tablet isn't exceptionally thin or lightweight, but inside Acer's budget framework, the Iconia One's build quality is steady. The plain textured plastic backing has a nice weight to it and doesn’t feel overly chintzy. Ports are neatly arranged around the Iconia's edges, resulting in a straightforward and clean-looking design. The tablet can be purchased in 16GB or 32GB variants and also comes with support for microSD cards to supplement the internal storage. This can be useful if you frequently download apps or have a large multimedia library.
Elsewhere, the tablet is built around a solid 1280 x 800-pixel display that performed adequately in our hands-on testing. Via our colleagues at Laptop Mag, the tablet’s display had an average brightness rating of only 266 nits in testing, so the Iconia One doesn't have a spectacularly vivid display. Still, content like text and high-detail photos were perfectly viewable on the Iconia and suffered from only light levels of pixelation.
The Acer Iconia One 10 occupies a narrow niche, but inside of these constraints, the tablet is a steady performer. While its specifications keep its overall ceiling modest, the Acer's consistent build quality and battery life make it a strong option for users who want a portable value tablet.