We tend to think of Acer as a Windows-only company. There’s no real reason for that, it just seems that every time we see an Acer device – outside of their smartphone range – it’s running Windows rather than anything else. But it doesn’t do to forget that the company also makes Android devices. The phones, that we remember, but the tablets are something we battle with.
And there’s no reason for that. Slates like the Acer Iconia Tab A3, a 10.1-inch WXGA tablet, are impressive enough to leave a lasting mark. And that sentence makes sense whether you’re talking about remembering the tablet or throwing it at someone. Not that we’ve tried the latter.
The Acer Iconia Tab A3 features a MediaTek processor, the MT8389W, which is a quad-core 1.2GHz processor based on the Cortex A7 chipset. The processor is one way of telling that this tablet is 3G-capable, aside from finding the SIM-card slot. The WiFi-only model of the A3 features a slightly different CPU.
Elsewhere, there’s 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage in this Android 4.2 tablet, as well as WiFi support in addition to its mobile data skills. There’s Bluetooth (4.0, of course) and microSD support, so you can expand that base 16GB by another 32GB if you’re feeling like stretching your legs.
Cameras: There’s a 5MP front-facer. We’ve seen better but we’ve also seen worse and not many folks use a tablet as their primary snapper so it’s okay in this case. There’s a 0.3MP front-facer for video chat, which is all you really need unless you’re a selfie-fiend.
What else do you need to know? Oh yes, stocks of this one are limited so… hurry.