Even with an affordable price tag the Iconia A3-A20 has too many performance and quality compromises for us to fully recommend it. However, it is a reasonably solid option for buyers on a shoe-string budget.
Cheap, upgradable storage, HDMI port
Dull design, poor screen, average performance, poor camera
Processor: Quad core 1.3GHz, MediaTek MT8127
Display: 10.1in, 1280x800, WXGA, LED touchscreen
Storage: 32GB, microSD
Camera: 5MP rear-facing, 2MP front-facing
Operating system: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Battery: 5700 mAh Li-Polymer
Acer may not be the first device manufacturer you think of when it comes to Android tablets.
However, the firm has been rolling out a steady stream of affordable Iconia tablets for the past few years powered by Google's Android operating system.
The Iconia Tab 10 continues this legacy, and is aimed at the bottom end of the tablet market with prices starting at £180.
Visually the Acer Iconia Tab 10 is fairly unassuming. Featuring a white polycarbonate front and fake metal finish plastic back, the Iconia Tab 100 looks distinctly like a cheap iPad 2.
Beyond the front and back Acer branding, the tablet could easily be confused for any one of the other nondescript low-end Android tablets currently flooding the market.
The Iconia Tab 10 design isn't anything to write home about, but it does tick all the boxes when it comes to functionality.
Measuring 256x171x8.9mm and weighing 520g the Iconia Tab 10 is fairly travel friendly and easily fits into most satchels and handbags. The device is also big enough for general productivity and media consumption purposes.
Thanks to its use of metal the Iconia Tab 10's travel friendly nature is backed up with fairly solid build quality.
We found that, while slightly prone to picking up dirt marks, the Iconia Tab 10 is fairly robust and is more than capable of surviving the odd bump and scrape.
It's also reasonably well stocked when it comes to ports with a microUSB, microSD and HDMI input.
Our only qualm with the design is the slightly odd button placement. The volume button is placed on the top long side, while the power button sits at the top of the left hand short side.
This is far from a deal breaker, but using the Iconia Tab 10 in landscape and portrait mode feels slightly odd and we'd have preferred both controls on one side.
Screen quality is always one of the first areas cut by most companies when designing affordable devices. This remains true for the Iconia Tab 10, and the 10.1in, 1280x800, WXGA, LED touchscreen is one of its worst features.
The resolution is woefully low, and colours universally look washed out. This is particularly true of reds, which regularly appeared closer to pink.
Whites and blacks were not great either and in general the Iconia Tab 10's screen proved incapable of displaying deep colours.
Brightness levels were average and viewing angles were noticeably shorter than on most other tablets at this price, such as the Hudl 2.
Operating system and software
Tech manufacturers' insistence on adding custom skins to their devices mean that Android updates are always a slow affair.
This is because the skin's custom code needs to be tweaked to work with updates from Google, a practice that can take weeks if not months.
As a result, in the past we've forgiven devices for not always running the latest version of Android in the first few months following an update's launch.
This remains true with the recent of release of Android 5.0 Lollipop and makes it understandable, while a little disappointing, if an affordable device is released still running Android 4.4.4 KitKat.
Next: Operating system continued, performance, camera, battery, storage and conclusion