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£170 Acer Iconia A210 Tablet: A Google Nexus 7 beater

The Acer Iconia A210 tablet, which costs a mere £170 at Asda (down from £179 after the voucher code “tablet5” at checkout, a price that excludes delivery although you can collect it instore), is possibly the best alternative to the Google Nexus 7 on the market, albeit with a bigger form factor.

The device has roughly the same configuration as the Google’s popular tablet with some major improvements. There’s the quad-core system-on-chip from Nvidia, the Tegra 3 clocked at 1.2GHz, 1GB of RAM, a front facing camera, 16GB onboard storage and a 10.1in IPS display with a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution.

Where the tablet surpasses the Nexus 7 is when it comes to connectivity options; other than a welcomed microSD card slot, there’s also a HDMI port.

Acer also bundled its AcerCloud service which is in Acer’s own words an “all-access pass to your media and documents anytime, anywhere on all your devices” as well as the Polaris Office business suite.

The tablet weighs a hefty 740g though and is a massive 12mm thick. Other potential rivals to that device include the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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