A couple days ago I posted about my misadventures in trying to find a 10” Android tablet and how they’re all garbage. The general conclusion was the only good 10” Android tablet is the Google Nexus 9, which is a 9” Android tablet. Well, I may actually have found a good 10” Android tablet!

Here’s a quick refresher on my criteria for a good 10” Android tablet, which really don’t feel like all that much to ask for:

  • 10” screen with 1920x1200 or better resolution, good colors and viewing angles
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • No stuttering or lag
  • The less bloatware, the better

I thought I had found a perfectly decent option in the Lenovo Tab 2 A10-70, and at first I was very happy with it. But I returned it because it won’t play 1080p streaming video. It tops out at 720p, and everything looks crappy and pixelated. This happened with Netflix, Amazon Instant, and Youtube.

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After I returned the Tab 2 A10-70, I checked out the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and really didn’t like it. I could maaaaybe live with Samsung’s bloatware, but animations while switching apps, opening up menus, and scrolling around web pages are all herky-jerky and not smooth. Response to touch input is similarly bad.

After doing more searching, I’ve found a new possibility: the Acer Iconia Tab 10 A3-A30. It’s not yet on Acer’s US site—that link is to Acer Germany—but stores here have started selling it.

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Unlike its predecessor the Iconia Tab 10 A3-A20FHD, which I said sucks in my last post because it has a crappy slow MediaTek MT8127 CPU, the A3-A30 has a perfectly decent Intel Atom Z3735 CPU. There’s very little bloatware, and a some useful tweaks including a tap-to-wake feature like LG phones, beefed-up build quality to meet Google Education standards, and some kind of fancy touchscreen sensor that lets you use everyday objects as a stylus. Here’s a guy speaking Italian and using a #2 pencil as a stylus (skip ahead to 2:00 for the #2 pencil stylus action):

I honestly don’t care about the pencil stylus gimmick, but a slightly ruggedized but still thin/light 10” Android tablet with capable hardware, a good screen and minimal bloatware for $261.49 at TigerDirect seems like it’s worth investigating. So I ordered one! I’ll be sure to post a review once it arrives.