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Acer Iconia Tab A100 Review

Posted: September 12, 2011
Acer Iconia Tab A100 Review
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The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is the smallest tablet on the market with a 7" screen, Android's Honeycomb OS, dual cameras and a 1 GHz Tegra dual-core mobile processor. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review the $329 tablet that weighs less than a pound.

What You Need To Know

  • The 7" Acer Iconia Tab A100 looks like a big smart phone, but without the phone car.
  • The nice thing about the screen size is when typing in portrait mode; it sits the thumbs at perfect length.
  • The size feels good on the hands but the plastic back looks uninspiring.
  • The Tab definitely feels more solid than the thin aluminum used on the larger A500 series.
  • The physical buttons on the A100 are still there: rotation lock, sleep/wake and volume all have physical representation.
  • There's a home button, which is unusual for a tablet running Android, but it's noted by a light up logo.
  • We noticed that while using the tablet, it can sometimes be a little unresponsive.
  • The ports are standard: USB, micro HDMI and DC charging port.
  • There's also a very flimsy cover for a micro SD card and the slug where a Sim card will eventually go on in a presumably updated model.
  • The A100 will fit in your big back pocket, if you don’t mind walking around with a pound of glass and plastic in your pants.
  • This is the first 7" tablet to run on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, which works pretty good.
  • Like most Android tablets, there's a little lag that you could only measure in fractions of a second, but they're enough to drive you insane if you’re used to iOs devices' seemingly instant response.
  • The OS runs alright: throughout the week, we were getting frequent crashes depending on the app we were trying to launch, like the Tegra game center and the Kindle app.
  • These crashes did stop after we reset the OS.
  • Compared to the iPad, the Acer is a bit slow in the browser department.
  • Our bench tests did show that the A100 loads video and Java faster than other Android tablets.
  • The front and rear facing cameras are fine with their 2-5 megapixel range.
  • The camera was decent for video chatting.
  • The pictures looked good with even colors and good exposure.
  • The video recording did have a hard time adjusting to light levels but this is to be expected.
  • The 7" screen has a slightly narrow resolution fo 1024x600, but we did not like the viewing angle.
  • If you angle the screen even slightly from head on view, it's almost impossible to see anything.
  • The 3000 milliamp-hour battery is smaller than normal tablet batteries, and we only got 3.5 hours of video playback.

Price

  • $329

Rating

  • 2 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The 7" size is very portable but the viewing angle is terrible, applications froze or quite more than we'd like to see on any OS.
  • That said, the more we used it, the more it grew on us.

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  • incredibilistic

    2 out of 5 seems appropriate. The Honeycomb OS hasn't really set the world on fire (more like room temperature) and no form factor 7" or 10" or whatever, is going to change that.

    And the fact that Google is thinking of merging aspects of Honeycomb into Ice-Cream Sandwich for smartphones is probably an even worse idea. It could actually hurt the smartphone market and unfortunately for HTC, Samsung and others they'll have no choice but to take whatever Google dishes out and hope it sticks.

    Posted: September 12, 2011 6:42 PM
    incredibilistic
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