Acer A700 Iconia Tab Review

Posted: July 6, 2012
Acer A700 Iconia Tab Review

The Acer Iconia A700 Tab offers a 10.1" display, 1920 x 1200 resolution and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS with a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. So is it worth the price tag? Matt Mira and Paul Scheer find out on Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Acer Iconia A700 Tab is the first 10.1" Android tablet to boast a 1080p display.
  • This is a nice piece of hardware that looks almost exactly like the Acer 510.
  • It's a lot more widescreen than the iPad and kind of has a 16 x 9 design, so holding it vertically can feel a little odd.
  • There is a textured rubbery back, which is good for grip but also makes the device feel a little hollow and somewhat cheap.
  • The micro HDMI out and the micro SD slots are on the side.
  • The Acer Iconia A700 Tab comes with 32 GB of internal storage, so you probably don't need to expand that.
  • The top features the volume rocker and a screen lock switch.
  • The stereo speakers on the bottom are pretty good but a lot tinier than the iPad speakers.
  • The 10.1" screen has a 1920x1200 resolution, which is still pretty high (but not in Retina Display numbers).
  • The color reproduction is really good, which makes it one of the better screens we've seen on an Android tablet.
  • Viewing angles are good for not being IPS but not at 180 degrees.
  • It does have a lot of glare but the screen brightness is good.
  • However, the touch screen is a little bit laggy.
  • More often than not, we found that we had to hit the screen 2 or 3 times to launch something.
  • The A700 has a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, which made the tablet pretty fast.
  • This tablet runs all the latest tech, including Android 4.0.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich really shines on this device.
  • Hopefully, the Tab will be one of the devices to receive the update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
  • There are standard Acer overlays on here, like the launch ring.
  • Opening apps and switching between tasks are a breeze and games run very smoothly.
  • The quality of the 5 megapixel camera on the back and the front 1 megapixel camera was just okay.
  • The camera looks worse than it actually is because the image is being scaled up on the screen.
  • It will look much grainier than it does in its native resolution.
  • The battery life gets you a little over 8 hours of life, which is an hour less than the iPad and down about 2 hours from the Iconia 510.
  • This makes it not the best tablet battery on the market, but certainly not the worst.


  • $449


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This is a very good Android tablet.
  • It's fast and able to run apps with little hesitation.
  • The only downsides are the plastic-y construction, viewing angle and lag on the touch screen.
  • For this price, you'll still get a very good 32 GB Android tablet.

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