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Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review

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Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Introduction:

Shopping around for a tablet, we’ve been led to believe that the $500 price point is considered to be the safe level for most tablets, even for some of the smaller 7-inchers out there, but as we continue to see fierce competition, it’s naturally expected to be lowered. Right out of the gate, the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 carries along mostly everything offered by its bigger brother in the ICONIA TAB A500 – but in a smaller package and better $329.99 price from the onset. However, we’ve been seeing some steep price drops with other comparably sized tablets, like the HTC Flyer and BlackBerry PlayBook, which minimizes the effect of Acer’s offering. Then again, it might prove otherwise with its performance. Let’s jump right in!

Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The package contains:

  • Acer ICONIA TAB A100
  • microUSB Cable
  • Proprietary Wall Charger
  • Start Guide
  • Product & Safety Information

Design:

To put it lightly, the ICONIA TAB A100 embodies the general design characteristics of its 10-inch big brother, but instead of utilizing a cheap feeling brushed metallic exterior, we’re instead presented with a better feeling tough glossy plastic one. Plus, the design pattern found in the rear sprinkles a bit of style to it. Getting a good feel, we adore its better build quality and its compact form factor seeing that it’s not as wide as some other similar sized tablets – allowing us to grasp it easily with one hand. Of course, there’s a recognizable amount of weight to it, but it simply adds to the feeling of it being more durable.

The Acer ICONIA TAB A100 presents a great feeling tough glossy plastic exterior - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The Acer ICONIA TAB A100 presents a great feeling tough glossy plastic exterior - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review

The Acer ICONIA TAB A100 presents a great feeling tough glossy plastic exterior


Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review

Much like its esteemed colleagues, the tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600, which handily enables it to produce some detailed visuals. At the same time, our eyes dig its deep color tones when looking at the display straight on. On the other hand, its poor viewing angles and low brightness output make it nearly impossible to view outdoors. On top of that, it’s wickedly susceptible to getting dirty very quick – and it doesn’t help when it’s difficult to clean.

The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review

The tablet’s 7” LCD display features a resolution of 1024 x 600


Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review

Atypical amongst the Honeycomb slates, the ICONIA TAB A100 employs a capacitive home button beneath its display, which also happens to blink and light up for certain notifications. Meanwhile, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera is positioned above the display.

Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Capacitive home button - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Front-facing camera - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
 

Capacitive home button

Front-facing camera


Peering over its sides, it’s remarkably intriguing to fathom how Acer is able to cram so many ports, buttons, and slots to its body. On the bottom edge, it’s littered with a bunch of things that include a reset button, left & right speakers, microHDMI port, dock port, microUSB port, and a proprietary charging port. Feeling its distinguishable physical buttons, we like the feel and responsiveness of its power button and volume rocker. Lastly, there’s a plastic flap that can be removed to gain access to its microSD card slot – though, it also seems to be a placeholder for a SIM card slot.

Left edge - The sides of the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Top edge - The sides of the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Right edge - The sides of the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Bottom edge - The sides of the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review

Left edge

Top edge

Right edge

Bottom edge

The sides of the Acer ICONIA TAB A100


Volume rocker on the right edge - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Plastic flap of the microSD card slot - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Power button - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review

Volume rocker on the right edge

Plastic flap of the microSD card slot

Power button


Aside from the pretty design that’s splashed on its back, there is a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera prominently highlighted by its large lens and chrome border – and its LED flash is perched nearby. Internally, the tablet packs tucks away two unremovable 1,530 mAh Li-Ion batteries that power the entire thing.

Back - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review
Rear camera - Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Review

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Rear camera



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posted on 07 Oct 2011, 10:35

1. bSLiZzLe (unregistered)


i own it, love it & it works great. Has 1GB of RAM, not 512mb(quoted by ACER)

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 15:45

2. dara (unregistered)


wtf, mr. reviewer?

first you noticing the device being super duper fast and smooth, (first android tablet receiving such praises regarding speed actually!)..and then you conclude that other android competitors have "better performance overall"
?!?!

posted on 08 Oct 2011, 09:04

5. rex0422 (Posts: 30; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


This particular review is not as good as before.

Specifically, it is too vague in some parts, which should be more detailed. For example, what do you mean by "it is super fast" and then followed by "better performance from other tablets"? It is quite vague.

Also, you are not really specific when it comes to photo-taking. Can you be more specific than "dull"? For example, from my point of view, I would say more about its colors and details, rather than "dull".

Last, there is a mistake- not 512MB of RAM, it is 1GB.

posted on 15 Oct 2011, 10:42

9. Nia (unregistered)


I m an Acer fan, got Liquid Ferrari & Iconia Tab window version but in love wit this 7" tab..too bad not sale in my place yet.

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Acer ICONIA TAB A100

Acer ICONIA TAB A100

OS: Android 4.0.3 3.2 3.0
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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) TFT
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1000 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size7.68 x 4.61 x 0.52 inches
(195 x 117 x 13.1 mm )
16.58 oz  (470 g)

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