Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Unboxing

Acer ICONIA TAB A100 Unboxing
Nearly a year after they first introduced it at a media event held in New York City, the Acer ICONIA TAB A100 is finally available to the masses for the reasonable price of $329.99 for the 8GB Wi-Fi version. Initially expected to launch earlier in the year, we saw the 7-inch tablet get delayed due to some unknown reasons – though, it was speculated that Acer was simply waiting to see how well its ICONIA TAB A500 was going  to sell first. Thankfully, it’s here in the flesh and supplements Acer’s lineup as it perfectly fills in that gap for those who prefer a compact tablet.

Boasting the same package design as its bigger brother, there’s a nice portrait image of the tablet smacked right on the front of the box – with its slim profile being shown off on its sides. Besides the usual set of brandings we commonly find splattered across the packaging, we’re given some brief specifications in the rear. Inside, there’s nothing out of the ordinary as we find its documentation, instruction manual, wall charger, and microUSB cable. For the price, we’re given all the typical accessories that we find packed along with most devices.

More recently, we had some brief hands-on time with the tablet, but now that we’re able to play around with it a bit more, we’re digging its solid construction. Constructed entirely out of this tough glossy plastic casing, we definitely like the design pattern that’s being flaunted in the rear – plus, it’s not as wide as other comparably sized tablets when it’s held in portrait. Turning it on though, we’re not too convinced by its 7” WSVGA (1024 x 600) display due to its poor viewing angles. Despite that, we’re surprised that Acer is able to include a host of ports within its shell – such as its proprietary charging port, dock connection port, microUSB port, and microHDMI-out port.

In terms of hardware, it employs all of the usual characters that we tend to find being used by the competition thus far. Specifically, it features a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 5-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED flash, front facing 2-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, aGPS, and two 1,530 mAh batteries. Priced competitively, we’re crossing our fingers that it’s going to at least provide us with a tolerable Honeycomb experience – so we’ll be testing it out to see how it handles in the end. Expect our review soon!

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