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Acer Iconia Tab A100 review

The 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet that's better than the HTC Flyer

Acer iconia tab a100 review

Like the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the A100 comes with a few minor user interface enhancements, but none of them will make you want to rush out and buy the tablet.

It's more of a system for organising apps than a real UI addition – you run an app that groups other apps. There's an app for games that simply provides another place to put game app icons instead of the main home screen.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

Acer doesn't provide any extra widgets beyond those offered as standard by Android 3.2 Honeycomb.

The Acer Iconia Tab A100's smaller screen size means the interface might be more cumbersome to use than that on a 10-inch tab. That's because, even though Android 3.2 is supposed to resize objects on the screen automatically, the screen still runs at 1024 x 600 resolution. So when you select some buttons, you might need to use a fingertip. When you do, the click might register on the capacitive touch screen.

The screen also shows a lot of glare and isn't that easy to view from a side angle, so the user interface is harder to use than you might expect.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

We tested several apps made for smartphones, and the overall impression is that Android 3.2 doesn't really make much of a difference. The 7-inch screen is already not that much bigger than, say, a Samsung Galaxy S2.

Apps including Skype just space out the buttons a little differently.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
HDMIYes
Product FamilyICONIA TAB A
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor Model250
ColourBlue
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)410 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height13.1 mm
Width117 mm
Depth195 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesA
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelA100
Product NameICONIA TAB A100 VanGogh Tablet Computer
Product LineICONIA TAB
Manufacturer Part NumberS7.H6RWN.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Lightweight and smaller than a magazine, the ICONIA TAB A Series is very easy to carry. It runs on the tablet-tailored Android operating system, and sports a capacitive multi-touch display with smart divisions that open up new possibilities for interaction. Enjoy a whole new touch experience!

Strikingly powerful

Inside the smooth and handsome chassis is a powerful mobile processor, putting striking power and graphics in your hands, while ample RAM enables fast multitasking. The multi-touch screen and fluid interface make using this tablet a breeze. And use it your way: hold the ICONIA TAB A Series in any direction and it'll auto-rotate to your perspective. What's more, the long-lasting battery will give you several hours of HD video playback and enjoyment.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA TAB A100 VanGogh Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter