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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

So, what about usability for the 7-inch Acer Iconia Tab A100? That's something we measure carefully over an extended period, using the tablet as any mobile user would – checking email in a cafe, checking directions in the car and listening to music using earphones. The trouble is, a smartphone such as the HTC Evo 3D serves all of these purposes, lasts longer and has a better screen.

Compared to the HTC Flyer, it's a toss-up. The Flyer looks better – with a white-silver design and an interesting slight curvature that makes it seem like something Steve Jobs wouldn't scoff at repeatedly. The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is just flat and rectangular. At least with the Toshiba Thrive, there's a snakeskin pattern for extra grip on the back.

The optional case for the Acer Iconia Tab A100 improves usability, because you can protect the tablet and be a little more careless with it. You can also fold the top cover back and prop the Acer Iconia Tab A100 up on a desk, and use it occasionally as a secondary display next to your main computer.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

The categorisation system isn't that helpful for usability. It's much easier to just group apps on home screens in your own way, and saves on extra finger presses. Most users will probably end up doing that anyway, and the Acer UI for these category apps has a faint glimmer of Microsoft Bob.

Still, the Acer Iconia Tab A100 is small and agile – it has the same benefits and detriments as the HTC Flyer. For those who read ebooks and tend to use a tablet in short spurts and don't watch movies, the A100 isn't a bad choice. There are hundreds of compelling apps compared to the BlackBerry PlayBook, which seems to have languished in the unknown land of RIM.

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