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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

Screen crispness isn't a major selling point of the Acer Iconia Tab A100. So when you use one as a camera, the images will look passable, but this isn't a tablet that makes you want to go around and show the masses your recently snapped photos – they just don't pop that much on the screen.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

Fortunately, the 5MP camera does take good photos, and the smaller tablet is easier to grasp without shaking and position for a good shot. The camera app has few extra settings beyond what is included with Android 3.2, including sepia and black-and-white modes.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

NORMAL: Images are clear from the main camera

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SUNNY: Glare takes over here

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CLOSE: We got in pretty close here with no issue

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COLOURFUL: Colours are reproduced well

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LIGHT: Sunlight spots take over this photo

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NO BLUR: The 7-inch size of the tablet means shots are less prone to shaking and blurring than those from larger tablets

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BLACK-AND-WHITE: Sepia and black-and-white options are available

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In the video camera, there are no surprises either. The tablet's easier to hold steady for shooting video than a 10-inch tablet, simply because of the smaller size. Our clips of a cat on a sunny day looked fairly smooth, although they had a very slight jittering look compared to those we captured with the Toshiba Thrive.

Acer iconia tab a100

It still feels a bit awkward shooting video – a smartphone makes more sense because you can be a bit more subtle. You can't use such a bulky device to record events such as football matches without feeling awkward and getting shaky results.

The front camera on the Acer Iconia Tab A100 is passable. We snapped a few photos and videos, and they looked predictably washed out and less clear than the rear-facing camera.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

One obvious note is that people on video chats will look smaller and maybe not even that recognisable on the smaller 7-inch screen.

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