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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

It's hard to recommend the Acer Iconia Tab A100 in light of the 10-inch alternatives. Yet, for such as ebook fans and those who like smaller tabs, this is the best of the 7-inch lot.

We liked


The Android 3.2 operating system is a smart option. In our tests, older apps looked more reasonable on the screen. All of the benchmarking apps we tested, which are designed for smartphones, filled the screen correctly. Even the Astro File Manager app filled the screen to the edges and lined up icons in a neat row.

Ebook reading works well, although the screen's a bit glossy with a slight mirroring effect that might cause some eye strain.

Android 3.2 resized most apps well, but that's not a huge problem at this screen size.

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is fast – it blew through several benchmark tests, even if the basic operation of loading apps, playing games and watching movies didn't seem to benefit that much from the CPU speed.

We disliked


The screen on the Acer Iconia Tab A100 is mirror-like, with a weird glare, as if it's in 3D but not quite. From a side angle, the screen looks too shiny. Contrast ratio for movies wasn't good at all.

The battery life is only about five hours, because the battery's so small. If you stream a lot of movies online, the battery will last for four hours or so.

Processing was fast for our benchmark tests, but Android 3.2 runs about the same for most apps as it does on a 10-inch tab. The smaller size doesn't make it quicker.

Verdict


Somewhere, there's a niche for this tablet. It's mostly for folks who want a smaller tablet, but then they could just select a smartphone with a large screen, such as the HTC Evo 3D. Ebook reading worked well, if you can live with the somewhat glossy screen.

To say the Acer Iconia Tab A100 is the best 7-inch Android tablet is a bit misleading. But we do prefer it over the HTC Flyer, due to the included Android 3.2 operating system.

In some ways, the BlackBerry PlayBook is better in a technical sense – at least it does real multitasking – but it has too few apps. We like the A100 for an express purpose: greater mobility and book reading. For most tasks, a 10-inch tablet is a wiser bet.

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