The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is probably one of the most expected anticipated tablets of the year, the device appearing to target a revolution in the 7-inch tablet market. The Tab A100 will be the first slate of its dimensions to run on Android Honeycomb, as well as the price of the tablet makes us thinks that this will be a hit amongst technology enthusiasts.
We will try in this post to quickly review the strong and the weak points of the tablet, to give a hand to those of you who are thinking of buying the A100.
- High performance level. The Iconia Tab A100 will be powered by a Tegra 2 dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM memory, which is currently pretty much the best technical configuration that a 7 or 10-inch tablet can feature.
- Software and apps. As we already told you in the introduction, the Tab A100 will be the first 7-inch slate to run on Android Honeycomb. Furthermore, it will run on the latest 3.2 version of the OS, which means loads of applications for you.
- The connectivity and the ports featured. While Acer’s tablet will probably neither offer 3G connectivity, nor HDMI, it features WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility, as well as a micro-USB port and a microSD card slot.
- The beautiful display. The 7-inch touchscreen with 1024x600 pixels resolution offers good contrast, bright colors and decent viewing angles.
- The cameras. While tablets in general are not great when it comes to taking photos or recording videos, the Iconia Tab A100 does a pretty decent job with the 5 MP rear-facing camera and the 2 MP front-facing camera.
- The battery life. Only about five hours of autonomy is pretty disappointing, even for a 7-inch tablet. Also, if you compare this to similar names, as the Blackberry Playbook or the HTC Flyer, you get an advantage of about two hours for Iconia Tab’s opponents.
- While we are happy to see Honeycomb on a 7-inch tablet for the first time, we can’t help suspect some software glitches. This is more of a supposition than a real weak point, but in our experience every first step in technology comes with some downsides.
- While Acer’s tablet is set to be pretty affordable, we can’t understand why there are no plans for a 32 GB version of the slate. Ok, you can expand your storage space through an SD card, but still it would have been nice to be able to buy a version of the tablet with more included space.
All in all, as it can be easily noticed from the pros and cons list, the Acer Iconia Tab A100 announces itself as one of the biggest hits lately. With good performance level, a nice display, lots of ports and apps and a competitive price, it is almost impossible for us to not recommend Acer’s new product.