Hands On: Acer Iconia Tab A100..Small tablet that thinks it is a big tablet
Acer, the computer manufacturer that dominated the Netbook market has now entered the Tablet marketplace with three entries..the Acer Iconia Tab A500 in the crowded Android 10.1″ category, a W500 Windows 7 device and the little handful we will look at today the Acer Iconia Tab A100 7″ Tablet.
Out of the box the A100 feels solid if a bit plasticky but at 399 grams (14 oz.) is a nice little handful that is comfortable to hold. Like the little Terrier that thinks it is a Great Dane this little tablet is loaded with big dog specifications. For starters it comes with Android Honeycomb 3.2, the latest version of Google’s Tablet OS
The A100 the dual-core NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2, the first mobile dual core CPU plus, the ultra-low power (ULP) NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU with Flash 10.1 support, ensures amazing graphics for optimized HD viewing, 3D and console-quality gaming, and multimedia playback anywhere. What’s more you can enjoy movies, photos and more on your big screen TV in full HD glory thanks to 1080p HD video playback. All of this multimedia goodness looks great on the bright 1080 x 600 screen.
The Acer ICONIA TAB A100 also sounds good. Complete with Dolby Mobile technology that makes the little speakers sound pretty good. The ICONIA TAB A100 comes with a 5MP auto-focus rear camera with flash that takes decent pictures and video as well as a 2MP front-facing camera that works well for video chats.
Internal storage is 8Gb with an external micro SD slot to accommodate an additional 32Gb. Multiple connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth® 2.1, a built-in HDMI port with 1080p output to play HD content on a big screen TV or monitor, There is also a micro USB port for connectivity to other devices such as computers to sync content.
All this adds up to a lot of power in a small package. Most of my usage of a tablet is email, reading eBooks and web surfing and I find the 7″ format a perfect size for these activities. I especially enjoyed the light weight and balance in the hand for reading eBooks. If your usage pattern is similar to mine you will enjoy the Acer Iconia Tab A100.
But it is not an iPad you say..I agree..this is a different device designed for those who want a lightweight tablet that gets the job done and is also light on the wallet. The Acer Iconia Tab A100 has big tablet power in a smaller package that I really enjoyed using. I do have one complaint..battery life I was able to get only 4.5 hours of reading with WiFi turned on..6 hours with WiFi off so it will barely carry you through a transcontinental flight without a recharge..so remember to bring your AC adapter. Which brings up another niggle..why did Acer provide a separate socket for charging instead of using the more standard USB port?
The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is available pretty much everywhere computer products are sold and is attractively priced at $299.99