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The Acer Iconia Tab A100 isn’t the first 7-inch
tablet by any stretch, but it is the first to run
Google’s Android Honeycomb software. This
sub-1-pound gadget is also easy on the wallet.
With a price of $349 for the 16GB version ($329
for 8GB), the Tab A100 costs $150 less than
competing 7-inchers such as the HTC Flyer and
the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Measuring 7.6 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches and weighing a
scant 0.92 pounds, the A100 is about the same size
and weight as the original Samsung Galaxy Tab and
the HTC Flyer. It shares the same aesthetic touches
as its larger sibling, the Acer Iconia Tab A500; the
long ends taper in slightly at the corner.
The Iconia Tab A100’s 7-inch, 1024 x 600-pixel
resolution display is the same size and density
as screens found on the Galaxy Tab and the HTC
Flyer, and the resolution seems right for a screen
this size. The trailer for Battleship streamed from
YouTube was crisp, the seas were a deep blue, and
the flames from the ship’s guns were a fiery red.
Audio was pretty good for a device this size. While
the speakers were tinny, they kicked out plenty of
sound. The available Dolby Mobile enhancements
were most noticeable when using headphones.
Turned on, the harmonies and bass line in Toto’s
“Africa” sounded much richer and fuller, and we
could make out the squeaks bet ween individual
guitar plucks in Rodrigo y Gabriela’s “Amuleta.”
Acer saw fit to load the Tab A100 with a number
of handy apps and utilities. Clear.fi, which is also
available on Acer notebooks and desktops, lets users
stream multimedia content wirelessly via DLNA.
Other apps include NemoPlayer (for playing
multimedia), Aupeo Internet radio, Docs to Go,
and Social Jogger, which combines Twitter and
Facebook updates into one interface, so you can
keep tabs on both social networks at the same
time. As with other Honeycomb tablets, there are
a host of Google apps, including Google Books,
Google Movies, and Google Music (not to mention
Gmail). This being a Nvidia-powered tablet, Tegra
Zone—a game portal—is also available.
The rear-facing 5-MP camera on the Iconia
Tab A100 recorded mediocre video. A clip we shot
indoors looked somewhat grainy and had muted
colors. An outdoor clip was a little sharper, but
colors remained dull. Still images were slightly
better, but only with ample light.
In terms of quality, the front-facing 2-MP camera
was no better, but it will suffice for video chats. Just
be prepared to chat in portrait mode. When the
Tab A100 is held in landscape mode, the camera
is off to the left instead of in the middle.
Outfitted with an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and
1GB of RAM, the A100 was very peppy. Windows
opened quickly, the screen rotated smoothly (although
there was an occasional half-second pause), and
gameplay was flawless. In Galaxy on Fire 2, our
ship navigated between the asteroids better than
Han Solo as we blasted away at pirates.
Acer says that the Iconia Tab A100’s 1530
mAh Li-polymer battery should last up to 5 hours
during Internet browsing with Wi-Fi , up to 4 hours
during web-streamed video, and up to 4.5 hours
during 720p video playback. While the LAPTOP
Battery Test didn’t fully run, the A100 was down
to 26 percent after 4
hours and 3 minutes.
we get an estimated
runtime of 5 hours
and 28 minutes.
That’s longer than
what Acer claims,
Small Tablet, Big Value
as the first 7-inch android slate to run Honeycomb, the acer Iconia tab a100 is compact and powerful.
but still more than an hour less than the tablet
With the Iconia Tab A100, Acer offers one of
the best tablet values on the market. For $349,
this device combines snappy dual-core per-
formance with the full Honeycomb experience
in a lightweight design. We just wish the A100
lasted longer on a charge. Some may prefer the
HTC Flyer for its Sense software and note-taking
capability, but that tablet doesn’t yet support
If you’re looking for a tablet that can be held like
an eReader, the Iconia Tab A100 is a solid pick.
— M ichael A. Prospero
CPU: 1-GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 Operating System:
Android 3.2 RaM/ROM: 1GB/16GB Display
Size/Resolution: 7 inches/1024 x 600 Wire-
less: 802.11a/b/g/n Front Camera: 2-MP Rear
Camera: 5-MP Ports: Propietar y, microUSB,
microHDMI, headphone Card Slots: microSD
card Size: 7.6 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches Weight:
Small, light design
Runs latest Android OS
Good software bundle
So-so camera quality
Short battery life
Laptop | october 2011
The A100 features a microHDMI
port for outputting video to a TV.
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