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Acer Iconia Tab A100 review

Barry de la Rosa
6 Oct 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
270
inc VAT

A fine 7in Android tablet, but you may want to see what Acer's rivals have in store before you buy

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Specifications

7 in 1,024x600 display, 450g, 1GHz ARM Cortex A9, 1.00GB RAM, 16GB disk, Android 3.2

Acer's new Iconia Tab A100 is the first 7in tablet we've seen that uses the latest version of Android's tablet OS - we were expecting more by now, but there's been some speculation that Google was having trouble getting Android version 3 and above to look right on 7in rather than 10in screens. With Android 3.2 the search giant seems to have fixed these problems, so expect a flurry of other 7in tablets to appear soon.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 landscape

The A100 has the same Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset that powers most 10in tablets, including Acer's own A500, and 16GB storage should provide plenty of room. The tablet itself is compact and light, and weighs just 450g. The screen's 1,024x600 resolution is large in relation to its size, so you get a higher pixel density than on a desktop monitor, leading to sharp images. Graphics are bright and colourful, although the auto-brightness seemed to err too much on the dark side and viewing angles aren't great.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 back

The tablet feels well made, and although the plastic back case might seem a bit tacky, the edge-to-edge glass on the front is stylish. The ports are kept to the short ends of the tablet, with only a volume rocker and a handy screen orientation lock along the top edge. Actually, the placement of the touch-sensitive Home button indicates that the A100 is designed to be used more in portrait mode, and this is confirmed by the two speakers under the Home button.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 ports

Android 3.2 adds some specific updates for smaller tablets so that the user interface's controls and status bar scale better, and Android feels at home on the device. We could do without Acer's Hubs - eReading, Games, Multimedia and Social. These act as folders for other apps, and you can swipe between them, but they're just another layer between you and your apps.

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