Thanks to Android 3.x, the tablet dispenses with the need for physical navigation buttons, although Acer has built a touch-sensitive Home button into the bezel anyway. This will help beginners on those occasions when Android 3.2 turns the on-screen navigation icons into unrecognisable blurry dots, perhaps.
The A100 is still thick and heavy for its size: Kindle it ain’t
Most impressive on this tablet is performance, notably for gaming and general app launching. If I expected a 7in Iconia Tab to be less powerful than its original 10in version, I was proved wrong. Benchmarks suggest it to be the fastest Android tablet I've tested to date.
The AnTutu test comes up here with a score of 4923. That compares to just 3739 for the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, itself just higher than the Motorola Xoom.
For all that, I found battery life to be shorter than expected: a daily recharge with the compact AC adapter seemed necessary, while for other tablets I can usually manage at least a couple of days between recharges. The unit also failed to wake from sleep as quickly as I would have liked, on several occasions fooling me into a complete restart because I had assumed it had shut down.
There's a 5Mp camera round the back
My most serious concern was the extent to which the display quality changed according to viewing angle. A gentle tilt should not cause a notable difference in brightness and clarity, but regrettably this was the case on the A100.
Despite the tablet’s display and battery life failing to reach my high expectations, I enjoyed using it during my week-long test. Sure, the 7in screen’s resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels is barely more than an iPhone 4’s 960 x 640, but the Iconia Tab A100’s physical size makes just about everything easier to do, especially typing, without the dinner-plate juggling demanded by 10in tablets. ®
Thanks to Acer Direct for the review sample
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I'd be interested...
but not at £300 for a 7-inch pad. What planet am I on? Well, what planet are "THEY" on? They want to sell them by truckloads? Then they need to convince people who don't really need a table (who actually DOES by the way?), that it won't hurt their wallet too much. £199 does that, £299 doesn't. And the ipad boys? Well, this type is not exactly driven by common sense, they don't count ;)
7" formfactor is just right
I've always said that the 7" form factor is just right for 'on the move' tablet stuff, rather than eg sitting on sofa or at desk ...smaller sizes feel like overgrown smartphones and bigger ones are a balancing act or cause your wrist to be well exercised
I'm not surprised at lower battery life if the CPU is chucking that amount of horsepower around...perhaps they should have gone for eg eeepad transformer speeds? Wouldn't be surprised to see a large community around this one..perhaps performance tweak to improve such things by a magnitude eg underclocking mods/utils
B&N Nook Colour
It's cheaper at around £200 with shipping included, has a better battery life, higher quality IPS screen and an active hacking community developing for it. The processor is only single core, memory half at 512MB and no HDMI out but for basic web use it's significantly better.
Ah, you misunderstand - the 10" models need a man bag, the 7" only needs a decent sized pocket.