The sweetest Honeycomb tablet we’ve seen so far packs modern Android goodness into a pocket-sized package, with a new OS version going far to solve Android tablets’ biggest problem to date i.e, the lack of decent tablet-specific apps. But the 7-inch Acer Iconia Tab A100’s petite form means a too-small battery.
Physical Features, Networking and Battery Life:
Acer isn’t a king of industrial design, and the Iconia Tab A100 is a bit of a clunker when it comes to looks. The Iconia Tab A100 is a 7.7-by-4.6-by-0.5-inch (HWD), 13.9-ounce tablet made of shiny plastic with a cheap-looking silver design on its blue-gray back. Both the front and back feel a little greasy, and tend to attract fingerprints. The tablet has a standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, Volume buttons, an Orientation Lock switch, a Power button, and a bunch of ports on the bottom. It charges from a proprietary adapter rather than a standard micro USB connection, but it also has a micro USB port to connect to PCs, and a micro HDMI port to hook the tablet up to an HDTV.
Switch the tablet on and you’ll see a 1024-by-600 touch-screen LCD of average brightness. At its Automatic Brightness setting it’s noticeably dim and the screen is too reflective, but pumps up the brightness and it looks great. The stereo speakers on the bottom are loud enough to get their point across, but they’re tinny, just like all other tablet speakers. Curiously, the Iconia A100 also has a blocked SIM card slot, although the slot is mentioned in the tablet’s quick start guide.
Acer IconiaTab A100
Multimedia & Conclusions:
The Iconia A100 is a great little multimedia tablet, thanks to its easy HDMI output and removable memory card slot. The tablet comes with either 8GB or 16GB of built-in memory, and supports up to 32GB MicroSD cards tucked into a convenient slot on the side. The Iconia Tab has two cameras, a 2-megapixel unit on the front and a 5-megapixel one on the back. The front camera worked very well with Google Talk video chat. The back camera isn’t quite state-of-the-art: It had a bit more autofocus delay than I like, at 1.1 seconds, and its 5-megapixel images were stippled with color noise. But it captured smooth 720p high-def videos at 30 frames per second, and really, you don’t buy a tablet for the camera. Tablet cameras are a little awkward to use in the first place. It will look like your holding a laptop to click a scene…..Just think about it…