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Acer Iconia Tab A100 review

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6.8/10
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The Acer Iconia Tab A100 currently has an Informr score of 6.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PhoneNews

The A100 is still our favorite tablet. Granted, the other big box gadget sites love to point people to the latest tablets out there, but this tablet cleans the clock of current tablets like Kindle Fire. With a powerful native GPU, micro-HDMI port, microSDHC, autonomous GPS, and Bluetooth alongside W...

- Christopher Price, PhoneNews
What Mobile

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 looks eerily like the second generation Motorola Xoom. The industrial design uses the same diagonal edges and black plastic cover. At 450g, it’s light and the 1024×600 capacitive touchscreen is sharp and bright, with great colour reproduction that’s only slightly hampered by...

- What Mobile, What Mobile
Coolsmartphone

Overall the Iconia is a great tablet. It is the ideal size for being really mobile. Perfect for holidays or travelling. Price wise it is getting better as the weeks go on. The recent drops in the price of tablets has been because of the imminent release of the Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. The closest...

- James Pearce, Coolsmartphone
Know Your Mobile

All in all we found the Iconia A100 a pleasure to use. Sure we have a few minor gripes but on the whole it offers a very rewarding tablet experience. We found ourselves mainly using it as a highly portable computer for browsing, checking email and playing games round the house, but stick a SIM card...

- Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile
PhoneArena

Without a doubt, if this tablet were released even a month ago, we’d totally be all over it in a heartbeat, namely because of its tasty $329.99 pricing. Of course, it’s tastefully competitive on so many levels knowing that we’ve seen previous 7-inch tablets priced at the $400 to $5...

- John V., PhoneArena


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Screen Size
7"

The Acer Iconia Tab A100's screen size is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a NVIDIA Tegra 250 Dual Core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.2 (Update Available: 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1530mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1530 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 5 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia Tab A100 Specs

Overview
Release date August 12, 2011
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.2 (Update Available: 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Secondary OS No
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 250 Dual Core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1530 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 4 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 5 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.5 x 11.7 x 1.3 cm (7.7 x 4.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 470 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, White balance, Color Effect, Scene Mode
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
White balance, Color Effect, Scene Mode
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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PhoneNews

Tablet is responsive, Android 4.0 update, and has overly-aggressive automatic brightness mode

from PhoneNews

The A100 is still our favorite tablet. Granted, the other big box gadget sites love to point people to the latest tablets out there, but this tablet cleans the clock of current tablets like Kindle Fire. With a powerful native GPU, micro-HDMI port, microSDHC, autonomous GPS, and Bluetooth alongside Wi-Fi (with DLNA thrown in for free), this tablet is great for consumers at a time when they need cheap tablets the most....

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The A100 is still our favorite tablet. Granted, the other big box gadget sites love to point people to the latest tablets out there, but this tablet cleans the clock of current tablets like Kindle Fire. With a powerful native GPU, micro-HDMI port, microSDHC, autonomous GPS, and Bluetooth alongside Wi-Fi (with DLNA thrown in for free), this tablet is great for consumers at a time when they need cheap tablets the most.

Even if you have another tablet already, give this one a look. It’s well worth the price.

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What Mobile

Light, touchscreen is sharp and bright, on-screen keyboard is excellent

from What Mobile

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 looks eerily like the second generation Motorola Xoom. The industrial design uses the same diagonal edges and black plastic cover. At 450g, it’s light and the 1024×600 capacitive touchscreen is sharp and bright, with great colour reproduction that’s only slightly hampered by shallow vertical viewing angles. The design is still very ‘Acer’ though, and its 12mm deep bulk is reminiscent of its lower-end laptops – as is the swirling ribbon design and logo on the plastic back cover. There’s one other unusual design flourish too: there’s an extra home button below the screen which no other Android Honeycomb tablet has. It’s actually surprisingly useful....

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The Acer Iconia Tab A100 looks eerily like the second generation Motorola Xoom. The industrial design uses the same diagonal edges and black plastic cover. At 450g, it’s light and the 1024×600 capacitive touchscreen is sharp and bright, with great colour reproduction that’s only slightly hampered by shallow vertical viewing angles. The design is still very ‘Acer’ though, and its 12mm deep bulk is reminiscent of its lower-end laptops – as is the swirling ribbon design and logo on the plastic back cover. There’s one other unusual design flourish too: there’s an extra home button below the screen which no other Android Honeycomb tablet has. It’s actually surprisingly useful.

Happily for a small tablet, the power button isn’t hidden, but on the side and within easy reach, while the volume keys on the top edge are accompanied by a screen orientation lock and a microSD card slot for boosting storage space. On the right handside, a HDMI cable allows you to output video to a HDTV. Sadly, the one disappointing aspect of the build is the charging slot: it’s a proprietary socket and power brick, so you’ll need to carry this with you if you use the A100 on the go.

The tablet’s smartphone style innards produce speedy results. The A100 is fast – it scored around 1,800 on the Quadrant Standard benchmark, and an impressive 89,000 in the Rightware Browsermark page loading test – and that’s courtesy of an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz system-on-a-chip. Some of the other smarpthone specs are a disappointment however. Though the A100’s rear five megapixel camera can shoot 720p HD video, stills are washy and take an age to focus. The battery holds a mere 1530mAh charge, a smaller capacity than found on many new phones.

As such, you’ll only get about five hours of use with brightness up and internet on. Google has not open-sourced Honeycomb 3.2, its tablet-optimized version of Android, which suggests it’s been vetting every tablet so far released quite rigorously. The core operating system itself is excellent here: notifications slip quietly into a tray in the right hand corner, multitasking can be activated by a button present on screen at all time, and though the predictive on-screen keyboard is excellent, the ability to use voice commands throughout the OS too is incredibly convenient on a tablet. There’s also the screen resolution to consider – It’s actually lower than on some new Android phones, which makes the dearth of Honeycomb apps much less of an issue. Acer’s embellishments over the top of Honeycomb are disappointing, and confusing to the point where Google should have stepped in.

Its SocialJogger app pulls in Facebook and Twitter updates in a way that can only be described as baffling. It’s needlessly split its media streaming abilities into two separate apps, Clear.fi and Media Server, and several icons that appear to be apps are actually just full screen folders for games or social networking apps. Worse still, plug the A100 into a computer, and you’ll be prompted to download 40MB worth of USB drivers. You’re not given a link, either and they’re Windows-only. It’s not a problem if you use a PC: Acer’s solution even lets you move files over Wi-Fi, but it does mean this tablet basically doesn’t work with Macs. And that’s the core problem with the A100. Though it’s exceedingly portable, its user interface oversights make it a tough sell to those used to slicker phone systems. Why buy a confusing tablet when you could have a powerful and simple phone?

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Coolsmartphone

Easy to hold, pretty good camera, good build quality

from Coolsmartphone

Overall the Iconia is a great tablet. It is the ideal size for being really mobile. Perfect for holidays or travelling. Price wise it is getting better as the weeks go on. The recent drops in the price of tablets has been because of the imminent release of the Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. The clos...More

Overall the Iconia is a great tablet. It is the ideal size for being really mobile. Perfect for holidays or travelling. Price wise it is getting better as the weeks go on. The recent drops in the price of tablets has been because of the imminent release of the Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. The closest competition for the Iconia are the Archos 80 G9 and the Viewsonic 7X. I have briefly used an Archos and I prefer the widescreen style of the Iconia. Also the build quality and screen are better on the Iconia. Oh and this has more ram and is Tegra 2 based, which means various games that have been released for Tegra 2 devices will work on this. The rumoured fact that Acer have mentioned Ice Cream Sandwich for the current Iconia range makes this an appealing prospect. The only downsides to the Iconia are certain apps will be missing from the Market until the developers make them compatible with Android 4.0. A few missing apps didn’t really effect me that much. Not having BBC iPlayer whilst at home is allowed as I could always get my laptop out instead. As to whether or not you wait for the next generation of tablets to be released and then hunt for deals is up to you.

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Know Your Mobile

Very solid device, appealing visual design, displays sharp image quality

from Know Your Mobile

All in all we found the Iconia A100 a pleasure to use. Sure we have a few minor gripes but on the whole it offers a very rewarding tablet experience.

We found ourselves mainly using it as a highly portable computer for browsing, checking email and playing games round the house, but stick...More

All in all we found the Iconia A100 a pleasure to use. Sure we have a few minor gripes but on the whole it offers a very rewarding tablet experience.

We found ourselves mainly using it as a highly portable computer for browsing, checking email and playing games round the house, but stick a SIM card in there and it's portable enough to take out into the wider world.

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PhoneArena

Better build quality and overall performance compared to its bigger brother

from PhoneArena

Without a doubt, if this tablet were released even a month ago, we’d totally be all over it in a heartbeat, namely because of its tasty $329.99 pricing. Of course, it’s tastefully competitive on so many levels knowing that we’ve seen previous 7-inch tablets priced at the $400 to...More

Without a doubt, if this tablet were released even a month ago, we’d totally be all over it in a heartbeat, namely because of its tasty $329.99 pricing. Of course, it’s tastefully competitive on so many levels knowing that we’ve seen previous 7-inch tablets priced at the $400 to $500 range. However, now that we’re beginning to see some other similarly spec’d tablets making the exodus to the $300 and under club, it’s going to be a tough challenge to attract leery buyers to see the value of this one. Still, when compared to its bigger brother, we actually prefer this one so much more because of its better build quality and overall performance. Honestly, it’s definitely a decent Honeycomb tablet, but it’s very hard to accept it concretely with open arms knowing that there are cheaper ones out there that offer better performance in all categories.

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The Register

Extremely usable on the move, short battery life, impressive performance

from The Register

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 mak...More

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.

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Pocketables

Good camera, weak battery life, mediocre hardware

from Pocketables

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 does have its charms: things like Honeycomb 3.2, a relatively good camera, and a snappy Tegra 2 processor. However, it really still has too many flaws for me to recommend it to the general consumer.

Between the weak battery life, mediocre hardware, and the numerous small flaws of Honeycomb, the tablet is really not practical for everyday use. Newer 7-inch tablets will be coming out this holiday season, and they will fix most if not all of the flaws of the A100....

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The Acer Iconia Tab A100 does have its charms: things like Honeycomb 3.2, a relatively good camera, and a snappy Tegra 2 processor. However, it really still has too many flaws for me to recommend it to the general consumer.

Between the weak battery life, mediocre hardware, and the numerous small flaws of Honeycomb, the tablet is really not practical for everyday use. Newer 7-inch tablets will be coming out this holiday season, and they will fix most if not all of the flaws of the A100.

Of course, the same could be said about many devices, and then no one would ever buy anything. So, if you are a geek and want to take an early look at Honeycomb on a 7-inch screen, the A100 will serve you well. Just be prepared for a couple bumps along the way.

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Pocket-lint

A reasonable effort, but it faces growing opposition

from Pocket-lint

Although there's plenty to moan about with the A100, we did like many things about it. The screen is sharp, even though the viewing angle is outright weird. We love the power of the device, and we think it's got a lot of potential for people who want a tablet for gaming.

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Although there's plenty to moan about with the A100, we did like many things about it. The screen is sharp, even though the viewing angle is outright weird. We love the power of the device, and we think it's got a lot of potential for people who want a tablet for gaming.

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V3

Good connectivity, bulky, ugly design, poor battery life

from V3

With an initial retail price around £300, the Acer A100 represents reasonable value for money. The device is cheaper than the entry-level HTC Flyer (£330) and BlackBerry PlayBook (£340), but more expensive than the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab (£250).

Despite offering reasonably good performance an...More

With an initial retail price around £300, the Acer A100 represents reasonable value for money. The device is cheaper than the entry-level HTC Flyer (£330) and BlackBerry PlayBook (£340), but more expensive than the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab (£250).

Despite offering reasonably good performance and some unique connectivity, the battery life on the A100 is a major letdown and makes it very difficult to recommend.

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Digital Trends

You’re going to wish it had a bigger battery, and the screen will bother you a little

from Digital Trends

We like the Acer Iconia Tab A100. On the outside and inside it is one of the best overall tablets with a good price and specs that rival any tablet on the market today. Unfortunately, its battery life is pretty bad compared to other tablets, and its screen has a low 75-degree viewing angle and ov...More

We like the Acer Iconia Tab A100. On the outside and inside it is one of the best overall tablets with a good price and specs that rival any tablet on the market today. Unfortunately, its battery life is pretty bad compared to other tablets, and its screen has a low 75-degree viewing angle and overly reflective covering. Yes, we realize that the screen and battery life of a tablet are two of its most important attributes, but despite its defects, we still like the A100 and the travel case Acer sells with it.

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