OK folks say hello to the Acer Iconia Tab A100, This was the company's first 7 inch tablet. Currently running Android 4.0.3 it's specs are run of the mill but nice for an economical 7 inch tablet. Running a Nvidia Tegera 2, a five and two megapixle cameras, and micro-USB and HDMI ports make this a must have budget tablet. I tested the 8GB Acer Iconia Tab A100, the retail price when they came out was $329.99. So lets get to the nitty grtty and check this bad boy out.
The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is no cheap plastic lightweight for sure. Weighing in at 0.92 pounds the Acer Iconua Tab A100 is heavier that most 7 inch tablets. In my opinion, it feels solid and comfortable in my hands. The back is stylish with the logo and cool ribbons flowing from one side to the other. The five megapixel camera on the back and the flash next to it actually accents the tablet. On the front of the Acer Iconia Tab A100 you will find the 2 megapixel camera and the capacitive home button. On the same end of the front camera the side houses a glowing power button and a Headphone jack. On the other end of the tablet there is the HDMI, Docking connector, micro-usb port and the speakers. In ladscape mode on the top is where the Micro-SDCard slot, volume controls and a lever to lock it into landscape mode (neato) finishes up the asthetics
The Acer Iconia Tab A100 has a wonderful display at 1024x600 youtube videos are crisp and clean, but when the tablet is flat the angle washes out the video. This no big deal as even the sound is amazing! Unlike other tablets the Acer Iconia Tab A100 has a sharp clear sound. A real plesure to listen to. I will not sound tinny? Like other tablets I have listened to, but it could use more volume. The camera on the Acer Iconia Tab A100 isn't mediocre by any means. I was surprised at the rear camera, and it did a great job of rendering natural colors. Now by no means is this better than my phones 13 megapixle camera but is was really good. The front camera is also not bad, for a 2 megapixle camera the stills are very good.
The Acer Iconia Tab A100 is no slouch in processing power either. Packing a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor I would have thought there be some performance hits and that is not the case. Apps open and close fast display responds smooth to taps and swipes with no lag. In from my experience this performs as well as some of the high end tablets. I decided to try and slow this down by playing a newer game. I loaded Mass Effect Infiltrator, to say the least amazing! The only hiccup the Acer Iconia Tab had so far is when doing tutorials. The game ran pretty darn smooth for me. The battery life was decent, not phenominal but I thought it was fine. It has a 1,530mAh battery which gives around 5 hours of life, not the best but hey I found it definitely usable and on par with the average tablet.
To finish up, what do I think of the Acer Iconia Tab A100? For a low cost tablet I would buy one for each of my children and have no regrets. This is a great tablet, great performance, excellent graphics and speed to match! Gadget Grave has these for 90.00 each and that my friends is a great deal not to pass up.
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