Acer Iconia Tab A100 review

The 7-inch Android 3.2 tablet that's better than the HTC Flyer

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Acer iconia tab a100 review

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 isn't exactly rich in first-party apps made by Acer, or in third-party apps.

We mentioned the lacklustre system for organising apps in the Interface section of this review. No tablet really enhances the Android experience all that much, but Samsung offers the most UI add-ons, which actually seem to work. For example, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 now includes a social networking aggregator for seeing feeds from Twitter and Facebook.

The Acer Iconia Tab A100 includes a SocialJogger app, which is really just an entry point to Facebook and Twitter.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

Worse, some of the apps on the Acer Iconia Tab A100 just don't add that much value. The Nemo music player provides another way to browse photos, music and videos, but isn't that different from the included Android apps, and has an interface that looks dated.

Unlike the Toshiba Thrive and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, there's no branded Acer app store, which is okay with us since most of the extra app stores are superfluous anyway. The only exception is the Amazon app store, where the prices are a bit lower in some cases, with a few special deals.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

Acer offers its service for streaming content to and from the Iconia Tab A100. The service works with DLNA, so you can connect the tablet to your Xbox 360 or TV streaming set-top box. Setting up this app was one of the smoothest processes we've seen, and worked well. However, the Wi-Fi on the Acer Iconia Tab A100 only works over 2.4GHz 802.11 and not the steadier 5.0GHz band.

Acer includes the Documents To Go app for opening Microsoft Office files, and it works fast in most cases. When you open a Word document in your email, for example, the doc pulls up quickly in Documents To Go.

Otherwise, the typical Android apps are all here. A Navigation app provides turn-by-turn directions, even though the interface is minimal, not showing any icons for points-of-interest along the route. A maps app and a music app that uses the Google Music service in the cloud are also included.

Acer includes an Air Sync app for syncing contacts, appointments, photos and videos to your computer.

Acer iconia tab a100 review

The Planner app is the only notable new addition for the Acer Iconia Tab A100. As we explained in the Overview section of this review, Planner groups your email, calendar, social media news feeds and notes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Product FamilyICONIA TAB A
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor Model250
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)410 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height13.1 mm
Width117 mm
Depth195 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesA
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelA100
Product NameICONIA TAB A100 VanGogh Tablet Computer
Product LineICONIA TAB
Manufacturer Part NumberS7.H6RWN.001
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Lightweight and smaller than a magazine, the ICONIA TAB A Series is very easy to carry. It runs on the tablet-tailored Android operating system, and sports a capacitive multi-touch display with smart divisions that open up new possibilities for interaction. Enjoy a whole new touch experience!

Strikingly powerful

Inside the smooth and handsome chassis is a powerful mobile processor, putting striking power and graphics in your hands, while ample RAM enables fast multitasking. The multi-touch screen and fluid interface make using this tablet a breeze. And use it your way: hold the ICONIA TAB A Series in any direction and it'll auto-rotate to your perspective. What's more, the long-lasting battery will give you several hours of HD video playback and enjoyment.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA TAB A100 VanGogh Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter