Acer Iconia Tab A100 Hands-On and Unboxing by SlashGear

August 12, 2011
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Today SlashGear got their first formal look at the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the very first 7-inch tablet running Android 3.2 Honeycomb on the market - and indeed the first 7-inch tablet running any version of Honeycomb on the market, when you think about it. The box for this A100 tablet looks essentially the same as the A500 bigger brother, from the way the top opens to how the the device sits in the cardboard. Holding this device in your hands feels very similar to holding a very tiny version of the A500 version while certainly more refined than the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 7-inch - rounded corners and everything.

Inside the package is a lovely Acer-branded case for the tablet: A tiny preview- it's pretty basic, protects the device from scratches and leaves room for the buttons to be pressed all around as well as the jacks to be accessed, while the device itself is able to be stood up very similar to how the iFrogz iPad 2 Summit Case gets the job done. From there you'll be able to toss this device in your backpack or briefcase safely and stand it up without a hitch when it comes time to get to work.

Unboxing the Iconia Tab A100

This device will run you right around $329.99, that being right around $60 cheaper than you'll find the 10-inch A500. Why on earth would you want to have a smaller tablet for a discount of such small proportions? Because this device, all 7.76 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches of it, is meant to be a powerful vision all its own. This book-sized device might not give you all you asked for in an e-reader, on the other hand, as viewing angles up and down when you're holding the device in portrait mode.

Everything seems pretty quick right off the bat, photos and video looking fairly decent on the front and from the back, and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor is chugging along like a pro. The only real glaring drawback here seems to be the company's 5 hour runtime - probably realistic given the 1530 mAh battery - the same as the original Nexus One, mind you. That's small man, small.

You'll want to take a look at our Acer Iconia A100 benchmark tests post to see how this device is working directly out of the box, then stay tuned here at Android Community once we get ours - soon! Or of course you could Go to SlashGear and see theirs even quicker. Once you've read that one, come back to AC and check out the technical look.

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  • Ghstbstr

    This Acer Iconia Tab A100 is great, and is one of the best handheld gadgets that I have ever bought. Also this is the first Android device that I have ever used.

    I have been using an Apple iPhone 3GS since it was released, and for the past 2 years now since I do not have AT&T service on it I have been using it as a handheld wi-fi internet device. It has served its purpose really well during that time but it was time for something different and something with a bigger screen size.
    I have wanted an Apple iPad for awhile, and they are really nice tablets of course. A friend of mine has an Apple iPad2 and I was able to use it for a couple of hours one time and I was impressed with it, but the price is alittle too high.

    After looking for the past few months at these Android Tablets I decided that the I wanted one and some are cheaper than the Apple iPad.
    At first I decided to get an Acer Iconia Tab A500 10.1in, but I didn’t like the aluminum backing and the weight was heavy. Then I had decided to get an ASUS Eee Pad Transformer 10.1in, but I decided that it was still too heavy and was kinda bulky in size.
    So then I decided that I wanted a smaller 7in screen size Android Tablet, but the problem with that was every one that I had found only had Android 2.2(Froyo) or 2.3(Gingerbread) which was made for cellphones and I didn’t want a non-tablet Android firmware/OS. Than out of nowhere at Walmart I found an Acer Iconia Tab A100 with a 7in size screen and has Android 3.2(Honeycomb) which is made for tablets.
    After doing some research on the Acer Iconia Tab A100 7in I decided to get it, and so far I am very happy with my purchase.

    I would definitely recommend the Acer Iconia Tab A100 7in to anyone that is looking for an Android Tablet with Honeycomb and doesn’t want a big/bulky10.1in size screen.