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.
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.