Acer devices both called Iconia Tab, each of them then having a more specific name with either A100 or A500. We've got reviews of both of these devices as well as a full spec rundown so that YOU can make the right decision if the decision is indeed staying inside the Acer family for a tablet this Summer/Autumn. Will you go with the big-time 10-inch tablet, or the uniquely sized 7-inch tablet, both of them featuring Android Honeycomb?
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.
Acer's Iconia Tab A100, has gone on sale in the US, offering a compact Honeycomb experience in a Galaxy Tab rivaling form-factor. Priced from $329.99 when it hits US shelves today - it'll arrive on Canadian shelves next month - the A100 will come in 8GB and 16GB versions each with NVIDIA's Tegra 2 processor, a 1024 x 600 touchscreen, 5-megapixel main camera supporting 720p HD 30fps video recording, and 5hrs battery life. Connectivity includes WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, along with microUSB 2.0 and a microHDMI port for hooking the A100 up to a bigger display. There's also a gyroscope and digital compass, 3.5mm headphone socket and a docking station connector. Up front Acer has slotted in a 2-megapixel camera for video calls. Three versions of the A100 will be on offer, with one a Walmart exclusive. The A100-07u16u has 16GB of internal storage and will retail for $349.99 in the US, while the A100-07u08u has 8GB of storage and will retail for $329.99; the A100-07u08w is Walmart's special version, functionally identical to the 8GB regular model. All three have microSD card slots for extending storage. [gallery] [device id="973"]
App of the Week a few weeks ago, now in its second full version, version 2.0, one that introduces the social networking world into the tablet in a very large way for the iOS version and a soon to be large way for Android. The biggest change in the Android version of this application at the moment is the instant access to news videos. Right alongside tabs for your regular news feed at the awesome 360 view of images linking to news stories is a Videos tab that'll allow you to check out the news in purely video form.
OTA update for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has gone live, with the 188MB software now being offered to users of the Honeycomb slate. The new firmware brings with it Samsung's own TouchWiz UI for tablets, upgrading the home screen with various new panes and a compact task-launcher for common apps. There's also a version of Swype for tablets along for the ride, together with mobile printing and several enterprise features to try to encourage businesses to consider the Tab 10.1 too. Full details of what's in the update are here. It's worth noting, however, that once you've installed the update you won't be able to remove it. Samsung has confirmed that it's a permanent thing, with no roll-back option, so if you're not sure whether you'd prefer to keep the stock Honeycomb UI - or are wary of potential bugs - then you might want to hold off until the first bug reports come in. Everyone else, hit that Update button in the Galaxy Tab 10.1's settings page to get the new firmware.
Revue price was cut to $99 to improve sales. I was excited about the thing when it was first announced with support for Hulu streaming and lots more. Once the Revue landed and I tried it out, I found it lacking and more than a little boring. I was disappointed for sure. Many have been waiting around for the next update to come to the Revue for the Android OS.
Asus Eee Pad Slider, the close relative of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, a device that we've had some extensive hands-on and review time with in the past and everyone knows to be one of the top tablets in the market. Our main main in England, mister Chris Davies also had some hands-on time with the Slider as it stood in January of 2011 as well. Now it appears that the device is closer than ever to release as a single review video has popped up.