Ten inch Android tablets are everywhere now, with models from Asus, Samsung, Lenovo, Acer and Motorola hitting their stride, but 7" Honeycomb tablets were nowhere to be seen until the Acer Iconia Tab A100. Why? Manufacturers were waiting for Honeycomb 3.2, which added support for additional display sizes as well as pixel-doubling support so Android 2.x apps could run full screen.
Acer's first to market with their A100, and it's decently affordable at $329 for the 8 gig model and $349 for the 16 gig model. That's $100 to $120 less than the least expensive Acer Iconia A500 10.1" tablet. But the 7" version has the same standard specs as its 10" brother: a 1GHHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core CPU, a gig of RAM, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, a GPS, a front 2 megapixel camera for video chat and a rear 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. The tablet has a micro USB port for file transfer, a microSD card slot for expansion and a micro HDMI port.
The Iconia Tab A100 has the usual 1024 x 600 resolution that's popular on 7" tablets, and it's pleasingly sharp and bright, but viewing angles are very limited. The shape is very long and narrow thanks to the extreme widescreen resolution, though it looks more elongated than other 7" tablets running at the same resolution like the 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab and the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Here's our Acer Iconia Tab A100 7" Android tablet video review, and the full written review will follow next week.
Hi Lisa, you said in the review that the Iconia Tab A100 has a micro USB port, not USB Host. Wahat is the difference ? I want to plug in my hard disks and flash drives and such, is it possible ?
Also, this tablet is phasing out i guess, however I find that it has more qualities than the new ones, like the 5MP/2MP cameras, the ports, etc. Except for the Android version, of course. Is it a real bad thing if I buy it now ?
Thank you Lisa. It seems that I have a penchant for older things (goes with the age I guess). I wonder if the Galaxy Tab 7 Plus, even older, is a better tablet than the Tab 2 7.0, providing I can get a very good price on it (it has 16 GB). Do these 2 has USB host ? I tried the Tab 2 and the Iconia A100 and I did like the latter better because I find it quite snapy. I would not like the Nexus for the reason that it does not have the SD card slot.
The Tab 7 Plus is still a nice tablet with a fast CPU and a sharp display. It's actually a bit newer than the A100. The Plus is faster than the Tab 2 7.0, which is meant to be Samsung's version of a budget tablet. The Tab 2 7.0 doesn't have USB host but the 7 Plus does (requires Samsung's optional dongle adapter).
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview