The Acer Iconia A700 may offer mediocre performance when compared to the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700), but it's also normally $50 cheaper than the TF700 - to those on a budget, that may be a worthy sacrifice. Perhaps doubly so now that it's on sale for just $430 on Amazon (compared to $500 for the TF700) - certainly an impressively low price for a 10" 1920x1200 tablet powered by a Tegra 3 CPU.
I'm not going to lie: after reviewing the Toshiba Excite 7.7 and declaring the 7(ish)-inch form factor my favorite, it was an incredibly difficult task picking up the A700 and giving it a pure, objective review. It feels clunky, cumbersome, and heavy-as-heck in comparison to the Excite 7.7. Alas, I know there is a market for larger, 10.1" tablets so I've done my best to keep an objective mind with this device because, fact is, not everyone is in love with the smaller form factor the way that I currently am.
We haven't heard much about Acer's tasty-looking ICS tablet since CES, but today the company made the quad-core Iconia Tab A700 available to pre-order in the US and in Canada.
Lest you forget, the tablet's specs are quite impressive (if a bit more run of the mill now than they were in January) - here's a rundown:
1920 x 1200 "HD" display (that's a 16:10 aspect ratio, though Acer apparently has the gall to market it as a 1080p screen, which would really be 16:9)
10.5 hour battery life
Dolby Mobile 3 and 5.1 Channel Dolby Surround Sound via HDMI
microSD card slot and microUSB 2.0 ports
1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU (with the now-famous "4-Plus-1" design)
12-core GeForce NVIDIA GPU
1GB of RAM
Android 4.0 with Acer's "Ring" interface
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
32GB of flash storage
5MP rear-facing and auto-focusing camera
1MP front-facing camera
Black and silver colors
Both national retailers and Acer's own online store now have the tablet on pre-sale for a reasonable $449.99.
Acer surprised viewers today with a pair of tablets that were not ushered in even by a humble press release. Engadget reports that the tablets received no formal announcement at Computex either, but that they were only discovered thanks to a wandering eye.
At any rate, the tablets in question are the Iconia Tab A210 and A110 – presumably upgraded versions of the A200 and A100. Each of the tablets has a new design, a Tegra 3 processor, and Ice Cream Sandwich goodness on board.
A few hours ago, the Acer Germany page on Facebook (translated) posted an update stating that there was a fault with an important component in the A51x series of tablets. But Acer did not state which component failed to pass their quality control tests. Unfortunately, this means that there will be a delay in delivery of the Iconia Tab A510/A511 tablets, and Acer has been unable to confirm when the faulty component will be replaced.
Last week, I threw the Acer A510 and the ASUS TF300 in the ring together for a head-to-head battle. After claiming the A510 as the victor, several readers wanted to know how it compares to the Transformer Prime (referred to as the TF201 from here on out). Since you probably already know what a head-to-head is all about, let's just get right to it.
First off, let's look at the hardware specs of each:
Acer Iconia Tab A510
ASUS Transformer Prime TF201
|10.1-inch 1280x800 TFT display||10.1-inch 1280x800 Super IPS+ display|
|1.4GHz (single-core)/1.3GHz (multi-core) quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor||1.4GHz (single-core)/1.3GHz (multi-core) quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor|
|1GB DDR2 RAM||1GB DDR2 RAM|
|32GB built-in storage||32GB built-in storage|
|5MP rear camera, 1MP front||8MP f/2.4 rear and 1.2MP front|
|3.5mm headphone, microSD, microHDMI, and microUSB||3.5mm headphone, microSD, microHDMI, and ASUS proprietary|
|Android 4.0.3 with Acer Ring||Android 4.0.3 with minor ASUS tweaks|
|6.9" x 10.2" x 0.43", 1.54 lbs.|
Last week, we took an in-depth look at the newest tablet offerings from both ASUS and Acer: the Transformer Pad 300 and Iconia Tab A510, respectively. Both tablets pack NVIDIA's powerhouse Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 10.1-inch display, 1GB RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD card slot, and microHDMI port.
On paper, these two devices appear to be relatively similar, aside from the $50 difference in price ($450 for the A510, $400 for the TF300), which leaves a lot of would-be tablet owners trying to decide which one to buy.
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Almost one year ago, Acer released its first Android-powered tablet: the Iconia Tab A500. It entered the market at an excellent price point, while still offering the same hardware specs as the then-current tablet top-dogs. As a result, the Android community embraced this budget powerhouse, making it one of the more popular Android tablets of 2011.
Fast-forward to the present, and the A500's successor, the A510, is now available. This is more of an incremental update to the A500, as it packs the NVIDIA's powerhouse quad-core Tegra 3 superchip, but the majority of the other specs are nearly identical to its predecessor.
It looks like owners of Acer's Iconia Tab A500 have something to be excited about today – according to various reports, an official update to Ice Cream Sandwich has begun rolling out. Users began reporting the update just this afternoon, indicating that Acer is pushing ICS to A500 owners a full two days ahead of the official start date.
Photo courtesy of XDA user indukwe
You may remember that the A100 also saw an early update to ICS, with rollout beginning three days ahead of schedule.