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Acer Iconia A100 review: Acer Iconia A100

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The Good Solid performance. HDMI-out. Excellent web browsing.

The Bad Poor screen with awful off-axis viewing. Thicker and heavier than we'd like it to be.

The Bottom Line A shoddy LCD and a hefty size and weight pull down an otherwise zippy Android Honeycomb tablet. Wait for the price to come down.

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6.9 Overall

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Acer was the first of its computer counterparts on the scene with an Android Honeycomb tablet, and it's first again to follow up, with a 7-inch alternative. The A100 is smaller and lighter than the A500, but is it small enough and light enough to make for a true alternative to a 10-inch tab?

Design

Acer's 7-inch Iconia A100 stays true to the design profile we saw earlier in the year when we reviewed the 10-inch A500 Android tablet from Acer; the squareness of this slate is broken up by subtly tapered corners and rounded edges on its longer sides. Acer includes an external home button on the face of the A100, despite the Honeycomb OS being designed to be buttonless, but we quite like this.

On the shorter, flat edges of the A100, you'll find a large array of inputs. There's the standard micro-USB port for data transfers and headphone socket, but you'll also find a proprietary charging port, a large dock connection and a micro-HDMI port for connecting the tablet to an external display. There's also a plastic flap with space for a microSD card beneath, plus space in the design for a telco SIM card, even though ours is a Wi-Fi-only model.

At 470 grams, the A100 is heftier than most other tablets in this size, with Samsung's 7-inch efforts sitting around the mark of 380 grams. This is a considerable difference when the major trade off for the smaller screen size is supposed to be improved portability.

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