Acer Iconia Tab A700
Manufacturer: Acer Part number: A700-10k32u
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CNET editors' review
price range: $383.62
- Reviewed by: Eric Franklin
- Reviewed on: 07/02/2012
The good: The Acer Iconia Tab A700's high-res screen sharpens text and graphics to near-iPad Retina levels. Also, it's comfortable to hold and includes both Micro-HDMI and microSD.
The bad: The base version of the Tegra 3 can't keep up with the high-res display, resulting in frequent hangs and stutters while navigating. The cameras are unimpressive.
The bottom line: The Acer Iconia Tab A700 overreaches with its high-res screen and is ultimately outclassed by tablets that offer better experiences for the money.
Great display, but some annoying flaws.
by kchoze on December 26, 2012
Pros: -Great sharp display
-Powerful enough for most apps and games
-All the expected features are there
Cons: -The tactile overlay is not responsive and precise enough
-The tablet has some slowdowns when on the homescreens
-The tablet can get hot when under use on the right side
Summary: I bought this tablet after I dropped my previous Toshiba Thrive, though it was in a bag and in a case, it took the fall on the corner and the ...
Summary: I bought this tablet after I dropped my previous Toshiba Thrive, though it was in a bag and in a case, it took the fall on the corner and the glass cracked. I was due anyway to change tablet. I settled on the A700 from Acer as it was then on sale.
What drew me was the display, 1920x1200 for a price lower, at that time, than most 1280x800 10-inch tablets. From what I've read, this display is not IPS but a lower quality LCD screen... you could have fooled me. I compared the viewing angles of the A700's display with a Transformer Infinity when I bought it and they seemed to be equally as good in terms of color and viewing angles. As far as I'm concerned this may not be an IPS screen, but it is an IPS-level quality LCD screen, and it's not just a marketing gimmick.
Acer provides the tablet with the basic apps, like a decent file manager and some of their own video and photo apps. They also added a feature called the Acer Ring on the system bar which can be used to link to certain favorite apps and recently opened apps. It's a good feature, I think, but the green button was distracting to me and I turned it off, but people shouldn't see it as bloatware but as a neat feature you can choose to use, or not.
In terms of size and design, the design is simple but good. I like the way it feels in my hands, especially in portrait mode. It's plastic, but it's a nice feeling plastic. The tablet has a microUSB port, a microHDMI port and a microSD card port. The microUSB can take USB OTG and Acer has even included a microUSB to USB cable so you can plug a USB stick in it right out of the box. That's some nice thinking from Acer. You charge the tablet through the microUSB port, but you need a modified microUSB charger for it to work, it will not charge if you plug it in a computer.
The cameras are decent enough when in the sunlight or a well-lit area, but they become almost useless when things get dark. There is also no ISO option and few other options for the camera. The GPS module in this is good enough, it detects satellites fast, but it needs around half a minute to get a lock.
The battery life on this is excellent. Around 9-10 hours and the standby life is great, it loses perhaps 5% per day of standby. It charges to 100% in maybe 2 hours.
Now, the problems...
First, the interface is not as fluid as you'd expect. Though the tablet works very well in apps and in the browser, it is not as fluid with the homescreens and the UI, which is a shame. It's an annoyance, but not a major problem.
Second, the tactile overlay is not sensitive enough. So you have to apply a bit more pressure to it than other tablets. Acer has put a sensitivity option in the tablet's settings, but even on max, it's not high enough. Furthermore, I think the precision could be better. It's not something you will notice in the browser or other apps, the overlay is good enough for regular use, but for some uses, you will notice the deficiency. For example, I had bought the Quill app to allow me to take handwritten notes with a capacitive stylus (an Adonit Jot) and, though it worked well on the Thrive, the stylus is unusable on the A700. Nothing less than unusable, don't buy an Adonit Jot with this tablet, the Jot is a great capacitive stylus but this tablet isn't sensitive enough for it. And the precision isn't good enough to allow for handwriting on the tablet (well maybe if you're writing really big letters).
Third, the tablet can get a bit hot when under use on the right side. Not a deal killer though.
Would I recommend it? On sale perhaps, the display is pretty great. But if the tablet is not on sale, I would recommend spending a bit more for a Transformer Infinity or a Galaxy Note, the 50$ is well worth a more fluid user experience and better tactile overlay, or a bit less on a Transformer TF300 or Galaxy Tab 2 or the like.
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My go-to computing device
by queuesername on February 6, 2013
Pros: Outside of the Android home screens, the a700 is very fast and responsive. The screen is amazing and makes reading text and playing games a joy. The battery life is outstanding and is one of the major reasons why this is the computer I travel with.
Cons: All Android home screens are sluggish when transitioning from screen to screen. Strangely, when you bring up the all-apps matrix or settings screen, everything is silky smooth. The sluggishness doesn't affect running apps either.
- Manufacturer: Acer
- Part number: A700-10k32u
- Description: Lightweight and smaller than a magazine, the ICONIA TAB A series is very easy to carry. It runs on the tablet-tailored Android operating system, and sports a capacitive multi-touch display with smart divisions that open up new possibilities for interaction. The ICONIA TAB A series plays engaging HD video and visuals matched with enhanced sound quality, so you're geared up for killer entertainment! Other handy features include the Acer zones, which keep your game, multimedia, reading, and social content organized; and Acer SocialJogger for managing your social networking accounts from a single page. You'll also get a kick out of the preloaded HD games, and game stores for more downloads. And don't worry about space - a microSD card slot provides plenty of memory expansion.
- Type 10.1 in,
TFT active matrix - LED backlight
- Display Resolution 1920 x 1200
- Color Depth 16.7M colors
- Touchscreen Yes
- Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Processor NVidia,
- Processor Clock Speed 1.3 GHz
- Number of Cores Quad-Core
- Flash Memory 16 GB
- RAM 1 GB,
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD,
- Max Supported Capacity 32 GB
- Wireless Connectivity 802.11b/g/n,
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
- Rear-facing Camera 5 megapixels
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- HD Video Recording 1080p
- Front-facing Camera 1 Megapixel
- GPS Navigation A-GPS/GLONASS receiver
- Audio Stereo microphone , Stereo speakers
- Supported Digital Audio Formats MP4
- Type Camera
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x microSD
- Interfaces 1 x Micro-HDMI,
1 x Headphones,
1 x Micro-USB
- HDMI Port Yes
- Voltage Required AC 120/230 V
- Technology / Form Factor Lithium polymer
- Capacity 36.26 Wh
- Run Time Details Video playback - up to 10.5 hour(s)
- Sensors Accelerometer,
Ambient light sensor,
- Features Micro USB ,
Micro HDMI ,
Expandable storage ,
Front camera ,
- Included Accessories Micro USB to USB female cable,
Power adapter , Charger + Plug
- Cables Included 1 x USB adapter
- Compliant Standards WEEE,
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 260 mm
- Depth 10.95 mm
- Height 175 mm
- Weight 23.5 oz