Android fans can rejoice for the Acer Iconia Tab A700 debuts with specs comparable to the new iPad from Apple. Priced at just $449.99, the 10.1-inch Android-powered tablet boasts off a full HD display and heavy-duty processing power with a quad-core processor.
Labelling it an iPad killer will be a bit too much but for price as this, it couldn’t go wrong! The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is prices 25 percent less than the iPad, but the specifications are pretty impressive.
The Acer Iconia Tab A700 sports a design similar to the A510. Available in silver and black colours, the A700 has a textured finish which is good on the grip. Screen edges are plated silver or black and corners are rounded. Overall, the tablet is comfortable to hold, but could have been a shade better in the aesthetics department. But compared to other Android tablets available in the market, this one definitely looks a bit apart.
The left edge of the A700 is minimalist with only the power/lock button and headphone jack. The right edge holds the Micro-HDMI port and a concealed micro-SD slot. Speakers are on the far left and right sides. The rear 5-megapixel sits on the top in horizontal orientation, but sans a flash. The front-facing 1-megapixel camera is on the middle of the top bezel, right opposite the rear camera.
The capacitive multi-touch display Acer Iconia Tab A700 is the first Android tablet to feature a 1920 by 1200 resolution. It’s not close to the new iPad but offers significant improvement in the viewing experience over other available Android tablets. Texts, images, and videos are crisp. The tablet is ready for 1080p apps of all sorts. Acer claims the 16:10 aspect-ratio display offers a 178-degree viewing angle.
OS and software
The A700 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System. The tablet also comes with a number of custom software that users of its predecessors may be familiar with. Acer Ring is there – it’s a bookmark hub that appears when you tap the green ring at the bottom of the screen.
Acer has included Polaris Office with the A700 which promises to improve editing and reading across different formats. Next is Acer Print which allows users to print wirelessly, with support for most printers, various document formats, pictures, and web pages.
The A700 features the powerful 1.3GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core mobile processor, which can comfortably handle the kind of tasks the tablet is meant to perform – including better handling of HD videos and faster browsing, and improvement in gaming. There’s also a fifth core which will handle low-power tasks like music playback and active standby – to save battery.
The memory on this tablet is 1GB DDR2 RAM, but we wonder why? DDR 3 is the norm these days! The tablet offers 32GB internal storage which is a good deal we must say. Storage can be expanded via a microSD memory slot with capacity up to 32GB. That totals 64 GB.
Other capabilities include G-sensor, e-compass, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and 5.1-channel surround-sound. The A700 has a 9800-mAh battery which according to Acer should last up to 10.5 hours.
The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is on presale now and looks like good bargain at a relatively cheaper price tag. Android fans should be happy with this new perspective on games and digital entertainment.