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Acer Iconia Tab A100 Users Get ICS Notification Updates Again

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Acer promised the official Ice Cream Sandwich update for its Iconia Tab A100 for mid-April but there were some issues with the refresh. Some have received the notification, some did not while some users managed to apply it and others being left waiting. 

According to recent reports, Acer has ironed out the issues and the official Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich update is now rolling out to the masses. Users are reporting that there are several updates for the tablet, among which one bumps the OS version to Honeycomb 3.2.1 and shortly after that to the latest iteration of Android. Let us know if you received your platform refresh and whether it was a smoothprocedure or not. 
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Acer outs AZ3, AZ5, Veriton Z Series all-in-ones, starting at $650

Not wanting to be left behind by the AIO hordes, Acer has unveiled a trio of new options for your spick and span desktop. The higher-end AZ5 provides a 23-inch expanse of full HD, multi-touch glory, a minimum Core i3-2120 processor, 4GB of DDR3 memory and a 1TB HDD, all for the sum of $750. Next up is the AZ3, which saves you $100 by cutting the screen size to 21 inches, switching to an AMD dual-core A4 APU (along with a discreet Radeon HD6410) and slimming the HDD down to 500GB. Both models come with an adjustable stand, two side-mounted USB 3.0 ports (plus four USB 2.0 ports on the rear) and a built-in webcam and mic. Meanwhile, Acer's new Veriton all-in-ones target enterprise users who are prepared to sacrifice those high-def media credentials in favor of better performance and a smaller, more office-friendly footprint -- the 20-inch Z2620G, for instance, packs a Core i5-2400s quad-core processor and NVIDIA GeFore GT 520M GPU for $850. All the new models are available in densely populated areas as of right now, and you'll find more details in the PR after the break. 

Both 23- and 21-inch Models Offer All the Essentials for Enjoying Music, Movies, Social Networking and More

San Jose, Calif., Nov. 1, 2011 – Acer is spreading holiday cheer this season with new all-in-one (AIO) desktops that combine the audio/visual excitement of HD with the fun and entertainment of a touch-screen display. The new models include the Acer® AZ5 Series with an ample 23-inch HD monitor and the AZ3 Series, which features a more compact 21-inch HD screen to fit within tight areas. These new AIOs conserve space and make an appealing entertainment hub for the entire family to enjoy.

"A sophisticated appearance and practical design make our all-in-one form factor very popular with consumers," said Irene Chan, senior business manager of consumer desktops for Acer America. "Our newest all-in-one models feature an intuitive touch screen display for playing digital music, scrolling through images, browsing online recipes and viewing social networking sites. In addition, full HD performance heightens the visual excitement of movies and games."

With all-in-one touch control, the AIOs come with the Acer TouchPortal to synchronize personal life, PC and the Internet. It provides one-touch access to practical information, music, photos and social networking. Users can switch between applications with quick, finger-tip control. It simplifies photo management – images can be cropped, saved and shared with just the touch of a finger. The Acer Browser Magnifier expands reading areas and retains user preferences for easier web browsing.

Acer® AZ5 Series: 23-Inch Multi-Touch Display - High-Performance Entertainment
The AZ5 Series of all-in-one desktops include two elegant, yet practical models featuring large 23-inch full HD (16:9) widescreen displays with interactive touch-screen technology. Multi-touch capability streamlines navigation.

Acer allows media to be managed, stored, shared and enjoyed on any enabled devices in the home. automatically connects all Acer devices on a network (smartphones, notebooks, desktops, HD media players and storage devices) and then gathers and organizes media files by media type. Users can browse the categories and then drag and drop the media to any of the connected PCs or devices for playback. can also be downloaded free from Acer on any DLNA-compliant device.

The AZ5 Series comes with two built-in 2.5W stereo speakers and Dolby® Home Theater® audio to bring digital entertainment to life. It offers 4GB DDR3 memory and processor options include a powerful Intel® Core™ i3-2120 processor with hyper-threading technology to handle multiple applications simultaneously, enabling users to do more with less wait time. An enormous 1TB(1) hard drive provides generous space to store content and an optical drive is included for backing up valuable data.

Acer® AZ3 Series: 21-inch Multi-Touch Display - Fun in a Compact Design
The AZ3 Series all-in-one desktops with compact 21.5-inch full HD (16:9) touch-screens are a convenient form factor anywhere space is limited. These attractive and easy-to-use systems provide an intuitive touch experience for enjoying the latest in entertainment.

Processor options include an AMD Dual-Core A4-3400 Accelerated Processor (2.7GHz, 1MB Total L2 Cache). In addition, AMD Radeon™ HD6410D Graphics provide solid performance for taking advantage of the latest in digital media. There are two 2.5W stereo speakers and optimized Dolby Home Theater audio to deliver rich audio for movies, music and games. A large 500GB(1) 7200RPM SATA hard drive has significant storage space and an optical drive is included for back-ups.

Connectivity and Expansion
All of the new AIOs have a built-in 1.3MP webcam and microphone, which enable face-to-face communication for staying in touch with friends and family. Two USB 3.0 ports (side) and four USB 2.0 ports (rear) allow quick and easy connection to peripherals and digital devices. A multi-in-one digital media card reader conveniently transfers files from digital devices. These sleek PCs also come with an adjustable back stand, 802.11b/g/n wireless connectivity and a wireless keyboard and mouse for an uncluttered work area.

Pricing and Availability
Both the AZ5 and AZ3 Series all-in-one desktop PCs come with Windows® Home Premium 64-bit and a one-year warranty(2). The Acer AZ5 Series' manufacturer suggested retail prices (MSRP) start at $749.99 and the Acer AZ3 Series' MSRP starts at $649.99. The new systems are available at leading retailers.


Swift, smart and secure, new Acer Veriton Z Series features high-performance quad core processors, discrete graphics and efficient system management

SAN JOSE, CALIF., Nov. 1, 2011 – Acer America Corp. has launched a new line-up of slim all-in-one (AIO) desktop systems with 20-inch widescreen LED displays designed for businesses, schools, hospitals and government agencies. A practical blend of efficient design, solid performance and time-saving management and security tools make the new Veriton Z2620G and Veriton Z2610G Series, intelligent choices for all commercial environments.

"Our Veriton all-in-one desktops are designed to provide performance without compromise, while conserving desktop real estate and providing a professional look and feel to any organization.," said Leila Axelle Robert, Acer Commercial Systems Business Manager. "Ideal for reception areas, call centers or anywhere that space conservation and presentation are a priority, these AIOs feature an Acer software suite that simplifies routine tasks, remotely deploys software upgrades and safeguards critical data. In addition, Intel Core i5 processing and discrete graphics provide an excess of the power required for multitasking in demanding commercial environments."

The new all-in-one desktops include two series: the Acer Veriton Z2620G with a high-performance Intel® Core™ i5-2400s (6MB cache, 2.50 GHz with Max Turbo Frequency up to 3.30GHz, 4 cores) and discrete NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M graphics with prices beginning at $849.99; and the Acer Veriton Z2610G with an Intel® Pentium® G620 processor (3MB cache, 2.60GHz, Dual Core) and Intel® HD Graphics with prices beginning at $649.99. Both lines are encased in a slim and understated black and silver chassis to enhance the professional atmosphere.

The 20-inch widescreen LCD displays with a 1600 x 900 resolution provide crystal-clear visuals for easy viewing of spreadsheets, presentations and other productivity files. These systems have 4GB DDR3 SDRAM upgradeable to 8GB via two memory slots for fast multitasking. The new all-in-ones provide all the essentials needed for general productivity with large 500GB(1) SATA hard drives and SuperMulti optical drives for loading software and backing up valuable data.

Data Security Is a High Priority in Every Business and Institution
The new Veriton all-in-one systems come with software for safeguarding valuable information. Acer Proshield has an encrypted hidden drive for confidential personal files, a file shredder to wipe sensitive content from the system, and a BIOS import and export tool that simplifies system management. Acer's One-Button Recovery (OBR) function makes backing up and/or restoring a PC's data simple. If the PC's operating system files are lost or damaged, the recovery process can restore the Veriton's original factory default settings or to the last system backup.

The new AIOs offer several efficient management tools, including Acer Client Manager for enabling IT managers to deploy software and control user's systems remotely. Acer eRecovery Management creates system back-ups, copies configurations and burns factory default images. It also restores user-created HDD images or optical disks, original system configurations and reinstalls Acer applications and drivers. In addition, these systems offer the Veriton ControlCenter that includes:
Acer eLock Management for enabling IT managers to deploy software and control user's systems remotely
Acer eSettings Management for tracking and storing user's software preferences
QuickMigration for quickly updating and transferring personal data from one PC to another using a common network cable
SmartBoot for automatically loading frequently used programs in the system tray at start-up

The new Veriton Z family offerings also come with Adobe® Reader®, Windows® 7 Professional and Internet Explorer®. Offering plenty of options for connecting a wide range of digital devices and peripherals, there are six USB 2.0 ports. Fast Internet access is provided by Gigabit Ethernet and wireless 802.11 b/g/n WiFi. Embedded high-definition audio creates high-quality sound for videoconferencing and webcasts.

Pricing, Warranty and Availability
The Acer Veriton VZ2620G-Ui52400W and Veriton VZ2610G-UG620W desktops are available in North America via Acer authorized resellers and come with a one-year limited(2warranty. Pricing for the Acer Veriton VZ2620G-Ui52400W starts at $849.99 and Veriton VZ2610G-UG620W begins at $649.99.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501 with HSPA+ hits AT&T on September 18th: $330 on contract

As promised, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 is hitting AT&T just before summer draws to an official close. The carrier just announced it'll start selling the 16GB model next Sunday, September 18th for $480 -- or $330 with a two-year contract. When we first heard about this way back in March, we knew it would be a "4G" device, and today AT&T clarified that this means HSPA+, not LTE, so sorry to burst anyone's bubble. Even so, five months after the A500 went on sale it remains one of a select few slates with a full-sized USB port, so there's that to consider if you're still on the fence about getting a tablet. As planned, it'll ship with Android 3.0, and an Acer rep confirms 3.1 is coming via an over-the-air update, though she couldn't say when, exactly, that'll happen. You can sign up for a monthly plan, if you so choose, though you can also pay as you go, with $15 getting you 250MB and $25 expanding your allowance to 2GB. Customers who commit to two-year agreements will have the same choices, to be honest, except they'll also have to contend with overage fees -- $10 per gigabyte or $15 per 250MB, depending on the plan.

Update: We've added Acer's official press release below. Heads up: you'll notice that Acer lists the price as $499.99 for the 16GB model and $549.99 for the 32GB version. That's just the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP). It doesn't say so in the press release, but AT&T confirmed to us before we published this story that it will actually be selling the 16GB version only, and for $480 (again, that $330 with a two-year contract).

Update 2: We've swapped in AT&T's press release, which fully spells out the pricing.

Acer's Popular 10.1-inch 4G Tablet with Android 3.0 OS Coming Soon to AT&T Retail Stores Nationwide and

DALLAS, Sept. 12, 2011 - AT&T* today announced it will begin selling the Acer Iconia Tab A501, a 10.1 inch, AT&T 4G** mobile broadband capable tablet featuring Android™ Honeycomb, online at and in AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide beginning Sunday, Sept. 18.
Designed for both consumers and small businesses, the newest wirelessly enabled member of the Acer Iconia family of tablets gives customers the freedom to enjoy technology around the clock on the AT&T mobile broadband network. AT&T's HSPA+ technology with enhanced backhaul provides up to 4 times faster data transmission than AT&T's already fast mobile broadband network.

The tablet's 10.1-inch multi-touch screen provides precise finger-tip control for leveraging social media, email, productivity applications as well as games and entertainment. Powered by a NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 mobile 1GHz dual-core processor and integrated GeForce™ GPU, customers can enjoy high-definition video, speedy browsing, multi-tasking, digital media playback and flash-based sites, games and applications.

"For tablet users it needs to be always on, connected, and readily available to access the content they want, including entertainment, social networking, email and Internet browsing," said Glenn Lurie, president, emerging devices, AT&T. "We're connecting the Acer Iconia to the AT&T 4G network and we're offering several data options, both prepaid and postpaid plans, to ensure the best experience, the best value and the greatest flexibility for our consumer and small business customers. We also plan to prominently feature the Acer Iconia in our AT&T stores across the country."

"Fast and fluid, the Acer Iconia Tab A501 is one of simplest ways to stay informed and entertained whether it's playing games or viewing a video on its high resolution capacitive touchscreen," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. "This tablet is not only intuitive, but it's svelte, stylish and comfortable to hold and carry, which appeals to consumers on the go."

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 will be available at AT&T company-owned retail stores nationwide and online beginning September 18 for $479.99. AT&T customers may also choose to purchase the Acer Iconia at a discounted price of $329.99 after committing to a two-year agreement for a new $35, 3GB monthly data plan.

Customers who do not choose a long-term commitment may still select one of two existing monthly billing options:
- Postpaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage. Customers on the 250 MB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $14.99 per 250 MB of overage. Charges will appear on customers' monthly wireless statements.
- Prepaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers' credit card statements.
Offering the simplicity of a single bill, the postpaid option will show up on customers' monthly wireless bill after the data is used. The new postpaid billing option will be available online at and across AT&T retail locations.

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Acer W4 hands-on (video)

Hey, it's our old pal, the Acer W4. We've heard tell of the device and seen our share of mockups, and this week at IFA, we actually got to play with the thing. The 3.6-inch handset is fairly compact, and pretty slick looking, with its black front and curved white backing. It's not particularly exciting on the spec side, with its 1GHz Qualcomm processor. Nope, what's most exciting here is the inclusion of Mango, which should look rather familiar to Windows Phone 7 owners, while adding some welcomed updates to the mix.

According to Acer, the handset should be arrive some point next month, though the company isn't offering up much in terms of pricing. Check out a hands-on video after the break.

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Acer's Aspire 5749 MeeGo notebook gets a Sandy Bridge core, hails from Deutschland

MeeGo running on an Acer notebook? Hardly surprising stuff. Pairing that OS with a Sandy Bridge CPU, however, is something to take note of. Contradicting Acer's past claims that the company would only issue the operating system on Atom-based netbooks, the Aspire 5749 has popped up on serving up a 2.1GHz Core i3 processor and 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 display. Weighing in at 2.6kg (about 6lbs) and measuring 34mm in thickness, the Taiwanese-made laptop will set you back 400 Euros (about $577), and comes packed with 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB of storage, Intel's GMA 3000 graphics set, DVD burner, three USB 2.0 ports, a 2-in-1 card reader and, of course, WiFi. Itching to get your import on? Then skip past the break and head to the source below.
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Acer Iconia Tab A100 review

It's been nine months -- nine months! -- since Acer first announced it was getting into the tablet game, with a promise of both 7- and 10-inch slates. Well, the 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 has been on the scene for months, but until now we've been tapping our feet impatiently waiting for the other tab to drop. Acer came out and said it wouldn't be here until the second half of the year, and meanwhile we'd heard rumorsit would arrive in September and that it was delayed due to "Honeycomb compatibility issues".

Well, folks, dog years later it's finally here. Say hello to the Acer Iconia Tab A100, the company's first 7-inch tablet, and the first 7-inch tablet to run Android 3.2. Other than its OS, its specs are fairly run-of-the-mill: a Tegra 2 SoC, five- and two-megapixel cameras, and micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports. And rejoice, geeks, because that's vanilla Honeycomb loaded on there -- you won't find any custom skins or proprietary widgets clogging your home screens. As much promise as these vitals might have for nerds, though, Acer is clear the tablet is for mainstream consumers ("moms," among others, according to the press release). We're not sure how your mother would feel about the precious pattern on the back, but chances are she'd appreciate the bargain factor: the 8GB version costs $329.99 while the 16GB number rings in at a reasonable $349.99, undercutting the 16GB HTC Flyer by $150. We've been lucky to get some quality time with the A100 the past few days, and let's just say we're coming away with some mixed feelings. But do we like it enough that we feel this little guy was worth the wait? That's a toughie, guys.

Look and feel

At 0.92 pounds, the A100 is heavier than the 0.83-pound Samsung Galaxy Tab and on par with the 0.9-pound BlackBerry PlayBook and 0.93-pound HTC Flyer. At first glance, it looks thinner than average, thanks to its nearly flat surfaces and the fact that it's a shade slimmer than the 0.52-inch -thick HTC Flyer. But then you pick up a PlayBook, just four tenths of an inch thick, and the A100 suddenly feels like more of a burden.

But because of its more e-reader-like shape, it feels deceptively lighter than the Flyer. At 4.6 inches tall, it's narrower in portrait mode, making it that much easier to cradle with two hands and pound out emails using both thumbs. But with a width of 7.68 inches, it stretches farther in landscape mode, which means, conversely, that depending on the size of your hands, you might feel a bit more of a stretch in your fingers while tapping onscreen objects. Also, the bezel is bigger on the two short sides, which means if you're holding the A100 in landscape mode, you'll have more blank space flanking the display than if you held it in portrait.

Aesthetically, the A100 seems to take some design cues from laptops -- some slightly outdated ones, at that. The back cover has a navy finish with a pattern of thin, golden ribbons stretching from edge to edge. The back side is also stamped with Acer's logo, though we think it might have looked more elegant without it. There's also the five megapixel main camera on the back, along with an LED flash next to it.

The flip side to the A100's clean lines and squared-off corners is that there isn't much to hold onto. As dense as the Flyer is, we've always been endeared by the rubberized panels on the back, as they make the tablet easy to grip. The A100 has a glossy plastic back cover with a subtle contour that puffs out ever-so slightly in the center and tapers near the edges. Make no mistake: this isn't really an issue of ergonomics -- you're not likely to drop the A100 to an untimely death. There's just something to be said for the tactile experience of resting your fingers on rubber or cold aluminum instead of warm, slippery plastic.

On the front, you'll find the two megapixel secondary camera up top, with a home button built into the lower bezel. That button isn't a physical key, per se, in the sense that you don't push it, but tap it. Still, the home icon doesn't glow, but is instead painted so that it's always visible. And there's no haptic feedback, so it doesn't feel quite like interacting with the usual array of keys on an Android device. People who know their way around Honeycomb might find this addition redundant, but we often found it handy while using the tab in landscape mode.

Completing our tour, there's a glowing power / lock button on the same edge as the front-facing camera, so if you were holding the tablet in portrait mode these would be sitting on top. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack up there. On the opposite edge, below the home button, there are two small speakers on either end, with a micro-HDMI port, docking connector, and a micro-USB socket in between. (That docking connector, by the by, works with the same optional dock that was released around the time the Iconia Tab A500 came out.) Finally, if you were to cradle the slate in landscape mode, you'd see a lever to lock the screen orientation, a volume rocker, and a door hiding microSD slot. There's another slot next to it, but it's covered, and although it's the perfect spot for a SIM card, Acer just refuses to comment. We do wish that Acer labeled those volume buttons, though once you use them enough times you'll know which is which. On the bright side, we appreciate that the company made the external storage so easy to access unlike -- ahem -- some tablets we've tested recently.

Display and sound

The 7-inch (1024 x 600) display has something of a split personality as far as viewing angles go. On the one hand, you won't miss any detail if you're sharing the tablet with a friend and happen to be watching a YouTube clip from an awkward side angle. We did just that with Lady Gaga's "On the Edge of Glory" video, and even when viewing from oblique vantage points we could make out the smoke in the background along with the purple soundstage sky. On the other hand, trying to watch something with the tablet set down on a table in front of you is an exercise in futility. Forget a washed-out spot here or some color distortion there -- what you'll see is contrast so severe that you'll think you're looking at an inverse of whatever it is you were watching.

On the plus side, the sound quality is surprisingly decent, especially considering that we don't even have high hopes for audio on laptops, much less tablets. That catchy Lady Gaga number we mentioned? A pleasure to listen to, with a minimum of tininess and no one instrument overwhelming the others. The volume, as you might imagine, is pretty weak -- even cranked to the max, it felt just a half notch above our comfort level.


Considering that tablet cameras typically offer mediocre image quality at best, we were pleasantly surprised by the A100's five megapixel rear sensor, which rendered natural-looking colors and did a fine job of capturing close-ups (in the gallery, you'll notice one sample in which the camera focused on the background instead of the foreground). We were less impressed by the two megapixel front-facing camera, which cast a faint blue tint over some of our shots. Many of our photos taken from that vantage point were also blurry -- and not from a failure on our part to stand still.

In our sample 720p video, you might spot some ghosting as cars, bikes, and other faster-moving objects hurdle across the screen. Motion at least looks fluid, though, and ghosting wasn't a problem with slower-moving subjects -- namely, people. Our videos were also as well lit as our sample shots taken with the rear-facing camera, and displayed equally balanced colors, too.


The A100 makes a claim that's worth repeating: it's the first 7-inch tablet to run Android 3.2. In a move that will please geeks, the company went with vanilla Android, and refrained from topping it off with any proprietary skins or widgets. That's good news for people who know their way around Honeycomb, though we do think it's curious that Acer didn't attempt to make it any more user-friendly, as Lenovo did with the IdeaPad K1.

Acer also didn't add much in the way of popular apps, as Lenovo and Toshiba did with their recent slates aimed at mainstream consumers. You will, however, see Docs to Go, along with a lone card game (Solitaire). Acer did throw in one proprietary app of its own -- SocialJogger, a Facebook / Twitter aggregator. And, of course, the company bundled its own home-brewed software for sharing media with over devices over a shared WiFi network.


Though Acer doesn't highlight this in it press materials, the main advantage to having Android 3.2 is the apparent performance boost. Like so many other tablets on the market, the A100 packs a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor. In general, we think the SoC has performance limitations, with some visible lags being fairly typical. That said, the A100 fares well. Apps are quick to open and minimize, and the display responds smoothly to taps and swipes. The A100 also has Flash 10.3 on board, and while it loaded sites a bit more briskly than other Honeycomb tablets, the difference was subtle, at best. It's definitely not a reason to consider buying this over another slate.

And while benchmarks don't tell the whole story, we were encouraged to see that its scores in Nenamark 1 and 2 and the mobile browser test Vellamo bested those we got out of 10-inchers such as the Lenovo IdeaPad K1. (This was the first time we tried to run the popular Quadrant on an Android 3.2 device, and the app crashed every single time.) In this patchwork of tests the A100 even bested the Toshiba Thrive, which in turn delivered numbers similar to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It's nice, then, to see evidence that as cutesy as the A100 is, it might actually play in the same league as bigger, more expensive models.

We also had mixed luck in the stability department. While some apps, such as Tweetdeck, ran smoothly, others, including Amazon Kindle, force closed. Additionally, the accelerometer is way too sensitive. During our testing, it routinely flipped the screen's orientation when we didn't mean it to. It makes us appreciate other tablets, such as the K1, that pause before moving from landscape to portrait and back.

QuadrantWould not run
Linpack28.38 MFLOPS (single thread) / 55.36 MFLOPS (multi-thread)
Nenamark 157 fps
Nenamark 224.5 fps

Battery Life

The diminutive A100 houses a small 1,530mAh battery that promises up to five hours of juice if you're just doing things over WiFi, and up to four and a half hours of 720p video playback. We say, that's about right. In our standard battery test, which involves playing the same movie on repeat with WiFi on and the brightness set to 50 percent, it lasted four hours and 54 minutes. The numbers don't lie: that's one of the shortest runtimes we've recorded on a tablet. Why, even the original Samsung Galaxy Tab lasted six hours and change. Not to mention -- after the 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 crapped out after less than seven hours, we would have hoped that Acer would have gone back to the drawing board and paid more attention to battery life, especially since the A100 was late to market anyway. It would seem that Acer either sacrificed a larger battery to keep the tablet small, or it wrongfully assumed that mainstream consumers don't care about longevity. Either way, we'd say that treating battery life as an afterthought is unwise.

Battery Life
Acer Iconia Tab A1004:54
Apple iPad 210:26
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.19:55
Apple iPad9:33
HP TouchPad8:33
Lenovo IdeaPad K18:20
Motorola Xoom8:20
T-Mobile G-Slate8:18
Archos 1017:20
RIM BlackBerry PlayBook7:01
Acer Iconia Tab A5006:55
Toshiba Thrive6:25
Samsung Galaxy Tab6:09

The competition

If you're dead set on a 7-inch tablet, it probably means you've given your options some thought and decided you prefer that size to more ubiquitous 10-inchers. So in that sense, comparing the different screen sizes feels like something of an apple-to-oranges comparison. Still, we can see people eyeing this inexpensive tablet as a gift for a not-so-tech-savvy person, in which case they might well be pitting the A100 against obvious contenders such as the iPad and Galaxy Tab 10.1. The big draw in that case will almost certainly be the price: the 16GB A100 costs $150 less than an iPad or Galaxy Tab 10.1 with the same amount of storage. It doesn't hurt that the A100 is fast and runs the latest version of Android (granted, that's a feature mainstream users might not care about). Still, the iPad and 10.1 are thinner, and both last at least twice as long on a charge.

As for 7-inch tablets, your main options aside from the A100 are the original Galaxy Tab, the BlackBerry PlayBook and the HTC Flyer / EVO View 4G (pictured in the gallery above). The PlayBook, as you'll recall, is thinner and lighter, but also more expensive, with a starting price of $499 for 16GB. The OS is still a work in progress of sorts, with more functionality yet to come (like, you know, a native email app). The HTC Flyer, too, costs $499 for 16GB and doesn't even include the $80 stylus if you purchase it in the US. That said, it offers better battery life and arguably better ergonomics, but it's just as heavy, slightly thicker, and it doesn't run Honeycomb. For those of you who live outside Europe, there's the Galaxy Tab, which is almost a year old and still doesn't run Honeycomb (officially). And though its battery life trumps the A100's, it still trails other tablets we've tested.


Who knew the long-awaited Acer Iconia Tab A100 would turn out to be such an odd bird? On the one hand, the press release specifically calls out moms as potential customers and indeed, the company caters to them with an unabashedly feminine design. And yet, it's also a curiosity for geeks, given that it's the first 7-inch tablet to run Android 3.2. We don't mean to imply that there aren't any lady geeks out there (you're listening to one right now!), but soccer mamas and nerds make for an unlikely combination -- is there really a whole lot of overlap there? As it is, we think the tablet might alienate both groups. Do mainstream users care if a tablet runs Android 3.2 as opposed to 3.1 or even 3.0? Are there many geeks jonesing for a design that so unsubtly panders to women? And does anyone want a device offering half the battery life of its competitors? We're guessing not on all counts.

Acer simply isn't doing a good enough job of convincing mainstream shoppers that the latest version of Honeycomb on a 7-inch tablet offers a better user experience than an iPad. And if Acer is banking on women choosing a 7-inch tablet just because they have tiny fingers, then that's some misguided strategy too. People will choose the 7-inch form factor because it seems like the perfect balance between mobility and screen real estate, not because a 10-inch slate is too unwieldy. And if anything, we can more easily see a low-tech person picking up an HTC Flyer -- yes, it runs Gingerbread with Sense, but that would at least ring familiar to folks who aren't as gung-ho about their gadgets, but have at least mastered a smartphone.

Meanwhile, the company might have just burned a bridge with nerds who wouldn't be caught dead toting anything whose pattern looks like fishnets -- or that has sub-five-hour battery life, for that matter. Sure, it runs Android 3.2, but it won't be long before other tablets get updated to this version of Honeycomb and start reaping the performance benefits. The A100 isn't making a persuasive case for geeks either, then. And it's a shame, because the company might have had more success if it went after that person -- the enthusiast who has done his or her homework and decided 7 inches is the ideal size for a tablet. The person who can appreciate the value in having the latest version of Android. Acer should have gone after those people, and come up with more compelling reasons for them to bite.

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Acer Extends Popular Iconia™ Tab Line with Its First 7-inch WiFi Tablet; The Ideal Companion for Families; Features Adobe Flash 10.3 for Web and Games

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 12, 2011 – Acer America expands its Acer Iconia™ Tab line of tablets with its first 7-inch tablet – and the industry's first 7-inch tablet running Android™ 3.2 (Honeycomb) – in the United States and Canada. The new Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 features an incredibly portable sub-one pound design, a vibrant 7-inch multi-touch display, and a sleek, thin design that is comfortable to use and take virtually anywhere.
With the Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 tablet, customers can have a single portable device for enjoying entertainment such as games and websites as well as productivity applications such as a calendar and email. The tablet comes pre-installed with Adobe Flash Player 10.3, so Adobe Flash games and websites can be enjoyed right out of the box. In addition, the WiFi device is the ideal size for moms, families and individuals who want to stay entertained and productive, since the screen is large enough to enjoy video and other multimedia, yet the device is portable enough for comfortable single-handed use.

Weighing in at a mere 0.92 pounds and measuring only a half-inch thick, the Acer Iconia™ Tab A100's super-portable size makes it easy to take anywhere. The vibrant 7-inch TFT WSVGA screen displays social networking sites, photos and more in 1024x600 resolution and high-color contrast, so customers can enjoy crisp, vibrant content enhanced by a 16:10 aspect ratio and 75-degree wide viewing angle. Plus, the 7-inch capacitive touch-screen is incredibly responsive and accurate for convenient finger-tip control.

"The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 tablet delivers the ultimate combination of portability and performance for fun and gaming as well as staying in touch," said Sumit Agnihotry, vice president of product marketing, Acer America. "Families are spending more time social networking and enjoying web-based digital media, so a highly portable tablet like the Acer A100 will let them get more done and stay connected on-the-go to enjoy their lives more fully."

Ultimate Companion for Mobile Moms and Families
The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 is the ultimate companion for mobile consumers such as moms and families who want a single device for gaming, fun, entertainment and staying in touch on the go. Customers can enjoy movies right out of the box with the Google® Movies app that allows users to rent and play movies on the Acer A100. Also, Google® Music gives customers instant access to their personal music collection on the web without the hassle of wires or syncing. Customers can also use NemoPlayer® for video, photos and music and Aupeo! for enjoying online radio. Dolby® Mobile Technology on the tablet delivers dynamic sound to enhance the enjoyment of music and movies. In addition, the Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 can be connected to a TV via its HDMI port, so customers can share full HD videos in 1080p resolution. Game play can also be extended to a big screen TV or display with the Acer A100's HDMI port and dual-display support. As a result, more people can watch and enjoy the game as it is mirrored to the larger screen. Plus, the Acer A100 can be used as a controller for the game as the player watches the image on the larger display.

In addition, games are crisp, fast and realistic thanks to the performance technology and six-axis motion sensing gyro meter. Customers can enjoy rich and exciting Adobe-flash based Web pages, games, videos and animations with Adobe Flash Player 10.3. Thousands of additional apps can be easily downloaded from the Android Marketplace.

Save Memories, Shop Better, Stay Connected with Cameras
The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 allows customers to always be ready to take photos and video on-the-go and quickly share them by email and on social media sites. Lighter than most SLR cameras, the Acer A100 has a 5MP rear-facing camera with flash, so families will know they have a great camera with them to capture all of life's fun and unexpected moments. It also records clear and detailed HD Video at 720p at 30 frames per second. Plus, the rear-facing camera can be used with many available apps to read bar-codes and QR codes for shopping and other promotions. The tablet also has a 2MP fixed-focused front-facing camera and webcam for video chats.

Reading and Productivity Apps Let Moms and Families Get More Done
The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 e-reading functionality will be appreciated by a range of family members. Moms and dads can download e-books to enjoy during quiet moments in comfortable single-handed usage. The tablet comes pre-installed with Acer LumiRead and Google® Books eReading apps for enjoying e-books. Plus, the color screen vibrantly displays children's e-books, so they'll always have something to enjoy during long or unexpected waits. Extra features like the realistic page turn effect make reading even more fun. The auto-rotation allows customers to enjoy e-books, games, movies and more in either landscape or portrait mode.

In addition, everyone can stay up-to-date with extended family and friends via Acer's Social Jogger, which puts Facebook® and Twitter® in one place for quick and easy reading and updates. Moms can keep their family schedule organized with the easy-to-use Acer "Day Planner" application that gives an easy-to-view list of upcoming activities. Working moms and those with busy schedules will appreciate that the Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 helps them stay productive. Customers can set up multiple email addresses and view Microsoft® Office documents using the trial version of the "Docs to Go" app for getting things done quickly.

Android 3.2 Brings Additional Benefits for Browsing and Entertainment
The Acer A100 comes installed with Android 3.2, the latest version of Honeycomb to give customers the latest in advanced mobile browsing. Customers can browse the Internet with speed and ease, even web pages built with Flash, thanks to Adobe Flash 10.3 that comes pre-loaded on the Acer A100 tablet. In addition, Android 3.2 lets customers have more control over their entire browsing experience, such as managing web pages by tabs, more advanced privacy settings, and proper sizing of apps and web pages for the 7-inch display.

Connectivity to WiFi and Other Devices
The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 can quickly and easily connect to Wi-Fi networks via the integrated Acer InviLink Nplify 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi CERTIFIED wireless technology to access the Internet, the Android marketplace for apps and more.

Customers can enjoy their own digital content on the Acer A100 tablet by transferring files such as videos, movies and eBooks to it through the tablet's micro-USB port or by using the Micro-SD card reader that can read Micro-SD cards with a capacity up to 32GB. Plus, the integrated Bluetooth allows consumers to connect the tablet to a variety of other devices, such as headsets and keyboards.

High-Performance for Maximum Enjoyment
The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 packs maximum performance into its incredibly portable size. It uses a high-performance NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM to give customers blazing fast access to multiple programs and apps at once. The Ultra Low Power GeForce® GPU enhances gaming, web, and multimedia for a more realistic, responsive experience.

The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 provides solid uptime with a 1530 mAh Li-polymer battery for up to five hours during Internet browsing with WiFi, up to four hours during web-streamed video and up to 4.5 hours during 720p video playback.

Sharing Digital Media is Easy with
Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 comes with Acer, which connects with any other DLNA-compliant device to quickly and easily share and enjoy digital media. It automatically detects clear-fi-enabled devices on the wireless home network (smartphones, notebooks, HD media players, etc.) and gathers and organizes media files by type (video, music, photo, pre-recorded TV).

Priced Starting at only $329.99
The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100 is available in the U.S. and Canada at national retail stores now. The Acer Iconia™ Tab A100-07u16u with 16GB of memory has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $349.99 U.S and $399.99 CAD, while the Acer Iconia™ Tab A100-07u08u with 8GB of memory has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $329.99 U.S. and $349.99 CAD.
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