With the birth of the Tablet since the launch of the ipad, much has evolved in hardware, design and features, including Android operating system for these devices, with Honeycomb, being probably the tablet with this system, what better price to have. Today we will analyze the only 7 ?Tablet that officially arrives with its latest honeycomb 3.2 update, we are talking about the acer iconia Tab a100.
This Tablet is presented as a little sister of the iconia Tab a500 of 10 ?, whose technical characteristics are very similar except for a couple of details such as ram memory and of course the screen size. We are going to Review it thoroughly and how it is used day by day.
Available in two versions with the only difference of incorporating built-in 3G modem
Discovering our newly purchased product
Our brand new tablet comes in a elegant box with tablet illustrations on the front and on the sides and typography of the house do accompanying. Inside we find the Tablet fully in a compartment that occupies the entire length and width of the box and lifting this two compartments. In the first, there is the charger (not USB) and plug. In the second one is a micro USB connector to connect the Tablet to the PC along with instruction book and warranty.
The steel tab a100 is manufactured in a plastic housing, which for some may give a certain sense of fragility, although in my case it is not the case, but quite the opposite, the high-strength plastic used to provide apart from better weight, greater strength and strength than stiffer materials.
With a fairly nice rectangular design with small curves at the end of its longer edges, it is quite comfortable to hold both vertically and horizontally and given its weight that is approximately 400g it does not tire at all to hold it. It is mostly a tablet designed for mobility.
Hardware and software
As we said at the beginning of the review has the Android operating system honeycomb v 3.2 and therefore gave some problems that delayed its launch. Without fear of being wrong, I think they were right to introduce the system into this 7 ?Tablet, which, except for some details, have made a Great implementation work.
It has a processor that has given very good results lately and is found in some of the most successful devices currently, it is the NVIDEA TEGRA 2 dual-core processor with a 1 GHz clock cycle
This processor is accompanied by 512 Mb of RAM that at first and given the graphic evolution of games and applications, may seem to fall short, but after Using the Tablet with some fairly powerful games graphically, such as the NOVA 2 HD, happens with a note.
Not only is games limited to things, the transition between screens and applications is quite fluid but not perfect, especially if you have enough open applications.
Its storage is 8 GB which is not too much, but among its micro SD card slot and that the tendency to have your files in the cloud is spreading more and more, is a minor problem. The reproduction of video on random web pages is not always fluid when it is not about YouTube, on the contrary since the YouTube application is perfect The reproduction de music is pretty good with a Dolby Mobile sound in which the sound is heard with enough quality.
The screen as a central element in this type of devices has an excellent tactile response, capacitive of course, with a good color balance and contrast whose only paste is in the viewing angles which are not as wide as they should be, with the consequent loss of definition and color as we tilt the Tablet.
An important issue in Tablets is the battery, as I have been testing with sporadic use of the Tablet, checking email or social networks, browsing and using limited resource utilization applications, Battery It will last about a day and a half or two. However, if you are like me who is connected to it all day with games, video reproductions, browsing … anyway, squeezing the maximum possibilities of your Tablet, its battery will last between 5 hours and 5 hours.
Finally, let's talk about the cameras, the 5 mpx rear with a flash that will blind more than one of your friends (especially if it is near xD) allows you to take very good photos by day and quite acceptable at night especially if we compare it with mobile gadget cameras and tablets. The front is basically intended for videoconferences, I tried it with the skype application and I admit that I was surprised how well it went, it looks great and the conversation has been very fluid, and more considering that I was connected to the network of my university that is pedaling is not the fastest.
Applications and games
As you undoubtedly already know thanks to the great work of EL ANDROIDE LIBRE android has its own application market and for approximately less than a year it has Applications adapted to honeycomb needs. The Android application market has exploded in recent months, so much so that it has become the market with the largest number of applications downloaded and with such a large number that I assure you that you will get bored before seeing half.
It has some preinstalled applications some of which you will find interesting and others not, as you will have them whether you want them or not, I leave it to you to explore them and I talk about those I consider essential and that are not preinstalled. These depend a lot on what you want to do with your Tablet so I have put the ones that serve me.
The downloaded applications that have given me the best feeling that I have been testing are:
- Androxplorer. File explorer not spectacular but necessary and functional.
- AndroZip. To open and extract compressed files.
- Documents to go. Word / Pdf, Excel and Powerpoint file viewer. If you buy the license you can also create them.
- Dropbox / Box Cloud application to save files and whatever you need.
- Folder editor. Organize the applications in folders that you can select later in the menu using widgets. The pro version has no advertising.
- Google Docs. Text editor and spreadsheet that are not the best but is free. Above all I include it because it has a very interesting function that is to take a photo of a printed text, it scans it and converts it into editable text.
- Messenger whit you. Practice instant messaging application with everything you need for it.
- Press Application to read news with a very attractive graphic environment that together with the synchronization with Google Reader makes a perfect combination to follow and read news.
- ReadItLater Application in which you can preload web pages and news of other applications for example Press and read them when you have no internet connection including photos and illustrations if the article has them.
- SketchBook Graphic design program oriented to autodesk tablets. It works quite well but it is hard to get it at the beginning.
- Skype I don't think you need presentations, just add that video conferencing is a scandal once you enable it in the options.
- Twitter Application of the famous social network, it goes very well and is used without problems, today it is more comfortable to follow it on the Tablet than on the computer (because I am lying in bed xD)
Applications, for tastes the colors but those in particular work great in the a100. Now play Talk about the games. Given the combination of 7 "size of the Tablet with powerful hardware, they make it a portable power console that could have been a worthy rival of today's portable consoles. With an excellent tactile response a combination of well-calibrated sensors and a very good fluidity make This Tablet an amazing gaming experience.
Too bad I must say that many of the games that I will mention cost money in the market.
- Angry Birds. There are plenty of presentations, the famous game of shooting chickens and hitting pigs xD.
- Dungeon Defenders Action RPG where you can choose between several characters. Very careful graphics.
- Guerrilla Bob THD. 3rd person shooter with cartoon design and good graphics although it can be a bit repetitive.
- Samurai II: Vengeance. You will adopt the role of a samurai who will cut everything that lies ahead, I play.
- Muffin Knight Very funny game in which you will handle several characters and whose objetibo is to get muffins.
- Baseball Superstars 2. Manga drawing baseball game with some of its own characteristics as special characters. Pretty entertaining when you get the roll.
- Sentinel3. Typical game of building towers on a path to defend your fort. Very addictive!!.
- Backcbreaker American football where you must dodge the opponents with some maneuvers, very good graphics.
- Asphalt 6 HD. Car game in the purest style need for speed, graphics and good maneuverability.
- NOT GOING. 2 HD The best game I've ever played on this Tablet, it's amazing the accuracy of the sensors like the gyroscope and the compass that along with a good story make it undoubtedly one of the best (if you play in public you might look like an idiot … and what else does xD)
This is all he has given of whether this Acer iconia a100. You can find it in many online stores at good prices, all of them Around 300/350 ? or less if it is subsidized with an operator. A good acquisition if you do not need 10 ? or spend ? 500 to play, browse, emails and especially in the multimedia section, videos and music.
Review by Daniel López García