Following Acer’s success with the 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 Tablet a younger 7-inch brother has finally surfaced running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, this is the Iconia Tab A100. Offered in an 8GB $329 version and a 16Gb $349 version this more affordable slate undercuts it’s main rival the HTC Flyer by about $150. Further more despite coming in at an average of $60 cheaper than the larger A500 it doesn’t compromise on specs under the hood. With a capacitive touchscreen boasting a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, a 1GHz Dual Core, Tegra 250 Cortex A9 processor, 512MB of RAM and front and rear cameras its certainly a fully featured and affordable slate.
It’s sleek and slender form factor is comprised of the following dimensions 195 x 117 x 13.1 mm and weight is kept to just over 1 pound. I/O and connectivity are fairly standard fair with a 3.5mm headphone jack, Micro-HDMI and microUSB ports, microSD and SDHC slots, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11n along with the usual plethora of sensors including an Accelerometer, Gyroscope and Compass. In addition, the companies “clear.fi” wireless home network solution allows users to share and play media over compatible DLNA-compliant devices. The bottom line is that the Acer Iconia Tab A100 may finally signal the start of a new wave of high quality, compact and affordable 7-inch Tablets despite some occasional stability issues within Android 3.2.