"Discounting the small 7" size this is a powerhouse."4.5 starson by theacerdude
Pros: Sexy looking. Great size for on the go. Does everything a tablet should. Operationally on par with anything else out there on the android market - large or small.
Cons: The battery! Though Acer doubled up the batteries, the tablet will conk out in less that five hours - with every battery saving option on. Charging is through proprietary plug not USB. WAKE UP Acer - huge engineering flaw. Screen could be brighter.
Summary: Let me begin by saying that this is my fourth tablet. However with this one I'm pretty sure that this time I've gotten it right!
My first was a Toshiba Thrive. A great machine from all technical aspects. On board and full size USB, HDMI, card slot, pretty decent cameras front and back; everything you would want. Except portability. After you hold this boat anchor for a while you realize that a trip to the gym is in order.
Took it back got a Samsung. Okay tablet but - even though my TV's, BD Players and a Laptop are Samsungs, I just didn't like the "feel".
Then I got super lucky and actually snagged an ASUS Prime. What a BEAUTIFULL box!. The cat's meow as it were. Mine had none of the problems that everyone is yapping about. My WIFI was rock solid. I walked around the yard and down the street a bit and it hung right in there, albeit on just one or two bars at most. GPS, based on an APP downloaded from the goodle store, locked onto seven to ten sats PDQ. Drove around town with GPS and it seemed fairly steady. The quad core just kicks butt. A M A Z I N G! What a sweet machine. I'm sure that I never made it breathe hard. Now comes the ax. The screen bloomed every time I pressed too hard on the lower right hand quadrant. Well, given that it is a "handheld" that was a deal breaker and e3ven though it broke my heart, back IT went. Given the - in my opinion - poor quality control at ASUS, it will be a while before I'll look at their non-component level products again.
It was about here that I decided that if I'm was prepared to spend 500 bucks for the ASUS Prime tablet and 150 for a keyboard I might as well buy a decent laptop. OR........buy a small tablet. Ding Ding...
Enter the Acer A100. I did a bit of web and hands-on research and got it down to the Samsung 7 and the Acer 7. They are pretty much neck to neck, with the Samsung having just a small .2gig advantage on the processor speed (1.2 v 1 gig clock speed on the Acer). Loaded Apps and other specs pretty even although with the Acer you get a micro USB and a micro HDMI output, along with micro sd slot. The samsung requires you to buy their proprietasry dongles - probably another $50 plus. Total price circa 450 unless you find a sale.
What clinched it for me is that for $250 I got a full blown 3.2.1 android box. Compare that to a Kindle at $199 or a NOOK at $249.
I have had the A100for three days and have yet to find anything that this little powerhouse can not do as well or nearly as well as the "bigger units". Netflix is smooth, Pandora sounds great (earphones or TV of course, not the tiny on board speakers), the games I play are work well, and searching the internet only requires me to verbally tell the tablet what web site I want and it takes me there - no typing to fill in the search box required - how cool is that????
I have bored you enough so let me just say that except for the cons I mentioned, I have, in the last decade, seldom been as giddy, exited and happy with a hardware product as I am with the ACER A100.
If this peaked your interest, suggest you find the specs and compare - you will not be sorry. cheers