Acer Iconia Tab A700 With HD 1080p Display Review - HotHardware

Acer Iconia Tab A700 With HD 1080p Display Review

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Acer offers the A700 in both black and silver colors. Our test model is black and features a silver edging on both the left and right sides of the tablet. With the exception of the casing, the models are identical. The edges and corners of the tablet are slightly rounded, giving the tablet a nice look and feel.

Like many other 10.1-inch Android tablets, the A700 has no hardware buttons on the front. Above the multitouch 1080p display that supports a resolution of 1920 x 1200, you'll see the 1 megapixel front-facing web cam. An Iconia Tab logo resides at the top right corner of the tablet in the bezel and the Acer logo is located in the center of the bottom bezel. We should note that the display collected some fingerprints during our testing of the tablet, but they didn't seem to impact overall performance.

Viewing angles on the A700's display are very good. If you take the tablet outdoors, however, you'll find the screen is a bit difficult to read under direct sunlight though it's not significantly worse than other tablet displays. In addition, you will notice some glare when viewing the screen under direct sunlight and in other well-lit environments.

On the left edge of the A700, you'll find the power button and 3.5mm headset jack near the top edge. The right side of the A700 houses the microSD card slot which is revealed when you open the rotating cover, along with the micro HDMI port. We aren't a big fan of the door design on this tablet because the rubber stoppers that hold it in place occasionally get in the way of closing it so that it sits flush. With a little bit of wiggling though, you'll get the door back in place. The hinge can also sometimes interfere with the ease of inserting and removing a microSD card. Unless you're changing microSD card slots frequently, this should be a minor inconvenience.

On the bottom edge of the A700, you'll see speaker grills on either side. A reset button as well as a microUSB port is located in the center. The top edge of the A700 houses the volume rocker, rotation lock switch, and a microphone pinhole.

When you turn the A700 over, you'll notice the textured surface that feels a bit rubbery and a bit like smooth leather. Overall, we really liked the back cover on the A700—it's different from others we've seen, feels great in your hand, and makes the tablet feel secure in our hands. The finish also resists fingerprints. The rear-facing 5 megapixel camera is found near the top edge of the tablet in the center.

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That thing runs HOT, and I do mean HOT! I had one, and while the screen is nice the heat issues were just too bad to ignore, I went to a Galaxy Note 10.1 and haven't looked back. It's a shame, because the A700 is a great tablet overall.

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That thing is dog slow compared to other tablets, even older tablets (with much lower specs) running on older versions of android, barely usable on day to day usage, doesn't always respond to touch, even for simple things like typing and opening programs... I returned mine, thanks Acer!

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These comments are NOT VALID ANYMORE!

In respect to heat and lagging, there were already improvements with the software update from end of July. (I have the tablet since July.)

But now the A700 has Android 4.1 JELLY BEAN, and it's FAST, VERY RESPONSIVE and DOESN'T RUN HOT!

The problems were only software related, not hardware related.

The device can really be recommended, especially because of the display and the bang one gets for the buck!

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I'll bet it cost a lot less then the Ipad 3 and with what hasenbein said looks like they fixed their problems.

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I have had this tablet since November and the improvements as a result of upgrading to JB are phenomenal. Much less heat in the back lower right corner than there was before. It is speedy and smooth and the display is beautiful. Plenty bright even in full sunlight, but that is with brightness set at max.

I was going to have it rooted and install a custom ROM, but really, with GO Launcher installed, it is as user friendly as I could want. Comes with Polaris Office installed, which is great for editing MS Office files. It also has a bit of bloatware (what tab doesn't?) but it is minimal and not intrusive at all compared to other tabs.

I didn't like the music software on it, but I got something I like for free on Google Play. Overall, I am very pleased with it.

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