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

Acer Iconia Tab A700 With HD 1080p Display Review

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The A700 ships with Android 4.0.4. Acer has confirmed plans to update the tablet to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean sometime in October. One of the more notable tweaks Acer includes is the addition of the Acer Ring. Basically, the Acer Ring is an app shortcut and carousel bookmark add-on that lets you pull up one of four applications, search the tablet, or access various Internet bookmarks. You can customize the four apps that appear in the carousel using the Settings menu. If you're a purist who doesn't want to use the Acer Ring, you can disable it using the Settings menu.

     

When you unlock the tablet, you'll also notice a ring-like interface that provides quick and easy access to the browser, gallery, Google search, and the camera. The A700 has five customizable home screens. Out of the box, three of these five home screens are left blank, leaving you plenty of space to add shortcuts and widgets.

As far as other add-ons and software is concerned, the A700 comes with a number of preinstalled applications and links including Acer Print, Amazon Kindle, Amazon MP3, AUPEO!, EquiView, Evernote, Files, HW Solitaire, Monopoly, Netflix, Polaris Office, Real Racing 2, VirusScan, WildTangent, and more. You can disable some (but not all) of these apps using the Settings menu if you like.

     

As you might guess from its name, Acer Print lets you connect supported printers to the tablet for easy printing. The Clear.fi features on the tablet have been divided into individual Photo, Video, and Music apps. One of the included apps we really liked was the Acer Files app. This file manager provides full access to the Internal Storage found on the tablet as well as access to any microSD cards. Acer Files uses a very simple user interface which is exactly what we like to see from a file manager on a tablet.

     

The quality of images we were able to capture using the A700's 5 megapixel rear-facing camera were on par with what we'd expect. Since the tablet's camera doesn't have an LED flash, images that were taken under low-light indoor settings were particularly grainy.

   

   

   

Other images taken indoors under well-lit conditions turned out quite good. Some of the outdoor images taken with strong sunlight also showed some color variations from what we would have preferred. Again, though, images were as good as other 5 megapixel cameras we've seen on other tablets.

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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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