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Acer Iconia Tab A700 review

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The Acer Iconia Tab A700 currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 17 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is, in a lot of ways, kind of like a big brother to the old Acer Iconia Tab A510. If you put both of these devices side by side, you’d probably find it extremely difficult to spot the differences between the two—because there are hardly any. In fact, the A700 carries over much of the same hardware found in the Acer Iconia Tab A510. Like the A510 before it, it boasts dual cameras, built-in Dolby Mobile audio tech, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, optional 3G, andGPS. The biggest differences between the two lie in the maximum amount of user available storage space, native screen resolution, and the type of supported SIM card for the 3G models.

A quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and 1GB of RAM makes quick work of the pre-loaded Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software. On the A510, this translated to speedy menu navigation and excellent graphics performance for most 3D games. The sad truth for the A700, however, is that its higher screen resolution has resulted in overall slowness and a decrease in the level of overall performance.

The 10.1-inch touchscreen display on this tablet boasts a native resolution of 1920x1200. According to most reviewers, that may be what is primarily causing a lag in the device’s performance especially when compared with its predecessor. There’s nothing wrong with the display itself; it shows richer colors and better quality graphics. But it seems that even the mighty Tegra 3, with its 12-core graphics chip, is not quite built to handle a 16:10 Full HD resolution 10.1-inch screen.

With all of that said, Acer's Tab A700 still performs quite well in terms of sound quality, battery life, and display quality as mentioned above. But even with its Dolby audio enhancements, consistent 10+ hour battery life, and high quality high-resolution screen, it’s getting increasingly harder to recommend as a tablet especially since devices like the Google Nexus 7 are starting to hit the market. Not to mention the fact Acer’s very own A510, which offers much better overall performance at a lower price point, can still be purchased. Still, if all you require in your Android tablet is a nice high-resolution screen and plenty of battery life, then this tablet might be right up your alley.

Need to Know: Acer Iconia Tab A700

1. Built-in 10.1-inch 1920x1200 LCD screen offers rich colors and superb graphics quality. (The Good)

2. Battery life lasts longer than ever at more than 10 hours of heavy use per charge. (The Good)

3. 16:10 Full HD native resolution causes device performance to lag during certain tasks like navigating menus and playing games. (The Bad)

4. Doesn’t offer many changes over Acer Iconia Tab A510 which came before it in the same product line. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Hothardware

All in all, we enjoyed our time with the Acer Iconia Tab A700. Although it's not a tablet that really stands out in terms of performance, it still offered a very enjoyable user experience.

- Jennifer Johnson, Hothardware
MobileBurn

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is an appropriate upgrade to Acer's earlier efforts, but it doesn't really go far enough to make it a viable choice for new tablet buyers. Its sluggish performance and cheap feel make it hard to recommend against the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity or the Apple iPad. Acer is s...

- Dan Seifert, MobileBurn
PC Pro

It’s a little behind its rivals when it comes to performance and battery life, but the Iconia Tab A700 is a cracking all-round package. The display is gorgeous, there's enough power for games and apps, and it’s vastly cheaper than the only other Full HD tablet on the market, Asus’...

- Mike Jennings, PC Pro
Gizmodo

Should You Buy It? Probably a pass. What the A700 gained in screen quality it seems to have lost in performance, keeping it right at the three star ranking. At $450, it's certainly not the worst deal out there, but the Nexus 7 is only $200—and buttery smooth by comparison.

- Brent Rose, Gizmodo
Android Central

Despite its young age and bleeding edge specs, the Iconia Tab A700 is already last generation’s news. Call it bad timing, call it lack of innovation, or call it the victim of the Nexus 7, but whatever way you cut it, the A700 is already a dated piece of technology. Even in Android terms, that...

- Anndrew Vacca , Android Central


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Acer Iconia Tab A700's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
9800mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 9800 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia Tab A700 Specs

Overview
Release date June 22, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1 Jelly Bean)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 9800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 1.0 x 25.9 x 17.5 cm (0.4 x 10.2 x 6.9 in)
Weight 649 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 262k
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama, White balance, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Yes
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Hothardware

Aims to deliver a more vibrant display than the majority of Android-based tablets on the market today

from Hothardware

All in all, we enjoyed our time with the Acer Iconia Tab A700. Although it's not a tablet that really stands out in terms of performance, it still offered a very enjoyable user experience.

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All in all, we enjoyed our time with the Acer Iconia Tab A700. Although it's not a tablet that really stands out in terms of performance, it still offered a very enjoyable user experience.

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MobileBurn

High-res screen and good battery life but performance is sluggish

from MobileBurn

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is an appropriate upgrade to Acer's earlier efforts, but it doesn't really go far enough to make it a viable choice for new tablet buyers. Its sluggish performance and cheap feel make it hard to recommend against the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity or the Apple iPad. Acer i...More

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is an appropriate upgrade to Acer's earlier efforts, but it doesn't really go far enough to make it a viable choice for new tablet buyers. Its sluggish performance and cheap feel make it hard to recommend against the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity or the Apple iPad. Acer is selling the A700 in either black or silver for $449.99, which is a little bit cheaper than the competition, but I think that the extra money spent on the other options goes a long way towards providing a better user experience.

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PC Pro

A premium experience without spending a fortune

from PC Pro

It’s a little behind its rivals when it comes to performance and battery life, but the Iconia Tab A700 is a cracking all-round package. The display is gorgeous, there's enough power for games and apps, and it’s vastly cheaper than the only other Full HD tablet on the market, Asus&rsqu...More

It’s a little behind its rivals when it comes to performance and battery life, but the Iconia Tab A700 is a cracking all-round package. The display is gorgeous, there's enough power for games and apps, and it’s vastly cheaper than the only other Full HD tablet on the market, Asus’ Transformer Pad Infinity 700. For those after a premium experience without spending a fortune, the Acer Iconia Tab A700 is an affordable taste of Android tablet luxury.

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Gizmodo

Sharp looking, slow moving

from Gizmodo

Should You Buy It? Probably a pass. What the A700 gained in screen quality it seems to have lost in performance, keeping it right at the three star ranking. At $450, it's certainly not the worst deal out there, but the Nexus 7 is only $200—and buttery smooth by comparison.

Read full review

Should You Buy It? Probably a pass. What the A700 gained in screen quality it seems to have lost in performance, keeping it right at the three star ranking. At $450, it's certainly not the worst deal out there, but the Nexus 7 is only $200—and buttery smooth by comparison.

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Android Central

The A700 suffers from poor performance and an uninspired design

from Android Central

Despite its young age and bleeding edge specs, the Iconia Tab A700 is already last generation’s news. Call it bad timing, call it lack of innovation, or call it the victim of the Nexus 7, but whatever way you cut it, the A700 is already a dated piece of technology. Even in Android terms, that was fast.

Read full review

Despite its young age and bleeding edge specs, the Iconia Tab A700 is already last generation’s news. Call it bad timing, call it lack of innovation, or call it the victim of the Nexus 7, but whatever way you cut it, the A700 is already a dated piece of technology. Even in Android terms, that was fast.

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Digital Trends

It has little to differentiate it from the slew of other tablets in the marketplace

from Digital Trends

Like the A510 and A200 before it, Acer has built another solid tablet, but only for those willing to sacrifice a bit on style, weight, and size. It runs Android 4.0 and has good processing power, but it’s heavier and bulkier than what we’re now seeing from most manufacturers and the i...More

Like the A510 and A200 before it, Acer has built another solid tablet, but only for those willing to sacrifice a bit on style, weight, and size. It runs Android 4.0 and has good processing power, but it’s heavier and bulkier than what we’re now seeing from most manufacturers and the interface feels a bit slow at times. It’s a solid tablet, but doesn’t stand out from the crowd. The $450 price point is cheaper than Asus and other manufacturers, but we don’t think it’s cheap enough to really help the A700 compete against the iPad juggernaut, especially considering previous Iconia Tabs have been as cheap as $300. The Acer Iconia Tab A700 would serve you fine as a tablet, but be sure to weigh all of your options and needs.

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Android Police

It has a stellar display, an ample amount of storage, and enough soft mods to make the tablet very easy and practical to use

from Android Police

Is the Acer Iconia Tab A700 a great tablet? No. Is it an awful tablet? No, not really. It's simply OK. The choppy performance leaves a lot to be desired, but that can easily be remedied, especially once Acer pushes Android 4.1 to the device - I'm sure Project Butter will fix it right up. Otherwis...More

Is the Acer Iconia Tab A700 a great tablet? No. Is it an awful tablet? No, not really. It's simply OK. The choppy performance leaves a lot to be desired, but that can easily be remedied, especially once Acer pushes Android 4.1 to the device - I'm sure Project Butter will fix it right up. Otherwise, it has a stellar display, an ample amount of storage, and enough soft mods to make the tablet very easy and practical to use.

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Good E-Reader

Offers bright and vivid a display at such a price point

from Good E-Reader

The A700 is available in two color options of matte black and silver at an attractive price of $450. The latter bit does make the tablet extremely desirable to say the least for here is a tablet that promises some solid performance with acceptable battery back-up times. Sure the tablet is not wit...More

The A700 is available in two color options of matte black and silver at an attractive price of $450. The latter bit does make the tablet extremely desirable to say the least for here is a tablet that promises some solid performance with acceptable battery back-up times. Sure the tablet is not without its share of shortcoming — design is boring while the tablet also tended to get a bit hot at the lower left region on prolonged use — the A700 still has a lot to go for it in the 10 inch category of tablet PCs. Also, no other tablet offers so bright and vivid a display at such a price point. Its closest competitor is the Transformer Pad Infinity with better performance, better all-round display and better battery but it also costs $50 more.

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Computerworld

Good performance, slim and easy to carry, bright display

from Computerworld

Its screen was the brightest I've seen on a tablet, and its video was smooth and well synchronized. Using the Kindle software, the A700 had enough contrast to read in sunshine.

My only real complaint is that the tablet heats up after prolonged use. At one point, I measured a peak temperat...More

Its screen was the brightest I've seen on a tablet, and its video was smooth and well synchronized. Using the Kindle software, the A700 had enough contrast to read in sunshine.

My only real complaint is that the tablet heats up after prolonged use. At one point, I measured a peak temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the left back of the unit (probably where the CPU is). That being said, I never felt that it was uncomfortably warm.

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Computerworld

Good performance, slim and easy to carry, bright display

from Computerworld

Its screen was the brightest I've seen on a tablet, and its video was smooth and well synchronized. Using the Kindle software, the A700 had enough contrast to read in sunshine.

My only real complaint is that the tablet heats up after prolonged use. At one point, I measured a peak temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the left back of the unit (probably where the CPU is). That being said, I never felt that it was uncomfortably warm....

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Its screen was the brightest I've seen on a tablet, and its video was smooth and well synchronized. Using the Kindle software, the A700 had enough contrast to read in sunshine.

My only real complaint is that the tablet heats up after prolonged use. At one point, I measured a peak temperature of 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the left back of the unit (probably where the CPU is). That being said, I never felt that it was uncomfortably warm.

At $450, the A700 is priced on a par with the current crop of 10.1-in. Android tablets. That fact, along with its fine performance, great screen and long-playing battery, makes it one of the best high-tech bargains around.

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