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I bought this product as a universal alternative to a laptop and a tablet. I knew this baby would satisfy what I need out of a laptop such as browsing, gaming and music production. Giving me total freedom to engineer and record on the go with the swipe/tap of a finger!
First thing you want to edit, Touch Preferences. If you have big or small fingers, you can adjust the point size for precision. I also shorted the hold-tap time for right click navigation so everything can run on the fly. This tablet can also play some pretty good games at minimum to medium/high settings no overclock! Games like Left 4 Dead, Fallout 3 and my favorite, DC Universe: Online (connected external hdd)!
Once you grip the changes from mouse to touch and adjust to the onscreen keyboard, you can really be just as productive as you were on a laptop. Without the Docking Keyboard the Tablet does lack a little. Even with the Dock, I still find myself multitasking from the Docking Keyboard to the onscreen multi-touch taps and navigation. and It's quite fun actually!
The screen itself is great! HQ Resolution! It looks like the same material that they use on most phones like the Samsung Galaxy S2. I personally think the display looks best on 1280x800 (highest)! I can still see the words and everything as clear as if it was on my 17" Laptop. Sometimes, I forget i'm on a tablet! NOTE: SOME HD TV's, using HDMI, may only support 1280x768 and below. Also I can't forget about the front and rear facing camera! That will come in handy on the go. And I hear this baby can be Dual-Booted with Android!
Now for the dislikes with this tablet... This is a great Tab, but the Hard Drive isn't so great. Some are fortunate enough to be left with 20gb after Windows 7 installs itself. I wasn't one of the lucky ones, I was left with 9gb after Microsoft Word and a few essential programs were installed. I plan to upgrade this baby to a 120gb Hard Drive. For the price I paid, I can afford to upgrade it. I wanna say 3hrs & 30mins is great battery life for a Windows Tablet, But I still expect a little more from a TABLET. Next, the USB ports located at the bottom of the tablet. A little inconvenient, but the Docking Keyboard makes up for it with 2 USB ports on each side with an ethernet port on the left side. Forget the little mouse touch thing between G and H. I recommend a USB Mouse. 2gb of RAM is okay, but for the processor, gaming will have to be at a minimum without overclocking. Also, I don't know how to boot into system recovery or BIOS. The tablet loads instantly! Almost directly from "Starting Windows". That's a plus for impatient people like myself but let's just say I'd dread a system related error.
This one's more of a warning.. Don't forget this is still a Windows PC in tablet form! Remember it's prone to viruses, malware, browser failures, etc. Since this is a tablet though, I'd recommend taking extreme precautions to where you are going and what you are doing on the net!
This tablet does exactly what I was expecting, no hassle! There are other great Windows Tablets out there. Especially the Samsung Series 7! But the Series 7 has a top of the line processor but a stock GPU! Expect fast gaming on that tablet but not much spice! I got this tablet for $260, given the lacking HDD I'd say $300 is about right for that tablet! The $499-$599 price tag is horrendously ridiculous! If you can't get a deal on this baby, I don't recommend a Sticker Priced buy...
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I believe Demographic and how good you are with computers is important in a review. I'm a male in my 20's and after I graduated from Stanford I now attend UM's Miller School of Medicine. In my first two years of College I was a Student assistant when it came to all the computers in the largest Media Room. About the A100 8GB with 7inch Screen. This is a gift I received on Christmas from my Grandmother, The most sophisticated computer she uses is a electronic Calculator. I'm not sure how much she paid for it, however since she spends around the same amount every year if I subtract the value of the gift cards I would guess $240-$270 including Tax. Well, my grandma did not know that I had an IPAD2 64GB WIFI/3G. If I didn't have a rule about not returning presents I would have, my only exception to that is to return it for the same item if the item given to me doesn't work right. In this case, I'm glad I have that rule. A 7" Screen sounded way to small, my phone has a 4.3" Screen, so my tablet was only going to be 2.7"s larger? Is that even worth it? I thought. Turns out, it is worth it. I was very surprised that this Tablet ran HoneyComb, a pleasant Surprise. According to Acer this is also the first android tablet that runs Android 3.2 It's 7-inch (1024 x 600) display, and the fact that it's back is slick and its' less than half a inch thick means my large hands, well, skinny but Long Fingers made it where even though in landscape mode some with smaller hands might need some practice using it with one hand, portrait mode is great for people with smaller hands. A Great Surprise is the Camera's, it has 2, a 5MP and a 2MP. Both take extremely Great Photos for a tablet. It's skinniness along with my large hands meant that I feel more comfortable with it having a rubbery Back. Performance wise, if I didn't know better I would think it had twice the processing power, as there is absolutely no lag, part of this is probably due to the fact that it's running Android 3.2/Honeycomb/and it's no Pre-installed apps or widgets that you don't want. The Screen is nice and bright, It's compact size makes it less of a burden. There is also a 10inch version of this tablet, and there is a 16GB 7 and 10" version. I like the 7" version, 4.3" of cell phone screen is HUGE, in fact, I cannot think of another cell phone that has anything bigger than 4", I don't know what size the new 4S Variant of the Iphones' screen size is, but it's less than 4", I think it's 3.5", however I may be wrong there. My point is even though my phone has a HUGE 4.3" Screen, this 7 inch tablet looks to be at LEAST twice the size of my 4.3" Cell Screen, As Far as I know, 4.3" is the largest Screen on any phone. Much larger than an Iphone Screen and my HUGE cell screen of 4.3" seems tiny compared to the 7" tablet. I love the Micro HDMI connector which allows you to connect this to your TV, assuming your TV has an HDMI port. The 16GB 7" versions RETAIL price is only $20 more. Most Android apps aren't that large and the A100 has a Micro SD Card slot for expandability, so if you buy the 8GB version you can purchase Micro SD cards from 256MB to 64GB, I have a 32GB Micro SD Card in mine. It also runs better as a reader than most Tablets. Bottom line, Normally, when I want something I don't buy it till I can get the best This may not be considered the "best" but,I LOVE it. this came as a wonderful surprise, as I now use my IPAD2 & the A100 about the same. I have found this a100 an essential now.
Android 3.1+ is one of the great OS for the mobile/tablet.
I would recommended to anyone. If you want ipad2 you can consider this before buying it since A500 is cheaper and they have almost everything that ipad2 has so why bother to pay more for the gadget that does the same thing!
The only thing that is a bit heavier than ipad2, other than that I can say this might be better than ipad2!
What I can benefit from the Acer A500 pad is I can read chinese comic, view flash on stock browser and most of the apps are free and it's very convenience I can just plug in the USB drive and read from it. There is also an app that can view free movie and chinese and foreign TV series which ipad2 can't or they need to pay over ipad2 for such apps.
All these above are far away better than ipad2 that I also owned and it is as fast as and smooth like ipad2 if you still want to compare to ipad2!
Don't tell me ipad2 is better by saying that they have more apps etc, because even they have a million apps, there is no different to me since I will only use a few of them, so why bother to have million apps on the app store?!
Android has more than enough apps and they are all useful & cheap or nearly free.
So just figure out what you really need from a mobile pad (android pad / ipad2) before buying it, don't just listen to ppl, ipad2 is better!
ipad2 has most ppl used doesn't mean that they are better. Most of them just follow the crowd by paying more for nothing!
If you just browsing the web, use word/excel, face video chat to ppl, facebook, and emailing, then android is good & fast enough, don't pay double for the ipad2 if you are only doing these things the most.
Games might be the only concern then ipad2 might be a better choice since they have more games supported.
Acer icronia a500 android pad is the Best bang for the bucks for sure! No regret if you get it!
The market has changed and in times like this it is very hard to adjust, especially when sales are dismal and you might have to consider using your working capital to pay the rent. But this is also the time to develop new concepts and perhaps even come up the “widget” that everyone must have. I began to look into using a tablet for "portability". Especially now that I took to using a scooter to get around I want to carry the lightest load possible..
After weeks of looking and studying the concept of the "Android Market" I reached the conclusion that tablets were more of a novelty item and could rarely be used to run a business. I ended up buying an Acer A500 for my girlfriend on her birthday. Of course the A500 was my girlfriends gift but it gave me the opportunity to test a tablet's capabilities and short falls. As I thought you really can't do much on a tablet. I found the 10.1 screen a bit clunky to handle constantly. Holding with one hand and one finger typing just doesn't do it for me. But I had uploaded my sales catalog pictures to my Google based Picassa Web Albums and played with the the concept of presenting those pictures during sales presentations. I also liked the idea of going "paper less" and saw the potential for a tablet after trying to put my laptop on the sales counter and input customer information on it. I found the laptop too big to fit the counter. In due course I concluded that a lighter 7" tablet that I could hold in one hand and bring close enough to easily read would suit me. The 7" tablet is actually small enough to hold and type using your thumbs the same way you would on an iPhone.
As I compared tablets I ran across the Acer Iconia A100 and liked the fact that it had the memory capability of 64 gigs. I liked the finish which seems to give it a very professional look. The tablet also felt comfortable in my hands. It has a number of other features like USB port, mini HDMI and two very good cameras and it's all managed by a pretty reliable processor, this is "hardware" and when evaluating this one must think in physical terms such as ergonomics, expandability, weight and of course the ability to run programs. Overall the Iconia A100 offered better hardware features than the iPad and it became my first choice.
My concept is only as good as the application available. I decided these were the things I wanted to accomplish.
1-One point entry: It’s too much work to enter customer data into a accounting/sales application, then into a customer data applicaion to send mail and contact. Of course you also need to carry inventory etc. I was trying to have everything in one application.
2-Ability to import current customer information from existing applications.
3-When sending customer receipts to be able to attach additional pictures to remind customer of other items you have to offer.
The Acer's pre-loaded applications include "Contacts" that you can import from your "Google" based contacts.
I tried out a number of application “trial editions” here are some:
Docs To Go: Excellent for writing/sharing and editing documents on the go.
Printer Share: For printing out receipts and documents
Gallery (Pre-Loaded): Used to present images of inventory.
Mobile Biz: Sales receipt generator syncs customer info as well.
I purchased this tablet after having a blackberry playbook but needed a device with more flexability. Don't get me wrong the playbook is an awesome device but it's strictly blackberry, something I personally can't use to create programs or run my type of business. Back to my review of the Acer W500, it is a great little table and by little I mean that it's compact but not by weight. This is one of the reasons why I gave it 4 stars. This tablet isn't as heavy as a laptop or even some netbooks, but after holding this up with one hand for some time it feels like your holding a bowling ball. You have to find some comfortable way of holding it or supporting your hand with something so it doesn't bother you too much. The keyboard is a great bonus and like I read in some reviews, it does at times take a moment to recognize it, but that's the same with just about any usb device that is plugged into a computer. Also some reviews mention that you have to have it on a flat surface or it will topple over, this is true but what I do is incline my legs or recline in my recliner with my legs up and that does the trick. Other than these issues, this tablet is great. It runs smooth and the touchscreen is responsive and has plenty of touch points. I can at least get 4 points to show up in paint but when I use 5 fingers it brings up the acer software, so there is at least 5 points which is three more than a lot of other tablets out there. The processor is dual core and it comes with 2 gigs of ram, what more can you ask for. I have a feeling that I will be using this tablet alot and work less on my 9 lb. 17" laptop.
I've got NO problems with the tablet. Excellent machine in pristine condition when it arrived. Screen was blemish free; updated right away to Honeycomb 3.2.1.
I tried the new A200 model but being a headmaster I wanted one like this with front and rear cams for emergency school photos when our regular camera has no charge and to avoid becoming a contortionist!Don't believe negative reviews about the cameras. The 5 MP on the back takes very sharp images; the 2 MP on front is fine for video chat. I've found it a little hard to get lighting just so on the front facing cam, but I feel sure that's me.
The ports are the best part. I've not had one iota of problem with the USB ports accepting anything I plugged in.
Weight: wow, again with all the side port goodness and the 32 GB drive with microSD storage too ...folks believe me it's lighter than you think. Not that hard to hang on to with no case either.
Bottom line: marvelous and worth the wait...it should meet my needs for YEARS to come. Can't hardly wait for it to get ICS in April!
The tablet by itself does everything you can expect for a tablet. My congrats to Acer. To top it, it has the latest Android OS version.
The screen size and resolution, the memory capacity and operating system makes this a cost effective purchase for a user my type. Not planning on taking it everywhere I go or use it more than one hour a day.
The only downside is the cradle for this tablet. The version with the HDMI connector is not really that easily available. Purchased two of them and both didn't have it. Don't know if this product was availble or discontinue(?). The Acer website was not really clear.
I was looking for some very specific attributes, and this fit most of them. I needed an Android base, with at least 1GB of RAM, hoped for at least 16GB of internal memory, and needed expansion ports including a full-sized USB to use when traveling without WiFi access. Almost all of my desired parameters are met with this tablet except that I preferred 7-inch to 10.1. However, almost no 7" tablets with a USB port had at least 1GB of RAM. That is what sold me on this model. It was a matter of what was more necessary to me. I am happy with this tablet so far, and have no complaints. I managed to get this item for around my price range, too, although most of these tablets are more expensive than I paid.
The size and weight is good - the extra port does not really add all that much bulk, surprisingly! Battery life seems fine to me so far. I was able to use it extensively for about 6.5 hours + 2 hours on standby, that ended me with about a 35% charge left. I did not play games or watch movies (although I did a brief test on several), but I was mostly setting it up - installing apps and doing updates, searching Google Play, etc.
I got this tablet to run 1specific app as it turns out the Android app is far less reliable than the iOS app. When you have a bunch of parents yapping about their little league ballplayers it's almost worth the $600.00 bucks for an IPad especially when the android app crashes all the time and their is nothing you can do about it. Except maybe run the ap on your iPhone. I am not an iOS groupie, I'm a PC guy and it'll be a very cold day in hell when I buy a mac , but in all fairness when you read an iPad app works it works not so for android. The reliability got a little better after I upgraded to ice cream sandwich but some apps still don't work. QC for android apps is non-existant as a lot of apps work on the tab and phones. Not bad till you have a 10" screen with a 3" app running up in the corner. This tab is refurbished if you don't know what a new one works like it's hard to tell if it's right. Every time the bezel slightly twists the app disappears like you closed it out. Also if a download is inturrupted for any reason you have an app that won't work. Then you are off to clear cookies and redownload and keep fingers crossed. Overall I love my tablet but I knew what I was getting my daughter has the same one only she paid a lot more for a new one. I would absolutely buy another one for my wife or one of the kids. Hopefully more printer support and actual apps that use the hardware, dual core, gig of ram, video memory, this tablets got some horses I never wait for apps to open and never worry about apps running slowly. This is a fun tablet to play with and work on the touch screen is great and very responsive and the screen looks great, but if your going to use it outside be ready to crank up the brightness all the way you'll need it.
Acer Iconia a100 brought me a huge surprise and pleasure to use.It is very fast , responsive and useful.After couple of days of using it ,I said to myself ,if Apple do not bring to market a 7 " tablet they loosing a lot of market share .Why ?....Transportability.My computing live spins around 4 units.One is a 23 " touch screen all in one computer ,which with a metallic arm hangs around my bad for leisure computing,no keyboard no mouse no messy wiring around.The portable laptop is a 15" XPS computer fast and furios powered by an i7 intel processor and 8 gb of ram is all over the house.Then is and iPad which we use all over the places,mainly for quick responses to e-mails ,banking through applications and very quick and smooth respons to inputs on keyboard.Is still the best tablet that is there but is 10 inch.No mather how many times I tried to take it out for daily routines ,I found to be very unconfotable to be held in any kind of pockets,bags etc.So we look for a 7 " tablet and because we did not believe the android OS in the beginning we looked for a cheap one.I tried al the chineze below $ 100 ,waste of time ,very sluggish ,not adapted to US consumer sometime switching automatically to Chinese language which we do not speak yet.Hence we ended up returning them all and the key point was reading about Nvidia graphic cards company .When I came accros the information that they make a processor to power a tablet ,I narrow my search down to one CPU,Nvidia Tegra.And then a must have 7 inch tablet ,the end result being the purchase of Acer Iconia A 100 with 8 gb internal storage for the price of $ 270. What a device.A pleasure moves close to and iPad ,amid facts like Android even if it's Honeycomb they have man y thing to improve to catch up with Apple ,they almost there,in some aspects even better.The combination Acer Iconia brings to the table and tablets it make me reaffirm ,otherwise I would need to write several pages of what it does that I like,reafim that if Apple is keeping their head down and are incapable to realize that a 7" tablet is worth having ,they 'll lose a lot o costumers to other competitors.So until Appel is missing the boat on 7" market,I have to give thumbs up to Acer for putting togheter a tablet that is worth the money,dual camera like iPad 2, using Android Honeycomb as an OS and Nvidia Tegra as a CPU/ GPU processor .Thank you for enriching my life.Is great..Heard me Apple ?