Acer Iconia Tab A700 review

10 Aug 2012

Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 packs in Nvidia’s Tegra 3 and a superb Full HD screen for under £400

Price when reviewed: 
383(£383 inc VAT)
5

Apple’s iPad blazed a trail with its high resolution Retina display, and now its Android rivals are attempting to follow suit. The Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 was the first to go Full HD, but Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 is hot on its heels - and unlike its wallet-busting rival, it costs a mere £363.

The Iconia Tab A700 stretches that resolution across a 10in display. Acer describes the display as “IPS quality” - it hasn’t been able to confirm exactly which panel technology is in use - but the results are stunning. The Iconia A700 has the wide viewing angles we’ve come to expect from tablets with IPS panels, and colours are bold and accurate throughout.

The native resolution is actually 1,920 x 1,200, which makes for a tightly-packed pixel density of 224ppi. That can’t quite match the 264ppi of the iPad, but gives crisp text and images, and pixels can barely be seen, even close-up. The maximum brightness of 333cd/m[sup]2[/sup] is perfectly acceptable for most situations, even if it’s some way behind the scorching Super IPS+ mode of the Asus.

Acer Iconia A700

At 11mm thick and 649g it’s a little bulkier than most top-end tablets, and the rear is constructed from plastic. Still, despite a little flex, the Acer feels solid and sturdy enough to last the course.

Acer has fitted the Iconia A700 with Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chipset, but it’s the T30S model running at 1.3GHz rather than the 1.4GHz T33 used in the Asus. The lower clock speed provides performance that’s respectable rather than outstanding: in Quadrant the Acer scored 3,284 to the Infinity's 4,941, and it’s also a little slower than the Asus Transformer Pad 300, which scored 4,037.

The pattern was repeated in SunSpider: the Acer’s 2,794ms is nothing to be ashamed of, but it can't match the 2,008ms of the Transformer Pad 300.

Detail

Price ex VAT £319
Price inc VAT £383
Warranty 1yr on-site
Overall rating 5
Performance 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 5

Physical

Dimensions 260 x 175 x 11mm (WDH)
Weight 649g

Display

Primary keyboard On-screen
Screen size 10.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,920
Resolution screen vertical 1,200
Display type LCD
Panel technology LCD

Battery

Battery capacity 9,800mAh

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 1MHz
Integrated memory 32.0GB
RAM capacity 1.00GB

Camera

Camera megapixel rating 5.0mp
Focus type Autofocus
Built-in flash? no
Front-facing camera? yes
Video capture? yes

Other

WiFi standard 802.11n
Bluetooth support yes
Integrated GPS yes
HDMI output? yes

Software

Mobile operating system Android 4.0.4