Acer Iconia A110 Guns For Nexus 7by Jason Inofuentes on October 18, 2012 8:00 AM EST
Everyone's getting into the small tablet market, and with the success of Google's own Nexus 7, and Amazon's Kindle Fire, it's no surprise. The Iconia A110 fills that segment for Acer, but does it have what it takes to compete with the Nexus 7? At a high-level it matches up well. The venerable NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC makes an appearance, as does Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The A110 has an edge in connectivity and expandability with microUSB sitting alongside microSD and microHDMI. From there, though, things drop off a bit.
With just 8GB of NAND storage on-board, the out of the box value is a little diminished. Then there's the display, which might be stellar in person, but with just the specs to look at, the 1024x600 resolution is a let down. And then we have pricing. At $229.99 MSRP, the Iconia A110 is somewhat more expensive than the Nexus 7, and if rumors of a 32GB Nexus 7 SKU slotting in at the $249 price point are true, the 8GB A110 will face stiff competition. We'll find out how it fares on October 30th.
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piroroadkill - Thursday, October 18, 2012 - linkIt has a poor quality TN screen. Resolution aside, this makes it a bit shoddy.
Anonymous Blowhard - Thursday, October 18, 2012 - linkAgreed. Acer had a chance to throw in an easy one-up by adding microSD and HDMI output, and they pooched it with the screen.
guidryp - Thursday, October 18, 2012 - linkHow do you know it is a TN screen.
i agree that kills it if it is.
piroroadkill - Thursday, October 18, 2012 - linkBecause I know someone with one and looked at it myself. I'm not guessing. Poor viewing angles.
Patflute - Thursday, October 18, 2012 - linkWhy do you look at a tablet from the side?
mcnabney - Thursday, October 18, 2012 - linkMy kids share my Nexus 7 all the time. They would be pissed if they couldn't see what the other kids was doing.
piroroadkill - Friday, October 19, 2012 - linkSorry, but if you have a TN tablet, you'll realise it's more fundamental than that.
Just lying it down on a table and looking at it screws with the colour. It's tiring to always hold it at the correct angle. Top to bottom is often worse than side to side.
bupkus - Friday, October 19, 2012 - linkTo steal credit card numbers?
To watch free porn?
That's all I got.
guidryp - Monday, October 22, 2012 - linkDoesn't it say above that it isn't even out yet? So how could you know someone with one?
retrospooty - Thursday, October 18, 2012 - linkWTF? Compared to the Nexus 7
Lower quality screen (IPS vs TN)
Lower res screen
By the time this is out Google will have the 16gb for $199 and 32gb for $249
Acer has had many quality issues in the past.
Why would anyone in their right mind buy this over the Nexus 7? Another megafail by Acer.