Acer Iconia Tab A700 Review and Gaming Performance

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Acer Iconia Tab A700 Review and Gaming PerformanceHi tablet gamers, welcome back to this site!

In the past few days, there are some Acer’s homemade tablets that i’ve been showcasing on this website. Interestingly, many of these Acer’s tablets are mostly Tegra-powered tablets.

It’s actually quite surprising for me personally because i know exactly that there is one Acer tablet that is packing a Tegra 3 and that is Acer Iconia Tab A110, which i’ve known for almost 2 years if i’m not mistaken, to be exact, after the first-gen Google Nexus 7 made its first debut.

Actually, the reason why i keep remembering this Acer A110 in my head is because this tablet is also sporting the same Tegra 3 just like on Google’s tablet, which was one of my favorite mobile processors 2 years ago.

Besides that Acer’s A110, there is also another Acer’s tablet that is sporting NVIDIA’s homemade chipset, which i just showed you earlier.

And that was Acer Iconia Tab A500, an Android tablet sporting the Tegra 2, which is quite surprising given that this “outdated” processor is tasked to deliver its power to a huge 10.1-inch display with impressive 720p resolution.

Today, i have another interesting tablet from Acer that also is packing an NVIDIA’s mobile processor, Tegra 3.

This one is called Acer Iconia Tab A700, another huge 10.1-inch tablet sporting the high-resolution1080p resolution.

Well, if you’re interested to know more about this device, especially its gaming performance, then here you go, my personal review of Acer Iconia Tab A700.

Introduction

In tablet market, there are not many Acer’s tablets that you can find around the stores right now.

You probably will, but it’s just pretty rare to find any of Acer’s tablets, even in many emerging markets, given that more and more Chinese homemade tablets are just spreading out like crazy on the market.

And the fact that Samsung’s tablets are the most popular tablets in many countries, then it’s just make it harder for us to find any Acer’s tablets around the stores.

In my country, which is a developed one in Asia, i know that Acer Iconia B1 is sold here and it’s insanely cheap, below $100 if i’m not mistaken.

However, despite being rare-to-find tablets, it’s actually quite surprising for me to see that there are some Acer’s tablets that are impressive and in fact, worth recommending to many of you guys here, of course, if you’re looking for a cheap low-range budget tablet with good performance.

For examples are Acer Iconia Tab A500, Acer Iconia Tab A110 and the one that i’m about to show you guys here, Acer Iconia Tab A700.

These 3 tablets are powered by NVIDIA Tegra processors by the way, with Acer Iconia Tab A500 taking the Tegra 2 treatment, while the other 2 get the Tegra 3.

Just like the tablet that i just showed you earlier, this Acer Iconia Tab A700 is also packing a 10.1-inch display.

What makes it more impressive is that the display of this tablet is sporting the 1080p resolution or 1920x1200 pixels, which is quite surprising given that Acer’s tablets mostly, are mid to low-range tablets, aimed at budget tablet shoppers.

But seeing that there is one Acer’s tablet (probably more, stay tuned on this website) that is sporting the 1080p resolution display, it really impresses me a lot because i never expected this company to make any impressive mid to high-end tablets in the beginning.

But thanks to this tablet, i fell enlightened. Acer is definitely becoming a more serious challenger for other big names in tablet market in the near future.

Design

When it comes to design, actually there is nothing special about this tablet because it just looks so generic with other tablets out there, with thick bezels all over the front side, small rounded corners and a really bulky feel.

So there are no unique footprint and distinctive design on this tablet. Even so, this Acer’s tablet is still a pretty decent looking tablet.

It may not have that premium and elegant feel just like on the iPad Air or LG G Pad 8.3, but still, this tablet looks good for a new comer.

The story is little bit different on the back side though.

Acer Iconia Tab A700 Review and Gaming Performance

Just like on other Acer Iconia tablets that i just showed you earlier, like Acer Iconia Tab A511 or Acer Iconia Tab A500, there is some cool brushed aluminum finish on the back, making it look more premium and feel nice when held in hands.

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  • Released 2012, August
  • 10.1 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 pixels, (~224 ppi pixel density)
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • ULP GeForce GPU
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core 1.3 GHz CPU
  • Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, LED flash
  • MicroSD Card slot, up to 32 GB
  • 16/32/64 GB Internal storage,
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • No Radio
  • No SIM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • GPS
  • Java
  • HDMI port
  • Li-Ion 9800 mAh power battery
  • Up to 10 h Talk time
Acer Iconia Tab A700 comes with some great high-end quality specs on it, like a 10.1-inch display sporting the resolution of 1080p or 1920x1200 pixels, a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP camera on the back with LED flash, a staggering 9800mAh power battery, microSD card slot for up to 32GB, HDMI port and a bunch of other standard features like Bluetooth, Java, GPS and more.

If we look at the whole spec sheet of this tablet, I think it’s clear that this Acer’s tablet is definitely a mid-end tablet.

Its hardware, Tegra 3, is so last year, but the other goodies like a sharp 1080p display, a 5MP rear-facing camera and LED flash, plus other complements and content-rich features on this tablet, have turned this tablet into a mid-end tablet.

Screen

One of the main selling points of this tablet is no other than its sharp 1080p display.

With the high-resolution 1920x1200 pixels on a pretty huge 10.1-inch display, everything that you throw on the screen will look insanely sharp and crisp on this tablet.

Enjoying movies, books, magazines, web pages or even games will be so much even better on this display given that it looks really sharp and it’s screen real estate is just so satisfying to users.

However, there is a downside of having this full HD display.

Acer Iconia Tab A700 is packing a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. And as we all know already, this mobile chip is considered as “last year” given that the next-gen Tegra 4 is just way more powerful by miles than Tegra 3, especially given its staggering 72-core GPU compared to the 12-core GPU on Tegra 3.

So with that being said, then the performance of this tablet will not be as fast as other Tegra 3 tablets with 720p display, like the first-gen Google Nexus 7 or Acer Iconia Tab A511, which i just showed you earlier.

So when sliding the screen, using live wallpaper or multitasking many apps at the same time, there are probably some noticeable lags or stutters on the screen.

Even so, i still believe Acer has made some tweaks here and there in order to make the “last year” Tegra 3 inside this tablet perform consistently fast and smooth for doing daily tasks, even in full HD screen.

Features

As an Acer’s tablet, there are some cool features that you can find on this tablet, which probably are not available on other Android tablets out there.

Acer Iconia Tab A700 comes pre-installed with some cool features, like shortcut apps on the lockscreen key, photo browser 3D, cool 3D-alike carousel effect on the video player, awesome camera User Interface and many more.

But some of my favorite features on this Acer’s tablet are definitely the shortcut apps on the lockscreen key and Photo Browser 3D.

I’ve already talked a lot about the shortcut apps on the lockscreen key, which allows you to put your favorite shortcuts (like gmail app, camera app, web browser, etc) on the lockscreen “key”.

So instead of just unlocking the screen, you’ll also be able to jump to your favorite app once the screen is unlocked.

The other cool feature is called Photo Browser 3D, which shows all of your photos that you have on this tablet, in the form of paper-alike book.

So your photos will be presented in 2 page book in landscape mode. And if you want to see other photos, you just need to slide the “paper” just like sliding the real paper when you read book.

Not to mention, you can also shake your tablet on right and left position in order to see the next or previous photo respectively, thanks to its gyro sensor.

User Interface

Just like any other regular Android tablets out there, Acer Iconia Tab A700 also comes with some standard UI with homescreen where you’re able to put your favorite widgets, apps or shortcuts.

The great thing about this Acer’s tablet is that, this Acer Iconia Tab A700 also has a wide variety cool features and User Interface here and there on many of its pre-loaded apps, like video player, music player, photo browser and many more.

So you’ll get more on this tablet that you can’t find on other stock UI of Android OS.

Performance

When it comes to its hardware, Acer Iconia Tab A700 definitely can deliver a fast and smooth performance to the users.

Thanks to its powerful quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU, the experience of using this tablet is really pleasingly fast.

However, given that this Acer’s tablet is packing a high-resolution 1080p display, then its hardware will be given with much heavier task because there are many pixels that must be executed by its Tegra 3 before showing them all to the screen.

So the overall performance of this tablet might not be as fast and smooth as other Tegra 3 tablets with a medium 720p display, like the first-gen Google Nexus 7 or the tablet that i just showed you earlier, Acer Iconia Tab A511.

But the performance of this tablet is still fast and smooth though, especially for doing daily tasks, like for watching HD movies, reading books or magazines, browsing the web, checking emails, sliding the screen, using live wallpaper or playing games.

However, there will be some noticeable lags here and there on the screen.

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One of the best things of having Tegra 3 inside is that, your tablet will be a good gaming tablet, if not the best.

And that’s for sure. Acer Iconia Tab A700 comes with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocked at 1.3GHz per core, 1GB of RAM and 12-core GeForce ULP GPU.

With this type of specs, you can play any games on Google Play Store, even the most graphically demanding ones like Modern Combat 4, Asphalt 7: Heat, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Dead Trigger 1, ShadowGun, Horn, N.O.V.A 3 or GTA Vice City, all in buttery smooth performance and the most importantly, in full graphics.

However, given that this tablet is sporting a 1080p resolution on its 10.1-inch display, i’m not really sure if this tablet is able to run smooth and fast when running the games just like other Tegra 3 tablets with a rather medium-resolution 720p display, like Google Nexus 7 or the tablet that i just showed you earlier, Acer Iconia Tab A511, a 10.1-inch tablet with 720p resolution.

So probably, for the most graphics intense games like GTA Vice City or Modern Combat, there must be some tweaks that you should make on the graphics setting if you want these games to run perfectly and smoothly on this tablet.

When faced with the latest most graphically demanding games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas, without a doubt this tablet will struggle really bad to bring its best performance given that these 2 games are just heavy-performing games, with recent graphics engine and technology, plus more sophisticated visual effects.

Thankfully, these games provide the setting to adjust the graphics according to the hardware of your tablet.

So you’re probably in luck when playing these games.

But i can’t guarantee these games will run smoothly though on this tablet, even in the low graphics setting, especially given that it's packing a high-resolution 1080p display.

But overall, yeah, Acer Iconia Tab A700 is still a decent gaming tablet, but not great.

You may not be able to run the latest games released in 2013 so smoothly in full graphics, but you’re probably still able to play them in low graphics setting.

And if you want to play much better looking games, this tablet has you covered.

Thanks to the Tegra Zone, you’re able to browse plenty of games that are well-optimized for the 12-core GPU inside this tablet.

So games will have more detailed graphics, more particles and more visual effects than any other non-Tegra tablets out there.



Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Acer Iconia Tab A700, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

It’s good to know that this Acer’s tablet is packing a 5MP camera on the back.

It may not have the same exact great quality just like the camera on iPad or Samsung GALAXY flagship tablets, but still, having a 5MP camera on any tablet should be appreciated, right?

Besides, even though the video and photo quality is not something to write home about, the results are still worth bragging to your fellas on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook accounts.

The great thing on the camera of this tablet is that, it also comes with LED flash, meaning that you’re able to take some great shots even at night in low-light condition.

Battery Life

Interestingly, just like the other Acer’s tablet that i just showed you earlier, Acer Iconia Tab A511, this Acer Iconia Tab A700 is also powered by a whopping 9800mAh power battery.

This battery capacity is actually the biggest power battery on today’s tablet market, even higher than the 8220mAh battery on Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 or 9000mAh power battery inside the Google Nexus 10 made by Samsung or Lenovo Yoga 10 Tablet.

Practically, with this huge power battery, you’re able to use this tablet for more than 2 days or even 3 days the longest.

However, given that this tablet is sporting a 1080p display, not the lower-resolution 720p display, then the battery life would probably be drained much faster than if it used 720p display.

So with that being said, then you can expect this tablet to last about 2 days in heavy usage or more than 2 days.

But if you’re gonna use this tablet for doing some heavy intense tasks without resting the screen, like watching HD movies in marathon or playing games in the row, then the battery life of this tablet could probably survive around 1 solid day day in one full charge, which is still considered as great though for today’s standard.

Battery life is definitely one of the strongest points of this tablet, besides its sharp 1080p display and powerful performance.

My Personal Opinions

So in my conclusion, i personally like Acer Iconia Tab A700, and a LOT. Even though this tablet is only powered by Tegra 3 processor, which is so last year, there are many things about this tablet that still make it worth buying tablet.

Besides, Tegra 3 quad-core processor is actually still a powerful processor though, it’s just not as powerful as the next-gen Tegra 4, which is just way insanely powerful than Tegra 3, especially given its 72-core GPU compared to the “only” 12-core GPU on Tegra 3.

However, other than that, this tablet is still a pretty decent tablet, especially in its class.

The best things that you can get on this tablet are:
  • its sharp 1080p resolution on a pretty huge 10.1-inch display,
  • its rich-content features,
  • its good gaming performance,
  • its fast and smooth experience (thanks to its Tegra 3 processor),
  • its 5MP camera and its LED flash,
  • its huge 9800mAh power battery
  • and pretty much everything on this tablet is just great.
And the fact that this tablet also features HDMI port and microSD card slot, really make this tablet a much better choice than Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire 7 HDX that just don’t have these 2 elements (and Kindle Fire also doesn’t have rear-facing camera).

So yeah, Acer Iconia Tab A700 is definitely a good choice for a 10.1-inch tablet.
  • It has a sharp 1080p display (which is today’s standard of 10.1-inch tablets),
  • it has powerful processor (but not the best),
  • it has a wide variety of features compared to other Android tablets,
  • it has long lasting battery life
  • and it’s great as a media-consumption device.

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