Acer Iconia Tab A100 Review and Gaming Performance

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Published on February 23, 2014 | 0 comments
Acer Iconia Tab A100 Review and Gaming PerformanceHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Earlier, i’ve just showed you 2 of Acer awesome tablets under the name Acer Iconia Tab A110 and A101, 2 of Tegra tablets which i thought would be good for gaming, of course, if not great.

The reason to believe why these 2 tablets would be good for gaming is definitely because they both have some powerful processors inside, with Acer Iconia Tab A110 getting a Tegra 3 quad-core processor, while Acer Iconia Tab A101 powered by NVIDIA’s older Tegra 2 dual-core SoC.

However, as for Acer Iconia Tab A110, despite having a powerful chipset that allows it to do high-performing gaming, i also thought that this Acer’s tablet was not a great gaming tablet given that it had a horrible battery life, especially for doing high intense tasks.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 benchmarks and gaming performance

On the other hand, as for Acer Iconia Tab A101, despite using the NVIDIA’s old chipset, Tegra 2 dual-core, which is so outdated for today’s standards, i still thought that this tablet would be a good gaming tablet given its great battery life.

And we all know that battery life is one of the most important things that makes tablet a great gaming device, besides its processor, graphics chipset or screen resolution.

Anyway, today, i have one other tablet from Acer that also falls in the same category as Acer Iconia Tab A101.

This is actually the predecessor of that tablet.

It’s called Acer Iconia Tab A100, a 7-inch Android tablet sporting the Tegra 2 dual-core processor and a rather low-resolution 1024x600 display.

Well, if you’re interested to get to know with this tablet, then here you go, my personal review of Acer Iconia Tab A100.

Introduction

If Acer Iconia Tab A101 comes with 3G connectivity support, then Acer Iconia Tab A100 is, on the other hand, doesn’t come with with cellular connectivity and only uses WiFi to connect to the internet world.

However, specs-wise, these both tablets are actually packing the same exact type of specs, from a 7-inch display sporting the same 1024x600 pixel resolution, the same dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera on the back and 2MP on the front, the same 1530mAh battery, the same Honeycomb software, and they even look just the same one to another.

The reason why i’m impressed (and you should too) with this tablet is because Acer Iconia Tab A100 could probably be one of the great gaming tablets at low-cost.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 Review and Gaming PerformanceI know that there are many great budget tablets that are also great for playing games, like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013 editions), Kindle Fire HDX or HD or HP Slate 7 Plus, all in the price range around $130 - $229.

However, if you manage to snatch this Acer Iconia Tab A100 at even lower cost than those “much better gaming tablets” above, then you’ll make no mistake if you’re getting this tablet.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 has a cool design, a pretty good 7-inch 1024x600 pixel display (which is great because it can deliver fast performance without consuming too much energy, thus making it last longer in heavy usage), a good 5MP rear-facing camera (which can’t be found on the 1st-gen Google Nexus 7, even Kindle Fire HDX 7 or other budget 7-inch tablets out there), a microSD card (again, can’t be found on Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX), and the most importantly, better features that most of stock Android OS don’t have.

And if you want to get the Acer Iconia Tab A100 model with SIM cellular support, then you can snatch Acer Iconia Tab A101 instead.

So with that being said, then it’s really obvious that Acer Iconia Tab A100 can be a great quality tablet even compared to its rivals.

Besides, with “only” Tegra 2 dual-core chipset, 1GB of RAM, GeForce GPU and a rather-low 1024x600 pixel display, Acer Iconia Tab A100 is still capable in handling most of the games, even the most graphics intense games on Google Play Store in buttery smooth performance and full graphics, which i’m about to show you later in this review.

Even though most of latest games released in 2013 may suffer when run on this device, you’re still able to find the low-graphics versions of the games through Google Play Store.

And the great thing about this tablet is that, thanks to its Tegra 2 and low-resolution display, Acer Iconia Tab A100 can deliver a smooth performance and a great battery life, making it a more reliable gaming tablet.

But the question still remains the same, with all of these goodies and strengths compared to other 7-inch rivals, does Acer Iconia Tab A100 have all what it takes to compete with other competitors?

Well, we’re about to find out about that in this review.

So you should stick around.

Design

On the design sector, Acer Iconia Tab A100 looks kind of sophisticated and elegant.

Despite not using a premium material, this tablet actually has a much cooler looking design, compared to other regular Android tablets that mostly look so generic with standard bezels, rounded corners and plastic matte finish on the back.

I personally like the design of this tablet.

I like how it has some specific curve shape around the corners, not rounded corners, and the ports on the top and bottom positions of this tablet make this tablet look even more elegant.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 Review and Gaming Performance

I think if this tablet was packing the latest hardware specs on the current tablet market (like Tegra 4, 720p display, etc), then this tablet could probably be one of the best Android tablets out there.

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  • No SIM
  • Released 2011, April
  • Weight 450 g
  • Dimensions 195 x 117 x 13.1 mm
  • 7.0 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, 600 x 1024 pixels, (~170 ppi pixel density)
  • Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 Chipset
  • ULP GeForce GPU
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Android OS 3.0 Honeycomb, 3.2, upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Acer UI
  • 5 MP rear-facing camera, LED flash, capable to take 720p@30fps videos
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 32 GB
  • 8/16 GB Internal storage
  • Dolby mobile sound enhancement
  • No GPRS
  • No EDGE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth
  • USB
  • HDMI port
  • No Radio
  • GPS
  • Java MIDP emulator
  • Non-removable Li-Po 1530 mAh battery
The overall specs of Acer Iconia Tab A100 are actually the same ones found on its sequel, Acer Iconia Tab A101.

However, Acer Iconia Tab A100 doesn’t have 3G cellular support, while Acer Iconia Tab A101 has it.

But overall, this tablet shares the same exact specs just like its sibling, from the same 7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x600 pixels, a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, GeForce ULP GPU, 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot, Android 3.0 Honeycomb pre-installed (which can be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich), 1530mAh battery and many more.

Screen

Similar just like its sibling (Acer Iconia Tab A101), this Acer Iconia Tab A100 also comes with the same exact 7-inch display sporting the resolution of 1024x600 pixels.

This display is actually the same one even on the latest-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab 3.

So Acer Iconia Tab A100 definitely still deserves to be positioned on the current tablet market, of course in low-end category.

However, despite using a low-resolution screen, it’s actually good for this tablet because Acer Iconia Tab A100 is packing a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, which is not that power hungry, compared to other quad-core processors out there.

So by using this low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, the whole performance of this tablet will be much faster and smoother, plus its battery life could last much even longer given that its screen doesn’t “ask” too much power from its Tegra 2 processor, thus making this processor capable to deliver its best performance in daily tasks without consuming too many energy from its battery, especially since its battery is really small (1530mAh).

With that being said, then having a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display with dual-core Tegra 2 processor is a perfect match for this tablet.

User Interface

The UI of this tablet is actually not very far different with other Acer Iconia tablets that come with Acer UI out of the box.

So there will be some standard Android homescreen, standard notification windows, standard navigation keys, standard app drawer and many other similar things on other Acer Iconia tablets.

However, the great things about this Acer UI are definitely its rich-content features and awesome visual effect or presentation all over its pre-loaded apps.

Features

Some of my favorite features found on this tablet, actually along with other Acer Iconia tablets as well, are Photo Browser 3D, app shortcut on lockscreen key, cool 3D-alike carousel effect on music player and categorized apps.

And given that most of these features have been explained a lot in my previous reviews of Acer Iconia tablets, then you can check out some of these features in my older posts.

But if you’re lazy to do that, then i will give you heads up about 2 of my favorite features on this tablet.

The first one is the app shortcut on lockscreen key, which is actually a feature that lets users set their favorite apps on the lockscreen “key”.

If you press and hold the “lockscreen key”, there will be a circle ring UI being shown to the screen, filled with your favorite app shortcuts, like web browser, Gmail, camera, and many more.

So if when you unlock the screen, instead of just unlocking the screen, the tablet will automatically open the app that you wished to open.

The second cool feature on this tablet is Photo Browser 3D, which is actually similar with photo gallery.

However, on this app, all of your photos will be presented on the 2-page photo album.

And if you want to see your next or previous photos, you can just swap the screen to the left or right, or you can also use the gyroscope on this tablet by lifting up on the right or left positions in order to see the next or previous photos respectively.

Performance

On the performance sector, Acer Iconia Tab A100 is blazing fast, thanks to its powerful dual-core Tegra 2 processor and rather low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display.

However, given that this tablet comes pre-installed with Acer UI, which is a bit heavy and full of features plus visual effect presentation, then its performance might not be as fast as other Tegra 2 tablets with stock Android OS.

The good thing is, Acer Iconia Tab A100 is only packing a low-resolution display (1024x600), and this is considered as really low, therefore, its Tegra 2 dual-core might not have too many troubles in delivering its great and smooth performance on this tablet.

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As a tablet, Acer Iconia Tab A100 can still be considered as a pretty good gaming tablet, if not great.

Thanks to its Tegra 2 dual-core processor, accompanied with 1GB of RAM and ULP GeForce GPU, this tablet is more than capable to run any kind of games on Google Play Store in buttery smooth performance and full graphics.

Even the most graphically demanding games like Asphalt (5, 6, 7), Modern Combat (1, 2, 3), Gangstar Miami Vindication, N.O.V.A (1, 2, 3), Gangstar Rio, Need for Speed (SHIFT or Undercover), Shadowgun or PES 2012, all can still run perfectly fine and the most importantly, in high graphics setting, which are 2 most important ingredients that make tablet a great gaming tablet, of course, besides strong and long lasting battery life, plus great touch response on its screen.

However, as for N.O.V.A 3, i’m not really sure if this game can run in full graphics or not. Yes – this game will work great on this tablet (because i’ve already seen it on YouTube).

But as for now, i still can’t guarantee if this tablet is capable to run the game in full graphics, with visual effects as well (but i’ll let you know once i’ve found out about that for sure).

Anyway, seeing how this tablet is strong enough to run the most graphics intense games like Modern Combat 3, Gangstar Rio, Asphalt 7: Heat and ShadowGun, then i’m a bit positive that the Tegra 2 dual-core processor inside this tablet is also more than capable to handle games such as: Dead Trigger or other high performing games released in 2012, all in smooth performance and high graphics.

Besides, I personally think that Tegra 2 dual-core chipset and its ULP GeForce GPU are actually already super powerful, especially for playing games.

This chipset may not be as impressive as Tegra 3 quad-core processor, let alone the “real beast” Tegra 4, that are just way more powerful than the “outdated” Tegra 2.

But still, when Tegra 2 made its debut a few years ago, this chipset was considered as the most powerful processor on the market given that Tegra 2 was the world's first “dual-core” processor on smartphone and tablet market.

So i believe this is already enough to prove how superior this chipset really is and you just can’t underestimate this processor, despite being “outdated” for today’s standards.

The great thing about this tablet is that, still related to its gaming performance, Acer Iconia Tab A100 is only packing a rather low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, which doesn’t give too much burden to its Tegra 2 processor when delivering its performance to the tablet.

Therefore, making the tablet run much faster and still last longer in battery life, because its processor will not consume too many energy from the battery that is only 1530mAh, which is really small but could still be a “perfect match” with the processor and the low-resolution display.

Anyway guys, if you want to know more about the gaming performance of Acer Iconia Tab A100, including what games that will run on this tablet, check out my YouTube video playlist or Pinterest page. :)

Camera

If you’re a huge fan of tablet photography, then your hobby will be accommodated very well on this tablet.

And that’s thanks to the 5MP camera on the back and 2MP camera on the front, which are really nice given that tablet photography has been on the rise in the past few years.

Now many people are not shy anymore to take photos or videos with their tablets in front of the crowd (even if that makes them look like dorks :D).

So if you happen to love taking photos or videos in your spare time, there is a 5MP rear-facing camera on this tablet that is able to take 720p videos and it also has LED flash, making sure that you can still capture your best moments even in low light situation, which is nice.

However, given that this tablet falls in low-end category, then you can’t expect the camera from this tablet to be as great as other high-end models, like say, iPad or Samsung GALAXY Note 10 or Sony Xperia Tablet.

But still, having a 5MP rear-facing camera on a tablet must be appreciated, right?

Who knows, maybe the camera on this tablet might come in handy in case someday you forgot to bring your digital camera or your smartphone at your disposal.

Battery Life

In terms of battery life, Acer Iconia Tab A100 can be considered as average.

It’s not going to be bad but it’s also not going to be that powerful. Acer Iconia Tab A100 is only packing a rather small 1530mAh power battery, which is really small for today’s tablet market.

The good news is, Tegra 2 dual-core processor inside this tablet is not that power hungry, plus this tablet only sport a low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display, which will not give too much burden to the chipset when operating this tablet.

So as a result, you probably could use this tablet in one pretty solid one day in one full charge.

However, if you’re going to use this tablet in heavy mixed usage, like watching movies, browsing the web, listening to music activating the WiFi all the time, then you can only expect to see this tablet last probably around 6 to 7 hours.

And this battery life could drain much even faster if you’re using this tablet in heavy intense usage without resting the screen, like watching movies in marathon or playing games in the row.

It probably could only last around 4 to 5 hours, which is pretty average for a tablet.

As comparisons, there is one other Acer tablet called Acer Iconia Tab A500.

This tablet is packing the same dual-core Tegra 2 processor, an HD 1280x800 pixel display and 3260mAh battery, as opposed to the low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display and 1530mAh battery.

And impressively, that Acer A500 has a great battery life, lasting almost 2 days in heavy usage.

So if Acer Tab A500 could last that long with much higher display and bigger battery, then you can also expect the same thing on Acer Iconia A100, although it might not last that long just like Acer A500.

My Personal Opinions

So in conclusion, despite being a low-end budget tablet, i still personally think that Acer Iconia Tab A100 is a pretty good tablet, even as a media-consumption device.

It may not stack up against other current rivals across the market, like Tegra Note 7, HP Slate 7 Extreme, Google Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HDX 7.

But if you manage to snatch this tablet at low price point, probably around $100, then you’re still making a good deal. It has 5MP rear-facing camera, pretty good display (but not great), solid performance, good gaming capability, powerful processor, awesome design and the most importantly, it’s great for enjoying any contents like movies, tv series, music, books, magazines, apps, games and many more.

However, there are some downsides if you decide to getting this tablet. Firstly, it is only packing a really small 1530mAh power battery, which is too small for today’s standards, even for tablets in general.

The other weakness on this tablet is definitely its low-resolution display, which is considered as outdated for today’s 7-inch tablet market that already migrate to the 720p even 1080p display (probably 2.5k this year).

The good thing is, this tablet is only powered by Tegra 2 dual-core processor, which is not power hungry, therefore, that low-resolution display really helps a lot in making this tablet last much longer even in heavy usage.

So despite using a small 1530mAh power battery, this tablet will still be able to last longer given that its low-resolution display and processor don’t consume too many energy on its battery.

With that being said, then having a small battery capacity and low-resolution is actually great for the tablet.

It can still deliver a fast and smooth performance without consuming too much energy, thus making the tablet a great media-consumption or gaming device, given its fast processor and great battery life.

Acer Iconia Tab A100 definitely doesn’t have what it takes to compete on today’s 7-inch tablet market, especially in mid-end category, let alone high-end market.

But if you snatch this tablet at low price point, probably around $120, then you just made a great deal.

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