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Acer Iconia Tab Tablet Review

The bulky Iconia has a good screen, but bad battery life may give some consumers pause.

October 14, 2011
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Controls

There are very few physical controls on the Acer Iconia Tab. Outside of the power button, a slide to lock the screen, and a volume button, there are no other buttons you can use to operate your shiny new Acer Iconia Tab. This is fairly typical of the high-end tablets, we've found, so this doesn't really knock its score much at all.

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Once the tablet is turned on and loaded, the vast majority of the controls you will need to use are on the screen, very well marked and easily operable through the capacitive screen. Users familiar with the Android 3 operating system will notice that most of the controls are very much identical, save for a few additional menus.

Connectivity

Perhaps one of the best things about the Acer Iconia Tab is that it's great in terms of connectivity options. Its onboard 802.11/n wireless card allows you the fastest available downloads you can get on a tablet (to this date), and its added Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity is a huge plus when taking this thing on the go.

On top of its wireless connectivity options, you can also hook your tablet into your HDMI-capable TV set. Granted, it can only output a 720p signal, but it's still very cool to be able to subject your relatives to painfully-long videos you took on vacation in high-def. In addition, if you ever find yourself wanting for a physical keyboard, the full USB port on the side allows you to hook up most peripheral accessories that you may want to aid in your operation of the tablet. It probably just amounts to a clunkier operation of the Acer Iconia Tab, but it's nice to know that the capability exists if you really, really want that sort of thing.

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Battery Life

To put it bluntly, the battery life of the Acer Iconia Tab is mediocre at best, disappointing at worst. While it's not as bad as say, the Dell Streak 7, having a battery life fall at just over 5 hours is not quite enough to compete with the market leaders. While battery testing, we crank the backlight to maximum, and shut down all additional processes, including wireless. Because of this, your mileage may vary depending on what other settings you use, but if you like to surf the web, stream music or other media while performing the functions outlined here, you will see a dropoff in battery performance.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  11. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Comparison
  12. Dell Streak 7 Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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