Acer Iconia Tab Tablet Review
The bulky Iconia has a good screen, but bad battery life may give some consumers pause.
It's worthy of note that the most recent iterations of tablets are very close to portable computers like netbooks or laptops in terms of their hardware, so it's unsurprising that successful computer companies would make their own entries into the tablet arena. What we found with the Acer Iconia Tab, however, is that some companies are much farther along at creating a polished, well-operating machine than others.
The first thing any user will notice about the Acer Iconia Tab is just how heavy and difficult it is to use over prolonged periods of time. Though the interface is just as good as any other Android tablet's is, the machine itself is a sleek-looking case of false promises. Despite how much computer Acer could have packed into that unreasonably heavy case, it falls short or performs about average in most areas. This is not a performance tablet. On the upside, if your forearms are a bit small, prolonged Iconia use may help you develop those muscles.
Without a strong battery or otherwise large positive benefit to the Iconia Tab's awkward size, it's quite hard to justify purchasing at full MSRP, when it is not a very portable model of a technology that is supposed to travel with you. Though the screen is decent enough, the battery is too anemic to last for a long flight, or even for much longer than a short one. Despite all this, the tablet offers one of the best user interfaces on the market, and will not seize up or crash like many of the cheaper tablets out there. There's nothing wrong with being an average tablet, it's just not great.
If you can find the Iconia Tab at a good price, and are undeterred by poor battery life, you could do a lot worse than to buy it. Still, for the gadget nerds out there who want the latest and greatest item, be advised that this isn't it. It merely does an okay job, which is more than enough for many consumers.
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