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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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Device & Specs

The physical differences between the Acer Iconia Tab and the Dell Streak 7 are readily apparent just by looking at each machine, but the performance differences are huge. Not only is the screen of the Acer Iconia Tab much better in almost every way, but the Streak 7 falls behind in battery performance as well. Some may like the added portability of the far smaller Streak 7, but there is a performance tradeoff.

Screen

The two tablets have very differently-sized screens even though both employ the use of the older TFT LCD display technology. Both are highly reflective, and both fall a bit short when compared to the market leaders. Though the Streak 7's smaller size affords it more portability, it does have an annoyingly low resolution, even for its size.

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Battery

The battery of the Acer Iconia Tab isn't anything special, but that of the Streak 7 is just downright awful. Easily one of the worst tablets we've reviewed to date in terms of battery life, this is not a tablet that will beat out the Acer Iconia Tab anytime soon, no matter how mediocre its score was.

eReader

Because both devices work with the same eReader software, this comparison will rely on the devices themselves, rather than a combination of unit and software. We've got to say, reading an eBook on the Acer Iconia Tab is a painful process that should be avoided if at all possible. Though the Dell Streak 7 is not an impressive tablet by any means, if you can keep your eReading sessions under 2 hours at a time, it's the better tablet. If not, you should probably try the Iconia, though you will suffer from arm fatigue. Neither machine is good for eReading.

Internet

Because there are different iterations of the Dell Streak 7, your user experience will depend heavily upon whether you get the Android 3 or 2.2 versions. The Acer Iconia Tab will have similar features to the Android 3 model, but far more than the 2.2. Both have access to the same Android Market, but the raw performance of the Acer completely leaves the Dell Streak 7 in the dust.

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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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