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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

As far as device hardware goes, these two tablets are very different according to current market standards. Though they both have the dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 processor, they have differing types of RAM, allowing the Acer Iconia Tab to be marginally faster at processing information than the Galaxy Tab 10.1. All that aside, however, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is much thinner, has higher performance in some key areas, and is also much lighter than the clunky Acer Iconia Tab.

Screen

The screens of each tablet get the job done, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1's screen falls behind a little bit in terms of color and contrast performance. You probably won't notice the difference, but it's there.

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Battery

Though the Galaxy Tab 10.1 currently does not sit atop the rankings for best battery, it still trounces the Acer Iconia Tab by offering far more battery life than the Acer tablet. If you consult our comparison tablet below, you can get a pretty good idea why the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is so much higher on our leaderboard.

eReader

As eReaders, it would be nigh-impossible to get any closer than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Acer Iconia Tab from a software standpoint, but how each device handles factors heavily into this one. The far lighter and thinner Galaxy Tab 10.1 is easier to handle for long periods of time, and does not cause the same fatigue that users of the Acer Iconia Tab often report.

Internet

As far as internet features go, these tablets are very similar if not identical. Both have access to the Android Market, though both come pre-loaded with different applications. We tend to prefer the Galaxy Tab here, as it does not come loaded up with several megs of bloatware and programs that you will scarcely use.

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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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