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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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Screen

Employing a 8.56 x 5.325 inch TFT LCD display, the Acer Iconia Tab manages to produce a bright and crisp image. With a capacitive surface, the screen itself serves as the main control interface, which is quite responsive for a tablet. As far as LCD screens go, that of the Acer Iconia Tab is one of the better ones on the market, so you shouldn't be disappointed here.

Front Image

Indoor & Outdoor Use

Because the Acer Iconia Tab uses an LCD display, it's going to have some issues should you take it out into direct sunlight. This all has to do with how the TFT LCD technology works: in order to make the image on the screen seen, it needs a strong backlight. However, if the ambient lighting is stronger than that of the backlighting (which is often the case when in direct sunlight, or anywhere brighter than a well-lit room), the picture does not come out that well, and is very difficult to see. Because of this, we typically see tablets with an LCD screen fall flat in this category unless they have an absurdly high peak brightness. Even then, these screens don't even sniff what a screen that doesn't need a backlight (eInk) can do, say, on the beach, or other bright lighting condition.

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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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