Considering the state of the market for 7-inch tablets in late 2012, we find ourselves wondering what Acer must have been thinking with its Iconia Tab A110—that is, when it set the price at $249.99 list. The problem is, you can buy comparable (and in some ways, better) 7-inch Android slates, such as theGoogle Nexus 7 by Asus, for $199. Although we’ve always liked Acer’s tablets, the A110, in terms of overall performance and features, might be too little, too late—or, at least, too little for too much money.
When we say “better,” consider that the thinner, lighter Nexus 7, for example, comes with a higher-resolution and nicer-looking screen—clearly the most important feature in any tablet—than the A110, and it’s more comfortable to hold. In addition, audio reproduction sounds considerably better on the Nexus 7. If you’re looking for a small slate for playing movies, listening to music, and viewing photos, you’ll get a higher level of quality from the Asus model.
In addition, you can buy a Nexus 7 with 32GB of storage for the list price of this 8GB version of the A110, or the 16GB Nexus 7 for $199. (Alas, 8GB is the only capacity option that Acer offers on this model.) And, even though both slates run on Nvidia’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor, this Acer 7-incher didn’t perform nearly as well on some of our benchmark tests as the Nexus 7 did.
Still, the A110 comes with a few appealing features not found on the Nexus 7 and some other entry-level slates, such as an HDMI port for connecting it to HDTVs and other HD monitors. The A110 also has a MicroSD slot for expanding the onboard storage, which some competitors do not. One of our biggest complaints about the Nexus 7 (and Apple’s iPad, in all its shapes and sizes) is that neither provides a way to increase the internal storage.
Aside from the relatively low-resolution screen, the A110 also didn’t exhibit good battery endurance on our battery-rundown trial. Some other models built around the Tegra 3 processor, including the Google Nexus 7, delivered battery life three to six hours longer than the A110’s.
Overall, the Iconia Tab A110 is a good-enough tablet with lots of connectivity options. It’s well-built and has a fair-looking screen, even though the resolution is a bit low. That battery life is worrisome, though. Most users would find this a capable tablet, but several other entry-level models provide more value, especially for buyers looking for a tablet primarily for watching movies and consuming other media.
Read the entire review at Computer Shopper.