Acer’s new 7 inch tablet with a 1.2 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean software is now available for purchase. You can pick up and 8GB model from Amazon for $229.99.
Earlier this year that would have been a great price for this tablet. Today it’s a tougher sell.
This week Google eliminated its 8GB Nexus 7 tablet. Now the company charges $199 for a model with 16GB.
In other words, for less money, you get more storage than the Acer Iconia Tab A110. Google’s tablet also the same processor and a higher resolution display than Acer’s tablet (which has a 1024 x 600 pixel screen).
So why would anyone buy the Iconia Tab A110? Well, there are two good reasons:
- It has a microSD card slot.
- There’s a microHDMI port.
The Google Nexus 7 has neither of those things. For $199 you could pick up a B&N NOOK HD or Amazon Kindle Fire HD, but those tablets run highly customized versions of Android, while Acer’s new tablet runs the stock Android 4.1 operating system and includes the Google Play Store for apps, music, movies, and books.
Other specs include 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11n WiFi, and a 2MP front-facing camera.
I got one two weeks ago and am very pleased with it. I use the Astro viewer to browse the contents of the SD card and KingSoft Office to edit MS Office documents. A big plus of having SD card is easy transfers between my PC and the tablet.
In addition, I think that the 7″ format is a winner as I can hold it in one hand and type with the other.
Did linux distro work on it, full , not with android app ?
A microSD slot is hard to use in Android. I have not found any apps that let you use it for storage. You can’t tell Maps or Kindle (for example) to store their data on it.
Nothing difficult there. You plug it in and you’re good to go.
You keep the 8GB for your apps (if you need that much) and you use the µSD for videos, musics, photos, docs…
It’s even easier to use the µSD than plug your tablet to your PC/laptop via USB and make transfers.
As for this tablet, it’s still better value than the iPad Mini… Which says a lot about the latter…
On my device, I can’t tell the Kindle app NOT to use the SD card… (but then, perhaps its something odd about a Nook Color running CM7.2)
Even with the microSD card slot it’s a tough sell now that the 32GB Nexus 7 is only $20 more expensive, and has a better screen and GPS built-in.
Edit: One additional advantage of owning a Nexus that should not be overlooked — a much better chance of being upgraded to Key Lime Pie and beyond.
If they didn’t cheap out one the display this would be a solid buy but it looks like I will stick with my touchpad and nook color.
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