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It's been nine months -- nine months! -- since Acer first announced it was getting into the tablet game, with a promise of both 7- and 10-inch slates. Well, the 10-inch Iconia Tab A500 has been on the scene for months, but until now we've been tapping our feet impatiently waiting for the other tab to drop. Acer came out and said it wouldn't be here until the second half of the year, and meanwhile we'd heard rumors it would arrive in September and that it was delayed due to "Honeycomb compatibility issues".

Well, folks, dog years later it's finally here. Say hello to the Acer Iconia Tab A100, the company's first 7-inch tablet, and the first 7-inch tablet to run Android 3.2. Other than its OS, its specs are fairly run-of-the-mill: a Tegra 2 SoC, five- and two-megapixel cameras, and micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports. And rejoice, geeks, because that's vanilla Honeycomb loaded on there -- you won't find any custom skins or proprietary widgets clogging your home screens. As much promise as these vitals might have for nerds, though, Acer is clear the tablet is for mainstream consumers ("moms," among others, according to the press release). We're not sure how your mother would feel about the precious pattern on the back, but chances are she'd appreciate the bargain factor: the 8GB version costs $329.99 while the 16GB number rings in at a reasonable $349.99, undercutting the 16GB HTC Flyer by $150. We've been lucky to get some quality time with the A100 the past few days, and let's just say we're coming away with some mixed feelings. But do we like it enough that we feel this little guy was worth the wait? That's a toughie, guys.
http://www.engadget.com/2011/08/12/a...b-a100-review/
 
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Battery is sad lol, my dad's Atrix has a way bigger module at 1930 mAh.

And I see a home button. Apple lawsuit incoming.
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Too expensive :/

The viewing angles and battery life put it closer to a $200 tablet. $250 at the most. For $350 you'd expect at least SLCD or IPS.
    
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Too expensive :/

The viewing angles and battery life put it closer to a $200 tablet. $250 at the most. For $350 you'd expect at least SLCD or IPS.
Pay $399 and get a Transformer.... a way better system that has a keyboard expandability when you need a laptop.
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Yeah, price and battery life will probably get this thing ignored. I'd consider getting it if even the battery life were on-par with current 10 inch tablets. But at half...it's pretty sad.
    
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I would be very keen if someone churned out a reasonably priced 10" Ubuntu based tablet
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Too expensive :/

The viewing angles and battery life put it closer to a $200 tablet. $250 at the most. For $350 you'd expect at least SLCD or IPS.
Whats even funnier? Target will be selling the A500 for $300. Well, $399 + $100 giftcard. Still, cheaper than the A100 if you shop at target. You could probably even sell the giftcard and come out cheaper than the A100.

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I would be very keen if someone churned out a reasonably priced 10" Ubuntu based tablet
The transformer and I believe a few other Tabs can run Ubuntu for Arm.
    
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Battery is sad lol, my dad's Atrix has a way bigger module at 1930 mAh.

And I see a home button. Apple lawsuit incoming.
^this
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Polarizing design.

Someone explain to me about that... I seen other places use the term, but they all used it in positive light.
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