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A full HD display can't make up for this tablet's glitchy performance

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In many ways, the new Iconia Tab A700 continues Acer's tablet legacy, with a lightly (and attractively) skinned version of Android, a less-than-thin design and middling battery life. In other ways, this device improves on past products: Rather than the standard 1,280 x 800 resolution, you get a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display, and audio quality is nothing to sniff at.

Though that HD panel is pretty sweet, it's not the best out there. For $50 more, ASUS' 10-inch Transformer Pad Infinity TF700 offers a display with the same resolution -- plus wider viewing angles and better outdoor visibility thanks to IPS technology. That tablet also boasts a thinner, lighter design and longer battery life. And performance-wise, you'll suffer fewer glitches on the TF700 than on Acer's slate, which stuttered, hung and even crashed more than a few times during our testing period. In short, while the A700 has a high-res panel and a clean ICS build in its favor, it's not quite the best 10-inch Android tablet out there.

Critic reviews

7.0
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    8.3
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Ease of use
    7.0
  • Storage capacity
    10
  • Design and form factor
    6.8
  • Portability (size / weight)
    6.7
  • Durability
    8.0

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7.0
Engadget Jun 26, 2012

In short, while the A700 has a high-res panel and a clean ICS build in its favor, it's not quite the best 10-inch Android tablet out there.

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7.0
PC Mag Jun 28, 2012

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is a good midrange 10-inch Android tablet with an above-average screen, but it lags behind other high-resolution-display tablets.

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7.0
CNET Jul 2, 2012

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 overreaches with its high-res screen and is ultimately outclassed by tablets that offer better experiences for the money.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 28, 2012

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 sports a high-def display and 8 hours of battery life, but it runs hot and is a little chunkier than the competition.

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8.0
SlashGear Jun 25, 2012

You’ve got the most advanced options in an Android tablet included here, and Acer’s unique vision for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will not leave you wanting for multi-tasking and for standing out in the software crowd.

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7.0
TrustedReviews Nov 14, 2012

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is a competent tablet that shows off what Android can do well, but in some key respects it feels like a test run at a top-end tablet rather than the real deal.

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6.0
Android Police Jul 9, 2012

It's simply OK. The choppy performance leaves a lot to be desired... Otherwise, it has a stellar display, an ample amount of storage, and enough soft mods to make the tablet very easy and practical to use.

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7.0
PocketNow Aug 2, 2012

The A700 feels like an ambitious device that maybe was released a little too early. With some more time spent finalizing engineering issues, perhaps some of those hardware problems we spoke of could have been adequately addressed.

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4.0
MobileBurn Aug 9, 2012

The Acer Iconia Tab A700 is an appropriate upgrade to Acer's earlier efforts, but it doesn't really go far enough to make it a viable choice for new tablet buyers.

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