The Iconia Tab A700 is a strange beast: it's stuffed with mightily impressive innards but they're wrapped in a dullard design
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – design
Indeed at first glance you'd think it was a cheap tab running some ancient Android OS. Compared to its rivals like the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity and the Toshiba AT300 it's also heavy and thick-set, although at 11mm, not exactly obese.
It might not be a looker, but the A700 is one of the most comfortable 10in tablets to hold in landscape mode thanks to its thicker sides and pleasantly textured back.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – specs
Build aside, it's got a quad-core Tegra 3 brain, impressive full HD display and Ice Cream Sandwich, making it one of the best-specced Androids out there. As we said, it's a strange beast.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – display
Fire the Iconia Tab A700 up and you'll be blown away by its 1920x1200 display. Viewed head on, it's fantastic with 1080p video content in particular looking superb. It's not unite up there with the Transformer Pad Infinity for viewing angles and brightness, but it's not far behind.
Hit the coloured dot at the bottom of the screen and the A700 will bring up the Acer ring, a nice UI tweak that shows recent web pages and shortcuts and also appears on the lockscreen.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – performance
Strangely, the Tab A700 didn't run as buttery smooth as we'd expected – with those extra pixels to push, the 1.3GHz Nvidia chip really gets a work-out and we encountered a few hiccups when gaming and using the 5MP camera.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – connectivity
The A700's SD slot is handy: a 1080p movie downloaded from a store such as Google Play will use up at least 3GB, so the 32GB of onboard storage will fill up fast.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – weight
If you're looking for a svelte addition to your manbag, look elsewhere. The A700 is pretty chunky and at 649g, a full 50g heavier than its rivals like the Toshiba AT300.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – speakers
The pair of Dolby-powered speakers at the bottom of the A700 are easily the best we've heard recently on an Android tablet. Given the Acer's equally great screen, it's a good choice for movie sessions.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – price and UK release date
The Tab A700 is Acer's top tablet right now, hence the £430 price tag for this 32GB edition.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review – verdict
Blips aside, you'll have no problem using the A700 for movies, working or browsing and it's well served with ports with microSD, microUSB and microHDMI. So if a good screen is your priority and your budget won't stretch to the Infinity it's your best option.
Acer Iconia Tab A700 review
Feast your eyes on its HD display rather than its bland design and the A700's a rather good tab