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Acer on Friday announced the first seven-inch tablets in its Iconia line -- the Iconia Tab A100 series. These devices run Android 3.2, a.k.a. "Honeycomb," and are available now in North America. There are two models in the Iconia Tab A100 family, with 8 GB and 16 GB of memory. They are priced at $330 and $350, respectively. These devices weigh less than a pound; however, the A100s still have a few rough edges, one being a relatively short battery life of about five hours.
I think Acer has developed a bad image as a cheap computer maker. I had a couple of Acer's laptop and both were fine in some regards and dreadful in other features. They always manage to cut corners in places that users notice the most! Apple on the other hand can sell products before they are even in the marketplace. Generally people just go wait in line to buy one. I have a iPad first generation and its a very fluid experience but it lacks basics like Flash and a card reader out of the box. That would hurt sales if a Acer was missing these important features. But does not seem to hurt iPad sales. We have to realize many people simply follow trends and right now owning a iPad or a iPhone is a trend. It really does not matter if they are the best product. They are the popular products.
I disagree with the author, whom seems to be somewhat "Applologetic". Ever hold one of those 10 inch tablets for more than a few hours, I have. In fact I've used both the Iphone and IPad, one is too small the other too big and bulky. BTW, Iím not sure if many folks will be carrying a Ipad in their pant pocket either. I will be buying the 7 inch A100 Acer in a few weeks. Battery life to short you say, I thought that was why they included a charger, five hours I can live with.
so it can only play 720p video for 4.5 hours - why the hell is that a bad thing? what kind of life do you lead that you _need_ to carry around 5 hours of movie watching with you?
this thing (and the tablet segment in general) exists to provide a richer connected/compute experience during the dead spots in Real Life (buses, waiting rooms, toilet). if you don't have a life and need an iPad to fill the time, well, you probably already know where to score a hit of Apple smack.
lots of vendors (including RIM) recognize that convenient-sized tablets and pocket-sized phones are synergistic, not in conflict. they'd all acknowledge that there's also a place for bigger devices, too