Review Price £449.99
The Acer Iconia Tab A700 features two cameras. There's a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a HD-resolution video call camera on the front.
Acer has not put too much effort into making the main camera a star feature, though. It doesn't have a flash, and image quality is mediocre. There's purple fringing all over the place, there's no touch focusing and images tend to look a little glum. For casual shots it'll do just fine, but start flailing around with a 10-inch tablet at a party and all you'll end up with is ridicule or a broken tablet. Or both.
Video fares little better, with any remotely dark texture ended up speckled with purple. However, the Acer Iconia Tab A700 does capture video at up to 1080p resolution and lets you use the fun face-distorting video effects that were introduced with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. To be fair to the competition, though, these are only present because the tablet uses an entirely vanilla version of the Android camera app.
With a high-resolution, high-quality display, the Acer Iconia Tab A700 should make the perfect mobile cinema. It features its own video player app, on top of the standard Google one, which these days is largely a way to try and get you to rent films from Google Play.
The Iconia A700 video's app is a useful little number too. It doesn't offer any fancy features beyond simple video playback, but supports masses of video codecs and played virtually all of our test files without any glitches. There was only a brief glitch during the playback of a 42Mbps MKV file, but even then the general frame rate was perfect.
The Acer Iconia Tab A700 screen doesn't blow out the colours to the point of an unnatural look either. Play a high-quality HD movie through this tablet and it looks fantastic.
There's a stereo speaker array on the underside edge of the Acer Iconia Tab A700 too, where many tablets still use a mono speaker. Top volume isn't all that impressive but sound quality is well above average. It won't convince you that you're listening to anything but a teeny integrated speaker, but it's not the tinny, harsh noise that some tablets pump out either. It'll be perfect for watching a bit of telly in bed.
Music gets the same treatment as video within the Acer Iconia Tab A700, with a separate music player app. Impressively, its interface has been properly optimised for the tablet's size rather than feeling as if it has been simply stretched out from a smartphone version like so many media player apps. As we've seen elsewhere in the Acer Iconia A700, it has a slightly quirky visual style, but is a welcome addition.
We imagine the Acer Iconia Tab A700 tablet being used alongside a wireless (or wired) speaker or a pair of headphones rather than with the internal speaker. Like the camera feature, it doesn’t quite work in the standard context thanks to the lowly internal speakers.
Apple's iPad took a weight hit to keep the 10-hour stamina of its predecessors, but the Acer Iconia Tab A700 uses the same capacity battery as its lower-specced brother, the Iconia A510. The result is that battery life in the A700 isn't hugely impressive, thanks to the increased resolution of the tablet.
Set to light tasks at medium brightness, the Iconia A700 supplies "all-day" battery life, but set to playing a video on loop it'll last around eight hours. It's respectable, but not remarkable when compared to the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity's performance with the keyboard attached.
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. Its screen is impressive in most respect, but the design and the poor cameras make it feel like it doesn't quite belong at the top of the tree where it has set up shop.
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