Apple released its second iPad refresh, the one that brought a
ridiculous 2048x1536 resolution to the 9.7” screen, it seemed
fairly logical to think that the Android market would quickly try to
match it. Indeed, this has been the case – and now it's
Acer's turn, having updated the older A500 Iconia Tab with a new
screen and some other enhancements. Behold - the Iconia Tab A700.
10.1” A700's claim to fame is a 1920x1200 screen resolution. That
doesn't quite match the aforementioned iPad, of course, but it's
still quite impressive in a world where most 10” tablets boast
1280x800 resolutions, and where most 15” laptops still pack
1366x768 pixels into their displays. Rounding off this screen upgrade
is a 1.3Ghz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB of DDR2 memory,
32GB worth of flash memory, a MicroSD card slot good for up to a 32GB
card, two tiny cameras (5-megapixel and 1-megapixel on the back and
front, respectively), 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 support, standalone
GPS, a Micro-HDMI video output and a standard headphone jack. All of
this hardware is tightly crammed into a case measuring less than half
an inch, and the whole thing weighs 1.47lbs. Not bad at all, I think.
Iconia Tab A700 comes in either a black or silver case, and the
price tag is USD $449.99 or less for either variation. Android 4.0 is
preloaded, of course. Those looking to watch 1080p videos on their
tablet or simply want a sharper screen would be wise to add the A700
to their list of devices to check out.