Published on August 12th, 2011 | by Ramon Trotman1
Acer Iconia A100 7 inch tablet
whoa, what do we have here? 7 inch tablets are much more usable for long periods in my opinion, and having one that looks like this is a plus. not to mention, starting at $320 that price tag is RIGHT! Here is what engadget had to say.
Who knew the long-awaited Acer Iconia Tab A100 would turn out to be such an odd bird? On the one hand, the press release specifically calls out moms as potential customers and indeed, the company caters to them with an unabashedly feminine design. And yet, it’s also a curiosity for geeks, given that it’s the first 7-inch tablet to run Android 3.2. We don’t mean to imply that there aren’t any lady geeks out there (you’re listening to one right now!), but soccer mamas and nerds make for an unlikely combination — is there really a whole lot of overlap there? As it is, we think the tablet might alienate both groups. Do mainstream users care if a tablet runs Android 3.2 as opposed to 3.1 or even 3.0? Are there many geeks jonesing for a design that so unsubtly panders to women? And does anyone want a device offering half the battery life of its competitors? We’re guessing not on all counts.
Acer simply isn’t doing a good enough job of convincing mainstream shoppers that the latest version of Honeycomb on a 7-inch tablet offers a better user experience than an iPad. And if Acer is banking on women choosing a 7-inch tablet just because they have tiny fingers, then that’s some misguided strategy too. People will choose the 7-inch form factor because it seems like the perfect balance between mobility and screen real estate, not because a 10-inch slate is too unwieldy. And if anything, we can more easily see a low-tech person picking up an HTC Flyer — yes, it runs Gingerbread with Sense, but that would at least ring familiar to folks who aren’t as gung-ho about their gadgets, but have at least mastered a smartphone.
Meanwhile, the company might have just burned a bridge with nerds who wouldn’t be caught dead toting anything whose pattern looks like fishnets — or that has sub-five-hour battery life, for that matter. Sure, it runs Android 3.2, but it won’t be long before other tablets get updated to this version of Honeycomb and start reaping the performance benefits. The A100 isn’t making a persuasive case for geeks either, then. And it’s a shame, because the company might have had more success if it went after that person — the enthusiast who has done his or her homework and decided 7 inches is the ideal size for a tablet. The person who can appreciate the value in having the latest version of Android. Acer should have gone after those people, and come up with more compelling reasons for them to bite.