Latest Contender for Android Tablet Crown: Acer Iconia

Acer Tablet

At about the same time last year, couple of hotshot names such as Amazon chose to release its Kindlefire tablet to decent acclaim and has seen its share shoot up to 22% since last winter. Acer plays onto similar tactics right here in twenty12 and with a good price tag, the latest tablet to enter the Android dimension, the Acer Iconia A700, could be a decent sell itself.

Souped Up But No Android Jelly Bean

Featuring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a quad-core processor, the A700’s claim to fame is its new 1920 x 1200 pixel, full HD display. However, in that case, it should look familiar to anyone who has seen or used a 10-inch Android tablet before. The standard slate design measures 10.2in x 6.9in x 0.43in and weighs 1.47lbs.

The A700 is equipped with two cameras: a 5 megapixel unit on the rear and a 1 megapixel camera on the front. The camera interface is the stock Android 4.0 camera app, which offers quick access to zoom controls and a handful of settings. As a Wi-Fi-only device, the A700 lacks cellular connectivity options. In terms of processing, the A700 is powered by Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor paired with 1GB of RAM.

Android Tablet Market Heating Up

It’s a fact that won’t be replaced by another one anytime soon; the iPad dominates. Albeit, research consultancy Frank N. Magid Associates, which recently surveyed 4,734 cell phone and smartphone owners, roughly 50% of people currently own an iPad, down significantly from 72% at last count. The sheer fact that there is at least one new Android tablet coming in each quarter, fitting a plethora of budget and wallet-sizes, contributes to the share count ticking upwards. Moreover, with the Nexus 7 tablet coming in, it could add to the weight the Android market is heaving in to assert a growing dominance.

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