Acer Iconia Tablet Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Taiwanese manufacturer Acer made an ambitious entry into the tablet field this year, introducing not one -- but four -- different tablet product lines that give buyers a choice between two different operating systems and two very different user experiences. See what you know about the Acer Iconia.

The Acer Iconia tablet is powered by what operating system?

Acer is one of the few manufacturers to give consumers a choice: The Iconia TAB A Series runs Android 3.0, while the TAB W series runs Windows 7.


If you choose the Android version of the Iconia tablet, how many different applications will you have to choose from?

One of the drawbacks of the Android operating system is that the 150 tablet-specific apps available in the Android Marketplace can't compare with the 65,000 available for iPad in the App Store.


How many Iconia tablets did Acer ship in 2011?

With 2.5 million tablets shipped in 2011, Acer surpassed the BlackBerry PlayBook and held its ground against Samsung, Motorola and other competitors.


What is Android Honeycomb?

Also known as Android 3.0, Honeycomb is an operating system designed specifically for tablet PCs. Honeycomb is an entirely new branch of the Android tree, not a mere upgrade of the Android 2.0 operating system that powers many smartphones.


How does the screen resolution of an Acer Iconia tablet compare with the screen resolution of an iPad?

With a screen size of 10.1 inches and a resolution of 1280 x 800, the Acer Iconia tablet beats the 9.7-inch, 1024 x 768 resolution iPad.


What feature of the Acer Iconia-6120 sets it apart from other tablet computers?

The Iconia-6120 is Acer's attempt to make dual touch screens a reality. The bottom screen can display a full virtual keyboard, bridging the gap between tablets and laptops.


How much does an Acer Iconia tablet cost?

With a 7-inch screen and 8 GB internal storage, the A100 is the cheapest Iconia tablet, priced around $330. The dual touch screen 6120 will set you back about $1,200, while the 10-inch Android and Windows tablets range from $450 to $619.


When was the Acer Iconia W500 tablet first available to the public?

Acer announced its Iconia tablet line in November 2010, but the first tablets, including the W500 and the A500, didn't hit the shelves until April 2011. The 7-inch A100 joined the party in August 2011.


How much does the 10-inch Acer Iconia A500 weigh?

At nearly 1.7 pounds, the Iconia weighs more than an iPad, but not by much. Its W Series counterpart is much heavier, weighing in at 3.48 pounds.


Which group of buyers was most excited about the ultra-sensitive gyro meter built into the Acer Iconia tablet?

The Acer Iconia's gyro meter makes the tablet super responsive to changes in position, helping accuracy and response time for even the most complex games.


True or False: One drawback of the Acer Iconia tablet line is that there's no way to access "offline" content or data.

The Acer Iconia tablet features between one and four USB or micro USB ports (depending on the model) and a microSD card slot, making it easy to read memory cards and access flash drives, USB media card readers and portable hard drives.


In terms of its size, features and capabilities, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is most comparable to which of these tablet devices?

Like the Motorola Xoom, the Iconia Tab A500 runs on the Android 3.0 operating system (Honeycomb) and has the same 10.1-inch screen size and 1280 x 800 resolution. The Iconia A500 is a little chunkier and heavier, but offers memory, speed and processing power comparable to the Xoom for about $150 less.


Reviewers have given the Acer Iconia Tab A500 generally good reviews, but many have wished for improvements to what aspect of the device?

Reviewers have generally praised the Acer Iconia as a solid tablet at an affordable price, but some have lamented weaknesses in Google's Android operating system, including its sometimes sluggish performance and its less-than-intuitive interface.


How many different versions of the Acer Iconia tablet are available as of August 2011?

There are four different tablets in the Iconia Tab A Series (the 7-inch A100 comes in an 8 GB or 16 GB version, while the 10.1-inch A500 comes in a 16 GB or 32 GB version), and two in the Iconia Tab W series (the W500 is available with Windows 7 Home or a Windows 7 Professional option). And that doesn't even include the Iconia-6120 dual screen tablet or the new 4.8-inch Iconia SMART, a smartphone/tablet hybrid.


How many different colors does the Acer Iconia tablet come in?

You can choose your screen size, your memory and even your operating system, but when it comes to color, it's basic black.


What does the letter "w" signify in the model number string for the Acer Iconia Tab A series?

The models containing a "w" are functionally identically to their counterparts without (for example, the 07u08w is the same as the 07u08u), but you'll only find them at Walmart.


What well-known computer brand did Iconia manufacturer Acer acquire in 2007?

Acer helped build its U.S. presence and, according to PC World magazine, became the third largest PC vendor in the world, when it acquired Gateway in 2007.


Which of these accessories is NOT available for your Acer Iconia tablet?

You can add a laptop (wireless or docked) to set up your Iconia for work, or kick back on the couch and turn up the volume with your wireless remote, but you'll have to choose your operating system before you buy.


What is the expected battery life (as estimated for movie watching) for the Acer Iconia?

You should be able to get through about two feature films (4.5 hours) if you take the Acer Iconia A100 on your next flight. Going farther than that? You might want to take the A500 for its estimated 9- to 10-hour battery life.


What is the Iconia Tab A501?

AT&T announced in March 2011 that it would add the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to its network in late 2011.


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