My first day experience with the Acer a700 from a recent sale:
mihirsheth wrote:Did anyone receive theirs yet ??
I received mine. I ordered it up because I need a higher resolution display for my large format .pdf's with plenty of storage and fast responsiveness when scrolling through my PDF documents.
So far, I'm on the fence about this device for both valid, as well as feel/impression reasons, which I'll share in order of my experience. Please note I'm not complaining, these are my observations.
1) On first removing the a700 from its packaging I noticed smear marks on the screen, and what might be an indication the screen was resurfaced (buffed to remove light scratches from use, common in refurbishment) due to micro fine patterns reflected from the glass at certain angles. With the backlight on it's not noticeable.
I have no problem with refurbished equipment, but these were sold as new. Still, I'm not 100% sure it was refurbished, it could just be poor handling the factory or a result of the screen rubbing against its packing during packing/handling or shipping.
2) Screen Performance. My taps/finger presses are not always registered, even after fully updating and setting sensitivity on high. (More about updating below). Typing registers just fine, and is not a problem. I'm typing this now with the a700. So I'm not yet sure if the issue is the screen sensitivity in certain spots, or a software issue. It's not terrible, but over a long period of time might get frustrating.
3) Responsiveness. It could be better. There are momentary stutters, some latency in refreshing/loading pages/screens. Once it loads something like a video, it plays flawlessly, but loading web pages, switching applications, and other tasks can reflect a small but very perceivable delay each time. Having used other devices with smoother responsiveness, it's very noticeable, though I could get used to it if my final impression/decision leads to keeping this tablet. I realize a year+ old processor with a 1920x1200 resolution display might not run as smoothly driving all those pixels as a newer (pricier) device.
3b) Responsiveness, page scrolling. This bothers me the most. I'm used to flicking the screen and rapidly scrolling down long web pages or documents quickly. The a700 takes short hops down a page with each flick. Because the screen on the a700 requires me to press a little more firmly to register each flick, it can get tiresome scrolling down a long page one short hop at time. Screen scrolling just isn't as smooth as I'd like. I'm still looking to see if there's a way to improve this performance.
4) Updating. An update is offered when you connect the a700 to the Internet. The update goes smoothly, but it isn't the latest update for the a700. Going in to settings and manually checking for new updates will offer another update, and after performing that update, yet another update...etc. This is annoying and Goobersic, but it only has to be done at one time, then it's over. Still, it would be nice if there was some info informing us multiple updates would be required to get to the latest Android version available for the a700, which BTW, is not the latest version of Android.
5) After updating, performance got worse. Laggier, slower to load web pages. I found in the settings, the performance configuration had been changed from High, to Balanced. So, I changed it back to High. A little better. But...
5b) After updating, the office application that comes with the a700 crashes when opening my .pdf's. It did not do this before the system updates. Then, it notified me of an update for the office app itself, which I okay'd, but the update never completed, and I can't get it to try again. I'll also have to see how other .PDF readers perform on the a700.
6) Acer support. I went to Acer's website looking for support related info on the a700. There is practically none. They have tons of info for their new windows "w700", and the a510, a200...etc, but other than a user manual and specs, the support forum and knowledge base are devoid of a700 posts or articles. For a year+ old tablet, this does not instill confidence in Acer's support of this device.
So, I have here an affordable device with a high rez screen and expandable memory, which is what I need, but I am on the fence about keeping it due to my observations as stated above.
I realize I can try CM10.1, but that would invalidate the warranty as far as I know, and would certainly make the device unreturnable.
Also, I just noticed issue number 7) The rubbery trim between the screen glass and aluminum frame appears to be degraded in a spot near the right of the camera, and dust seems to get trapped there. Now I need to see if this is a normal part of the a700 design, or a defect in manufacturing of my unit.
With the exception of the last, all these issues may be resolvable.
What have your experiences been like?