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  • Aqua1ung - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    Thank God it's 4x3! What a stupid idea to make a tablet with a different form factor! Reply
  • blackmagnum - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    What about Hollywood movies and the black bars on top and bottom of the screen? Reply
  • lothinator - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    4:3 may not be great for movies, but it has benefits for many other things. I have an HP TouchPad with Android CM 10.0 on it (Jelly Bean 4.1.2). With 4:3 AR, I find that landscape is much more usable than tablets that are 16:9 at the same size. Apps that can't handle that AR are extremely rare now, as Android scales pretty well when programming guidelines are followed correctly.

    Now, as far as the tablet pictured above.. THAT BEZEL!!! That's very 2011-ish...
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  • fteoath64 - Saturday, May 11, 2013 - link

    Yeah, "That Bezel" is going to turn many people off!. I hope Acer as more sense than to make an "old model" looking tablet. 4:3 aspect ratio is just perfect as people using iPad Mini found out. It is great for reading which is 85% of the time anyone uses a tablet. The rest is others, even in movies the screen looks great and can be scaled if one wishes, so there is flexibility but 4:3 is the best use of the real-estate which fits the way our eyes see a book/computer. If the IPS display is high quality, it will do well. Reply
  • Eraser85 - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    What about Hollywood movies and the black bars even on a 16:9 screen since movies have a 21:9 AR? Reply
  • Ortanon - Monday, May 06, 2013 - link

    4x3 (and 16:10) devices are usually given larger diagonals in order to match the vertical length of comparable 16:9 devices. Meaning, in landscape, the picture on a movie is the same size. The black bars are just black bars that harm nothing, and then after the movie magically turn into extra screen real estate and better text viewing.

    Obviously this comment doesn't account for how the manufacturer decides to handle screen resolution. I'm just talking about some of the advantages of the form factor itself.
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  • meacupla - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    4:3 is good for reading, since that's very close to the size of printed media.

    Personally, I'd like to see 16:10 screens. Not quite perfect for movies, but not imperfect for books.
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  • valar84 - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    What do you mean you'"d like to see 16:10 screens"? Most Android tablets have 16:10 screens currently, 1280x800 and 1920x1200 resolutions mostly. And since Android has a soft navigation bar, it means that in landscape, the usable screen is actually very close to 16:9, while in portrait it's a bit squarer than 16:10. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Sunday, May 05, 2013 - link

    Yeah, those vertical pixels are badly needed for productivity. Which is what people do most on 7" Android tablets, right? Reply
  • lightsout565 - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    Looks like the 8GB model is only $169.99.

    Also, the inclusion of a microSD slot, Micro HDMI, and GPS at this price point looks good. I wonder how build quality will stack up to the Nexus 7 (and the next generation Nexus 7).
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  • HisDivineOrder - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    Prices are finally getting closer to where they need to be. Google, trump them all with a $150 Nexus. Reply
  • nunomoreira10 - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    That would kill the Android market to all other companies.
    If google want to promote Android, it should't be by turning it umprofitable, just make some real nice tablets at a nice price to earn your money
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  • HisDivineOrder - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    Is that ARM CPU based on A7 or A9? Very sure it's not A15... Reply
  • JarredWalton - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    Best guess is Cortex-A7. The closest part number I could find is MT6589:
    http://www.mediatek.com/_en/01_products/04_pro.php...
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  • Mugur - Tuesday, May 21, 2013 - link

    If MT6589 is quad core A7, MT8389W could be something completely different... Reply
  • valar84 - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    I love the full-featured, affordable, 4:3 8-inch tablet. I'm likely to buy one unless there's a big problem, like it last 2 hours on battery and takes 12 hours to charge (very unlikely, especially since Acer has done well with battery life on its Iconia lineup).

    I just wish they did like the Galaxy Note 8 and added capacitive or hardware buttons on the bezel in order to remove the navigation bar and maximize the use of the 4:3 screen.
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  • vision33r - Wednesday, May 08, 2013 - link

    Amazon's goal is to kill competition with low prices. They started the low price war by introducing the Kindle Fire at $199. Reply

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