Packard Bell, a subsidiary group of Acer is now selling G100 in Europe. We were able to get our hands on G100 and we were pretty impressed with the device. The tablet is equipped with a 10.1 inch display that packs a nice 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. This resolution is even better than iPad and it supports Flash content too.
Packard Bell is currently shipping the G100 with Android 3.0 but you should get a prompt to update it to Android 3.2 almost immediately after you start it. The update is pushed over the air and is seamless. The Android 3.0 (and above) is optimized for tablet usage. The default apps and interface are all designed while keeping a high resolution tablet in mind. Performance wise, it is fast, but there were occasional and unexpected hiccups.
Screen is amazing – glossy and produces lovely colors. Battery life is awesome too. We were able to get a massive 9.5 hours on a single charge. This Packard Bell tablet weighs in at 760 grams, which is about 100 grams heavier than the current gen iPad. That is chiefly due to the fact that G100 packs a full size USB port that allows you to plug-in flash drivers, USB mouse or keyboard, if you wish to crunch in text. Expansion of storage is easy too. Just get a 16 or 32GB micro SD card and put it in its micro SDHC card slot – cannot get simpler than that.
To output the display, you get mini HDMI port which worked fine when we tried to push a high definition video through it. Oh, and we completely forgot to mention that the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the Packard Bell G100 is the cheapest Android tablet available in the market. True, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Asus Transformer are better and look prettier, but they are a tad more expensive than the G100.
August 31, 2011