Cracking Open Acer Iconia Tab A100: In the box
As of this writing, the Acer Iconia Tab A100 is available in 8GB ($329.99) and 16GB ($349.99) versions. The current versions only support Wi-Fi connectivity. But like the larger Iconia Tab A500, there is already a spot inside the A100's case for a cellular card.
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Great news! Most Iconia A100s do not have that obnoxious glue you mentioned! I put off taking mine apart for a long time once the LCD screen cracked (all other parts are oddly pristine) because I thought I'd cause more damage getting it out. Now I have a replacement part on the way and will have it back up and running in a month! Hooray! Thanks for the guide. Please update with the "Glue may not be present" factoid in your guide to avoid scaring people from even opening it up to investigate.
I have a $100 Flytouch a-pad (cheap Chinese tablet). The pictures of the Acer's guts show a high level of quality manufacturing and good parts. I recently had to crack open my a-pad, because a capacitor came loose from the motherboard and was preventing the device from booting. While inside, I found multiple cold soldier joints and very sloppy construction. Looks like the Acer line is improving!
And that's one tough little device. Fast, user-friendly, and it even survived a two-foot drop. Well worth the $300.