We've reviewed a handful of Acer tablets in the last year or so, and the conclusion for every one seems to be a resounding shrug. There's rarely anything wrong with an Acer tablet, and everything from build quality to software is generally pretty solid – there's just nothing exciting or game-changing, no obvious reason to buy an Acer over another tablet. Meanwhile, Asus's Transformer tablets have had great docks and excellent design, Samsung's Galaxy Tabs have doubled as useful universal remotes, and Toshiba's at least had a tablet for giants. Then there's the Nexus 7, the new king of the block with a $199 price tag, an even newer version of Android, and great performance in its own right. Acer's tablets, by comparison, have been easy to miss in the crowd.

The new Iconia Tab A700 finally gives Acer a differentiating feature: a 10.1-inch, 1920 x 1200 display that natively plays 1080p video. The A700's other specs otherwise match the Iconia Tab A510, featuring a Tegra 3 processor, a SIM card slot, 32GB of internal storage, and a very reasonable $449 price tag. An otherwise solid tablet, paired with a terrific display, could make Acer's latest tablet more compelling than ever. Can the A700 outstrip the Android competition, and perhaps most importantly can it justify the price premium over the Nexus 7? Read on.