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Acer Iconia Tab A500

"It’s good to see the full set of the latest tablet technology incorporated in the Iconia A500."
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Overview

No longer is the Motorola Xoom the only tablet on the market featuring Android 3.0: time to welcome the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Projected to be quite a hit, this new tablet from Acer fits in to the Tablet family nicely. It has the feel of a smartphone, even though the operating system is a step up from Android 2.2 Froyo.

It is fractionally heavier than the Xoom but not in a way you’ll notice, with extra usability through the thin design and rounded edges so it’ll sit comfortably in your hand.

What we like best:

This is a really well-thought out piece of tech. Thanks to Apple’s domination of the market, other tablet manufacturers are really having to pull out all the stops regarding usability. The Acer Iconia A500 has 5 home screens so you’ll have plenty of room to store apps on the 10.1 inch screen.

The A500 is multifunctional, with a micro HDMI slot allowing you to connect this tablet to the television. It also has a microSD for memory expansion. With 16 Gb internal Storage, the microSD will truly come in handy – its competitor the Xoom had a native 32 Gb.

You get a decent core with the NVIDIA Tegra 250 dual core processor which boasts a healthy 1 GHz, the built in 1Gb RAM is more than sufficient for general use.

It’s good to see the full set of the latest tablet technology incorporated in the Iconia A500. The accelerometer and gyroscope allow you to turn pages with a flick of the tablet as well as rotate the A500 making it simple to pass about a group.

Out of the two cameras on the front and back, Acer have made the back camera superior with 5MP (as opposed to the front facing camera’s 2MP), so you’ll be able to take excellent photos of your surroundings but only manage reasonable ones of yourself.

The other feature which we appreciated was the incorporation of Dolby Mobile Audio. Although speaker quality is by no means fantastic, it is one of the better sounding tablets out there after a bit off fiddling with the settings. It’s still no match a pair of speakers but most tablet designs have made little effort with speaker sound.

What we like least

As ever, you’ll find little variety on the Android App market and at the moment tablet-only apps are hard to come by. The A500 isn’t much of a looker either. It’s not bad-looking as such, but it doesn’t have the sturdy and expensive look of the Xoom. Since most people are brand-aware, the very fact that you’re holding a tablet that isn’t an iPad will undoubtedly have the more image-conscious among you feeling a bit concerned.

The verdict

The A500 is fairly evenly matched with the Xoom, but that’s not to denigrate some of the excellent design work and full range of features on the Iconia Tab. You’ll be making an excellent purchase with this affordable and reasonably stocked tablet.

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Specifications

Processor Speed

1 GHz

Processor

nVidia Tegra 250

RAM

Up to 1 Gb

Screen Size

10.1 inch
1280 x 800 pixel resolution

Graphics

na

Hard Drive Storage

Up to 16 Gb

Battery

2 cell Li-on
Approximately 8 hours

Multimedia

na

Ports

1 x USB 2.0
1 x Micro USB 2.0
Mico-SD (up to 32Gb)

Weight & Size

260mm (W) x 177mm (H) x 13.4mm (D)
700g

Connectivity

Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
Bluetooth

Operating System

Andriod 3.0

Product Description

Acer Iconia A500 Tab is the latest edition to the tablet market, with the A500 model you get a close comparison to the Motorola Xoom, they are both vying and excellent alternatives to the iPad, not just in cost.

Acer Iconia A500 Tab

Acer Iconia A500 Tab

Acer Iconia A500 Tab has a 10.1 inch screen like the latest Samsung Galaxy, the Tablet Industry is still functioning on a hit and miss design basis, although you get some truly excellent features and the market is expanding in leaps and bounds.

Acer Iconia A500 Tab sports the newest Honeycombe Android 3.0 operating system, a bit of software the latest software to provide great functionality to the NVIDIA Tegra 250 dual core processor. Acer Iconia A500 Tab Also has a bit of tablet standard spec such as the 1 Gb RAM and 16 Gb Storage.

If you want to find out more about its features, read the PC Site Acer Iconia A500 Tab review.

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