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Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet Review

Posted: May 9, 2011
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet Review
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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet only adds to Android's presence in the tablet market with its NVidia Tegra2 processor, Honeycomb OS and a 10.1" multi-touch screen for $450. We take a look at its dual camera features, micro SD storage and more, and see if it's worth picking up.

What You Need to Know

  • It's about .5 lb. heavier than the iPad 2 and a little thicker
  • At least it has Micro HDMI out, a full-size USB port and Micro SD storage, too?
  • The touch screen actually feels a little more responsive than we're used to
  • Android has so many different customization options, and the Acer Iconia Tab A500 even included more widgets, so you can get a lot of real-time info at a glance
  • Strangely, though, it crashed on us more than other Android tablets
  • It's got the same specs as the G-Slate and the Motorola XOOM and for the most part, it’s just as fast
  • When launching apps or games, it might even be a little bit faster than the other tablets
  • The browser might be a little slower when loading some sites?
  • Overall, though, it's definitely fast enough to get the job done
  • The cameras are just as good as other tablets too
  • The 5 megapixel back camera looks good in normal light, but in low light, the flash makes everything a little too blue
  • The 2 megapixel front camera works just fine
  • More tablet apps are being added to the Android market every day, and a lot of them are really good
  • There're games like Angry Birds Rio in HD
  • They look great, and are just as good as iPad apps

Price

  • $450 on BestBuy’s website and that’s the Wi-Fi version without a contract

Overall Rating

  • 4 Seals of Approval Out of 5 (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • This tablet feels a little unrefined, both in design and interface
  • The iPad 2 is only $50 more, but if you're looking for a more affordable Android option, this Acer Iconia Tab A500 could be the one for you

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  • NerdBoyMSM

    Just under 22 hours and 17% battery left. Not too shabby for browsing, some video, a lot of alerts and syncing. I like this thing, but there need to be some software updates. Give this thing a month or two and it will be a great device.

    Posted: May 13, 2011 7:32 PM
    NerdBoyMSM
  • clubf00t

    just as good as an ipad if not better but hey well give it a lower rating just so we can keep our apple pay checks/endorsements.

    Posted: May 11, 2011 2:48 PM
    clubf00t
  • KCZ7

    @billclinton indeed, as it would seem they (being the apple friendly cast they are). I mean come on Candace "OMG its sooo frick'n heavy"??? Yes, it's a whoppin' 0.5lbs heavier (as stated above). It's not like anyone is expecting any tablet to be as light as a feather. But thats ok, I don't expect a real positive review from any iPerson. (I do want to say thanks to Kevin for his comment about at least wanting Android to succeed. I agree. It's a luxury to have a competitive market in economical sense.)

    @denshao123 according to the Engadget review, its around 6-7 hours for battery life.

    Posted: May 10, 2011 10:44 PM
  • denshao123

    no details on battery life?

    Posted: May 10, 2011 3:30 PM
    denshao123
  • Zia_Tiger

    Editors, you might want to revisit this review. The overall rating of the tablet in the video is 4 seals of approval out of 5 but the written review says 3.

    Posted: May 10, 2011 8:27 AM
    Zia_Tiger
  • billclinton2006

    I'm guessing if it had an apple on it then it would get a 5 out of 5.

    Posted: May 9, 2011 8:31 PM
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