Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet Review

Posted: May 9, 2011
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet Review

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


  • $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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Comments are Closed

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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