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Google's Android Honeycomb OS was the talk of the town as the calendar rolled over to 2011. Billed as Android's first true tablet OS, most got their first look at Honeycomb during CES where it was loaded on the Motorola Xoom. Since then we have seen numerous Honeycomb-based tablets find their way to market, including the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the T-Mobile LG G-Slate, both products we've since reviewed. Today we'll be looking at another tablet built around Android, this time coming from a traditional PC maker, meet the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Acer has been one of the leading netbook manufacturers in the past few years, a position that gave them the chance to grow sales in North America and in Europe. With tablets eating up on netbook sales at an accelerated pace, we can clearly see where Acer is headed with the Iconia offerings. We intend to figure out what's Acer proposition with the Iconia Tab A500, not only from a value perspective -- a driving force of netbook sales -- but in terms of features, design and overall experience. Powering the WiFi-only Iconia Tab is typical current-gen tablet hardware which includes an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core 1 GHz processor, 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of DDR2 system memory, front and rear facing cameras, 802.11 b/g/n WLAN and a 10.1" WXGA HD Multi-Touch Display operating at 1280 x 800.
As a long-time competitor in the desktop and laptop space, Acer recently began competing against other Android tablet manufacturers with the launch of its Acer Iconia Tab A500. This 10.1-inch tablet is the company's first in the new Acer Iconia family of tablets. Like many other Android-powered tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 features a multi-touch screen. Under the hood, you'll find a 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile dual-core processor along with an integrated GeForce GPU that is designed to deliver high FPS gaming, 1080p video, and faster browsing. Running on Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), the Acer Iconia Tab A500 offers all of the multitasking and media playback options you've come to expect from today's popular tablets. This tablet also features a slim design that measures 0.52-inches thick. The tablet weighs about 1.69 pounds. Other key features include a built-in HDMI port for sharing HD video, Dolby Mobile technology, and front- and rear-facing cameras. To help you share your favorite videos, pictures, music, and other media the Acer Iconia Tab A500 comes preinstalled with Acer clear.fi which will connect the tablet to other DLNA-compliant devices.
Tablets are the latest must-have – sure, they can't do what a laptop PC can, but nevertheless they offer all kinds of games and video options, as well as a choice from thousands of apps. Android's tablet-optimised Honeycomb has only been seen on one tablet so far – the Motorola Xoom – this is its second outing, on the Acer Iconia Tab A500. While the likes of the HTC Flyer and Samsung Galaxy Tab had to make do with smartphone software, the Tab has a proper OS adapted to make the most of the large display. Hardware So, first let's look at the hardware. The Tab A500 is a real eye-catcher, with its metal edges and black bevelled screen. That screen measure 10.1 inches – the same as the Xoom, and a tad bigger than the iPad. The device is also heavier than the Xoom – in fact too weighty to carry for long, and it means it's not a first choice for reading ebooks. We'd suggest you get a Kindle if that's what you're after. It seems even heavier now that we've experienced the iPad. Sure, there is an app called Lumiread but it can't compete with iBooks, instead it just takes you to the web to read. The display offers a 1,280x800 resolution (that's the same as the Motorola's') and offers high contrast, as well as being clear and bright (except when you're outside, when it's pretty hard to read).
As far as tablets go, Apple's iPad has sort of set a benchmark of what they should be. And even though we have seen companies churning out tablets every month, nothing has come close to it in terms of usability, build quality, compatibility with apps, etc. Android tablets are dime a dozen in the market, but most of them come with an operating system that was built for smartphones. Windows OS tablets have also made an entry in the market, but haven't got much traction as far as sales go. Android had released the Honeycomb operating system sometime earlier this year, as an OS meant for the tablet product category. The Motorola Xoom was the first tablet to feature it. But we have got our hands on Acer's Iconia Tab A500 which sports the Honeycomb OS and has reached the Indian market before the guys are Motorola Mobility got the Xoom here. So is Honeycomb OS the answer to iOS and can the Iconia Tab A500 provide that much lacking competition to the ruler – the iPad? Let's find out... Coming in a grayish silver brush metal finish body, the A500 does not have any sharp edges. The rear covering peeps out from the top and lower portion on the front side. The screen is 10.1-inch wide diagonally and has a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. It is an LED backlit LCD screen with a glossy finish.
In the contest to replace your laptop – and maybe even your TV – Android 3.0 tablets such as the Motorola Xoom are ganging up on the Apple iPad 2 by sheer quantity. We absolutely thrilled over the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, for example. Now it's time for the Acer Iconia Tab A500's day in the sun.In many ways, this is all about the operating system, so we'll admit that the differences between the three main Android 3.0 tabs are marginal at best. You have to choose your OS poison wisely – the iPad 2 is better for music, movies and games, and it has better quality apps and more of them. Meanwhile, the BlackBerry PlayBook is more secure than the competition, has real multi-tasking and even a more fluid interface for controlling your apps (er, all four of them). Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets are arguably more open than either the iPad 2 or the PlayBook. The app approval process is easier, and coding is less restrictive, using Google SDK.So what does that means for the Acer Iconia Tab A500? Primarily, the decision comes down to the design and handling of the device. The Iconia Tab A500 uses the same Nvidia Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor as the Motorola Xoom, they both weigh exactly 730g and both have a 10.1-inch touchscreen.
According to technical specifications, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 rivals other 10-inch Honeycomb tablets. It ships with Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) with several proprietary apps, along with a 1GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, GeForce GPU, 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The Iconia Tab A500 is well stocked with additional features, including GPS, a 5-megapixel back-facing camera with an LED flash, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, microSD card slot to expand the memory capacity, headphone jack, as well as micro-HDMI, USB and micro-USB ports. A version with a SIM card slot should be available on the market soon. The feature set is impressive, making the Iconia Tab A500 equal to the other Honeycomb tablets on the market, including the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. However, it is somewhat heavier and bigger than those two, making its size its biggest flaw.Acer Iconia A500 specs: BUILD & DESIGN The Acer Iconia Tab A500 build is part plastic and part metal alloy, which undoubtedly add to its weight. It weighs significantly more than the svelt iPad 2 and even the relatively bulky Motorola Xoom. Ultimately, the Acer tablet becomes too heavy and hard to hold in hand after a while.
Are you curious about all the fanfare surrounding Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets, but you’re seemingly hesitant about picking one up since the current selections are just too exorbitantly priced for you? Well, you might find the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 especially gratifying since its starting price of $449.99 is by far its most attractive offering – and at the same time, it won’t bite you much in the wallet compared to the competition. In addition to packing along all of the lovely wonders that the tablet optimized platform has to offer, there are still some impressive things that make it a reasonable contemporary offering, which of course, makes it an equal contender to the other Honeycomb flavored tablets available on the market. Can this truly be the one that will proliferate Honeycomb to the masses?The package contains:Despite sharing the same display size as the Motorola XOOM, the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 is noticeably larger, bulkier, and heavier (25.75 oz) to hold in the hands – thus, coming across as being rather cumbersome. In terms of design, it’s neither boring or eye catching with its pointed tapered edges, but rather, it manages to trick the eye by making it appear as though that it’s streamlined.
When the Android smartphone OS matured, the market was flooded with a whole load of new mobiles. Now, with the arrival of Android Honeycomb, Google's specially designed tablet OS, the same thing seems to be happening with touchscreen tablets. So after months of iPad domination and a few major releases from the likes of Samsung and Archos, around 10 new Android 3.0 tablets are due to be released before summer 2011. Among this latest batch of contenders is the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Like the Motorola Xoom, the Asus EeePad Transformer, the LG Optimus Pad, Toshiba's upcoming AT300 and the Hannspree SN10T3, Acer's Iconia Tab A500 has a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 1 Ghz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, a micro-USB port, a microSD slot, a micro-HDMI out and two photo/video cameras, with a 5-Megapixel camera with LED flash on the back and a 2-Megapixel camera on the front. On top of that, Acer has added a USB 2.0 Host port for hooking up a USB flash drive or external hard drive, and the lower edge of the tablet's casing is home to a proprietary connector, which could be used to connect the tablet to the upcoming line of docks and stands Acer plans to release.
Is anyone else starting to see a pattern here? It's a simple recipe, really: A scoop of Honeycomb, mixed with a fast Tegra 2 processor and a splash of Flash beta, served inside a big, bright screen. That's what Motorola did with the Xoom ($599-$799, 3.5 stars), LG and T-Mobile did with the G-Slate (3.5 stars, $629), and it's what Acer offers up in its first Android tablet, the Acer Iconia A500. The 10.1-inch Iconia's spec sheet reads a lot like the Xoom's and the G-Slate's, with three major differences: it's a bit bulkier, it's Wi-Fi only, and, at $449 (direct), it costs less. If that combination sounds good to you, the Iconia A500 might be your cure-all tablet. Before we dig in, a quick pricing note: For now, there's a single Iconia tablet, and it's a 16GB Wi-Fi-only model. AT&T has announced a 4G version, coming this summer, and Acer has confirmed that there's a 32GB version hitting the U.S. soon. But for now, there are no carrier models, and no options for more than 16GB storage (though you do get a microSD slot that accepts up to 32GB cards). The $449 price is at the low end of the spectrum - at least, among the Android tablets that you should consider buying - bested only by the same-capacity, Wi-Fi-only Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 ($399, 3.5 stars).
Review: The Acer Iconia Tab A500 boasts specs on par with many more expensive competitors, but picks up weight in exchange for its low price tag.It's a season for new operating systems. Last week, the BlackBerry PlayBook hit shelves and now the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is bringing Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) to a sub-$500 price point. But how does Acer's new tablet compare to the iPad, G-Slate, Xoom, and Galaxy Tab? Pretty well, actually.Acer has had a tough time breaking into the Android smartphone market, but its background in PCs and laptops is a strength when developing a larger tablet like the 10.1-inch Iconia Tab. The tablet isn't as sleek as the iPad or PlayBook, but it looks a lot more useful from the get-go, with a full-size USB port on the side, a MicroSD slot, two rear speakers, a mini HDMI port, two cameras, an LED flash, a high-speed charging port, a stereo headphone jack, and a standard MicroUSB port. Its power button is also in a good spot and easy to press (unlike the PlayBook's).The volume rocker and screen-locking toggle are less exciting. It's a bit difficult to know when you're pressing volume up or down on the unit, and the button for it is hard to press, in general.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is the latest in the ongoing parade of Android 3.0 tablets, and with a price that undercuts Apple's iPad 2 by $50, the $450 Iconia Tab (price as of 4/23/2011) distinguishes itself in a crowded field. This tablet earns props for its many strengths, such as its inclusion of both a USB port and a microSD Card slot, its support for Dolby Mobile audio, and its custom home screen widgets that help organize applications. However, while the Iconia Tab goes far toward the goal of replacing a laptop, it still falls short--in part due to its own hardware constraints, and in part due to its software. The Iconia Tab A500 is the largest of the three tablets that Acer has already introduced. The model tested here is Wi-Fi-only and carries the designation A500-10S16u. A 3G-enabled version is coming on AT&T. The elegant, two-tone Iconia Tab is one of the bulkier tablets available today. The 10.1-inch multitouch display has a black bezel, plus rounded silver edges and backing made of brushed aluminum. The screen is hardly oleophobic, but then, none of the tablets I've seen so far can actually do effective battle against the fingerprint monsters.
Motorola made a splash in early 2011 when it released the first tablet to run Google's tablet-optimized Android 3.0 operating system (aka Honeycomb). But enthusiasm for Google's tablet OS didn't translate into Apple iPad-level success for Motorola's Xoom tablet, which was hampered by a high price and thick design. At the time, though, Motorola's exclusive agreement with Google made it the only game in town when it came to Android 3.0. Fortunately for tablet fans, those days are over. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 doesn't stray far from the Motorola Xoom's formula. Spec-for-spec, the two tablets are nearly indistinguishable. The most important distinction is price, with the Iconia Tab coming in at an iPad-besting $449. In spite of the $50 savings over an iPad 2, Apple doesn't have much to worry about when it comes to the Iconia Tab. Like the Motorola Xoom, the Iconia Tab is nearly twice as thick as the iPad 2, making it less comfortable to hold and less sexy in general. Acer's tablet also has the unfortunate distinction of being the heaviest Android tablet we've tested, weighing in at a beefy 1.69 pounds. As with any decent tablet, the centerpiece of Iconia Tab's design is the screen.
The Android tablet wars are starting to heat up, and Acer has entered the fray with its Iconia Tab A500. Priced at $449--$50 lower than the iPad 2--this slickly designed 10.1-inch Honeycomb slate features a brushed-metal design and a full-size USB port, plus Nvidia's powerful Tegra 2 processor. But can this tablet stand out in a field that's already crowded with devices bearing the same OS and specs?Acer wrapped the Iconia Tab A500 in an Alpine Silver brushed-aluminum casing that extends from the back to the nicely rounded edges on the top and bottom (when held in landscape mode). It's a good look, but this slate is rather bulky. At 1.7 pounds, the A500 is 0.4 pounds heavier than the iPad 2 and 0.3 pounds heavier than the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Measuring 10.2 x 7.0 x 0.5 inches, it's not that much larger than the Xoom (9.6 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches), but the difference was noticeable. We found the tablet a little unwieldy when attempting to use it while standing on a subway platform or waiting in line.We like that the A500's power button sits on the left side right underneath your thumb, glowing white when the tablet is on and orange when charging with the display off.
Welcome to the newest Android tablet on the block, Acer's Iconia Tab A500. This is an Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet, that being a version of the Google mobile operating system made specifically for tablets, and it's got a big fat 10.1-inch screen. In the front there's a 2-megapixel camera for video chat and photos, on the back there's a 5-megapixel camera for video recording and photos as well. This is a device that will go in direct competition with the Motorola XOOM and the Apple iPad, with a bit of competition from the LG G-Slate, mostly because their dual-core processors come from the same parent: NVIDIA. Will this slice of aluminum carve its way into your Android loving heart? This tablet joins the still small ranks of approximately 10-inch tablets, this one measuring in at 10.1-inches in the face surrounded by a 10.24 x 6.97 x 0.52-inch (260 x 177 x 13.3-mm,) 25.75-oz (730-g) heavy (display included) body. From there you'll want to notice that the entire back section is made of a thin, light aluminum while either side of the device is made of plastic. There's a removable cover at the top (or the side, however you'd like to look at it,) that reveals your SDcard slot and future functional slot for LTE SIM card.