Acer Iconia Tab Review

Posted by Mayank on December 4, 2011 in Review

The new Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a powerful tablet and is based on the much talket about Android Honeycomb OS. With its steep looks and botton-free facade, it seems to have everything that you’ll ever want in a tablet… well almost. Let’s take a closer look to know why.

AcerIconia Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia A500 exudes a solid feel due to its sturdy but heavy design. The 10.1″ LCD multi-touch screen literally comes alive in your hands. The A 500 tab houses a 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor, a gig of RAM and is based on Android 3.0.1 aka Honeycomb.

The slate is lightning fast and extremely powerful – capable of running a full HD game while playing music at the same time, with multiple services running in the background. Now that’s what is called performance!

Acer has beefed up the A500 with 16GB of in-built memory. If you find that it is not enough, you can ramp it up to 32 GB via a microSD card (if you didn’t know, micoSD cards are costing dirt cheap now. Click here to check the lowest prices in Amazon). There is even a pen drive option available due to presence of a USB port on this tablet. Before you get too excited, here’s the dampener – it does not support external USB hard drives. What you can do though is to hook up a USB keyboard to improve productivity. Opt for the BT keyboard instead.

The A500 sports a 5-MP camera accompanied by a LED flash. It produces images of average quality and records videos at 720p – which will leave you desiring for more. It boasts Dolby Mobile tech, but the audio did not feel that spectacular. Video playback is smooth, a testament of its awesome specs but the display lacks sharpness and average color contrast, which dampens the spirit.

At the top left is a Google search and Voice Command. At the top right are shortcuts to Apps and the Customise screen, the latter enabling you to drag and drop applications and features onto an overview of all the screens, as well as change the wallpaper.

Specs:

  • Screen: 800×1200 pixels, 10.1″, multi-touch capacitive LCD screen, 256k colors.
  • Processor: 1 GHz Tegra 250 dual core
  • Memory: 16GB (expandable to 32GB using microSD card)
  • Camera: 5MP rear and 2MP front
  • OS: Honeycomb (Android 3.0.1)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, micro HDMI, microUSB, docking port
  • Weight: 1.5 lb
  • Battery Life: 8 hours

 

Bottomline:

Acer has managed to make, what we believe, the near perfect tablet. The only drawbacks of the Iconia tab is that it lacks 3G (future versions are like to sport it) and leaves room for improvement in terms of display and the weight of the product. But if you’re looking for a portable quick fix for your movie stash or need a work slate, the A500 should do just fine. It is a perfect fit for the slot between Amazon Kindle Fire and the iPad2. Acer Iconia A500 has holiday season prices available in Amazon. You can check it for customer reviews as well.

 

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