Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android Tablet Review

Introduction and Specifications

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 which will connect the tablet to other DLNA-compliant devices.

Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16u
Specifications & Features

  • Android 3.0.1 Honeycomb
  • 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 memory
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 10.1-inch WXGA HD Multi-Touch Display (1280 x 800)
  • NVIDIA GeForce graphics
  • 5MP rear-facing camera with auto focus with single LED flash; 2MP front-facing camera
  • 802.11b/g/n WLAN
  • Dolby Mobile Technology
  • Dual speakers
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Micro HDMI
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB 2.0 port
  • microUSB port
  • Docking port
  • Dolby Mobile Technology
  • MicroSD memory card reader
  • Sensors: gyro-meter, e-compass
  • Two 3260 mAh Li-polymer batteries; up to eight hours of playback for casual games, eight hours of HD video playback and 10 hours of Wi-Fi Internet browsing
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • 10.24 x 6.97 x 0.52 inches
  • 1.69 pounds
  • Box Contents: ICONIA Tab A500 Picasso Tablet PC, Lithium Polymer Battery, Charger, USB Cable, Quick Start Guide
  • Price:
    • $449.99 for 16GB model (A500-10S16u)
    • $499.99 for 32GB model (A500-10S32u)

In addition to the tablet itself, Acer is also offering a handful of accessories (sold separately) for the Acer Iconia Tab A500. Some of these accessories include a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard, dock with IR remote, and a protective case.

Certainly there are plenty of Android tablets available and coming soon. Does the Acer Iconia Tab A500 have what it takes to stand out among the crowd? Join us in the coming pages to find out...

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