Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer's A500 is a gem of a tablet that boasts a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 32GB of internal storage and a large 10.1-inch screen

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 The Acer A500 costs $572 and has an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  July 12, 2011

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Key Specs

Display screen: 10.1-inch
Internal storage: 32GB
Memory: 1GB
Networking: 802.11b/g/n
OS: Android 3.0

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Priced at US $572 Acer's Iconia Tab A500 is the second most inexpensive Honeycomb tablet in this roundup. Only Packard Bell's Liberty Tab costs less at $517.

Despite its bargain price the A500 is a gem. There's serious hardware under the hood in the form of a dual core 1GHz Nvidia's Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of memory, 32GB of internal storage and a solid 10.1-inch LCD screen. You also get a 2-megapixel front facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear facing camera.

The former is sufficient for partaking in video calls but the latter, though it is supported by a flash, doesn't return the best looking shots. Photos have a fair bit of grain and the camera can be a bit of a chore to work with as it can be sluggish.

The A500's screen while not as stunning to look at as the screens fitted to Asus' Eee Pad Transformer TF101 and BlackBerry's PlayBook, is competent in terms of responsiveness. It responds to quick stabs and fast typing like a champ, while photos and videos look quite decent. We also liked the fact that unlike some other tablets, the Acer sports a physical screen-rotation lock button, like Apple's iPad2.

The tablet looks quite good too. The rear of the tablet sports a gunmetal aluminium finish while the screen's top and bottom borders are flanked by plastic finished in the same colour as the device's back.

Verdict: The A500 is a handsome device that is aggressively priced and delivers on almost every front. It’s definitely worth a look.

2840 days ago
User rating: 1 stars

Pros: great battery life if charged properly when first purchased. great screen quality. great video quality

Cons: none so far after 2 months of ownership.

if you can control the urge to use the A500 when first purchased...charge the battery completely before turning it on. I get about 10 to 11 hours of batterly life on each charge. get a tight fitting case to protect the A500. super antenna for the seems to grab the strongest signal and locks it in unless you command it to change. I use for work and home use and it has never given me a bit of a problem.

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