Packard Bell Liberty Tab

The Packard Bell Liberty Tab has similar specs to its big brother the Acer A500 but unfortunately, it isn't as polished just yet

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Packard Bell Liberty Tab The Liberty Tab costs $517 and has similar specifications to the Acer A500 (ITP Images)
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  July 12, 2011

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Key Specs

Display screen: 10.1-inch
Internal storage: 16GB
Memory: 1GB
Networking: 802.11b/g/n
OS: Android 3.0

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Packard Bell is a subsidiary of Acer so the two companies occasionally share the same products. The Liberty Tab is one such product - it's essentially an Iconia Tab A500 with Packard Bell branding.

Unlike the Iconia Tab A500 which has been available for a few months, the Liberty Tab was introduced more recently. In terms of the underlying hardware the Liberty Tab is a carbon copy of the A500; it uses the same CPU, the same amount of memory, offers the same screen, WiFi and camera options as Acer's tablet.

The only slight difference that we were able to spot was that the Packard Bell's microSD slot can accept a maximum card size of 32GB, whereas the Acer can tackle 64GB cards.

Despite the nearly identical hardware however the Tab was a different beast in terms of the experience it delivered. The Liberty seemed more sluggish than the A500 on the performance front; we noticed a bit of lag when panning from home-screen to home-screen. The Liberty was also slower when it came to our web page load tests; whereas the Liberty took 14 seconds to load CNN.com, the Iconia got the job done in 12 seconds in our July 2011 grouptest. We suspect that given time Packard Bell will optimise the Liberty so it's just as quick as Acer's offering.

The Packard Bell's party piece is that it's one of the cheapest Honeycomb devices you can buy.

Verdict:While the Liberty Tab requires a bit of optimisation it’s the least expensive path to owning a Honeycomb-powered device.

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