Acer Iconia Tab A500
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Specifications of Acer Iconia Tab A500
General FeaturesAnnounced2011, FebruaryStatusAvailable, Released 2011, April
Internet & ConnectivityBluetoothYes, v2.0 with (A2DP, EDR)
SoundLoudspeakerYes, with Stereo Speakers
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Acer Iconia Tab A500 Honeycomb tablet has a 10.1-inch TFT LCD display and since there isn't any IPS technology equipped screen, it attracts fingerprint marks, grease and inconceivable amount of glare. The weakness of the display of Acer A500 is that one cannot see anything on it with credibility outdoors. There is also visible pixilation with naked eyes. However, on this simple LCD panel that has mirror-like finish, text is crisp and colors are peppy. One can mostly see clearly at every viewing angle and only some features dim out on oblique viewing angles.
Nevertheless, we're big fans of its stylish brushed aluminum case that gives it an aesthetic appeal despite of the fact that the two plastic buttons on the top edge (orientation lock and volume rocker) sunk in this frame ruins its beauty.
Acer Iconia Tab A500 runs the Honeycomb OS which is Android’s first OS version specifically made for tablets. However, the downside with Android 3.0 is that not all apps may work on it as expected. Like most Android Honeycomb tablets, the Iconia Tab's front is all bezel and screen is devoid of any buttons to give it a classy feel and let users hold and use the slate in any orientation. The completely changed interface of the tablet gives it a refreshing feel. Now the lock screen is different, the notification area lies at the lower edge instead of the top.
Acer Iconia Tab A500 Wi-Fi only version and also its 1 GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor with 1GB DDR3 of RAM gives it an edge over competing devices. The effect of this processor and 1GB RAM is clearly evident in the performance of the tablet. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 plays 720p videos like a magic (not 1080p) and does well in case of some graphically intensive games also. Also, the tiny speakers of Acer Iconia Tab A500 are augmented by Dolby Mobile sound technology. It is indeed a joy to watch movies and play games with such sound effects. Another great addition is the full size USB port.
However, in some aspects, Acer's Iconia Tab is immensely ordinary and disappoints us totally. For instance, on the software front, Acer's Iconia Tab is rotten. Its pre-loaded software is not charming. Due to this, sometimes the video player doesn't work and the audio player takes 8 seconds to switch to the next track. While a micro-HDMI port is there, the more common mini HDMI is not included. A micro-HDMI cable does not come along with it. Both the cameras, 5 megapixels rear camera and 2 megapixels front camera, are mediocre.
Our verdict is that Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a good choice only if its reasonable price tag is kept in mind. Its Android OS v.3.0 (Honeycomb) has some visible constraints and so also is the case with its display and software. Acer Iconia Tab A500 is not highly recommended.
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