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All posts tagged "iconia tab a500"


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Acer Iconia Tab A500: Okay, if You Must Have a Honeycomb Tablet Today

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 10:00 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2011/04/26/...ab-a500-review/

"Last month, the Motorola Xoom was the only officially sanctioned Android 3.0 tablet available in the United States. Now there are four -- the T-Mobile G-Slate arrived last week, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 this week, and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is on sale today, assuming you can find one. All have the same basic silicon inside, but oh-so-slightly different approaches to shape, such that price might honestly be the deciding factor these days. That's where we thought this WiFi-only Acer Iconia Tab had an edge, launching at $450, but now that ASUS has shaken the money tree with a $400 figure for the Eee Pad Transformer, we doubt other price tags will stick."

Some pluses, some minuses, for this new Honeycomb tablet, but, overall, Engadget's opinion is that it's got a good LCD and speakers, a speedy processor (faster than the Xoom in most tests), and has functional USB for attaching a keyboard (mouse not working yet). Minuses are very mediocre battery life, cameras are very average at best, and very little additional software is available over and above what is offered by Acer, and very little is superior to the native Android apps. Also build quality seems a bit suspect, with exposed (hair-pulling) seams, and too much plastic. Bottom line is that there is not much here to make it a must-have. Price is a bit lower than the iPad 2, but, even so, this doesn't look like a serious competitor, at least in this first iteration.


Monday, April 18, 2011

First Impressions: Acer Iconia Tab A500

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Other Slates & Tablets" @ 09:30 PM

http://blog.laptopmag.com/four-thin...iconia-tab-a500

"Acer’s Honeycomb Android tablet, the Iconia Tab A500, just blew into our labs and we’re already putting it through (sic) it’s paces for the full review. However, we thought we’d offer some first impressions of the design and features."

A quick peek at another Honeycomb tablet, this time from Acer, who have had some success at small netbook computers and laptops. But does this success translate to tablets? At first glance I'd say yes. Well constructed, the Iconia has a full complement of ports, including USB, and the Honeycomb software performs well on the included apps. Even the speakers sound good on the video, and getting content to the tablet seems pretty easy using clear.fi. I wasn't impressed with their "cubby holes" metaphor to group apps, but this could be comfortable for new users. Acer has done a little UI customization, so the system is a little less "bare bones" than the Motorola Xoom. Information of pricing and availability wasn't provided. If you have a choice between a Xoom and an Iconia, what would you buy?


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