Acer Iconia A500 Quick Review

Acer Iconia Review


The Acer Iconia A500 is an Android Honeycomb based tablet, not to be confused with the Acer W500, a Windows tablet of similar design.

This quick review of the Acer Iconia A500 is a general review, not a hands-on review. The device is 95% the same as the Motorola XOOM, the only main differences are cosmetic. After reading below, reference this hands-on Xoom review for a look at what to expect from a software standpoint, since they both run Android 3.0 Honeycomb and have nearly identical specs.

Features and Hardware

The Acer Iconia tablet features a 10" 1280 x 800 resolution touchscreen, WiFi and Bluetooth, HDMI port, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1GB DDR2 memory, 16GB eMMC internal memory, microSD card slot for cards up to 32GB, and of course it runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

The Iconia also comes with a 2MP front-facing webcam for video chat and a 5MP rear camera with flash and 720p video recording. It can play 1080p HD video and 3D games, including flash-based video, games, and applications. It comes pre-loaded with two games, "Need for Speed: Shift" and "Let's Golf".

For e-reading, the tablet comes pre-installed with the Acer LumiRead and Google Books ereading apps, and the Zinio app for reading full-color digital magazines.

What jumps out most about the Acer Iconia A500 is its relatively low price of $449, about $150 less than the Motorola Xoom and $50 less than the 16GB iPad 2. But its not quite the most inexpensive 10" Honeycomb tablet. The ASUS Transformer has it beat by $50, plus it comes with a higher-quality screen and option for a fully-integrated keyboard dock.

Acer offers some additional accessories for the Iconia A500.

  • Full-sized dedicated Bluetooth keyboard. MSRP $69.99.
  • Dock and IR remote with two tilt angles. The dock charges the unit and includes connections for external speakers or headphones. MSRP $79.99.
  • Protective case. MSRP $39.99.
  • Power adapter set with three connectors for the US, UK, and Europe. MSRP $29.99.

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Acer Iconia A500 Specs

  • Screen: 10.1" High-definition 16:10 WXGA widescreen touch screen (1280 x 800)
  • 1 GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
  • Storage: 16GB eMMC on-board memory, plus microSD card slot for cards up to 32GB
  • 1 GB RAM memory
  • Wireless: WiFi 802.11b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 5MP rear-facing camera
  • Micro-HDMI port
  • Stereo speakers, microphone, headphone jack
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, GPS, compass
  • Battery: up to 8 hours, 3260mAh Li-polymer
  • Dimensions: 10.24 x 6.97 x 0.52 (260mm x 177mm x 13.3 mm)
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds

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