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Acer Iconia Tab A500 review

7.3/10 AVG.
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7.3/10
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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


What Mobile

The Acer ICONIA Tab A500 is a heavy beast, which means you’ll probably find yourself using it when seated most of the time. With the latest version of Honeycomb, there are a number of improvements to improve the user experience, but it can still seem like quite a change from the Android OS you’re mo...

- Jonathan Morris, What Mobile
TrustedReviews

The Acer Iconia A500 boasts many of the same core specs as its Android Honeycomb tablet rivals, and it handles the new operating system just as well, but the uninspiring design stops it from appealing over some of these alternatives. It's an entirely competent product, but as something you have to h...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Pocket-lint

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 offers some features that make it attractive to potential tablet buyers. The range of supported physical connections is the big thing, accepting microSD cards and external USB drives in the tablet itself - the USB will also be more useful when Android 3.1 arrives on the A500...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
NDTV

The device is cheaper than the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2. If you are looking for an experience other than the iPad you may want to take a look at the A500. But if you're in the market for a sleeker Android based tablet, you may want to hold-off until the Samsung Galaxy tabs hits.

- Sameer Mitha, NDTV
Expert Reviews

The A500 isn't a bad tablet, it feels well-made, has plenty of useful ports, good speakers and decent application and battery performance. However, it's a little heavier than it need be, and the display isn't up to that of its immediate competitors - both key considerations.We've given the A500 four...

- Seth Barton, Expert Reviews


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Acer Iconia Tab A500's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Tegra 250 Dual Cortex A9 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.0 operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 MB

Internal memory is 32 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3260mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3260 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia Tab A500 Specs

Overview
Release date April 24, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.0

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Secondary OS No
Processor Tegra 250 Dual Cortex A9 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 MB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 1 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Metallic Grey
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.0 x 17.7 x 1.3 cm (10.2 x 7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 765 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 262k
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen, Acer User Interface 4.5
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Night mode, White balance, Scene Mode, Color Effect
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, Night mode, White balance, Scene Mode, Color Effect
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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What Mobile

Heavy, excellent performance, good battery life

from What Mobile

The Acer ICONIA Tab A500 is a heavy beast, which means you’ll probably find yourself using it when seated most of the time. With the latest version of Honeycomb, there are a number of improvements to improve the user experience, but it can still seem like quite a change from the Android OS you...More

The Acer ICONIA Tab A500 is a heavy beast, which means you’ll probably find yourself using it when seated most of the time. With the latest version of Honeycomb, there are a number of improvements to improve the user experience, but it can still seem like quite a change from the Android OS you’re more likely used to. It still suffers from some inconsistencies when running a mix of apps designed for Android 2.x and 3.x, which won’t be fixed until Ice Cream Sandwich (V4) comes at the end of the year. The performance is excellent, and battery life is good too, but the even more impressive feature is the USB port that allows the easy hook-up of flash drives, keyboards and mice. It means you could consider this as a device you could really be productive on.

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TrustedReviews

Uninspiring design stops it from appealing over some of these alternatives

from TrustedReviews

The Acer Iconia A500 boasts many of the same core specs as its Android Honeycomb tablet rivals, and it handles the new operating system just as well, but the uninspiring design stops it from appealing over some of these alternatives. It's an entirely competent product, but as something you have t...More

The Acer Iconia A500 boasts many of the same core specs as its Android Honeycomb tablet rivals, and it handles the new operating system just as well, but the uninspiring design stops it from appealing over some of these alternatives. It's an entirely competent product, but as something you have to handle directly, aesthetic concerns and size are very important. Here, there just aren't enough extra features to quite mitigate fully for the bulk factor.

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Pocket-lint

It’s certainly worthy of consideration if it fits your budget and you crave that USB port or HDMI

from Pocket-lint

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 offers some features that make it attractive to potential tablet buyers. The range of supported physical connections is the big thing, accepting microSD cards and external USB drives in the tablet itself - the USB will also be more useful when Android 3.1 arrives on the A500. It isn’t the prettiest tablet, but we suspect that those who want the advantage of a full-sized USB connection may overlook that fact. The price, at £449 and falling, makes it better value than the Xoom, which it bests in terms of convenience if not looks. The Asus Eee Pad still looks to be better value, however, accepting the caveat that its arrangement brings. Overall, you can’t go too far wrong with the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and it’s certainly worthy of consideration if it fits your budget and you crave that USB port or HDMI. Given how quickly Acer prices tend to drop, it could soon be a bargain too. But the design will deter some as it just doesn't look as good as it's competition...

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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 offers some features that make it attractive to potential tablet buyers. The range of supported physical connections is the big thing, accepting microSD cards and external USB drives in the tablet itself - the USB will also be more useful when Android 3.1 arrives on the A500. It isn’t the prettiest tablet, but we suspect that those who want the advantage of a full-sized USB connection may overlook that fact. The price, at £449 and falling, makes it better value than the Xoom, which it bests in terms of convenience if not looks. The Asus Eee Pad still looks to be better value, however, accepting the caveat that its arrangement brings. Overall, you can’t go too far wrong with the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and it’s certainly worthy of consideration if it fits your budget and you crave that USB port or HDMI. Given how quickly Acer prices tend to drop, it could soon be a bargain too. But the design will deter some as it just doesn't look as good as it's competition.

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NDTV

Good display and sound but OS is a bit buggy

from NDTV

The device is cheaper than the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2. If you are looking for an experience other than the iPad you may want to take a look at the A500. But if you're in the market for a sleeker Android based tablet, you may want to hold-off until the Samsung Galaxy tabs hits.

Read full review

The device is cheaper than the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2. If you are looking for an experience other than the iPad you may want to take a look at the A500. But if you're in the market for a sleeker Android based tablet, you may want to hold-off until the Samsung Galaxy tabs hits.

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Expert Reviews

Its weight and average display mean there are better options available for the same price

from Expert Reviews

The A500 isn't a bad tablet, it feels well-made, has plenty of useful ports, good speakers and decent application and battery performance. However, it's a little heavier than it need be, and the display isn't up to that of its immediate competitors - both key considerations.We've given the A500 f...More

The A500 isn't a bad tablet, it feels well-made, has plenty of useful ports, good speakers and decent application and battery performance. However, it's a little heavier than it need be, and the display isn't up to that of its immediate competitors - both key considerations.We've given the A500 four stars, as it's not far behind its competition, but that said, we can't see any reason to buy it at its current price.

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Digital Trends

This is just too big and too expensive compared to rivals

from Digital Trends

At more than fifty quid over the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, we can’t help but feel that the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is something of a raw deal. It’s far too heavy and lacks the killer keyboard integration. Of course Asus’ slate is selling out everywhere right now so it might seem a...More

At more than fifty quid over the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, we can’t help but feel that the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is something of a raw deal. It’s far too heavy and lacks the killer keyboard integration. Of course Asus’ slate is selling out everywhere right now so it might seem a bit more tempting, but don’t be fooled: it’s far too heavy for a modern tablet. That’s a crying shame, because as ever, we see big things for Honeycomb.

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PhoneArena

The single biggest and most important aspect is its affordable price tag

from PhoneArena

Surely not something that you’d consider to be part of the elites in the tablet market, the single biggest and most important aspect about the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 is its affordable price tag. Rather than coming to market with a 3G connected model first, like much of its rivals, Acer’...More

Surely not something that you’d consider to be part of the elites in the tablet market, the single biggest and most important aspect about the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 is its affordable price tag. Rather than coming to market with a 3G connected model first, like much of its rivals, Acer’s entry of a Wi-Fi only model to test the market is remarkably the smart way of getting people to take notice – even more with its sub $500 cost. Sure it might not excel in all areas, like taking photos, but its faithful Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience easily keeps it in line with what we’ve seen with the Motorola XOOM and T-Mobile G-Slate. Therefore, if you’ve been holding out from buying a Honeycomb tablet primarily due to cost, you’ll undoubtedly find the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 to be the perfect solution to get you situated with the new platform – not to mention it won’t cost you an arm or leg!

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Computer Shopper

If good connectivity and audio matter most, it's a smart choice

from Computer Shopper

In a matter of weeks, we’ve gone from Honeycomb tablets being a rare commodity to being the new tablet standard. In fact, the ones we’ve seen so far are so similarly configured that anyone would have difficulty choosing among them—never mind the ones waiting in the wings. Acer h...More

In a matter of weeks, we’ve gone from Honeycomb tablets being a rare commodity to being the new tablet standard. In fact, the ones we’ve seen so far are so similarly configured that anyone would have difficulty choosing among them—never mind the ones waiting in the wings. Acer has attempted to differentiate its tablet offering, the Iconia Tab A500, via its custom apps and a few freebies, but in the final analysis, what the Iconia Tab offers isn’t unique or different enough to set it apart in the quickly growing Honeycomb-tablet market. That said, there’s nothing really wrong with this tablet, either. It offers excellent performance, the best set of expansion ports we've seen on a tablet, easy wired (and soon to be wireless) syncing with your PC, and even high-quality speakers for a tablet. We don't think the A500 will disappoint, but in our estimation, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF101 is still a better choice. It's $50 cheaper, has better battery life, and offers an optional $149 keyboard dock that effectively converts the Eee Pad Transformer into a Honeycomb netbook.

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PC Magazine

The Iconia Tab A500, has similar strengths and weaknesses to its direct competitors, but its price is easier to swallow than some others

from PC Magazine

If you happen to be focused on media consumption, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 will serve you well. But if you can wait to jump into the tablet game, things are likely to get more interesting as more major manufacturers including HP, HTC, Samsung, Sony, and others release tablets in the coming months.

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If you happen to be focused on media consumption, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 will serve you well. But if you can wait to jump into the tablet game, things are likely to get more interesting as more major manufacturers including HP, HTC, Samsung, Sony, and others release tablets in the coming months.

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Digital Trends

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 boasts specs on par with many more expensive competitors, but picks up weight in exchange for its low price tag

from Digital Trends

Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 is one of the, if not the, best Android 3.0 tablets on the market. We prefer it to the Xoom and at $450, it is most definitely a hell of a lot cheaper than the G-Slate ($750) or Xoom ($800), yet offers almost identical, if not better, specs. It’s even cheaper th...More

Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 is one of the, if not the, best Android 3.0 tablets on the market. We prefer it to the Xoom and at $450, it is most definitely a hell of a lot cheaper than the G-Slate ($750) or Xoom ($800), yet offers almost identical, if not better, specs. It’s even cheaper than the PlayBook and iPad 2 by a cool $50 as well.
The two big downsides to the Iconia Tab are its weight and its operating system. At about 1.7 pounds, it is heavier than the Xoom, so if you’re looking for a mobile tablet, this may not be the one for you. Its OS, Android 3.0, is still a bit too unstable and quirky for our tastes, especially when pitted against refined experiences like Apple’s iOS or even Android 2.3. We hope Google takes a good hard look at Android 3.0 and fixes it up in the next few months.
However, if you’re looking at a larger tablet and know all about Android 3.0, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is the best deal around. It has specs that compare with the best at the lowest price. Win.

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