Acer Iconia Tab A500

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Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a 10.1in. Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet, which is connected to the Motorola Xoom, Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Galaxy Tab 10.1 rapidly populating the market. Latest Windows 7 Iconia Tab W500 is not very surprising. There will be a similar price A500 (£ 449.99 inc VAT., £ 375 ex. VAT) better?

Design

The Iconia Tab A500 is very well done and not try to place in the home or office. It has a solid feel, with aluminum accents on the edges of long and an aluminum plate. This breaks the way we expect too much, so that part of the screen will look thinner than it actually is.

The A500 has dimensions of 260mm by 177mm by 13.3mm put in the same stage as the processor Asus Eee Pad (271 x 171 x 12.98mm), his brother W500 (275 x 190 x 15.9 mm) and Apple iPad 2 (241 x 185, 7 x 8.8mm). It is relatively heavy 700g – however consider Eee Pad Transformer and 680g 613G Wi-Fi/3G iPad 2. The Iconia Tab W500 is still 970g heavier, so maybe Acer is focusing on a different weight, as was that manufacturers of other tablets.

Although its weight means keeping Iconia Tab A500 in one hand becomes a chore after a while, there is no doubt that the 10.1in. The screen is far superior to less 7in. devices to a wide range of tasks.

Display A500 has a native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. His self-adjusting brightness, seemed a bit ‘boring, and a manual setting bright, seemed a bit’ faded. We are often distracted by the reflectivity of the screen, which was particularly evident when working near a window. Travel by train, in particular, can be found to this problem. The display can also be greasy fingerprints quite quickly and need regular cleaning.

We have no complaints about viewing angles, which are exemplary. The multitouch screen is responsive, making it easy to scan the screen for five home Android. Automatic rotation of the screen is smooth too.

We mentioned the A500 is a pleasant style. This also applies to the volume rocker silver small diamond on the top edge and small slide switch next to it that can be used to toggle automatic screen rotation. We found it very useful and I would like to see adopted more tablets.

The A500 is a good appearance is associated with a hinged plastic cover integrated aluminum on the top edge of the cabinet. This protects a microUSB slot and a SIM card slot. The latter is covered by a void the warranty “if the seal is broken” sticker as there is no mobile broadband support in this unit.

The rest of the top is free of ports and connectors. The bottom edge houses a single proprietary connector for an optional charging dock. We have not seen a price for it in the United Kingdom.

The left edge is on / off switch, a headphone jack and a 3.5 mm mini-HDMI port. To the right is a micro-USB port, power connector round pin and a full size USB port – USB host function, allowing you to connect external devices. We tried a USB stick (which worked) and mouse (which failed). Acer does not provide an HDMI cable.

Behind a pair of speakers can offer the poor a voice, but rather strong, the lens 5 megapixel camera and a small LED flash. There is also a sense of driving a 2 megapixel camera to the frame of the screen on the left side of the device horizontally. Performance of the main camera is average, and Acer, probably would have done more.

Properties

Like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, Acer Iconia Tab A500 powered by a Nvidia Tegra 250 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor, which is accompanied by 1GB of RAM.

The A500 is now 32 GB of internal storage, but Acer says that a configuration of 16 GB will be available in June that costs less than £ 380 (VAT included. £ 317 HT). You can increase the internal memory with microSD cards.

We have already noted the lack of mobile broadband in the sample for review – a second model, the A501 adds this capability and costs £ 529.99 (VAT, £ 442 exc.). Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) and Bluetooth (2.1 + EDR), but not the GPS, are present in the review of Wi-Fi models only.

Five Android 3.0 home screen are all ready populated by a variety of widgets designed to make the tablet a larger screen. We especially like to browse the thumbnails and see the big favorite web-based calendar widget presentation and e-mail.

Acer brings some applications of the standard Android stack and Nvidia has added its own App Store offering games designed to take advantage of the large display and dual-core processor. There are a couple of trial games on the train too.

Among the Acer SocialJogger added, bringing together Twitter and Facebook contacts, the media server to share photos, videos and music from DLNA; LumiRead ebook management; NemoPlayer audio, video and viewing images, ClearFi, for the same purpose; 3D Photo Browser to browse the photo library using motion sensors, and a trial version of SEPA, the application of internet radio, nothing we have not seen before, and some people find the overlap of multimedia services as well as confusing and irritating.

Acer also adds what he calls “zones” in which you can group applications – are not media, social, and machine readable zones match. The visual metaphor is a set of shelves with application icons. We did not take him, but easily overlooked.

The inclusion of Documents To Go is welcome, but unfortunately it is for viewing documents only – you have to pay for the creation and editing facilities.

Battery

Acer prices 3260 mAh Li-Polymer battery good for 10 hours surfing the web with Wi-Fi only model, or 8 hours of video playback. We did not have Iconia Tab A500 for long enough to make a rigorous test of the battery, but will deal well with 6 hours of continuous video playback from the internal memory. What you should get through the weekend off from the network if you do not particularly heavy.

Conclusion

Acer is already under way against fierce competition in the market Android tablet, in the form of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Since the transformer pad at a cost Eee keyboard at home about the same as the A500 Icona Tab tablet does, is likely to choose the Asus right now. But it is still early for this market, and there is much competition on the road.

Specs

Connectivity / expansion

Wireless PAN Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR;

Wireless LAN 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

MicroSD expansion slot

Display

Screen Size 10.1

General

Built-in devices Camera

Dimensions (W x H x D) mm 260×13.3×177

Weight 700 g

Memory

MicroSD memory expansion

16 384 MB ROM drive installed

1024 MB RAM installed

OS & Software

Android OS 3.0

The included software SocialJogger, DLNA Media Server, Lumire, nemoPlayer, ClearFi, 3D Photo Browser, Aupeo (test), Internet radio, Documents To Go (read only)

Processor

Nvidia Tegra 250 processor

Clock speed 1024 MHz
 

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