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    Acer Iconia Tab A500 review

    Brushed Aluminium is not everything!
    Battle on tablets market has begun. Thanks to Android and Tegra 2 every big player can release its own tablet, which is very powerful and easy to implement. Acer couldn't pass this segment of market, especially that everything what is mobile concerns Acer. They start new family in their portfolio, which named Iconia Tab. First device using it is Acer Iconia Tab A500, which Iím reviewing.

    Introduction
    Iconia Tab A500 is device which have all important hardware like its opponents and dislike them at low price. Price starts at $420 for 16GB version, but in some countries there is also available 8GB version.

    Exterior
    Even Iconia Tab A500 is cheap device, it doesnít look like that. The back of device is made of brushed aluminum, which is cold in touch, but makes device look like one of expensive device. What a shame that front glass isnít made of Gorilla Glass. But thanks to this everyone can afford it.
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    Biggest asset of Iconia Tab A500 is its screen. At 10.1 inches it have 1280x800 pixels resolution. Unfortunately isnít IPS panel, but chipper TFT panel. Even though colors are great and viewing angles are great.
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    On left side you can find power switch, mini jack and microHDMI port. On right side at bottom there are two USB ports, first microUSB and second Host USB, both in version 2.0. At top is located charging port. Only way to charge battery is to use included charger. 500mA of microUSB port is not enough to charge Iconia Tab A500, even if it is turn off.
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    In Iconia Tab A500 primary way to connect to Internet is using WiFi. Acer installed WLAN card in 802.11b/g/n standard. Eventually you can try connecting using Bluetooth 2.1 (Android 3.0 supports PAN, but not DUN) or inserting 3G modem into Host USB. Last method requires to change ROM to unofficial, which supports it. In Iconia Tab A501 Acer added internal 3G modem, so you need only to insert SIM card.
    Battery captvity is 3260mAh. What it means? I tested it by myself. Using tablet only for basic actions like browsing Web, sending emails, etc. allow me to work on it for about 10 hours. It is really good time for tablet at this price! But if main purpose is playing games or watching HD video than battery will be dead after 3-4 hours. Not strange for me, this actions use more resources of CPU and GPU because need more performace.

    Hardware
    The hearth of Iconia Tab A500 is Tegra 2.
    • Operating System: Android 3.0, upgradable to 3.2,
    • Dimensions: 260 x 117 x 13.3 mm,
    • Weight: 730 g,
    • Display size: 10.1 inches, 1280x800 pixels,
    • Battery captivity: 3260 mAh,
    • SoC: Nvidia Tegra 2,
    • CPU: Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor,
    • GPU: GeForce ULP,
    • RAM: 1 GB,
    • Storage: 16/32/64 GB (on some markets 8 GB),
    • Card slot: microSD, up to 32GB,
    • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1,
    • Camera: primary 5 MB, secondary 2MP,
    • USB: microUSB 2.0, Host USB 2.0,
    • HDMI port.


    Software
    Like I mentioned before Iconia is running Android 3.0, which you can upgrade to 3.2, but it is still unclear will get Ice Cream Sandwich. Acer did not install any overlay on user interface. OS is almost clean, except installing few applications like SocialJogger, LumiRead and games: Lets Golf, Hero of Sparta and Need of Speed Shift.
    So Iconia Tab A500 came to your hands with clean system mainly with Google applications and few Acer applications.

    Summary
    Iconia Tab A500 is a really good tablet. Probably it have the best price to performance ratio. For me there is no reason to pay more for other tablets, when all of them are build on Tegra 2 SoC.

    Pros:
    • Great price,
    • Good battery life,
    • Build-in Host USB port,
    • Tegra 2,
    • HDMI port,
    • Brushed Aluminium,
    • Switch to block screen rotation


    Cons:
    • TFT panel,
    • Screen isn't protected by Gorilla Glass,
    • Even looking good, casing is not well fitted.


    What a pity that I can only attach only 5 files. I had prepared 8 images. If I made some mistake please correct me.
    Last edited by zwierzak; 11-05-2011 at 07:09 PM.

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    I liked it, good to see pictures. Probably could use some proof reading to fix up some grammer. Doesn't sound like english is your first language the way you write.
    Last edited by zerofeel; 11-27-2011 at 05:18 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by talmeeno View Post
    I liked it, good to see pictures. Probably could use some proof reading to fix up some grammer. Doesn't sound like english is your first language the way you write.
    It isn't and I wasn't using it for about 3 months so this is problem why my grammar is so bad. But now when I write a little in English it should be better.

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