Tablet PCs have proven to be the new face of computing over the past few years. While Apple’s iPads continue to dominate the market, there are plenty of alternatives to satisfy any budget and preference. One of which is the Acer Iconia Tab a500. Whether you already have a tablet or you’re starting to contemplate jumping on the new trend, you have to read this Acer Iconia Tab a500 review.
Right out the gate, the Iconia tablet strikes you with pure aesthetics. The hardware is near flawless with the slick aluminum casing and beautiful 10.1 inch 1280×800 TFT LCD screen. Simply put, this tablet is pretty nice eye candy. However, one of the downsides to the hardware is that it’s a bit bulky compared to other tablets on the market weighing in at 1.69 lbs. It’s not a brick by any means, but its counterparts such as the iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tabs weight in around 1.3lbs on average.
Now let’s talk about the guts of the Iconia Tab a500. It runs on Android’s Honeycomb OS which sports many of the features you’ve become accustomed to with Android. You’ll find Google Drive, The Play Store, your Gmail Client as well as the other usual suspects. It’s supported by a Dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and includes the Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 chipset.
When you start to dig into the features of this tablet, you’ll find some great pros, and a few cons as well. Starting off with the good, the Acer tablet has both a front (2MP) and rear (5MP) facing camera with flash. The video is solid especially for a tablet. This tablet has great 720p video recording that is crisp and fluid. Unfortunately, the Iconia Tab only has a mini hdmi input which is a little bit of a letdown. But we can excuse the mini hdmi port due to the superb audio quality of this tablet. If you’ve ever had a tablet in the past, you’ve no doubt run into the issue of needing to buy external speakers or use headphones to get decent sound quality. With the Iconia, you’re able to watch YouTube videos, stream Netflix, or just listen to music from the built in speakers
As for the memory capacity, you can choose either the 16 or 32gb model and you can also insert a Micro SD card to get up to 32gb of external memory. The one major downfall of the Acer Iconia Tab is the battery life. Bench tests place it at around 6 hours which is significantly less than many other tablets that can sustain over 8 hours of battery life.
Overall, the Acer Iconia Tab 500 is a good midlevel tablet that might not knock your shoes off but it certainly exceeds many of its competitors.
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