Summary: The Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablet is a relatively heavy hunk of plastic, but its Android 3.0 Honeycomb software is a treat. The A500 will be even more fun to use when Google makes it easier to find dedicated Honeycomb apps.
Cons: Good Honeycomb apps and widgets are currently hard to find; plastic case looks fairly cheap; heavier and larger than the Xoom.
Conclusion: While taking these sample photos and videos, I can give some feedback on using the screens under direct sunlight. With both tablets set to maximum brightness and auto-dimming disabled, the iPad 2 was much easier to view under these conditions. At times the Iconia Tab was nearly unreadable. Furthermore the grid system that I mentioned earlier was extremely visible under direct sunlight and quite distracting.
Summary: Whether it likes it or not, Acer's got a reputation in the consumer electronics business: its computers are rarely the most well made, but they're always the most affordable on shelves. It's exactly what launched Acer to become a top computer manufacturer a few years ago and what made the company so successful in the netbook market.
Pros: Crisp, bright display, Commendable Dolby sound quality, Costs less than $500
Cons: Less battery life than other tablets, Mediocre camera quality, Slightly thicker than other Honeycomb tablets
Conclusion: This is a tablet that you're going to decide on purchasing based on your love for the brand Acer, your love for the unique light aluminum back end, or your dislike of the rest of the Android tablets on the market. If I only owned this tablet and an iPad 2, would I use this tablet more often than the iPad? Personally, yes, but that's because I'm hardcore Android Community and I've gotta represent. Might someone else use the iPad 2 more? Probably.
Excerpt: Acer ICONIA TAB A500 is a 10.1-inch Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet with 4G LTE connectivity, making it ready for Verizon Wireless' network. Specs wise, it rocks dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, HDMI port, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, tons of built-in storage which is expandable with microSD cards.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Excerpt: As a long-time competitor in the desktop and laptop space, Acer recently began competing against other Android tablet manufacturers with the launch of its Acer Iconia Tab A500. This 10.1-inch tablet is the company's first in the new Acer Iconia family of tablets.
Pros: 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core Mobile Processor, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, Micro HDMI, Full-size USB 2.0 port
Cons: Adobe Flash isn't preinstalled (Update: It is pushed to tablets via an update available as of 7/8/2011), Limited to 720p output via HDMI until an update is released (Update is available as of 7/8/2011)