Excerpt: We had a brief hands-on with Acer’s ICONIA Tab A500 back in May, when they announced it in India. We returned from the conference quite pleased with what we saw. Finally! A worthy competitor to the almighty iPad - we thought. On paper, the A500 is way more feature packed when compared to Apple’s offering and at a lower price tag. We finally received the A500 for review and I must say we were all pretty excited as it was the first Android Honeycomb tablet to hit the labs.
Conclusion: One of the key things about the Acer Iconia Tab that differentiates it from other Android tablets on the market is the inclusion of the aforementioned full-sized USB port; the other being the 970g of (almost 1 kilo!) weight. Yup, the Iconia Tab is officially one of the heaviest tablets we’ve used; ironically it doesn’t feel much heavier than the Xoom, but it’s definitely much heavier than the iPad 2.
REVIEW: Acer Is Not An Apple & Its Iconia A500 Tablet Reveals Why
11 November 2013
Excerpt: When JT Wang, Acer's chairman and temporary CEO stood up recently and said that he wanted the Taiwanese Company to be "more like Apple" and that Acer was a serious competitor in the tablet market I decided to take a look at the new Acer A500 Iconia tablet to see how close the device came to the iPad 2.
Pros: On the looks and efficiency front it is as good as any other Android tablet out there.
Cons: Acer's A500 Iconia Tablet has a long way to go before it is on a level footing with the Motorola Xoom or the Toshiba Honeycomb Tablet. While it is stylish and functional it needs a software makeover to bring it up to speed.
Excerpt: Acer has taken a different approach from most manufacturers to tablets. Instead of putting all it’s money behind one operating system like LG, Samsung and Motorola, it has created two tablets lines within its Iconia range.
Summary: With its shiny glass surface, high resolution screen and aluminium back, it's clear which tablet Acer's Iconia A500 wants to be. But standards are already high for Android tablets, and it's going to need to do more than look the part to impress us. Looking at the spec sheet, it's a good start for the A500. It has the ubiquitous Nvidia Tegra 2 processor inside and Honeycomb is proving itself a more than capable as an operating system.