Conclusion: Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 is one of the, if not the, best Android 3.0 tablets on the market. We prefer it to the Xoom and at $450, it is most definitely a hell of a lot cheaper than the G-Slate ($750) or Xoom ($800), yet offers almost identical, if not better, specs. It’s even cheaper than the PlayBook and iPad 2 by a cool $50 as well.
Pros: $450 price is best in class, Great Dolby sound, Nice feel for a 10.1-inch tablet, Full-size USB port
Cons: Android 3.0 is buggy and lame, It's a heifer, weighing more than the Xoom, Battery life is 2 hours shy of the iPad
Summary: The Acer Iconia Tab A500 definitely hits all the right notes for a good price: solid performance, a sturdy aluminum design, easy media and data sharing, plus a full-size USB port. We wish it were lighter and that the cameras were better, but consumers looking for a Honeycomb tablet will find a lot to like in the A500.
Pros: Good-looking brushed-metal design, Excellent audio quality, Easy media sharing and streaming, Full-size USB port
Cons: Heavier than other 10-inch tablets, Poor camera placement
Excerpt: Acer is the latest company to jump aboard the tablet wagon with the Iconia A500 Android tablet . The 10.1in Acer Iconia A500 runs the latest version of Google's Android operating system, Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' , and has a full-sized USB port for storing and transferring files, along with an HDMI port for direct connection to a high-definition television.
Excerpt: The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is Acer’s 10.1-inch Android tablet - as designated by the “A” in it’s product name, unlike the “W” of the W500 tablet that we reviewed previously. At 10.1-inches it faces a number of Honeycomb rivals such as the Asus Eee Pad (Transformer), the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Have Acer hit all the right points with their tablet?
Pros: USB, HDMI, working microSD slot, Honeycomb hasn't been too badly interfered with
Cons: Acer's software additions are largely dismissible and bring little value, design is rather clunky, size, short power lead, poor video support out of the box
Excerpt: In the contest to replace your laptop – and maybe even your TV – Android 3.0 tablets such as the Motorola Xoom are ganging up on the Apple iPad 2 by sheer quantity. We absolutely thrilled over the Asus Eee Pad Transformer , for example. Now it's time for the Acer Iconia Tab A500's day in the sun.
Pros: 720p video playback, More rugged than most, Bright screen, Docking station, USB port
Cons: Shorter than average battery life, Short charger cable, Wide bezel, No video rentals, Some minor crashes