Summary: Tablet worked great for a while, but this model has a very common issue of freezing up then erasing all data, including the recovery image after about a year of owning it. it is impossible to reload software onto it after this effectively making it worthless, unless you rooted it before hand.
flimsy power switch makes tablet into paper weight
4 December 2012
Summary: A great tablet but it has one very bad flaw,the power button is fragile and will break 9/10 times after a short period.The actual switch itself is very ,very tiny and fixed to the motherboard and is about 1/2 size of a a chicklet and has 2 small tabs holding it in place.When the power switch breaks the unit is worthless and almost impossible to repair.
Summary: *Audio for taking video contains lots of static, is garbled and hard to understand. Even played back on another device (computer or home entertainment system) produces same quality. *Camera quality below normal. *Unit is heavy to hold and has to rest on something *Cannot view outside as the brightness cannot be turned up enough. *Speakers produce tinny audio but this is expected from this type of device. *All other functions are excellent.
Summary: The wifi signal on this tablet is very weak. It's much weaker than other devices I have like laptops and phones. Even in the same room, I cannot get full signal strength. I literally have to stand inches away from my router in order to get full signal strength. This tablet cannot pickup any wifi signal one floor above even though all other wifi devices I have work fine. So I don't think it's a problem with my router or wifi network.
Summary: After using the A500 for more than 6 months in parallel with a Kindle Fire, an original iPad and then the new iPad, I am more and more disappointed: - The A500 has not received any meaningful updates. Honeycomb is just a mess of a UI. In the mean time, the iPads have received numerous updates and their multitasking is now much better than the A500. - The iPads added some great multi-touch gestures. In the meantime Acer has done nothing.
Summary: I purchased this item after much researching as I wanted a unit for when I travel. I like it for it's ease of use however I dislike the way it goes through it's battery charge. You can actually watch the charge disapear, not good.
Nice screen and build quality, but poor wifi, locked down, and lots of bloatware
Andreas Kaempf, Amazon
26 September 2011
Summary: I've only had this for a few days, but have found the wireless reception to be very weak, so it doesn't stay online in areas of my house that have good reception on our Mac minis or Asus EEE netbooks. Apparently, this is caused by the auto-update to Android 3.2, but should be fixed. The other problem is the large number of intrusive and unwanted programs (excess media players and games), which seem to start up on their own even if you don't use them, and which cannot be...