73
Global
Score
73

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 review

Summary

from $229.99+
Pros
  • Surprisingly good LCD screen and speakersSpeedy Tegra 2 chipFull-size USB port for expanded connectivity
Cons
  • Sub-par battery lifePoor cameras and minor build issuesVery little native software available
Acer Iconia Tab A500 review

Last month, the Motorola Xoom was the only officially sanctioned Android 3.0 tablet available in the United States. Now there are four -- the T-Mobile G-Slate arrived last week, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 this week, and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is on sale today, assuming you can find one. All have the same basic silicon inside, but oh-so-slightly different approaches to shape, such that price might honestly be the deciding factor these days. That's where we thought this WiFi-only Acer Iconia Tab had an edge, launching at $450, but now that ASUS has shaken the money tree with a $400 figure for the Eee Pad Transformer, we doubt other price tags will stick. It could be the tiniest of differentiators that shifts your opinion in favor of a particular slate. What's a prospective tablet buyer to do? Join us on a tour of the Acer Iconia Tab A500's particular perks and quibbles after the break, and we'll tell you.

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Breakdown

Ease of use
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
6.7
Battery life
6.0
Design and form factor
8.0
Display
7.6
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Specs

ICONIA

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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Specs

ICONIA

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
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