73
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A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.
73

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

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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.

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
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Model
A500-08S08u

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Honeycomb [3.x])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video) (yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (8 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Speakers
Mono

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Model
A500-10S08u

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Honeycomb [3.x])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video) (yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (8 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Speakers
Mono

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Model
A500-10S16w

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Honeycomb [3.x])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video) (yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (8 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Speakers
Mono

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Model
A501-10S16u

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Honeycomb [3.x])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (GSM-based)

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video) (yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (16 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Speakers
Mono

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Model
A501-10S16w

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Honeycomb [3.x])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (GSM-based)

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video) (yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (16 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Speakers
Mono

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
1 GB
Model
A501-10S32u

Key Specs

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

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Honeycomb [3.x])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n)
Mobile broadband (integrated)
yes (GSM-based)

Location

Location support
yes (WiFi location)

Media

Media playback
yes

Camera

Camera (integrated)
yes (5 megapixels) (Records video) (yes)

Storage

Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card (32 GB) (Flash) (microSD)

Power

Maximum battery life
Up to10 hour
Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)

Audio

Speakers
Mono

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR

Hardware

CPU
1 GHz
RAM
1 GB