Acer ICONIA TAB A500 available for pre-order at Best Buy, costs $500 for the Wi-Fi-only version
The tab will be a Best Buy online exclusive until April 14 - from that date onwards it will be offered for pre-order in stores. It's scheduled to be launched in both stores and online ten days later.
The Acer ICONIA TAB A500 packs the very same specifications that the more famous Motorola XOOM has - it's powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor and the tablet-optimized Android 3.0, has two cameras - 5MP rear one capable of recording full HD and a 2MP front-facer, 1024MB of RAM, as well as a large 10.1-inch screen with a 1280 x 800 resolution.
As you can see, the only notable difference between this tab and the Wi-Fi Motorola XOOM is that the latter is offered with a 32GB built-in storage, but Acer promises that a version of the ICONIA TAB A500 with the same amount of memory is on the way. Moreover, it's officially announced it will be launched by Verizon at some point in the future.
Also a few accessories for the tab are offered - among them are a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard that costs $69.99 and a protective case that can also be used as a nightstand for $39.99.
The tab left us with some good impressions after our brief encounter (our Acer ICONIA TAB A500 Hands-on), and for that price it definitely looks like a bargain.
source: Acer and Best Buy via SlashGear
1. protozeloz (Posts: 5328; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I wonder if there will be a review on this tab from phonearena
2. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)
Acer should have learned from Motorola in regards to its pricing. The idea is to compete with the ipad and soon the Samsung Galaxy 2 Tablet. In my opinion $500 bucks for an Acer tablet is about $200 too much. I'd rather buy a competitors model.
3. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
Well, on the positive side, it seems like a total Xoom clone in hardware specs, but cheaper. I agree though, I figured Acer, not being such a name brand, would drop the price a bit to pick up sales. Many people if they were choosing between the Moto and the Acer would probably pay the extra 50 bux for the moto to get the "name brand" to be safe. $400 would probably have been a great pricepoint for it, i think anyways. At least if it doesnt sell a lot, we can expect quick price drops.
4. downphoenix (Posts: 2235; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
extra 50 bucks? What are you talking about? There's a 150$ price gap here. 449.99 for the Acer, 599.99 for the Xoom. The Xoom does have 32gb instead of 16gb, but Im sure you can buy a 16gb card for about 50$, meaning that you save abou 100$ with the Acer, IF you have to have that extra 16GB.
And Acer isnt the best brand or anything like that, but they are the #1 selling brand for laptops and netbooks, its not like they are an unheard of brand.
5. cheetah2k (Posts: 739; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
The Xoom wifi is available for $579 in some locations, and cheaper on ebay.
I've owned Acer laptops and the quality is always pretty ordinary. I've handled the Xoom last week, and to be honest the build quality is 2nd to none. So, I definitely would rather get the Moto Xoom, especially when it comes with 32Gb onboard.
I really want a 900/2100Mhz EU 3G version on the Xoom though - and Moto are taking their sweet fekking time releasing it. At this rate Samsung will have their 10.1" competitor here in Australia - this may also be something to watch out for