Acer Iconia Tab A501 Hands-on

Acer Iconia Tab A501 Hands-on

Acer might be the new kid on the blockwhen it comes to tablets, but who isn't anyway? Despite that, thecompany managed to pull off a well-designed 10.1-inch slate codenamedAcer Iconia Tab A501, coming not only on Verizon, but obviously toAT&T with support for the carrier's 4G network as well. Thebrushed aluminum back on the Android Honeycomb tablet and its crispscreen will definitely appeal to many.Actually, if you take a closer look at the video, you can notice thatthe Iconia Tab A501 runs Froyo due to the early prototype unit we saw at CTIA,but the final version will feature the tablet-optimized Honeycomb.




While it lacks the extremely slimprofile of recently announced tablets (the depth here is 0.52" or 13.3mm), it still has a very premiumfeel due to the quality materials used. The weight is alsosubstantial – with 25.75 ounces you can almost use this tablet foryour daily workout. In terms of hardware specs, it stands on par withwhat most of the Honeycomb crowd can offer: 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 250dual-core processor with integrated graphics, a 5-megapixelrear-facing camera and an HDMI-out port.



With a release date in the secondquarter of the year, the only thing we wish we knew now is the price. But whatever itis, we hope Acer can overcome its shortage of tablets we recentlyreportedabout, and fulfil our gadget hunger on time.





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10 Comments

1. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Looks decent, just a little thick and big bezel is too big!

2. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Thick compared to what? The new Galaxy Tab's and iPad 2? 13.3mm is still thin as hell for a device, and it still allows for the inclusion of USB, and HDMI ports unlike the others.

4. Archangel unregistered

What kind of dumb comment is it to say "...The weight is also substantial – with 25.75 ounces you can almost use this tablet for your daily workout..." ?? It weighs 4 OUNCES more than an iPad and suddenly you're bench pressing 200 pounds? OMG - was this so called "article" written by Steve Jobs??

10. holdup unregistered

it's not just about the weight, it's about how heavy it feels to hold. I've got the iconia a501 and holding it in just one hand is awkward. No such issues with the Ipad 2. It may only be 4 ounces, but that can make a big difference when you're talking about relative weights (it's more than 20% heavier than the ipad 2).

5. appleisascam unregistered

Have you noticed all these reviews sound like they are making the product look like crap and boosting the ipad. Look further you will see this happening more and more. PCworld is an apple site, look further you see as of like 3 years ago they started going pro apple. Like WTF it's called "PCworld" not macworld. Same here, the person has no idea what the product is and tries to compare it to the ever more retarded IPAD. You know what ipad can't do 1/1000000000000000000 of what this does. Ipad is a toy, this is a tablet. And the weight is more because it has hardware in it unlike the ipad, Get a life Also how is a four ounce difference so huge. YOU CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE

6. Jormundgard unregistered

I played with this tablet at the mall today and it is fantastic, the screen is beautiful and it moves and works fast. The camera to the left is a bit odd and will make video chat a little left-leaning, but I'd be ecstatic to have this tablet.

7. zopfan

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 03, 2010

How is this (A501) different from previous model A500?

9. White unregistered

A501 has GPRS/HSDPA support, the A500 is WiFi only.

8. my cool unregistered

hi i have just bourght the Acer Iconia Tab A501but am having probs with SKYPE no video call even thou its saying it will do it but no body have any Answers can you help with a link , but all in all so far its quite good still trying out some of the apps it can almost do what i need it to do thanks my cool

11. Dean unregistered

I think its awesome n better then all other tabs, with stuff like HDMI n USB...I'm from South Africa, does any1 know where I could find 1?

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