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Acer ICONIA TAB A500 Review


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Seeing that it’s a Wi-Fi only connected device, its battery life is pretty good considering that after fully charging it, we’re able to get out approximately 2 days of normal usage. Fantastic indeed, it should prove to be more than plentiful in getting you comfy with the tablet, but it’s hard to gauge its capacity compared to its 3G connected competition.


Acer ICONIA TAB A500 Review
Surely not something that you’d consider to be part of the elites in the tablet market, the single biggest and most important aspect about the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 is its affordable price tag. Rather than coming to market with a 3G connected model first, like much of its rivals, Acer’s entry of a Wi-Fi only model to test the market is remarkably the smart way of getting people to take notice – even more with its sub $500 cost. Sure it might not excel in all areas, like taking photos, but its faithful Android 3.0 Honeycomb experience easily keeps it in line with what we’ve seen with the Motorola XOOM and T-Mobile G-Slate. Therefore, if you’ve been holding out from buying a Honeycomb tablet primarily due to cost, you’ll undoubtedly find the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 to be the perfect solution to get you situated with the new platform – not to mention it won’t cost you an arm or leg!

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android 3.0.1
Kernal Version:
Build number: Acer_A500_1.104.02_COM_GEN1

Acer ICONIA TAB A500 Video Review:


  • Affordable cost
  • Great battery life
  • Same platform performance as the competition


  • A bit of a cheap feeling
  • Extremely muddy looking 720p videos
  • Many crashes with the web browser
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posted on 05 May 2011, 12:54 1

1. JaimeCarlos (Posts: 25; Member since: 17 Feb 2011)

I prefer the Asus Eeep Pad Transformer much more...
+ More elegant
+ Hdmi!
+ Better camera
+ Better 720p video record
+ Keyboard
+ Better Price

posted on 05 May 2011, 13:26 4

2. urdaddi (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jun 2010)

Yeah...and not available anywhere.

posted on 07 May 2011, 10:16

6. GeorgeT (unregistered)

But no usb onboard!

posted on 28 May 2011, 14:18

9. ernstk (unregistered)

@JaimeCarlos Iconia has hdmi and is plenty elegant. And better price and keyboard on the Transformer are mutually exclusive, as the keyboard is extra and bundled it would cost far more. Iconia is getting a Bluetooth keyboard as well, but this is neither here nor there as it's a tablet, not a net book. I'm sure the Transformer is a great tablet as well, but I've yet to see one in store. It's clear though that when you wrote this comment you haven't had your hands on either of these.

posted on 05 May 2011, 16:30 1

3. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

So this begs the question then. What do you choose if you have the choice of WiFi only versions of the Xoom, Tab 10.1, or this?

Despite the measly 16GB of internal storage, I'm thinking this is the best choice out of the group because it has a USB port AND microSD expansion.

posted on 05 May 2011, 18:11

4. urdaddi (Posts: 18; Member since: 27 Jun 2010)

Looking at this Acer Tab right next to the Xoom at Best Buy....I could not see a difference.....and I tested them pretty good to the point I was irritating the sales people by being there for so long. In my opinion, the Xoom has 2 problems off the bat : 1) no current working SD slot & 2) price.

Additionally, I got a Droid X on it's launch date and soon found out that Motorala was slow to get updates out and just absolutely horrible with communicating with it's customers.

So I opted for the Acer Tab. I have not regretted it yet. I am finding it to be a very good deal for what I paid for it. You can more or less comensate for a smaller internal memory with the ability to use USB drives and SD cards.

posted on 06 May 2011, 21:35

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Tablets are still extremely new, a lot of patches need to be made before I will consider spending more money than my freaking rent is.

posted on 09 May 2011, 21:39

7. tnfsmith (unregistered)

I would refer you take this tablet

posted on 25 May 2011, 15:55

8. imchillyb (unregistered)

I picked up this tablet from St***es and I've had it for a couple of days now. I love this chunky beast. I consistently get 8+ hours of heavy use out of it. That is with auto brightness on, The live wallpaper Shadow Galaxy running, WiFi chugging away, and a mountain of games and media streaming apps thrown at it. The USB drive was nice for me as that's how we backup our data at work. I have a couple year old Mi*****ft bluetooth mobile keyboard 6000 that paired with it flawlessly. I found it a pleasure to have the full screen tablet experience while retaining a mostly full size keyboard. It was well worth the $450 pricetag imo. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. I'll answer all I can.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 12:59

10. Howlingwolfuk (unregistered)

Is the American version different too the uk one as i just bought one of these and the internal storage is 32g not 16g as quoted here

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 15:26

11. Bigdog4au (unregistered)

E-bay has these for 379. with free shipping now

posted on 17 Jun 2011, 06:14

12. ÜI (unregistered)

hello to all the people who have bought this product...I just like to ask you if the 3g version of this tablet has SMS functionality?

posted on 28 Aug 2011, 21:04

14. J (unregistered)

I have one of these and definately worth it for the price

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 16:14

15. Iconia A500 Battery Charging I (unregistered)

Oct. 6, 2011 After about a week of using my new Acer Iconia A500 the unit developed an issue where the battery would not charge. This was an intermitent trouble whereby at times the unit would charge the battery for a few seconds or maybe a couple of minutes before stopping the recharging process. I used multiple power adapters with the same results from each. I performed a factory reset and a hard reset on the unit but, the resets did not correct the issue.

I contacted Acer Support and sent the unit in for repair. I received the A500 back from the repair facility 8 days later still with the battery charging issue. They returned it to me without repairing or correcting the issue.

I contacted Acer Support this morning and again returned the A500 for repair.

After searching some of the Acer A500 forums, I found that other users were experiencing the same issues with their A500 tablets. If the power adapter is connected the battery status indicator indicates 'Discharging' but, the battery percentage stays the same. When the power adapter is removed, the battery percentage indicator begins to decline. When the power adapter is connected, the A500 battery does not charge.

Based on my experiences with this product and the Acer Repair Service, I would not purchase an Acer Iconia A500 again and I would not reccomend this product. Acer Service/Support has not offered to replace my defective A500.

posted on 07 Oct 2011, 16:14

16. Carlos B (unregistered)

I bought this one a few months ago from Best Buy. To decide which one I would use, I compared this one to the ASUS Transformer and a Toshiba also available at that time at the store, and finally I decided to buy this one with the corresponding leather sleeve and screen protector. I don't regret my decision! This thing's really cool! It has a very neat look, it has a very good performance and it's practical. I know it can be bulky or heavier compared to other tablets, but to tell you the truth I don't even feel it when I'm carrying it in my backpack everywhere I go. I also have to tell that the MIcro SD and USB port options are great additions since they allow me to share data fast and easy, without worrying about additional cables, or wireless connections, and all that stuff. I just had a problem connecting it to my Nokia N8 to use my data services on the tablet, because Nokia uses Symbian^3 OS and it cannot create real wifi hotspots (even using Joiku). However, I got my Nokia stolen a few days ago and since then I bought a Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, powered with Android. I didn't have to do anything, just activate the hotspot option on my cell phone and now my tablet is working great anywhere. I really recommend it. In fact I would also say the aluminum back cover gives it a bit disctintion and style, I like it.

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OS: Android 4.0.3 3.2 3.1 3.0
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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Dual-core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
Size10.24 x 6.97 x 0.52 inches
(260 x 177 x 13.3 mm )
25.75 oz  (730 g)

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