Performance:

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.

Conclusion: 

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: 2.6.36.3-00001-g9b3ce2b
Build number: Acer_A500_1.104.02_COM_GEN1

Acer ICONIA TAB A500 Video Review:

Pros

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

Cons

  • A bit of a cheap feeling
  • Extremely muddy looking 720p videos
  • Many crashes with the web browser

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

User Rating:

9.7
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