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|The stylish and compact Acer ICONIA A500-10S08u Wi-Fi-enabled tab will enthrall you with its 10.1-inch active matrix TFT color LCD multi-touch screen that brings movies and videos alive. Powered by NVIDIA Tegra-2 250 dual core 1 GHz processor, this Acer tablet PC lets you smoothly access multiple applications simultaneously. Get access to various fun and business applications as this Wi-Fi-enabled tab runs on Android operating system. This Bluetooth-enabled Acer tablet PC also has a micro SD card slot for added storage. Stay connected to your world with the Wi-Fi-enabled Acer ICONIA A500-10S08u mobile computer.|
|Display Size||10.1in (25.65 cm)|
|Hard Drive Capacity||8 GB|
|Processor Speed||1 GHz|
|Display and Screen|
|Display Max. Resolution||1280 x 800|
|RAM Technology||DDR2 SDRAM|
|Connections and Expandability|
|Networking Type||Bluetooth, Integrated Wireless LAN|
|Width||7in (17.78 cm)|
|Depth||0.5in (1.27 cm)|
|Weight||1.69lb (0.76 kg)|
|Additional Technical Informations|
Average review score based on 7 user reviews
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I purchased a Acer ICONIA A500 10.1 inch tablet for my wife. She opened it on Christmas, charged it for 4 hours, and I haven't seen her since. Our communal laptop is dying, so we also got a nice desktop for the family; something the kids and I could work and play on. I figured a nice little tablet for the wife would be a good idea considering the rest of us would be monopolizing the desktop most of the time. I was hoping that the ICONIA would do about 50% of the computer stuff she needed.
I was wrong.
The ICONIA does 99% of everything she needed a computer for. The operative word is NEEDED; past tense. She hasn't laid a finger on the desktop since setting up her Windows account.
While researching tablets I came up with this list:
iPad 2 - Costly, pretty, solidly built, long battery life, user friendly... But it's an Apple device, and we are NOT an Apple family.
Android Tablets - The 3 top contenders being ASUS Transformer, Motorola XOOM, and the Acer ICONIA. The ICONIA won due to it's construction; the aluminum back makes it feel more hardy than the "cheap" plastic feel of the others. I have also used and owned several Acer products and I found them to be vastly superior. It is important to note, however, that at 8 hours with WiFi off, the ICONIA has the shortest battery life of the bunch. Not an issue for us.
Kindle Fire - A good E-Reader that doubles as an entry-level tablet. The cost is great, but I had concerns about its capabilities as a "real" tablet.
I got the ICONIA, and do NOT regret the decision.
The display is ridiculously responsive, colors pop, and HD videos flow smoothly.
The interface is extremely easy to use; I expected a week or two of having to troubleshoot for my wife, but she figured almost everything out on her own. Small things like copying and pasting text or deleting items from the Android Honeycomb desktop take some getting used to, but only because most of us have been spoiled and poisoned by the use of a computer mouse with 2 buttons. A quick internet search on the tablet's browser usually provides an answer within seconds.
It has a USB, card reader, HDMI output to connect to a TV, and can accept a SIM card if we opt for a 4G data plan through our cell-phone carrier.
It feels amazing in your hands. Heavy enough to make its presence known, but light enough to hold for hours without strain.
I've found the Android operating system to be extremely stable, easily modified, and the support community is very active and friendly. Android is continuously evolving for the better, and updates are quick to download and install...
And the factory reboot is easy to accomplish if something gets stuck or messed up.
And to think I had considered paying almost twice as much for the iPad...
There are a TON of applications, and many are free, most are very cheap.
I know where my wife is hiding now because I can hear Angry Birds pumping out of the surprisingly high-quality speakers, as well as whatever horrible music she's listening to on Pandora.
PROs: Excellent value, solidly build, gorgeous display, ridiculously responsive touch-screen, great speakers, a lot of options for peripherals, fast, doesn't make you just another Apple Automaton.
CONs: Not many... Shortest battery life in its class, but 8 hours is more than enough for me or my wife... The integrated headphone jack is 1/16th inch and requires an adapter for use with regular 1/8th inch. Oh well, $3 at Radio Shack..
I had my eye out for a notebook/web book, and have absolutely no regrets with my purchase of the Acer A500. I picked this tablet up for around $200, and don't believe I could have gotten a better tablet for the money. There is no better bang-for-your-buck under $350; the nVidia dual-core processor, HDMI (micro), micro USB, regular USB, and headphone/stereo outputs are unmatched... particularly at half the price of any tablet with similar features. The upgradeable micro SD card memory makes it incredibly inexpensive to upgrade the amount of memory (mine came with the minimum 8 Gigs of internal memory). For about $25 I added a 16 Gig, class 10 micro SD card, and a micro HDMI to HDMI male cable, which I use quite often to watch movies from various Apps, YouTube videos and play video games in HD on any TV with a HDMI connection. Plus, unlike the fruity brand, I can use a Flash player and upgrade memory without spending $100 or buying a whole new unit. My ICONIA was shipped with Android OS version 2.3, which was updated to version 4.0.3 (ICS) about a week thereafter.
I've used the iPad & iPad 2, both very fine tablets, but I wouldn't give up my Acer ICONA for either of them... and I paid less than half the price! Do not hesitate to purchase this tablet! The only aspect which the iPad beats the ICONIA is the weight and thickness, but only marginally. The ICONIA just feels more robust and of better build quality.
I bought the tablet in January, had to send it back twice to the Acer repair center. First because it would not get past the welcome screen. The second time because it would not pick up a wifi signal. Warranty covered both issues. Works fine now. Not a bad tablet for the money.
excellent I love it
very easy to use it
Acer ICONIA A500-10S08u 8GB, Wi-Fi, 10.1in - Silver
Your overall rating: 5/5 - Excellent
Size / weight: 5/5 - Excellent
Battery life: 5/5 - Excellent
Value for money: 5/5 - Excellent
I love this tablet it is super quick and easy to use. The only con is that you can't transfer apps to the sd card.