The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a very fast tablet. NVIDIA’s Tegra 250 dual-core 1GHz processor, GeForce graphic processor and 1GB or RAM have no trouble handling Honeycomb. The Iconia Tab A500 manages to launch applications instantly and run them smoothly, regardless of how demanding they are.
The A500 handles Flash no problem, however Honeycomb does not support Flash out of the box. Users have to download the free Flash player through the Android Market.
To make things easy Acer included a handy Flash installation shortcut on the Honeycomb homescreen (as well as shortcuts to other useful software additions). Zooming in on web sites and scrolling is not as smooth as it is on the iPad 2, but overall the performance was still speedy.
Unfortunately, the rear-facing camera is not very good. Photos are of below average quality, with poor sharpness and pale color imaging with colder tones. The same thing goes for video recording and the front-facing camera.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 runs “pure” Android 3.0, though Acer did include some additional applications (some of which are useful and some which are not). These apps are easily removed if the user wants to get rid of them.
Connectivity and Battery
The Iconia Tab A500 offers the ability to connect to the Internet solely via Wi-Fi, at least in the current version. This is not surprising, given the fact that the tablet is a little too large to be considered mobile.
Despite this, Acer representatives have announced a 3G version of this tablet will be available soon, which is also evident from the fact that there is a hidden SIM card slot under the microSD card slot’s cover. It is hidden only with a sticker that comes off easily, but removal could void the warranty.
The Iconia Tab A500 does not have any problems with Wi-Fi connection ? during the review period the tablet swiftly connected to various types of routers and maintained a constant and fast connection even at a distance.
A large built-in battery is partially responsible for the tablet?s size. Still, it only provides average life from everyday work and occasional usage of GPS and Wi-Fi. Generally, the tablet will need to be charged every three days.
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a 10-inch Honeycomb tablet that belongs in the very top of its class. Compared to the Xoom, the Acer model is bigger and heavier, and maybe even more poorly designed overall. However, it has some significant advantages, including an abundance of ports and jacks.
Poor camera and bulk aside, the Iconia Tab A500 is exceptionally fast, reliable, and functional.