Acer Iconia Tab A500

Released April, 2011
  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.0
And because Honeycomb moves the Android navigation controls off the hardware and into the touch screen, a crisp, accurate screen is more critical than ever.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
6.8 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Acer Iconia Tab A500

Performance

Processing power and speed

Iconia Tab A500
6.4
Nexus 10
8.6
Acer A700
7.5
Passmark and AnTuTu

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Iconia Tab A500
6.0
Nexus 10
10.0
Acer A700
6.7
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Iconia Tab A500
6.4
Nexus 10
6.5
Acer A700
7.1
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Iconia Tab A500
8.5
Nexus 10
9.1
Acer A700
8.6
Reviews from phonearena.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com, mobiletechreview.com and 2 more

6.8

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Iconia Tab A500
6.8
Nexus 10
8.5
Acer A700
7.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Acer Iconia Tab A500

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Iconia Tab A500
886
Nexus 10
1,509

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Iconia Tab A500
1,596
Nexus 10
4,082
Acer A700
1,908

AnTuTu Memory, processor, graphics and storage performance

Iconia Tab A500
4,779
Nexus 10
13,772
Acer A700
9,887

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

Iconia Tab A500
1,988 ms
Nexus 10
1,371 ms
Iconia Tab A100
2,328 ms

AnTuTu 3D 3D graphics performance

Iconia Tab A500
845
Nexus 10
3,842
101 G9
921

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Iconia Tab A500
1.3 fps
Nexus 10
12.5 fps
Acer A700
3.8 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Acer Iconia Tab A500


6.5
It's a fierce tablet size war out there, and while the Iconia Tab A500 stacks up rather well against its Honeycomb rivals, the iPad 2 wins by quite a bit on both thickness and weight.

6.0
Its capacitive multi-touch display looks nearly identical to the Xoom's and is bested by the IPS display on the even less expensive Eee Pad Transformer as well as the bright and vibrant Galaxy Tab 10.1 display.

7.0
We've already mentioned that 3G doesn't feature in this model, but Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 2.1 are all here.

7.0
There's no reason for the Iconia Tab A500 to be so much wider, although some users will prefer the more rugged design.

7.3
Meant to be used for video chatting (using the included Google Talk app) or impromptu self-portraits, this camera uses a lower 2-megapixel sensor, but can still be used to record standard-definition video.

7.5
Matching the size of the Motorola XOOM’s display, its 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) capacitive touchscreen is very sharp looking and produces some iridescent looking colors; despite its support for 262k colors only.

Overall

7.1 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Adding to the fact that it has a sizable display, which of course produces some good visuals, it’s the perfect concoction for all your video watching requirements.
by PhoneArena (May, 2011)
This glossy finish means the Acer Iconia A500 isn't pleasant to use outside, as unless you're very careful about how you angle the screen you'll see more of the world around you than what is on-screen.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
The A500's specs match the rest of the Honeycomb tablets – it's got a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 16GB of storage, dual-cameras, and a 1280x800-resolution display – but for $150 less than the others, does it suffer from Acer's typical sacrifices in screen and manufacturing quality?
by The Verge (Apr, 2011)

Operating System

But if you're on a budget and want a good quality, well-equipped Android tablet, you might be willing to overlook these.
by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2011)
The Android Market doesn't currently tell you whether an app's been lovingly crafted with tablets in mind either, so finding the best apps involves a lot of experimentation.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
Resolution is the same as most other 10in Android tablet at 1280x800 pixels.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Operating system

Stereo speakers fire from the rear (they have pretty good sound and clarity for a tablet) and they're enhanced with Dolby Mobile software.
by MobileTechReview (Apr, 2011)
In short, I absolutely love the multitasking ability, the widgets, and the Gmail experience, but the one thing holding me back from replacing my iPad with a Honeycomb tablet is the lack of third-party software.
by The Verge (Apr, 2011)
It's the first version of the Google OS to be made specifically for tablets.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Apps

Alternatively, setting up other email accounts is a breeze because it mainly requires you to provide your email address and password for automatic setup.
by PhoneArena (May, 2011)
Like the Motorola Xoom and the Apple iPad 2, the speakers for playing movie audio and music are just average – about what you might expect on an entry-level netbook.
by TechRadar (May, 2011)
At the bottom of the screen is an interface bar with basic nav buttons, a clock and a notifications bar that also houses a clock and battery indicator.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)

Ports

With it activated, the audio emitted by its speakers is pretty good and pleasant to the ear, but lacks some bass to prominently make it stand out.
by PhoneArena (May, 2011)
The right edge is your USB station, with a microUSB and full-size USB port.
by TrustedReviews (Mar, 2012)
The Acer Iconia Tab A500 also has a dedicated HDMI-out port for playing 1080p video on your HD TV, like the Motorola Xoom.
by TechRadar (May, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.1"
Technology Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 149 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G No

processor

Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB
Supported card formats
  1. microSD
  2. SDHC
  3. SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 2 MP
Rear camera 5 MP

ports

USB support USB 2.0
Hdmi support HDMI 1.0
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 586 g
Size 259.1 x 177.8 x 12.7 mm
Thickness 12.7 mm
Battery life 6.92 hour
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