Acer Iconia Tab A501

Released June, 2011
  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 3.2
With a nippy-enough processor, responsive capacitive touchscreen and large-enough display, it's a great device to lounge about on the sofa with, surfing idly.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)
6.9 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Acer Iconia Tab A501

Performance

Processing power and speed

Iconia Tab A501
5.8
Passmark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Iconia Tab A501
6.9
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Iconia Tab A501
6.6
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Iconia Tab A501
8.2
Reviews from phonearena.com, trustedreviews.com, techradar.com and reviews.cnet.com

6.9

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Iconia Tab A501
6.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Acer Iconia Tab A501

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Iconia Tab A501
1,505

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Iconia Tab A501
1,920

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Iconia Tab A501
3.4 fps
Iconia Tab A500
1.3 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Iconia Tab A501
10.8 fps
Iconia Tab A500
4.8 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Acer Iconia Tab A501


6.3
The Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G is the cheapest 4G Honeycomb tablet currently on the market, but its adherence to Android 3.0, relatively low-quality screen, and hefty design ultimately make it the least appealing of the 4G tablets.

6.0
The notifications menu provides big buttons that let you turn off features like GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth quickly, which will help when you're trying to conserve battery life.

Overall

6.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The aspect of budget tablets of old that suffered the most from cost-saving cuts was the screen.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)
Acer's custom user interface doesn't fiddle with the system's basics too much, and you still have the standard five home screens to fill with widgets, shortcuts and the like.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)
An extra button has been added to the persistent nav bar at the bottom of the screen too, which accesses the Acer Ring overlay menu.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)

Operating system

Measuring 10.1 inches and boasting an LED-backlit 1,280x800-pixel resolution, the tablet's screen does the Android experience justice for the most part; however, since the A501 uses a Twisted Nematic (TN) panel, its viewing angles, especially from the bottom, are narrower than those of other tablets like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G, which uses Samsung's proprietary PLS technology to excellent effect.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)
The A501 comes with Android 3.0.1 installed; disappointing, since Honeycomb users are currently enjoying version 3.2.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)
Since then, Google has made noticeable upgrades to the operating system's performance, resulting in smoother Web page scrolling and zooming, which the A501 currently doesn't take advantage of.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)

Network technology

For the price of a two-year contract, AT&T offers the tablet for $350, the lowest initial cost of any 4G Honeycomb tablet yet.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)
If you can wait, we'd recommend giving it some time to see how the 4G tablet landscape develops over the next few months.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)
Still, it is cheapest, so if that's your deciding factor and you absolutely need a 4G tablet right now, it's not a bad deal.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)

Apps

The music player app is good too, with an interface that's been designed with the screen dimensions of the tablet in mind.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)
Still, apps launch quickly and the Honeycomb interface felt responsive.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)
Music file support is also worth a nod, with audiophile favourite FLAC supported alongside more commonly-used formats like MP3 and AAC.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)

Operating System

We didn't have any additional Android 3.0 tablets lying around with which to check if this was an OS issue.
by c|net (Sep, 2011)
Thanks to the quad-core Tegra 3 1.2GHz processor, general performance is good but - like any Ice Cream Sandwich-based tablet - it could really do with an upgrade to Android Jelly Bean.
by TrustedReviews (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 10.1"
Technology LCD
Resolution 1280 x 800
PPI 149 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.0
Supports 3G Yes

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 microSD
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 775 g
Size 259.1 x 177.8 x 12.7 mm
Thickness 12.7 mm
Battery life 8 hour
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