Apple iPad 1  vs Acer Iconia Tab A500 

Released May, 2010

Apple iPad 1

  • 9.7"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • iOS 4
Front view of Apple iPad 1
7.8 Out of 10
The other big boon of the iPad 3G is that you get GPS capabilities, so you'll get a better experience in, say, Google Maps and geo-tagged tweets, for example.
by TechRadar (May, 2010)
Released April, 2011

Acer Iconia Tab A500

  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.0
Front view of Acer Iconia Tab A500
7.7 Out of 10
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.
by PhoneArena (May, 2011)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of 1 vs A500


Processing power and speed

Passmark, Geekbench and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of iPad 1 vs Iconia Tab A500

geekbench Processor and memory performance

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark Web browser and javascript performance

iPad 1
3,484 ms
Iconia Tab A500
1,988 ms

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Apple iPad 1

Reasons to consider the
Apple iPad 1

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More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Longer battery life 9.5 hour vs 6.92 hour More than 35% longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Front view of Acer Iconia Tab A500

Reasons to consider the
Acer Iconia Tab A500

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Much faster javascript execution 1,988 ms vs 3,484 ms Around 45% better sunspider 0.9.1 benchmark score
More processing power 1,596 vs 730 Around 2.2x better passmark score
Has a webcam 2 MP vs None Most tablets have a webcam; Video chat with other people
Has a rear camera 5 MP vs None Most tablets have a rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Supported card formats SD, SDHC, microSD vs None Supports supported card formats
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
More cores Dual core vs Single core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Android 3.0) vs No (iOS 4) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Lighter 586 g vs 730 g Around 20% lighter
Has an open source operating system Yes (Android 3.0) vs No (iOS 4) Somewhat common; Allows you the freedom to use your tablet however you like
More RAM 1 GB vs 0.25 GB 4x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Apr, 2011 vs May, 2010 Release date 11 months later
Thinner 12.7 mm vs 13.5 mm More than 5% thinner
Sharper screen 149 ppi vs 131 ppi Around 15% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Slightly higher resolution 1280 x 800 vs 1024 x 768 More than 30% higher resolution

Reviews Word on the street

iPad 1  vs Iconia Tab A500 

The iPad's Bluetooth capabilities also allow peer-to-peer networking for gaming and wireless keyboard support for compatible writing applications.
iPad 1

When held in two hands it might be an inch or so too large to type really quickly, but set it down in landscape mode you can type accurately and at reasonable speed.
iPad 1

Simple games like Angry Birds HD (£2.99) and Plants vs Zombies HD (£5.99) can prove better though, but Apple is truly becoming a serious player in terms of gaming.
iPad 1


7.9 Out of 10
7.1 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


iPad 1  vs
Iconia Tab A500 
Size 9.7" 10.1"
Technology IPS LCD Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 1024 x 768 1280 x 800
PPI 131 ppi 149 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR
Supports 3G Yes No


Cores Single core Dual core
Clock speed 1 GHz 1 GHz


Has a GPS Yes Yes
Has a compass Yes Yes
Has an accelerometer Yes Yes
Has a gyroscope No Yes
Has a light sensor Yes Yes


iPad 1  vs
Iconia Tab A500 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 0.25 GB 1 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity N/A 128 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam None 2 MP
Rear camera None 5 MP


USB support USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Hdmi support None HDMI 1.0
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 730 g 586 g
Size 243.8 x 190.5 x 13.5 mm 259.1 x 177.8 x 12.7 mm
Thickness 13.5 mm 12.7 mm
Battery life 9.5 hour 6.92 hour
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