September 20, 2011
As you may have noticed, there are quite a few Android based tablets on the market, and for the most part they all have the same features on the inside (at the moment) All feature front and rear cameras, some form of SD Card storage (in this case Micro SD/SDHC), Some form of HDMI (in this case Mini HDMI) USB support, Mini-USB Support (with Cable), 802.11 b/g/n wifi, Bluetooth and a proprietary dock connector. So far its been the casing and whats included with the Android OS that has set all tablets apart.
|Rear Camera, Headphones and Power Switch with LED|
|Volume and Lock Buttons|
|USB and Mini USB Ports|
The Acer Iconia A500 tablet is Aluminum wrapped which makes it seem lighter than previous tablets I have worked with, some reviews I have read have said it makes it seem to have a "Cheap" feel because of that. I disagree, the unit itself is quite sturdy.
Unboxing the unit:
Upon opening the box you are greeted with a "Read Me First" pamphlet, covering basics and information that you may find interesting.
Underneath the tablet is a lint free cleaning cloth for keeping the tablet screen nice and smudge free.
Beneath the cloth you will find a box that includes the AC Adaptor (for charging) and Mini USB Cable (for connecting to a PC) and manuals for the tablet
The Iconia A500 is one of the least expensive Honeycomb tablets, if not the least expensive Honeycomb tablets available. I was quite surprised at the speed of this tablet, having one of the fastest boot times of any unit I have reviewed. I attribute that to the lack of Acer installing "Bloatware" and offering a very Genuine experience with the OS. Moving from window to window is fast and the unit is very responsive overall. Acer gives you the option of selecting the software you want to install for security (other units come with some form of AntiVirus pre-installed) as well as other things that are seemingly decided for you by other manufacturers. Some people may complain that having a very basic "Vanilla" approach is plain and boring, however Android purists (and yes they do exist) prefer a basic install so they can customize to their liking. The Iconia is right up their alley.
It should be noted that after booting and connecting to wireless the tablet immediately had two sizable updates that not only added some extra software but made the unit appear to run even faster.
The rear camera is a lot like the camera featured in the Toshiba Thrive. Quality is what I would consider "passable" for a 5MP Camera, but colors still come out dull and washed out. I don't think the main aim of any tablet is for crisp pictures and videos - just well enough to take pictures for email and social networking.
|Click for full size picture from Camera|
Overall if you are looking for something highly customizable and on the affordable side, you cannot go wrong with the Iconia A500 Tablet. You can get more information here or by contacting your Eastern Data Account Exec.