Acer Set to Take On iPad with Iconia Tab A500

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Acer is hoping to chip away at Apple’s dominance in the tablet market with the launch of its Iconia Tab A500, set to hit Best Buy shelves on April 24. The eloquently named tablet will under cut the iPad’s price with a starting price of US$449.99, and will run Google’s Android 3.0 operating system.

Acer gets in the tablet gameAcer’s Iconia Tab A500

Acer’s tablet will sport a 10.1-inch display, NVIDIA’s Tegra 250 1GHz dual core processor, is just over half an inch thick and weighs 1.69 pounds. It includes 16GB of storage, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, HDMI-out, an SD card reader, a 5 megapixel and a 2 megapixel camera, GPS, and Acer claims it has a 10-hour battery life.

In comparison, Apple’s 16GB Wi-Fi iPad 2 costs $499, includes a 9.7-inch display, Apple’s own A5 1GHz dual core processor, is .34-inches thick, and weighs 1.33 pounds. The entry-level iPad includes 16GB storage, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, a dock connector that supports HDMI-out, front and rear-facing cameras that support less than 1 megapixel resolution, and a 10-hour battery life.

The Iconia Tab A500 can take advantage of the Android Marketplace for third party apps, but it doesn’t support Apple’s App Store or the iTunes Store, nor does it offer the same overall user experience Apple offers with its iOS ecosystem.

While Acer may have a few more features in its tablet, it doesn’t offer the same user-friendly experience Apple has created for the iPad, and that may be harder to overcome than Acer’s executives anticipate.

Comments

Marck

16GB of Ram???? don’t so..

Micah

Sounds like a small server with 16gb of RAM.!! I wonder if the author meant flash HDD?

geoduck

Setting aside the cameras, and the SD slot everything else is about the same as an iPad. I think for $50 more most people will say ‘why not get the real thing?’ and go with the Apple product.

I don’t see a ‘killer’ feature that makes this compelling. (And no Android and “open” isn’t it.)

rey

Yeah my jaw dropped when I seen 16gb of RAM!!! Hopefully not a typo because that would be phenomenal

ipad2isapaperweight

wish this had come out a little earlier, stuck with my pathethic ipad2!

Midnight

I believe that the 16 G is storage not memory.  And for $50 less you are getting a bigger display, more storage options, better camera, faster processor, true multi-tasking.  It may not be as slick as the ipad but it certainly will garner interest from people who see 16G for their music and other files being just too small and no expansion capabilities for the ipad exist.  This at least allows you to throw in your 32G on the road card to go travel, come home and flip it out for your 8G around the house card. 

All this being said, the iPad still has it beat in available applications.

Paolino

NOTES:
1) 16 GB of storage memory (i.e. Hard disk) NOT RAM
2) Where is the explanation of “it doesn?t offer the same user-friendly experience Apple has created for the iPad”???

Pretty bad article, sorry!

Brian

Don’t forget GPS without a contract!

prl53

from another site. 1GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.

80-degrees viewing angle?? I did a quick check and couldn’t find any spec on this from Apple. This doesn’t sound like very much.


Acer Iconia Tab A500 runs with Android 3.0 Honeycomb flavoured with Acer UI 4.5, sporting a 10 inches LCD capacitive full touch display with 1280 x 800 pixels of resolution that uses a viewing angle of 80 degrees, processing on a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GPU with Flash 10.1 support for a complete Web browsing experience, equipped with 5 megapixels camera, Megapixels front-facing camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 32GB internal memory, 1080p video output over the built-in HDMI port, Dolby Mobile sound, 802.11 Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi connectivity, mini-USB and full-sized USB port.

iphonzie

RAM vs. storage nomenclature aside, this will be an interesting product to observe in the market. On the spec sheet checklist, it stands up well to the iPad 2, has a functional SD card slot to expand storage, Honeycomb, Adobe Flash support, higher resolution cameras, a slightly larger display, and a lower price point. This appears to address all the excuses used so far for why Android tablets have flopped.

Questions remain…
Can Acer get the parts to build it?
Will developers build apps for it?
Will people buy it?
Will Acer make a profit if people do buy it?

Troy

I’m sure they meant 16 GB storage. Other palces say the RAM is 1GB. I wish they would have brought out the 7 inch A100 first though imho.

MackObserver

Yes, the 16 GB is flash memory, similar to the iPad with 16, 32 and 64 GB.

The author compared this with the “entry-level iPad [which] includes 16GB RAM”, so it appears that the author doesn’t understand the difference.

Also, the review says “but it doesn?t support Apple?s App Store or the iTunes Store, nor does it offer the same overall user experience Apple offers with its iOS ecosystem.”

It’s definitely fair to compare this Android tablet to the iOS ecosystem, but mentioning the lack of App Store support and mentioning iTunes is not relevant. Obviously, no Android tablet will ever support Apple’s marketplace. It would be more suitable to mention Flash support, since that is available on most Android platforms, and is technically possible on an Apple platform if Apple allowed it.

matt

Just look at this thing, its ugly. Nowhere near as aesthetically pleasing as the ipad. Yeah it has better cameras but if your buying a tablet for video chat and pictures then you shouldn’t be buying one. Apples products have always surpassed its competition. How many people don’t own an iPod?

Intruder

wish this had come out a little earlier, stuck with my pathethic ipad2!

Obvious troll is obvious.

Lee Dronick

“just over half an inch thick and weighs 1.69 pounds.”

For a tablet this thing is built like a Russian truck.

dlstarr7

Where did all the Trolls come from?

Lee Dronick

Where did all the Trolls come from?

Middle schools are on spring break.

sflocal

Well, the trolls are in full force again with their typical rants.  When will you remotely get a distant clue in that brainpan of yours that it’s not specs alone that makes a good device.

Let’s compare this to the 1-year old iPad and in terms of performance and see if all that whiz-bang hardware specs and a patched-up Android OS can compete with the fluidity and elegance of iOS.

It says a lot about the pathetic souls that take the time to go to an Apple site and talk smack.  Must be a side-affect of spending too much time living with their parents.

sflocal

Del…

Joe

I think it’s funny that this has been posted for 3 hours and the first comments were on the typo of storage vs memory and the editors still have not fixed it.  Shows the quality of the story and editorial company.

Bosco (Brad Hutchings)

The Iconia Tab A500 can take advantage of the Android Marketplace for third party apps, but it doesn?t support Apple?s App Store or the iTunes Store, nor does it offer the same overall user experience Apple offers with its iOS ecosystem.

While Acer may have a few more features in its tablet, it doesn?t offer the same user-friendly experience Apple has created for the iPad, and that may be harder to overcome than Acer?s executives anticipate.

If they made either of these a box quote, it would sell millions.

mhikl

Trolls

Obvious troll is obvious

Trolls are cute, Intruder. I have a number of the little rubber ones used to hold pins and needles, stub out burning matches, mop up spills, tease my Corgi. However, they are too scary for my little one who chooses to throw them in the toilet.

The big question, looking at Acer stock is already mentioned by iphonzie.
The most important questions are the two p words: parts and profits.

I suspect Sir Sherlock Henry will be on to this in time. So far, though, present reviews are deserts, not desserts, with little spec offerings though Flash is a promise (which will necessitate adjustment to battery life specs) and the display, as in the Gloom, is built for video and not so much for other.

Tim

While Acer may have a few more features in its tablet, it doesn?t offer the same user-friendly experience Apple has created for the iPad

Has the writer even had ‘hands on’ experience with the Acer? I’m guessing not. I’ve done side by side comparisons with the tablets available at this time, and the iPad does seem to be more polished.
But just to blindly say a ‘yet to be released’ tablet is not as user friendly as the iPad, seems a bit fan-boyish.

asmx

Let?s compare this to the 1-year old iPad and in terms of performance and see if all that whiz-bang hardware specs and a patched-up Android OS can compete with the fluidity and elegance of iOS.

Have you used honeycomb?, it is fantastic and addresses Android 2.2 tablet issues. you sound a bit like a troll yourself. Thankfully I don’t have to get an iPad and you don’t have to buy this tablet.

Lee Dronick

The most important questions are the two p words: parts and profits.

I suspect Sir Sherlock Henry will be on to this in time.

Has the writer even had ?hands on? experience with the Acer?


?No profit grows where no pleasure is taken; In brief, sir, study what you most affect? From Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew

However, Tim has a valid point. I for one will hold my opinion until the Iconia (sounds like some far distant land in a Shakespeare play) hits the street and I get a chance to mess with one. I suppose I could try about any Android 3 tablet to get a feel for what this Acer would be like.

Find the OS that works best with your personality and/or meets your needs. It’s all a matter of balance.

Got a go for a while, those cows aren’t going to milk themselves.

matt

“While Acer may have a few more features in its tablet, it doesn?t offer the same user-friendly experience Apple has created for the iPad, and that may be harder to overcome than Acer?s executives anticipate.”

Is that the standard disclaimer that Mac sites put at the end of anything written up about a competing tablet?

KG

Is that the standard disclaimer that Mac sites put at the end of anything written up about a competing tablet?

Just the simple, unfettered, raw truth.

Ipad2isapaperweight

What these fanboys don,t get is s/w is upgradable, cheap h/w is not replaceable . Honeycomb may not be the perfect bit of s/w right now, but it is a matter of time before they get it right, unfortunately the VGA cam stuck to the back of my iPad is gonna be there till ....

Call me a troll, I don’t care abt what a bunch of imbeciles think.

Lee Dronick

I wonder if English is his second language.

Ipad2isapaperweight

wow!! what a riposte Sir Harry Flashman!

You are an epitome of maturity smile (judging not by your comment, but that creepy pic you have put up) . Enjoy your last few years on this planet :D

daddy

The name is simply too long for consumers to remember.  Imagine trying to mention your brand new “Acer Iconia Tab A500,” and having your cousin ask if that’s a new Airbus airplane flown by some Greek airline.  It simply rolls of your tongue.

Lee Dronick

Imagine trying to mention your brand new ?Acer Iconia Tab A500,? and having your cousin ask if that?s a new Airbus airplane flown by some Greek airline.? It simply rolls of your tongue.

It would probably get a short nickname such as the Iconia 500.

gnasher729

The name is simply too long for consumers to remember.? Imagine trying to mention your brand new ?Acer Iconia Tab A500,? and having your cousin ask if that?s a new Airbus airplane flown by some Greek airline.? It simply rolls of your tongue.

Who comes up with these names? Why 500? Why not 400, or 600, or 2000? And doesn’t everyone know that people want to buy pads, not tabs? Wouldn’t something like “AcerPad 3” be much better? Shorter, it mentions Acer, it mentions “Pad”, and it’s one more than the iPad 2. Surely that would sell a lot more.

ctopher

A side by side comparison? How is that so? Did you come from the future?

i agree, the App store comment was pretty silly, but while obvious to us, it may in fact not be that obvious to consumers. (Of course, consumers are not consumers of this site!)

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