Acer Iconia Tab A500 – My View in Plain English
For People Who Work On The Go
Firstly folks I must make a confession that I am the owner of an Acer Iconia Tablet A 500. I was in the process of considering an upgrade to an iPad 2 from myiPad 1, and after much deliberation decided to give an android honeycomb tablet a go and researched the recommended products out there. It was obvious that while the Acer Iconia was not top of the list it had plenty going for it nevertheless and coupled with a fantastic discount offer on Amazon I took the plunge. In summary I have been actually very pleasantly surprised with my purchase and believe this is a genuine rival to the iPad for those working on the go and here are some details about the product. PS It is still discounted on Amazon
The A500 feels bulkier than an iPad( it is heavier but only by 64g) but it also seems sturdier. The Iconia Tab’s front is intentionally designed without any buttons to let you hold and use the slate in any orientation. Unlike most of its competitors the Iconia Tab has an orientation lock switch (on its “top” edge) to save you the trouble of digging through a software menu. There’s also a volume rocker up top,. There’s also a plastic flap right next to the buttons, where you can insert a microSD card (yes, they do work and this was a big reason I purchased it- my iPad had unextendable storage unless you used Dropbox or the cloud to solve this problem- not of itself absolutely ideal working on the go). On the left side, a power button, which doubles as the charging light, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a mini-HDMI port ( another handy feature for me personally )On the bottom, there’s just a docking connector for the optional charging dock with infrared remote, ( optional keyboard docking station available too ) On the right side a dedicated power jack and a pair of USB slots: one micro-USB to transfer data to the tablet, and one full-size USB port which connects with both your storage drives and keyboards right out of the box. The back has a five megapixel camera with a single LED flash in the upper-right-hand corner — — and a pair of silvery stereo speakers along the bottom edge- quite good actually.
The Acer’s 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 TFT LCD display, is surprisingly good….Folks. The Browsing experience believe me wins hands down over an iPad….This for me is the best feature of all
Performance and battery life
The Performance and specs of the A500 is the same as available on the other honeycomb tablets we feature. The performance of the dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 system-on-chip, is excellent My only disappointment with the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is its battery life. Here the iPad wins hands down ( min 10 hours) but while the Acer manufacturer claims 8 hours I have got 7 hours of continous use with no tweaking to save juice, but charging is quite quick .
My Reasons to Recommend it I personally believe this is a good product for working on the move— for me for 3 reasons-….
- 1. multitasking is a doddle,
- 2. You can use a micro SD card and a USB slot
- 3. and best of all the browsing experience is truly excellent compared to an iPad
PS FOLKS _ THIS PRODUCT IS STILL ON SPECIAL OFFER ON AMAZON….
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