Acer Iconia Tab A500

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Reviewed by leem01 (Currently owns)

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a very sturdy device with a powerhouse of a machine now running Android 3.2 (after upgrade) with an update to Ice Cream Sandwich arriving mid-January. The display is well lit and the battery life is great however one must be down for the other to be up (full brightness = not so good battery). The only downside to the design is its weight. Whether this is because of its dual core 1Ghz processor or its DOLBY surround sound (blowing the iPad's speakers out the water) or a combination of both means that this wouldn't replace your current smartphone as your everyday take-it-around gadget. In my browser tests, there were mixed results, most of the time depending on whether programs were running in the background. While this isn't as fast as the Transformer Prime (ASUS), it will do for day to day use with a day's worth of battery. However while this may not seem as good as the Xyboard, it does come with an attractive price point. Coming in around $/£299, it is definitely something you could pick up if you are on a budget. Whether you should wait for the A700 or this depends on whether you NEED the extra speed (for business or a replacement to a laptop (something I wouldn't recommend, partially just due to heftiness and Android 3.0 software)) or whether a dual-core device will cut it for you. For its superb sound, quality, brightness and battery life. I'm giving the Acer Iconia Tab A500 a 7.

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  • Design 7
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 6
  • Speakers 8
  • Performance 7
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 5
  • Dock 8
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