Pros + HDMI works awesome
+ Sound is really good
+ Display is fine, good, but not great
+ Apps & Software
+ Wifi works just ok
Cons - It would get stuck when it was suppose to download something
- Screen keeps popping on when the tablet is not in use
Summary I bought this the week it showed up in a brick and mortar store near me. I love having a tablet around, it is much quick to just pick it up and use it instead of having to wake up/start up my computer. I use this for most of my web browsing now when I am at home, and I also take the tablet to work and use it for music via bluetooth (works perfectly with my sony DR-BT50 headphones).Edit Broken Link
I have also purchased an hdmi cable for the tablet and that works awesome. When you plug in the hdmi cable, it will automatically start mirroring the display, and the sound worked through the TV speakers as expected. I have noticed that since the resolution on the A500 is 1280x800 it cuts off part of the top and bottom when it is connected to my tv, which runs it at 720p (1280x720). This is a minor annoyance because I was able to share videos and other content quickly and easily with the tablet, where as with my laptop, it never seems to work as nice.
Sound & Display
The sound on the tablet is really good, I was kind of surprised, for such a small thing to have such good sound. I am not saying I would want to listen to my music over the speakers, my headphones are much better for that, but for sharing music or videos with people around it works pretty well. The display is fine, good, but not great. I think the colors and brightness are fine, but my phone seems better (Galaxy S phone). The viewing angle is good, and easily sharable with a person sitting next to you.
Apps & Software
I really like Honeycomb (Android 3), the G-mail client is much better. The browser is fine, but it is a little on the sluggish side. I planned on using this to replace a laptop for surfing the web while moving around the house, and it is good for that, but I can tell that the browser is just not as fast as the laptop on the same network, so I think it might be a little underpowered by comparison. Most sites load with the full site and not a mobile site (wired for some reason always gives me the mobile... grrrr), and that makes it a much better experience. The on-screen keyboard is ok, I am so used to using swype on my phone, that I miss it when using the A500, but I haven't tried to install it yet. As for the other apps in the android market, I have loaded a bunch of the non-tablet apps, and they seem to work fine for me. Most of them scale great (including angry birds, which is huge on a 10.1" screen). I have also picked up a few tablet only versions, and they worked just as well.
Overall the tablet seems zippy, I haven't noticed any slowdowns when running regularly, though I did get choppy video when trying to use a 720p video on You Tube while connected to HDMI. I haven't tried that again, but I have a feeling it just was too much for the tablet. Anyway I love that it has the HDMI port, and the USB micro in for transferring data over, and a normal usb for a keyboard, or flash drives.
The wifi works just ok, the signal strength doesn't seem as good as a normal laptop, but it is about the same or possibly a little better than my Galaxy S phone. I have also had times where sitting 10 feet from the router I kept loosing the signal, but after a reboot, it seemed to work fine. I have also wifi tethered the A500 to my phone, and that worked out great. Basically you just turn on wifi-tether on the phone, and the A500 saw it as an access point right away. The only bad part is that it does suck the phone's battery very quickly. I did this while out camping (sadly only getting E :( and not 3G), and it made the trip a lot nicer than trying to use my phone like I had in the past for e-mail and catching up in reader.
Now for the downers....
So I mentioned that there were a couple of problems, and they will probably all be fixed via software updates. First off I had a heck of a time using the market when I first purchased the A500. It would get stuck when it was suppose to download something. I finally did a wipe of the data (fresh install again), and I had the same problem. I realized that I had clicked on the update for google maps when it first loaded up, and after another wipe, I went to the market first, and had to accept the agreement, and then everything worked fine. So, click on the Market icon first and accept the terms.
Another thing that is annoying is that the screen keeps popping on when the tablet is not in use. I was reading on some of the forums, that if you turn off wifi, or put the tablet in airplane mode, that it would stop doing this. It seems to be that when it tries to do data updates in the background, it turns the screen on. This is a minor annoyance, but it keeps the screen waking up, and it sucks battery.
I have also had a one lockup that I had to hold down the power button till it turned off, and then turned it back on. And once where the browser wouldn't load anything after clicking on a link in the google reader app. I had to reboot the table to get this fixed.
I really like the tablet, and I think the issues I had above, will all be fixed by software updates as honeycomb becomes more mature. I had a G1 when it first came out, and it was pretty much a mess when at the beginning. As the software updates came along, it worked much better. Using the tablet as a replacement for a laptop, works pretty good for surfing the web, and watching videos and such, though it could use more power in the browser area. The battery life is better than my phone, but that just isn't saying much. I really like the options that it presented (like the USB and HDMI ports), and the screen resolution, which is why I purchased this over the Asus transformer (need the dock for a normal usb port), and it was much cheaper than the Xoom(Verizon or WIFI) or G-Slate (T-Mobile), or the iPad2. I also was more interested in an Android tablet over an iOS tablet, because I use a lot of Google services (GMail, Docs, Calendar, Reader, etc), and they work better on Android than they seem to on iOS, so it is much more convenient for me.
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"Love this tablet"on by gstewart60
Pros Touch response.
Cons My only complaint is the power cord is pretty short.
Summary Unlike many people that jumped on the band wagon to buy an Ipad, which to me was nothing more than a glorified Iphone. I decided to wait it out, for the newer honeycomb tablets to come out. OK, so first we had a couple of them like the galaxy & Xoom which looked promising but not just there yet. Now Acer came out with the Iconia, which I was surprised. I never thought it would be Acer that would come up with something, that could give the Ipad some honest competition. I did some research into the specs & what other people were saying about it. I also went to Best Buy & played around with it several times before making the purchase. I broke down and bought one and man I am loving this thing. I even went & got a second one for my daughter. Now you can't get the stupid thing out of my hands. LOL My only complaint is the power cord is pretty short. Some people have complained about the weight, but seriously I am an old broken down male with neck and back problems. Geeez if this seems heavy to some people, then go lift some weights.
Pros * Really bright screen. The brightness setting is less than 2/3 towards the max, compared with full brightness of the Xoom, as examined in the local PC shop.
* Touch response excellent.
* Good battery life.
* Dolby sound allows tone controls (Trebl
Cons Acer particulary:
- Heavier than iPad2
- Slight vertical grid visible on on screen at certain angles, when looking very close to screen.
Probably Android Honeycomb issues:
- Stock gallery app rubbish at showing scaled higher definition pictures (108
Summary I bought this to take away with me, in May after two retailers cancelled my order for an ASUS equivalent.
It's good but could be better. However most of the issues are with Android rather than Acer, but I am concerned about the fine grid on the screen, which at some angles seems to reduce resolution a little bit. The device mounts on a PC when connected to PC as a named device rather than a full USB disk drive. I prefer the USB disk option because the files on the device can be used on the PC directly. In this case the PC will attempt to copy the file to a temerary folder rather than using it directly. Hopeless for large video fiiles.
Full USB Host port works with keyboards, floppy drives but none of the USB sticks I own. Nor would it allow access to the files on my HTC desire Android phone in the same way as a PC does.
Pros Great display, internal storage with external expansion, USB PORT! Very fast on all applications I've encountered so far
Cons Can sometimes freeze on non tablet optimized apps, External storage can be difficult to navigate for new users, Not many cons here
Summary This is a pretty well built machine, the CNET review suggested it was too heavy but believe the weight makes it a bit easier to handle, I don't feel like I'm going to drop it all the time like apple products.
Pros Nice screen. Fantastic OS. Good e-reader
Cons A bit heavy and bulky. Can not charge via micro-USB port.
Summary I got the tablet from Amazon on Thursday and used it as much as possible over the Memorial Day weekend.
. Solid feel in hand.
. Metal finish is really stylish.
. Buttons, connectivity options, screen all have a premium feel.
. Nice bright screen 10.1 inch screen
. Honeycomb is a great OS.
. Nvidea games store is a plus.
. Apps bought on my phone work flawlessly on the tablet. So the "Android tablets have 10 apps"!! IS A LIE PERPETRATED BY STEVE JOBS.
Negatives that I didnt care about:
. It is a little heavy and bulky(nothing that I cant live with)
. Weight and bulk makes typing awkvard, perhaps THE BIGGEST make or break factor for me
. Screen is a massive finger print magnet
. Front facing camera has horrible image quality
Negatives that I can't live with:
. Screen is NOT VIEWABLE IN SUNLIGHT (I dont know however if the competition works any better)
. The tablet doesnt seem to charge via microUSB port (if I am incorrect , please help me out somebody)
Overall, really nice tablet, worth serious consideration. Does have negatives, so will have to check competion before pulling the plug.