Acer ICONIA TAB A500

Acer ICONIA TAB A500
$449.00
Brand: Acer
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 10.1 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels
  • Chipset: Nvidia Tegra 2 T20
  • RAM: 1GB
  • OS: Android 3.0, Honeycomb
  • Battery: 3260 mAh
  • Released Date: 26-04-2011

Specifications

General

Device Type Android Tablet
Model Acer Iconia Tab A500
Released April, 2011
Status Discontinued

Design

Dimensions 260 x 177 x 13.3 mm
Weight 730 g
Protection Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Colors Black

Display

Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) LCD
Size 10.1 inches
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 149 PPI
Features Ambient light sensor

Platform

Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 3.0, Honeycomb
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. No

Hardware

Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Nvidia Tegra 2 T20
CPU Dual-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. ULP GeForce
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 1GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16GB/32GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, gyro, proximity
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
Audio Technology Stereo

Battery

Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 3260 mAh
Battery Life 8 hours
Charging MicroUSB 2.0

Camera

Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 5 MP
Front Camera 2 MP
Video 1280x720 pixels (HD) at 29 fps
Camera Features Video calling
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) Single LED

Connectivity

Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 2.1
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
USB microUSB 2.0, USB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. Yes
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No

Reviews

User Reviews 1 User Reviews Running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the A500 features a dual-core Tegra 2 CPU and 1GB of RAM, delivering satisfactory performance in benchmarks. We appreciated the tablet's balanced feel, weighing around 1.7 pounds, and it definitely outperformed its price tag.
- MobileTechReview
User Reviews 2 I found that the tablet's 10.1-inch WXGA display offers good text clarity and sharpness. The viewing angles are acceptable, and the colors remain vibrant even at extreme angles. The tablet has a micro HDMI out port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a standard USB port for connectivity.
- PhoneArena
User Reviews 3 I find Gorilla Glass on the front and a solid aluminum finish on the back, providing a sturdy feel. While not sleek, the Acer has a fancy appearance. The rounded sides offer a comfortable grip, though I notice the volume rocker and screen lock switch are a bit stiff.
- UltrabookReview
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Solid build with Gorilla Glass and aluminum finish.
- Expandable storage (microSDHC up to 32GB).
- Dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 processor.
Cons:
- No cellular connectivity for voice, SMS, and MMS.
- Average camera quality (5MP main, 2MP front).
- Limited brightness in well-lit environments.

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

6.5
  • Performance 7 / 10
  • Display 6 / 10
  • Battery 7 / 10
  • Design 6 / 10

In the realm of budget-friendly tablets, the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 emerges as a compelling option, striking a balance between performance and affordability.

Design and Build:

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 offers a sturdy build with Gorilla Glass and an aluminum finish. While not the slimmest, its rounded sides ensure a comfortable grip, presenting an elegant design in its price range.

Display and Multimedia

The 10.1-inch LCD display with 1280×800 resolution provides vibrant colors and decent viewing angles.

However, the tablet faces challenges with certain file formats during multimedia playback, though it excels in smooth YouTube streaming.

Performance and Software

Running on Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the tablet boasts a straightforward experience with minimal Acer customization.

Powered by a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 processor and 1GB of RAM, it handles daily tasks effectively, making it a reliable choice for everyday use.

Connectivity and Battery Life

Lacking cellular connectivity, the tablet relies on Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The 3260mAh battery offers respectable longevity, with up to 8 hours.

Camera Quality

With a 5MP main camera and a 2MP front camera, the Iconia Tab A500 provides an average camera experience suitable for casual photography and video chatting.

Conclusion

In essence, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is a budget-friendly tablet with a solid build, decent display, and functional Android 3.0 experience, offering reliable everyday tasks despite camera limitations.

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