Just when we thought that there is no way the competition could get any tougher, Acer Iconia Tablet A500 stormed in the ring. So far, it’s been a threesome with Motorola Xoom, T-Mobile G-Slate and ASUS Eee Pad Transformer being the big dogs barking mad at each other. The clients have mixed feelings about this situation as the differences between the four products are not that big of pointing out a clear winner. When the selection process takes longer, the concern about making the wrong decision grow and that’s why it’s important to understand what makes Acer Iconia Tablet A500 better.
In terms of design, Acer’s latest release is very similar with most Android based tablets, with the difference residing in the orientation lock switch on its top edge. Otherwise the 1.69 pounds weight and 13.3 mm thickness are well within the limits we nowadays consider reasonable, but this is not going to be a decisive factor in choosing Acer Iconia Tablet A500. The display is its strong point, with clear images and bright colors and most important excellent viewing angles.
Computing power is not something that this tablet lacks by any means, with the A500′s Tegra 2 with 1GB of DDR3 RAM being slightly faster than the competitors. You can enjoy the demanding Android games without worrying about clipping, but you should also be aware that the battery life is not impressive. In fact, if we are to make a list of shortcomings, this one should be right on top, with less than 7 hours between recharges.
On the bright side, the price is something that will grant Acer Iconia Tablet A500 the upper hand, although the $50 difference might seem negligible. With the competitors sporting prices that revolve around the $500 mark, Acer’s offer could be more appealing to those yet undecided.