Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 Now Available for $450


Looking for a cheap Honeycomb tablet and can’t wait until tomorrow for the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer? Give Acer’s Iconia Tab A500 a try. It’s their bigger Honeycomb tablet clocking in at 10.1-inches (1280×800 resolution) of display goodness. Other specs to round out the experience include 16GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM and NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor. Best Buy has it for $450 right now. Relatively cheap compared to Motorola’s XOOM, but the comparable ASUS offering gives you the same package for $50 less. Your call. [via Best Buy]

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. too bad its an Acer… I have yet to have a good experience with an Acer product

    1. To bad. I haven’t had a bad issue with them. Had a net-book and bought my mother one. No issues with either.

    2. Yeah, can’t say I’ve ever heard the words Acer and good quality uttered in the same sentence from anyone I know or anything I’ve ever read.

      1. I’m very happy with my 17″ Acer LED backlight/blu-ray playing, best speakers I’ve ever heard in a laptop Acer Aspire :)

    3. Never had a problem with Acer myself. The tablet is looks pretty good so far. It’s a hard choice.. I was hoping that someone would do a comparative review……but it looks like I’m just going to have to play with both once they are both out.

  2. Come Christmas time 2011, you might be able to score one of these for under $200.

    1. You sir, are cheap….. and a bloody genius!!! (the good kind. Not the *pple kind.) Thats what I am going to hold out for.

  3. Why would anyone pay more when they can get asus transformer? Is it really just the aluminium backing?

  4. @Quentyn Not the same specs in order to get a OTG/USB host you need the 150 docking port/keyboard… I want the acer because of the USB host and I don’t want to wait for the much more expensive Toshiba… USB host allows me to use a card reader and import my pics to the large internal storage… or transfer a movie from my self powered Archos 5 500gb or even watch it directly instead of transferring… I don’t know exactly what display it uses though… reports say LCD… what kind of LCD… led backlit? dunno.

  5. I think Asus has set a new standard with this docking option. I think all new tablets are going to have to have this option. So then, to me buying an Acer does not make sense.

  6. Why couldn’t I pre-order a Transformer if it’s coming out tomorrow? I don’t believe it will appear simultaneously overnight. I want one, but don’t expect to get it in my hands for a couple weeks. Ugh…People keep complaining about tablets be useless, but here’s a point I haven’t heard yet: I’m tired of replacing my phone every 8 months to keep up with Android, so I’m going to get a nice tablet and let my phone live out it’s contract from now on. Phones are a rip off since they’re coupled with those shizzy contracts. The tablet might be able to save someone like me money.

  7. had a play with one of these in Pcworld (uk) today. was ok, not a bad looking device. there seemed to be a slight lag whenever doing something though. dont know if this was intentional but i expected it to be a little snappier considering its dual core and all that. it also didnt help that it was displayed near the ipad 2’s and they where lightning quick in comparision..

    strange how its $450 in america yet they want £450 in the uk! so thats like $740??

  8. The Acer gives you a micro usb and a full usb with host support, without the need of a $150 add on keyboard.

  9. I too had a chance to play with the Acer A500 in PC World. It’s the 32Gb model on sale in the UK for £450. No internet connection may have been causing the sluggish response of the screen due to the online widgets that were present. It’s a nice piece of kit and having the full size USB trumps the Asus – I don’t want to pay £150 for a keyboard to gain a USB port!

  10. Ah so only difference is micro-usb to usb? I can understand that. I would just buy a converter to get over that hump tho.

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