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This review is from: Acer Aspire ICONIA TAB A500 10.1 inch LED Tablet (nVidia Tegra 250 Dual cortex A9, 1GB RAM, 32GB HDD, Bluetooth, Wireless, Android v3.0 Honeycomb) (Personal Computers)I was fortunate enough to be able to pick one of these up in the US for considerably less than the UK price (although it only has a 16gb hd). After a couple of weeks I can safely say that it is as good as I had hoped, and I am glad that I waited for this rather than going for one of the earlier tabs from Samsung, Archos etc.
As far as the hardware goes, it is a very well put-together product. It feels solid and sturdy, but is nicely balanced and not too awkward to hold for long periods (although I will definitely get a case with stand at some point).
The screen is excellent - I tend to have the brightness down low to conserve the battery, and even then it is clear and sharp. 10.1" is ideal for games and internet use, and ebooks look good.
Having USB and other connections is a real plus. Loading music and photographs is easy.
Music playback with Dolby is a nice touch, and the in-built speakers are good.
It's nice to have cameras on it for video calling (but see below), but I certainly wouldn't buy one of these for the quality of the photos.
Wi-fi reception is fine and bluetooth is still useful to have as well.
On to the software. The first couple of weeks haven't been entirely glitch-free, but one spontaneous restart and a few apps hanging are, I believe, more to do with the platform and the relative newness of the apps. Certainly, whilst Honeycomb and the apps (both in terms of range and performance of apps) are to some extent a work in progress, the general experience is smooth and fun. Having so many options can be slightly confusing (which app is best for photos/music/etc.), but with time and some experimenting this is easily sorted. And, hopefully, the number and standard of Honeycomb-specific apps will increase (kudos to Amazon for their App Store).
Acer's own tweaks to the OS are fine. The Games, Social, Reading and Multimedia tabs are useful, and connectivity via the Clearfi app is easy.
Minor issues which I await solutions for include the lack of video on Skype for Android, and, despite what it says above, Zinio isn't available yet. I hope that with a 3.1 update just around the corner, this easy, fast, fun machine will get even better.
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Initial post: 10 Aug 2011 23:58:13 BDT
christian fields says:
im quite new to these ''tablet machine type what do you me call ems'' but are these able to run a design software? for instance a kitchen design software? or do they only work through downloading apps?
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