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Acer Iconia TAB A501 / A500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 4564 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and responsiveness. The usability and screen also get good comments, but there are some mixed reviews about the portability. Some have doubts about the features.

value for money, screen, usability, responsiveness, battery


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Acer Iconia TAB A501 / A500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet/MID


Honeycomb Alternative! Acer's tablet presence has so far been fai

Quiet operation; Bright high contrast display; Good case quality; HDMI; Docking station; Relatively good battery life

Reflective display surface; (up until now no UMTS available); Too small distance between USB ports; Micro connectors require special cable; MicroSD card slot difficult to reach

Can be found in masses in our TOP 10 tablets. Those that prefer smaller, should also take a closer look at the Samsungs Galaxy Tab, with which it is also possible to make phone calls.

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Review Asus Transformer Eee Pad TF101 vs. Acer Iconia A500 vs. Motorola Xoom vs. Apple iPad 2


The big tablet comparison test. The autocracy of Apple's iPad is slowly coming to an end. Meanwhile, there are a few vying products in retail or are waiting at the starting line for their launch. We've looked at three strong iPad 2 opponents and call...

We also measured the Asus Transformer's temperatures after a long 3D game load. The tablet gets warm, but not overly hot with 39?C (top) and 36?C (bottom)

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Iconia Tab A501


We waited nearly the entire summer for the Acer Iconia Tab A501 to break daylight. Now that it's finally shone its uber-glossy face, we were anxious to see if the "4G" HSPA+ model is worth the extra coin (or two year ball-and-chain, should you go that...

High-quality display ; Full-size USB port ; Stellar performance

Poor battery life ; Sub-par cameras ; Too many Acer-branded apps

All the things we liked about the A500 still keep our attention with the A501. However, signing a contract for a data plan you can only use on one device doesn't get us too excited.


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Acer Iconia Tab A501 (16GB)


The Acer Iconia Tab A501 is the Acer Iconia Tab A500 with 4G and a no-commitment price of $480 (16GB) and $550 (32GB); about $100 or so more than the A500.

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T) is the cheapest 4G Honeycomb tablet currently on the market. Also, it includes a full USB port and Micro-HDMI

The tablet ships with Android 3.0.1, limiting its video compatibility, features, and performance. The A501's screen has a narrow viewing angle, and it fails to earn its hefty weight

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T) is the A500 with HSPA+ connectivity at a very competitive price compared with other 4G tablets; however, its adherence to Android 3.0 limits its appeal.

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ACER Iconia Tab A501 with 4G Review


Today we have the ACER Iconia Tab A501 full of AT&T 4G connectivity to show you. We've been enjoying this tablet over the past week or so, taking the 4G for a ride and checking performance. Android tablets come in all shapes and sizes, this is just one...

Apple and the iPad may have a huge grasp on the tablet market but Android is continuing to grow and expand. Getting everything in one package here from ACER without buying add-ons and adapters makes this a win-win for someone looking for a cheap, yet...

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Acer's Tablet Is Fast and Stable, But Not All That Special


Acer's offering is plain vanilla—unspectacular but reliable. Hardware-wise, other than a jumbo 10.1-inch screen, it differs little from other high-end

Priced aggressively for top-shelf hardware. As precise and dependable as a Swiss clock

Tinny rear-facing speakers destroy music. Massive: Snapping pictures with this thing feels like shielding yourself with a cafeteria tray in a food fight. $450 and up

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Acer Iconia Tab A500


Acer's Iconia Tab A500 tablet delivers solid performance, strong sound, and a sturdy metal design for an attractive price.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 definitely hits all the right notes for a good price: solid performance, a sturdy aluminum design, easy media and data sharing, plus a full-size USB port. We wish it were lighter and that the cameras were better, but consumers...


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Acer Iconia Tab A500


It's a season for new operating systems. Last week, the BlackBerry PlayBook hit shelves and now the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is bringing Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) to a sub-$500 price point. But how does Acer's new tablet compare to the iPad, G-Slate, Xoom,...

450 price is best in class ; Great Dolby sound ; Nice feel for a 10.1-inch tablet ; Full-size USB port

Android 3.0 is buggy and lame ; It's a heifer, weighing more than the Xoom ; Battery life is 2 hours shy of the iPad

If you're looking at a larger tablet and know all about Android 3.0 then the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is the best deal around.

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 review


Whether it likes it or not, Acer's got a reputation in the consumer electronics business: its computers are rarely the most well made, but they're always the most affordable on shelves. It's exactly what launched Acer to become a...

Crisp, bright display ; Commendable Dolby sound quality ; Costs less than $500

Less battery life than other tablets ; Mediocre camera quality ; Slightly thicker than other Honeycomb tablets

If you have your heart set on a Google-powered tablet, the Iconia blends quality and affordability

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Iconia Tab A500


Last month, the Motorola Xoom was the only officially sanctioned Android 3.0 tablet available in the United States. Now there are four -- the T-Mobile G-Slate arrived last week, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 this week, and the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is on...

Surprisingly good LCD screen and speakers ; Speedy Tegra 2 chip ; Full-size USB port for expanded connectivity

Sub-par battery life ; Poor cameras and minor build issues ; Very little native software available

Product Specifications


DVD Writer: No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Embedded UMTS:No / Yes
Fingerprint Reader: No
GPS Receiver:Built-in / No
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Keyboard: No
Phone Function: No
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Card Reader:Single Card Reader
Firewire: No
TV Output: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display Technology:TFT Display
LED Backlight:Edge LED
Number of Displays:1
True Resolution:WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Intel Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System:Android
Operating System Version:Android 3 Honeycomb


Brand of Graphic Chip:Not Applicable / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):Not Applicable / TEGRA 250
GPU TYPE:OnBoard Graphic
OnBoard Graphic Chip:OnBoard Graphic


Chipset Brand:Not Applicable / Unknown
Chipset Type:Not Applicable / Unknown
Processor:TEGRA / TEGRA 2
Processor Brand:nVidia
Processor Number:250 TEGRA