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Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2165 reviews of Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the price and size. The screen and performance also get good feedback, but some have doubts about the GPS navigation and portability.

usability, performance, screen, size, price

portability, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 user reviews of Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the screen and price. The battery and performance are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability. The design and portability get less positive opinions.

usability, performance, battery, price, screen

durability, portability, design

79% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: 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)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)

Feb, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 847 user reviews of Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Comments about the screen and design are overall positive. The price and performance are also appreciated. Many are negative about the GPS navigation and connectivity, and views are divided on the portability.

usability, performance, price, design, screen

connectivity, GPS navigation

84% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16u 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer (Aluminum Metallic)Acer Iconia Tab A500-10S16u 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer (Aluminum Metallic)

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Billy Steele (engadget.com)

Acer Iconia Tab A501 for AT&T review

 

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

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.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Sean Hollister (engadget.com)

Acer Iconia Tab A500 review

 

Last month, the Motorola Xoom was the only officially sanctioned Android 3.0 tablet available in the United States. Now there are four -- the

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

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Eric Franklin (cnet.com)

Acer Iconia Tab A501 review

 

Editors' note: You may experience a feeling of déjà vu reading the following review of the Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G. The basic design is virtually identical to the A500 released earlier this year, so we've taken much of the text of that review and...

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.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : David Pierce (pcmag.com)

Acer Iconia Tab A500

 

Acer's Honeycomb tablet, the Iconia Tab A500, has similar strengths and weaknesses to its direct competitors, but its $450 price is easier to swallow than some others.

Inexpensive. Zippy Tegra 2 processor. High-res screen. Solid connectivity options with USB, HDMI ports. Good media-specific apps and functions.

Comparatively large and heavy. No 3G or 4G options. Front-facing camera isn't optimally angled. Honeycomb isn't yet a mature app platform.

Acer doesn't change much about Honeycomb, except for a few icons on the home screen and the default background. When you turn on the A500 for the first time, you're greeted by four folders instead of app icons. You'll find eReading, Games, Multimedia,...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Donald Bell (cnet.com)

Acer Iconia Tab A500 review

 

Motorola made a splash in early 2011 when it released the first tablet to run Google's tablet-optimized Android 3.0 operating system (aka Honeycomb). But enthusiasm for Google's tablet OS didn't translate into Apple iPad -level success for Motorola's...

The Acer Iconia Tab offers Android Honeycomb (upgradable to Android 4.0) on a 10.1-inch screen along with GPS, front and rear cameras, Adobe Flash compatibility, full-size USB host port, HDMI output, and a reasonable price.

The Iconia Tab is thick, and one of the heaviest consumer tablets we've seen. Some locally stored HD video files wouldn't play properly.

Acer's Iconia Tab offers the features of the Motorola Xoom at iPad-beating prices but weighs in as the heftiest Android tablet yet.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (notebookcheck.net)

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.

May, 2011

Expert review by : TechSpot (techspot)

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Review

 

While taking these sample photos and videos, I can give some feedback on using the screens under direct sunlight. With both tablets set to maximum brightness and auto-dimming disabled, the iPad 2 was much easier to view under these conditions. At times...

Feb, 2014

Expert review by : intomobile.com (intomobile.com)

Acer ICONIA TAB A501

 

Acer ICONIA TAB A501 is a version of ICONIA TAB A500 Android tablet made for GSM-based network such as those operated by AT&T. Features include a 10.1-inch touchscreen, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front...

Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape

Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Acer Iconia Tab A501 Review

 

In a straight comparison to the Motorola Xoom, the Iconia A501 has the advantage of feeling lighter and bearing a much better display. However, we fail to understand why the A501 comes with Android 3.0.1 while the rest of the rivals are either on...

Crisp and vivid display, Good web browsing experience, Solid build quality

Extremely reflective display, Disappointing camera, Not the latest Honeycomb version

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Grant Hatchimonji (TabletPCReview.com)

Acer Iconia A501 Review: A Great 4G Android Tablet Value

 

All of the buttons and ports are placed in comfortable locations, perhaps with the exception of the front-facing webcam. I found its placement to be a little odd, seeing as it was not centered on either the long or short side of the tablet. Instead,...

Fast and powerful ; 4G connectivity a welcome addition ; Superb display quality

Low quality cameras ; Tons of bloatware ; Ships with dated Android 3.0

There may be a couple of minor issues with the A501, including the an outdated OS version and mounds of bloatware that plagued its predecessor, but otherwise it's a modestly priced (subsidized, that is) Android tablet that performs quite well. Just be...

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):N / Y
Built-in speakers:No / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:24.1 / 24.10 / 3260
Battery capacity (Watt hours):24.1 / 24.10
Battery life (max):10 / 18 / 24.1 / 5 / 7 / 8
Battery performance:3260
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:2 / 3

Camera

Auto focus: Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Main camera resolution (numeric):2 / 5
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera:Y
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Second camera:No / Yes
Second camera resolution:2 / 5
Video recording: Yes

Design

Certification:RoHS / RoHS\nWEEE / WEE / WEEE
Color of product:Aluminium, Black / Anthracite / Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Device type:Full-size tablet
Fingerprint reader: No
Form Factor:Slate
RoHS compliance: Yes

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display brightness:350
Display Diagonal:10 / 10.1
Display number of colors:262144 colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 768 / 1280 x 800
Display Technology:
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:110 - 220
AC adapter power:18 / 24.1 / 24.10
Energy Star certified: No

Graphics

Graphics:GeForce Graphics / HD Graphics
Graphics adapter:GeForce Graphics / HD Graphics
Graphics adapter family:NVIDIA

Memory

Internal memory:1
Internal memory type: / DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:1
Memory clock speed:667

Messaging

E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes

Networking

2G:Y
2G standards:EDGE / EDGE,GPRS / GPRS
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSDPA,HSPA+,HSUPA / HSDPA,HSPA,HSUPA / HSDPA,HSPA,HSUPA,WCDMA / HSDPA,HSUPA
4G:N
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1 / 2.1+EDR / 3.0
Data network:3G / No
Ethernet LAN:N
Ethernet LAN connection: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11n

Other Features

Battery recharge time (on):2
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Compatible operating systems:Android
Contrast ratio (typical):1500:1
Depth:10 / 10.2
Depth (imperial):10.2
Dimensions (WxDxH):10 x 7 x 1 / 10.2 x 6.97 x 0.524 / 14.2 x 0.524 x 6.97 / 7 x 10.2 x 0.5
Docking connector: No
Drivers included: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
ExpressCard slot: No
Full HD: No
Hard disk drive, user password: No
HD-Ready:No / Yes
HDD user password:N
HDMI: Yes
Height:0.5 / 1
Height (imperial):0.5 / 0.52
Infrared data port: No
Interface:USB / USB 2.0 / USB, WLAN
Internal modem:No / Yes
Memory layout:1 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1
Memory slots:1 / 1x SO-DIMM
Mouse included: No
Networking features:802.11b/g + Draft-n / Gigabit Ethernet / HSPA, HSUPA, HSDPA, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS / UMTS/WCDMA/HSPA/HSUPA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE / WLAN
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power Requirements:100 - 240V / 100 - 240V AC, 50/60 Hz / 110 - 220 / 110 - 220 V / 110 - 220V / 110-220V AC
Power supply type:110/220V / AC/DC
SIM card support: No
Solid-state drive capacity:16 / 32 / 64
Speakers:Stereo
TV in port: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
Video playback: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Weight:1.69
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Width:7
Width (imperial):7

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / USB / Yes
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3 / AAC, MP3, WMA
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Gyroscope: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, EXIF, JPG / EXIF, GIF, IMG, JPG / JPG
Position location:N / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone out:N / Y
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:110 - 220
AC adapter power:18 / 24.1 / 24.10
Energy Star certified:N

Processor

Processor: / Tegra 2 / Tegra 2 (250)
Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A9
Processor cache:1
Processor cores:2
Processor family:AMD Dual-Core / NVIDIA ARM9 / NVIDIA Tegra
Processor frequency:1
Processor model:Tegra 2 / Tegra 2 (250)

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N

Software

Operating system installed:Android
Operating system version:3.0
Platform:Android

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / MicroSDHC / microSDHC, SD / MicroSDXC / miniSD, miniSDHC / MiniSDHC / MMC, SD / SDHC
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:32
Storage media:Flash / SSD

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.524 / 1 / 10 / 10.2 / 14.2 / 6.97 / 7
Height:0.5 / 0.512 / 0.524 / 1 / 10.2 / 6.97 / 7
Weight:25 / 25.7 / 27 / 27.4
Width:10 / 10.2 / 6.97 / 7 / 7.01