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Hands on with the new Acer Iconia A500 Tablet

Posted on January 01, 2014

With all of the new tablets coming lately, we like to stay on top of them to make sure we know how your website will render on them. So this morning we had a play with the new Acer Iconia A500 tablet running Android's Honeycomb 3.0. Quick Specs 10.1" display (same size as Samsung Galaxy Tab and Motorola Xoom) NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz Processor 1GB RAM Weighs 730g (compared to the iPad 2's 600g) WIFI only HDMI out USB in First Thoughts We found the Iconia to feel a little bit like the cheap, creaky plastic.

It does not have the solid build quality of the iPad 2. The in-store demo model was also very well damaged within it's first day on the shelf. The back panel was cracked, and the volume buttons were already sticking. Obviously you wouldn't treat your own tablet quite like this, but this is a bad sign for general 'wear and tear' after a few months of your own use.

Downsides/Cons No 3G Quite large Interface/Operating System The stock Android (Honeycomb) interface was surprisingly snappy. You can definitely tell the difference between a 1GHz phone running previous versions of Android (FroYo/Gingerbread) and the Dual-Core Honeycomb tablet. Verdict For it's price - currently outright for ~$527 - it is quite good value compared to other Android tablets. Compared to the well built iPad 2 though, it is quite a hard buy.

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Daniel Zuccon made his first website in 1998 for a friend in exchange for a skateboard. (Don't worry, his programming skills are far better than his short-lived skating career!).

Since then, he has run several online businesses including boutique eCommerce stores and large online communities, so he understands the issues Australian businesses face every day.

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