Monday, April 11, 2011

Acer A500 Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet

This is why my Xoom was returned, well not exactly why but a big part of it. More Android 3.0 tablets are on the way and I'm going to wait until more manufacturers have shown their hands. Acer just officially announced their A500 Honeycomb tablet. The A500 have very similar specs to Motorola's Xoom but is $150 cheaper, thinner and has a standard USB port making it compatible with common USB mass storage drives (and in my opinion making it a more capable laptop replacement/sidekick). They also, very wisely, included a reset button; having no way to force reset my Xoom when it froze was very frustrating and I couldn't just pop out the battery like I do on my Evo. The tablet is available exclusively on pre-order from Best Buy for $450.

Specs and box contents below:

What's Included

  • Acer Iconia Tablet / 10.1" Display / 16GB Storage Memory / NVIDIA Tegra Processor
  • Lithium-ion polymer battery
  • AC power adapter
  • USB cable, charger and plug
  • Dust-resistant bag
  • Owner's manual

Product Features

  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor
    Features a 1.0GHz processing speed.
  • 1GB DDR2 memory
    For multitasking power.
  • 10.1" WXGA high-definition touch-screen display
    With a wide viewing angle, 16:10 aspect ratio and 1280 x 800 resolution to showcase movies and games in stunning clarity.
  • 16GB eMMC on-board memory
    Offers spacious storage.
  • NVIDIA GeForce graphics
    For lush images. Micro-HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.
  • Built-in 2.0MP webcam
    Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends. The rear-facing 5.0MP camera with autofocus and single LED flash allows you to capture and playback video.
  • Digital media card reader
    Supports microSD up to 32GB and Secure Digital High Capacity formats for storing or transferring media.
  • High-speed USB 2.0 port
    For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.
  • Built-in 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN
    Connect to the Internet without wires.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
    Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.
  • Weighs only 1.7 lbs. and measures just 0.5" thin
    For lightweight portability. Sensors include G-sensor, E-compass, L sensor and gyrometer.
  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system
    Provides a stable platform.

Source: Best Buy


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