Acer Iconia A500 vs Motorola Xoom, HTC Flyer, Asus Transformer and iPad, the competition is heating up.

Granted, Acer Iconia A500 might not be the best Tablet PC on the market. There is no reason to dismiss it.

 

It should still be considered as one of the top Android Tablets on the market.

It has its own strengths, making it one of the most coveted or seriously considered Android-based tablets.

To let you understand how it fares with its competitors, we’re going to compare the features of the Acer Iconia A500 with 4 other leading Tablet PC currently on the market.

Overview

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Acer brand produces excellent netbooks and laptops, but the name of the game in the world of screens and technologies today are Tablet PCs. Though it took a while before they caught on with the wave, Acer released three different varieties, each captivating a pre-selected market. When Acer Tablet PC Iconia A came about, it was meant for social media and communication. It’s loaded with a pair of cameras, a 2MP front facing and 5MP rear facing, for effective video chat. It also gives you the ability to view your contacts in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter all on the same screen. The multi-touch 10-inch screen boasts clarity and HD.

The Acer Iconia A500 is also one of the very first Tablet PCs that are fitted with Android’s Honeycomb, the OS that is meant for tablet PCs. Moreover, it runs using the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor, which means the tablet PC is capable of multitasking and excellent performance when viewing videos or playing games. The device comes with a 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage capacity, 2 USB ports, and ability to connect to Wi-Fi. AT&T also offers the A501 with HSPA+ (High-Speed Packet Access) allowing you access to the internet via the AT&T network. It measures 7 inches by 10.2 inches by 0.5 inches and weighs 1.61 lbs (730g). 

Acer Iconia A500 vs HTC Flyer

One of the biggest advantages of Acer Tablet PC Iconia A over the HTC Tablet PC the Flyer is the price—the latter is almost $200 more than the former at $600. Iconia A500 also has a better front-facing camera, which comes equipped with LED flash, as well as gyroscope and HD playback. When it comes to physical dimensions, though, HTC Flyer is sleeker and slimmer at 4.8-inch width. It also weighs much less than Acer’s at 0.91 lbs (415g) and is fitted with a processor that is faster at 1.5GHz. You will also find the storage capacity more favorable in the HTC Flyer since it already has a built-in 32GB drive. Although both run Android the HTC Flyer is equipped with Gingerbread OS which is meant for phone more than tablets. Comparing it to the HTC Flyer is not apples to apples; the Flyer only has a 7 inch display while the A500 has a 10 inch display. Of course a bigger screen adds more weight to the device. 

Acer Iconia A500 vs Motorola Xoom

At first glance, you can hardly tell the difference between the Motorola Tablet PC Xoom and the Acer Iconia A500. Both have a 10.1-inch display with a screen resolution of 1280 x 800. They even come with the same NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor, and Android OS. Moreover, both can connect using Wi-Fi and support Flash. Nevertheless, there are still differences, as Acer Iconia weighs less making it easier to carry around. Xoom, however, makes up for the bulkiness with its smaller dimensions. It also has a slightly more advanced version of Honeycomb at 3.1. Xoom also fares better in terms of brightness, but A500 offers better screen reception. Let’s also not forget that Xoom comes with a hefty price at around $800. 

Acer Tablet PC Iconia A vs Asus Transformer

Perhaps the closest clone to the Acer A500 is the Asus Tablet PC the Eee Pad Transformer. In fact, it’s not surprising if you confuse yourself which one is Acer and which is Asus. But they are definitely fitted with their own unique features, which you have to consider before making your choice. For example, Asus Transformer comes with a docking station and a full keyboard (sold separately but combined is less than $500). This feature is offered by Acer too—not with the A500 but with the W500 model. The Asus keyboard, moreover, has been designed to add more ports to your tablet PC. However, the additional options also drive the Transformer’s price up a bit but still worth it. The A500 does come with a micro-USB port, a full-size USB port, docking port, and thumb drive. 

Acer Tablet PC Iconia A vs iPad

It seems like the iPad has become a benchmark for other tablet PCs, including Acer varieties. Perhaps it’s because it is the most popular and successful tablet currently on the market. So when Acer was released, it was dubbed as the potential iPad killer, not that of Xoom or Galaxy.

Unlike the comparisons we made earlier, the Apple Tablet PC the iPad and Acer don’t share the same OS, as iPad has iOS, which is proprietary to Apple. iPad has a very powerful A5 chip, but does not have the flexibility of multitasking, which Acer, since it’s Android, can do so with great ease. Further, iPad doesn’t support Flash. Acer has a better front and rear camera. Acer, however, pales in comparison if you start talking about apps, as iPad has loads of them. The iPad also is thinner and lighter. 

Conclusion

Acer Iconia A500 competes even with the strongest tablet brands in the market by its competitive price, large screen, Flash support, a host of ports, a decent camera, and, most of all, the latest Android OS, the Honeycomb. It is definitely worth considering. 
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