Acer Tablet PC offers 3 different models, but are any an Ace in the hole?

What Acer Tablet PC should you pick? This is actually one of the most common questions you should ask yourself, if you’re in the market for an Acer Tablet PC. Though it took a very long time for the laptop and netbook manufacturer to come up with their own tablets, when they did, they gave us not just one but three different models to choose from.

 

Truth be told, there’s not much of a difference between the A100 and A500. The W500 is quite unique and has its own dockable keyboard. It’s meant to offer productivity and mobility to the user. Moreover it runs using Windows 7 and thus gives you access to all the Microsoft-oriented applications, from spreadsheets to word processors.

The big difference between the A500 and A100 is screen size, the A500 Acer tablet PC, boasts a 10 inch display while A100 has a 7 inch display, these are the two standard screen sizes in the market today. Obviously the A500 is a bit heavier (due to the bigger screen) than the A100 but also appears more glamorous and contemporary with its aluminum casing.

One of the biggest advantages of the Acer tablets is the use of Android 3.0 and 3.2, more collectively known as the Honeycomb OS. These operating systems from Google have been specifically designed for tablet PCs, not mobile phones. You can immediately utilize a variety of Google products, including Maps, Gmail, and YouTube. 

Acer Iconia Tab A200

Acer Tablet PC, Acer Iconia tab A200

The new Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a 10.1 inch, multi-touch capable tablet device, featuring a screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800, the omnipresent 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. Two versions have been announced, an 8 GB and a 16 GB version, whereby additional storage is possible by means of MicroSD cards. All expected connectivity is provided for, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, DLNA in the Acer clear.fi incarnation and micro-USB. The operating system is currently Android 3.2, Honeycomb, but as soon as it is available Android 4.0, the Ice Cream Sandwich, will be offered as update or pre-installed into the units. A 3260 mAh battery provides for eight hours of video playback or 400 hours of stand-by.

Several applications are pre-installed in the unit, like the Acer Ring user interface, all the Google applications, including Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Android Market. Netflix is available to North American clients, SocialJogger provides uncomplicated interfacing with all the social networks. The biggest surprise is supposed to be the price, which is expected to be below $250. Acer attempts to have the device available in stores right in time for final holiday purchases. Read more about the Acer Iconia Tab A200…

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Acer Iconia Tab A100

Acer Tablet PC, Acer Iconia Tab A100 16GB

As with all new Tablets including the Acer ones there was hope it would bring something new to the market. Unfortunately Acer did not introduce a game changing tablet but definitely a top quality one. One thing that makes the A100 stand out a bit is the Android 3.2 OS, the latest Android OS with enhanced audio and smoother file transfers. Of all the operating systems released by Google, the Android Honeycomb 3 and up are designed specifically for Tablet PCs. The rest are better suited for smartphones. The A100 is fitted with a 7 inch display and is meant to compete in the smaller tablet market.

Like majority of tablet PCs fitted with Android, the processor is NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2. The other specs are also lifted straight from its predecessors as well, like a front-and rear-facing camera, which produces quite decent photos; Flash capabilities; a microUSB port; and a memory of up to 32GB. It weighs 0.92 lbs (417g), making it heavier than the Samsung Tablet PC the Galaxy Tab, though it’s slimmer. It connects via Wi-Fi only. 
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Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Tablet PC, Acer Iconia Tab A500 32GB

When the manufacturers released Acer Iconia Tab A500, they only had one thing in mind: how to break into a market that is very quickly becoming over saturated with choices. This tablet PC is for once equipped with Android Honeycomb 3.0. It displays a nice 10 inch screen and a very competitive price at around $450, making it more affordable thanBlackberry Tablet PC the Playbook and the Motorola Tablet PC the Xoom. It is also powered by NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 and has a SD card slot which allows you to expand your storage capacity up to 64GB.

The aluminum back casing on the A500 is polarizing, some love it some don’t. As far as weight, it is on the heavier side at 1.61lbs (730g). Originally only a Wi-Fi model was available but in the mean time AT&T has introduced the Acer Iconia Tab A501 which will connect to the internet using HSPA+ (High-Speed Packet Access). Read more about the Acer Iconia A500… 
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Acer Iconia Tab W500

Acer Tablet PC, Acer Iconia Tab W500

The premise for the Acer Iconia Tab W500 is to combine both productivity and mobility into one Tablet PC. Though majority of the tablet PCs, including the above-mentioned Acer Iconia models, can perform a number of tasks, they are often used for web browsing, gaming, and video chatting. You can hardly consider them as devices for hard-core business-related tasks.

Thus, one of the distinct features of this Acer Tablet PC is the use of a dockable keyboard. It’s a full-sized keyboard, which you can conveniently fit into your tablet PC so you can easily navigate and utilize a variety of applications, so you can transform your Acer tablet PC into a netbook. To complete the theme, it uses Microsoft Windows 7, which means you can use the entire Office suite, from MS Word to Excel and PowerPoint. The W500 has a 10-inch high quality screen. Other slew of features includes camera, microUSB slot, dual-core AMD C-50, and 32GB storage.

This may sound stellar, but there’s a slight problem: Windows 7 wasn’t designed for Tablet PCs. A complaint is that it has very small icons, and you can hardly do anything without the keyboard, which defeats the purpose of a tablet. Learn more about the Windows based Tablet PC the Acer Iconia W500… 
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Conclusion

An Acer tablet PC is a very viable option to consider, it has many high quality models and produced by a well known company. The use of Honeycomb as the OS is something to be thankful for. Although Acer didn’t produce the perfect tablet it definitely has come out with a top of the line product.