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Acer Iconia Tab A500 review

7.3/10 AVG.

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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 16 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size
5+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...

What Mobile

The Acer ICONIA Tab A500 is a heavy beast, which means you’ll probably find yourself using it when seated most of the time. With the latest version of Honeycomb, there are a number of improvements to improve the user experience, but it can still seem like quite a change from the Android OS you’re mo...

- Jonathan Morris, What Mobile

The Acer Iconia A500 boasts many of the same core specs as its Android Honeycomb tablet rivals, and it handles the new operating system just as well, but the uninspiring design stops it from appealing over some of these alternatives. It's an entirely competent product, but as something you have to h...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 offers some features that make it attractive to potential tablet buyers. The range of supported physical connections is the big thing, accepting microSD cards and external USB drives in the tablet itself - the USB will also be more useful when Android 3.1 arrives on the A500...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint

The device is cheaper than the 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2. If you are looking for an experience other than the iPad you may want to take a look at the A500. But if you're in the market for a sleeker Android based tablet, you may want to hold-off until the Samsung Galaxy tabs hits.

- Sameer Mitha, NDTV
Expert Reviews

The A500 isn't a bad tablet, it feels well-made, has plenty of useful ports, good speakers and decent application and battery performance. However, it's a little heavier than it need be, and the display isn't up to that of its immediate competitors - both key considerations.We've given the A500 four...

- Seth Barton, Expert Reviews

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Screen Size

The Acer Iconia Tab A500's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Tegra 250 Dual Cortex A9 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
32 MB

Internal memory is 32 MB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3260 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 19 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia Tab A500 Specs

Release date April 24, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Tegra 250 Dual Cortex A9 1 GHz
Internal Storage 32 MB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 1 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 19 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Metallic Grey
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.0 x 17.7 x 1.3 cm (10.2 x 7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 765 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen, Acer User Interface 4.5
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Night mode, White balance, Scene Mode, Color Effect
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, Night mode, White balance, Scene Mode, Color Effect
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, XviD
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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