Here comes another iPad 2 rival: Acer unveils Iconia A500 tablet

Iconia 500 Android 'Honeycomb' tablet on sale from mid-April, starting at $579

The Acer Iconia A500 Android tablet

The Acer Iconia A500 Android tablet

In an event in Sydney today, Acer unveiled its iPad 2 competitor: the Iconia A500 Android tablet. It's set to hit Australian retailers in mid-April.

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The Acer Iconia A500, which will start at $579 for the entry level model, has a 10.1in capacitive touchscreen and runs the latest Google Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' operating system specifically designed for larger screened tablet devices.

Described by Acer as offering a "superb mobile and home entertainment experience", the Iconia A500 supports HD video playback, and has an HDMI-out port meaning it can be plugged directly into a high-definition television. Like the iPad 2, it comes in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 3G variants, and has two cameras — a front facing camera for video calls and a rear camera for recording HD video and capturing still photographs. The Iconia A500 also has a USB port for storing and transferring files.

Along with the Iconia A500, Acer also unveiled three other devices in the Iconia family. These include the Windows 7-powered Iconia Tab W500 (starting at $899) and Iconia Touchbook (starting at $2499), and the Iconia A100 (starting at $499), a 7in tablet running the Android Honeycomb platform.

The Acer Iconia Tab W500 is a Windows 7 tablet that comes with a full-sized physical keyboard dock, essentially making it a hybrid notebook-cum-tablet device. The Iconia Touchbook is a notebook with dual touchscreens. It runs a customised version of Windows 7, with larger icons designed with a touchscreen in mind. Acer says the Iconia Touchbook has a "heavy SMB focus" and will be sold though Harvey Norman from April, and then through Telstra in June.

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7 Comments

Andre

1

Are the people that run these companies INSANE! Who is Acer as a company to build a tablet that's even more expensive then the iPad? I don't think of apple as being the end all and be all of companies, but they have set the standard in this market. And as the standard those coming in after them or with significantly less developed ecosystems, should understand that if they want to compete they need to come in underneath the price of THE STANDARD, which is ipad2. I've also thought of Acer as an economy company. You sacrifice a little on the build quality as a consumer to by a reasonably good device below the price of other manufacturers. I think someone has gotten ahead of themselves and as a result, they make me write them off entirely and I will ha e to consider upgrading my ipad1 with an ipad2 or HP touchpad or PLAYBOOK, all of which are going to be cheaper than this!

Daniel

2

All i can do is just laugh very loudly!!
I mean, what sort of iPad 2 rival is this?
There is not a hope in hell for these companies!!

Ex PC-admin

3

Windows is not an operating system of choice.

Andy

4

Some of us have verry good reasons for using Windows (7 in this case) my corporate VPN is only accesable through an E Token that only works on windows. So if I want a tablet that I can use for work - windows it is, and I am sure I am not alone.

Pete

5

Ahhh, fanbois.

Anyway looks like the A500 already outdoes the ipad2 anyway, external USB, SD slot.

Good luck with your ipad's.

michaela

6

I use both mac & pc,the iphone4 (did not like previous iphone versions but this one nailed it)I use ipad2 for work but my iphone does everything
I need. Ipad2 is NOT a laptop/notebook replacement this A500 IS.
Apple is missing very crucial features and customisation capability - though this is OK since apple's design and interface is very clean and simple but you are limited in how much you can change - even so the hardware is where the A500 is a clear winner. Now depending on what you want to use it for but the fact that it is cheaper yet more functional. USB, HDMI ports and micro sd card slot which gives instant extra storage space (or in my case direct photo access from my nikon SLR) two cameras (which ipad two now also has) it also supports FLASH people, FLASH you have no limitations on the web!!! this is a big downer for the ipad2 and shame on apple and adobe not being completly compatible. Especially since apple is the system of choice for many designers.
The thing the ipad2 has better is the screen, looks and design - I find the acer LED display is slightly deeper placed under the glass (making the display dark in daylighting and glass very reflective in direct sunlight.

mic

7

Andre: you can pick up this Acer A500 for $450 - $620 where the ipad2 ranges from $580 - $950 depending on how much space you want...how is this not competitive??

Daniel:you need to do more research and be more open minded about people's needs in the market they go beyond sleek branding and good looks - functionality, compatibility with programs and customisation are more important to some.

ExPC Admin & Andy: the OS on this android is Honeycomb not windows - this is made by Google not Microsoft and works in conjunction with your Google Account kind of like apple with itunes... also to add Google Chrome is a much better/faster/customisable web browser than Firefox, Safari (Apple) or Internet Explorer (Microsoft And this just shows how Google is taking over, they just don't have their own exclusive hardware thus i can see how you can be so easily confused that the system is Microsoft - but Google kills Microsoft by far - they will make operating systems on desk tops obsolete too with the way they are headed, and i'm excited!

This is the end to the Apple vs PC (microsoft war) this is the dawn of the age of Google.

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