New Acer Iconia Tablet Running Android 3.0 Honeycomb Product Lands in Retailers

Posted: May 8, 2011 in Android
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Australia Leads the World in Android 3.0 Honeycomb Product Launches

by @mr_internet

Updated 10 May 2011 
After spending a few days with the Iconia A500 and of course Honeycomb, I am impressed with many of the features of the Iconia, it is a great value for money, my iPad2 is starting to feel a little jealous, and some of the feature of the Iconia (real USB and microSD) makes it even more interesting . 

Have a peek at the unboxing in Germany and an early review from the USA. 

Unboxing

A500 Review

Contract Free Acer A500 Iconia Tablet Running Android 3.0 HoneyComb Lands in Australia Retailers before USA without Fanfare

Promises to rock new tablet market

Low Priced Tablet to add to carriers challenges

Tablet competition is quickly heating up with the low fanfare launch of a new Tablet device from Acer.
a Wi-Fi only device that has managed to launch without the challenges of being distributed by Telecom carriers.

Whilst Vodafone this weeks has exclusively launched with huge problems the Samsung Galaxy Tab version 2 10.1v (P7100) with customers not notified their devices are on backorder,

Telstra has announced the launch of the Motorola Xoom for launch later this month for $840 that many view is over priced compared to the US market being sold for $600 in the even via Australia based importers .

This is the first launch of the much anticipated Google Android 3.0 Operating System (known as Honeycomb) and is very different than the previous operating Systems.
The difference between in the Tablet market is some devices have 3G or 4G internet built in, and will be sold by Telecom Carriers.

Other Tablets such as the Acer A500, are not burdened by this and can be sold as any laptop would be in the usual retailers such as JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, and Office Works where stock has appeared this week.
The Acer Device comes in a 16GB and a 32GB Version but also includes a USB port and a microSD card slot allowing for a lot extra usability as it allows USB 2.0 thumb drives are even large external drives to be used.
Currently the Motorolla Xoom does not have a working SD Card Slot.
Internet access will need to be by Mobile USB stick from any carrier, or Wi-Fi, but many mobile phones also offer tethering (cable internet attachment) or their own wi-fi hotspot to offer Internet.
The largest issue carriers will have is the Acer A500 sells for just $547 in Australia and will launch in the USA from $450 from 11 May
At almost 1/2 the price of the Motorola Xoom many consumer will be asking if price is worth it.
Meanwhile the pure number of different devices available is slightly confusing for customers
German Unboxing of the Acer A500 (in English)

A500 Tablet Review by Mobile TechReview

Tech Specs of Acer A500 Tablet

Operating System
Operating System Android™
Processor & Chipset
Processor Manufacturer nVidia
Processor Type Tegra
Processor Model 250
Processor Speed 1 GHz
Processor Core Dual-core
Cache 1 MB
Memory
Standard Memory 1 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Card Reader Yes
Memory Card Support Micro SD
microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)

Display & Graphics
Screen Size 25.7 cm (10.1″)
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WXGA
Display Resolution 1280 x 800
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen Feature Multi-touch
Network & Communication
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth No
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
USB Standard USB 2.0
Built-in Devices
Webcam Yes
Software
Operating System Android™
Battery Information
Number of Cells 2-cell
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Battery Energy 24.10 Wh
Power Description
Input Voltage 220 V AC
110 V AC

Maximum Power Supply Wattage 18 W
Physical Characteristics
Colour Silver
Form Factor Slate
Height 13.30 mm
Width 177 mm
Depth 260 mm
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
ICONIA Tab A500 Tablet PC
Lithium Polymer Battery
Charger
USB Cable
Quick Start Guide
Green Compliance Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority WEEE
RoHS

Warranty
Warranty 1 year pickup and return warranty.

Australia Leads the World in Android 3.0 Honeycomb Product Launches

Contract Free Acer A500 Iconia Tablet Running Android 3.0 HoneyComb Lands in Australia Retailers before USA without Fanfare

Promises to rock new tablet market

Low Priced Tablet to add to carriers challenges

Tablet competition is quickly heating up with the low fanfare launch of a new Tablet device from Acer.
a Wi-Fi only device that has managed to launch without the challenges of being distributed by Telecom carriers.

Whilst Vodafone this weeks has exclusively launched with huge problems the Samsung Galaxy Tab version 2 10.1v (P7100) with customers not notified their devices are on backorder,

Telstra has announced the launch of the Motorola Xoom for launch later this month for $840 that many view is over priced compared to the US market being sold for $600 in the even via Australia based importers .

This is the first launch of the much anticipated Google Android 3.0 Operating System (known as Honeycomb) and is very different than the previous operating Systems.

The difference between in the Tablet market is some devices have 3G or 4G internet built in, and will be sold by Telecom Carriers.

Other Tablets such as the Acer A500, are not burdened by this and can be sold as any laptop would be in the usual retailers such as JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, and Office Works where stock has appeared this week.

The Acer Device comes in a 16GB and a 32GB Version but also includes a USB port and a microSD card slot allowing for a lot extra usability as it allows USB 2.0 thumb drives are even large external drives to be used.

Currently the Motorolla Xoom does not have a working SD Card Slot.

Internet access will need to be by Mobile USB stick from any carrier, or Wi-Fi, but many mobile phones also offer tethering (cable internet attachment) or their own wi-fi hotspot to offer Internet.

The largest issue carriers will have is the Acer A500 sells for just $547 in Australia and will launch in the USA from $450 from 11 May
At almost 1/2 the price of the Motorola Xoom many consumer will be asking if price is worth it.

Meanwhile the pure number of different devices available is slightly confusing for customers

German Unboxing of the Acer A500 (in English)

A500 Tablet Review by Mobile TechReview

Tech Specs of Acer A500 Tablet

Operating System
Operating System Android™
Processor & Chipset
Processor Manufacturer nVidia
Processor Type Tegra
Processor Model 250
Processor Speed 1 GHz
Processor Core Dual-core
Cache 1 MB
Memory
Standard Memory 1 GB
Memory Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Memory Card Reader Yes
Memory Card Support Micro SD
microSD High Capacity (microSDHC)

Display & Graphics
Screen Size 25.7 cm (10.1″)
Display Screen Type Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Aspect Ratio 16:10
Screen Mode WXGA
Display Resolution 1280 x 800
Touchscreen Yes
Touchscreen Feature Multi-touch
Network & Communication
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth No
Interfaces/Ports
HDMI Yes
USB Standard USB 2.0
Built-in Devices
Webcam Yes
Software
Operating System Android™
Battery Information
Number of Cells 2-cell
Battery Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Battery Energy 24.10 Wh
Power Description
Input Voltage 220 V AC
110 V AC

Maximum Power Supply Wattage 18 W
Physical Characteristics
Colour Silver
Form Factor Slate
Height 13.30 mm
Width 177 mm
Depth 260 mm
Miscellaneous
Package Contents
ICONIA Tab A500 Tablet PC
Lithium Polymer Battery
Charger
USB Cable
Quick Start Guide
Green Compliance Yes
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority WEEE
RoHS

Warranty
Warranty 1 year pickup and return warranty.

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