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Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2165 reviews of Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.5/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the price and size are generally positive. The screen and performance also get good comments. Some have doubts about the GPS navigation and portability.

usability, performance, screen, size, price

portability, GPS navigation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Acer Iconia Tab A500 / A501 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Acer Iconia Tab A500


We take a bite out of the Iconia A500 tablet to see if it tastes like honey.

Nice screen, Honeycomb OS, 32GB internal memory

Uninspiring design

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Acer Iconia A500


Android works well, decent media performance, a bit cheaper than rivals

But it feels cheaper, too, confusion of apps at times, a tad glitchy

A solid effort, but better build quality and more AV content would help

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Hall (

Acer Iconia Tab A500


The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is Acer's 10.1-inch Android tablet - as designated by the “A” in it's product name, unlike the “W” of the W500 tablet that we reviewed previously. At 10.1-inches it faces a number of Honeycomb rivals such as the Asus Eee Pad...

USB, HDMI, working microSD slot, Honeycomb hasn't been too badly interfered with

Acer's software additions are largely dismissible and bring little value, design is rather clunky, size, short power lead, poor video support out of the box

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...

Jun, 2011

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Acer Iconia Tab A500 review


With its shiny glass surface, high resolution screen and aluminium back, it's clear which tablet Acer's Iconia A500 wants to be. But standards are already high for Android tablets, and it's going to need to do more than look the part to impress us....

May, 2011

Expert review by : John Brandon (

Acer Iconia Tab A500 review


Bulkier Android tablet has muscle and new software tweaks

720p video playback ; More rugged than most ; Bright screen ; Docking station ; USB port

Shorter than average battery life ; Short charger cable ; Wide bezel ; No video rentals ; Some minor crashes

In the contest to replace your laptop – and maybe even your TV – Android 3.0 tablets such as the Motorola Xoom are ganging up on the Apple iPad 2 by sheer quantity. We absolutely thrilled over the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, for example. Now it's time...

May, 2011

Expert review by : Seth Barton (

Acer Iconia Tab A500 review


A decent tablet, but its weight and average display mean there are better options available at this price.

May, 2011

Expert review by : Mat Smith (

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Preview


The Acer Iconia Tab A500 joins the Iconia Smart and is Acer's first entry into the competitive Android tablet market. It's a 10.1-inch tablet, with multimedia content sharable through its built-in…

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Mat Smith (

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Review


"The Iconia Tab A500 is Acer's first Android tablet. With dual cameras and HDMI out, it will come in 3G and WiFi versions."

The Iconia Tab A500 should be on sale April 2011.

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : (

Expert Review


The screen is very responsive and Android 3 is a pleasure to use. Nvidia has added an app store for games, but Acer’s bundled apps are a little uninspiring. SocialJogger brings Facebook and Twitter feeds together, and Photo Browser 3D lets you flick...

Sep, 2014

Expert review by : Mobile Choice UK (

Acer Iconia Tab A500 review -


Decent styling, fast processor

Heavy, Honeycomb not to all tastes, battery life not the best

Dec, 2011

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):No / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2


Battery Capacity:3260
Battery capacity (Watt hours):24.1 / 24.10
Battery life (max):10 / 18 / 24.1 / 5 / 7 / 8
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:2 / 3


Auto Focus: Yes
Built-in Camera: Yes
Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution (numeric):2
Main camera resolution (numeric):2 / 5
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Rear camera: Yes
Rear camera resolution (numeric):5
Second Camera:No / Yes
Second camera resolution:2 / 5
Video recording: Yes


Certification:RoHS / RoHS\nWEEE / WEE / WEEE
Colour of product:Aluminium, Black / Anthracite / Black / Black, Silver / Silver
Device Type:Full-size tablet
Fingerprint Reader: No
Form factor:Slate
Kids tablet: No
Product colour:Black / Black,Silver / Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display brightness:350
Display diagonal:25.6
Display number of colours:0.262000
Display Resolution:1280 x 768 / 1280 x 800
Display Technology:
LED Backlight: Yes
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen: Yes
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Graphics adapter:GeForce Graphics / HD Graphics
Graphics adapter family:nVidia

Media formats

Audio formats supported:AAC,MP3 / AAC,MP3,WMA
Image formats supported:BMP,EXIF,JPG / EXIF,GIF,IMG,JPG / JPG


Internal Memory:1
Internal memory type: / DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:1
Memory clock speed:667


E-mail: Yes
Instant messaging (IM): Yes


2G: Yes
2G standards:EDGE, GPRS / GPRS
3G:No / Yes
4G: No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1 / 2.1+EDR / 3.0
Data network:3G / No
Ethernet LAN: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-fi Standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11n

Other features

Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Compatible operating systems:Android
Contrast ratio (typical):1500:1
Depth (imperial):25.9
Dimensions (WxDxH):177.8 x 259.1 x 12.7 / 260 x 177 x 13.3 / 360 x 13.3 x 177
Docking connector: No
Drivers included: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
ExpressCard slot: No
Full HD: No
HD-Ready:No / Yes
HDD user password: No
Height :1.27
Height (imperial):1.27
Infrared data port: No
Interface:USB / USB 2.0 / USB, WLAN
Internal modem:No / Yes
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1
Memory slots:1 / 1x SO-DIMM
Mouse included: No
Networking features:802.11b/g + Draft-n / Gigabit Ethernet / UMTS/WCDMA/HSPA/HSUPA/GSM/GPRS/EDGE / WLAN
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Power requirements:100 - 240V / 110 - 220 / 110 - 220 V / 110 - 220V / 110-220V AC
Power supply type:AC/DC
SIM card support: No
Solid-state drive capacity:16 / 32 / 64
SSD capacity:16 / 32 / 64
TV in port: No
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
Video Playback: Yes
Volume Control:Digital
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Width (imperial):17.8

Packaging Content

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC / USB / Yes
Keyboard Included:N
Keyboard supplied: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


Ambient light sensor: Yes
Assisted GPS (A-GPS): No
Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3 / AAC, MP3, WMA
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):No / Yes
Gyroscope: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, EXIF, JPG / EXIF, GIF, IMG, JPG / JPG
Position location:N / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): No

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone Out:No / Yes
Micro HDMI ports quantity:1
Micro-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini-USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
SmartCard slot: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:110 - 220
AC adapter power:18 / 24.1 / 24.10


Processor architecture:ARM Cortex-A9
Processor cache:1
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:AMD Dual-Core / NVIDIA ARM9 / NVIDIA Tegra
Processor frequency:1
Processor Model: / TEGRA 2 / Tegra 2 (250)

Processor special features

Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): No
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No


Fingerprint Reader:N


Operating system installed:Android
Operating System Version:3.0


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash), MicroSDHC / microSDHC / microSDHC, SD / microSDXC / miniSD, miniSDHC / miniSDHC / MMC, SD / SDHC
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 64
Maximum memory card size:32
Storage Media:Flash / SSD

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies: No

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.33 / 17.7 / 25.9 / 26 / 36
Height :1.27 / 1.3 / 1.33 / 17.7 / 26
Weight:730 / 765 / 766 / 775.6 / 776 / 777
Width:17.7 / 17.8 / 26