Acer Iconia Tab A500 (tablet). Description, specifications and reviews

Acer Iconia Tab A500 can be called sucha tablet that does not lose its popularity to this day. Interesting design, good technical characteristics and other advantages of it stand out against the background of the majority of similar devices, but many do not know what are its main advantages and features, and whether it is worth buying in principle today.

Design

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First of all it is worth noting the fact thatthe design of the Acer Iconia Tab A500 looks quite strange compared to the devices from the companies Apple and Samsung, because they differ more original and delicate design. Many users note that the device is quite heavy and massive, and does not differ in any thoughtful design forms. In other words, in the process of developing the Acer Iconia Tab A500, the company was more concerned with how to ensure the optimal screen diagonal at that time, and also take into account the various features of the platform used. Thus, in the end, we got a rather massive tablet equipped with a metal case.

Features

Dimensions, as well as a peculiar design is unlikelycan be called obvious shortcomings Acer Iconia Tab A500, but rather it is worth highlighting them as features of this model. If we talk about a certain device that has similar technical characteristics and functionality, it could be argued that the use of such dimensions is an undeniable shortcoming of this device. But in fact, the tablet market today is just filled with a variety of models, so users are free to choose what to give their preference to - lightweight plastic devices or still thick, equipped with a metal reliable case. In particular, thanks to this reliable design, owners will rarely need to repair the Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablets, which is already important. Thus, there is only an additional choice in terms of reliability of the purchased equipment, and this is pretty good.

Practicality

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Due to the fact that metal is usedbody, Acer Iconia Tab A500 in the process of its work is practically not contaminated. In addition, the metal surface is equipped with specialized laser engraving, which provides effective protection against all kinds of scuffs and scratches. Of course, such defects still appear in the process of using this equipment, but they will not be able to see them with the naked eye. The screen in this case is dirty just like any other large displays, although, again, a reliable design eliminates the frequent repair of the Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablets.

According to reviews, in terms of assembly, users markthe only drawback of this design is the presence of a sufficiently large gap, located between the upper end of the body and the protective glass. The size of this gap is approximately 1.5 mm, as a result of which this slot is quite actively hammered by dust, as well as by a wide variety of small particles. Of course, if you do not look closely, this will not be noticeable, but even the very presence of this gap, which is different for a tablet (10 inches), is unacceptable for many.

Dimensions

Tablet sizes are the sameimpressive, like its weight, as it is an order of magnitude larger and heavier compared to its direct competitors. Its dimensions are 260х177х13.3 mm, while this device weighs 730 grams. For comparison, released at the same time Apple iPad 2 has a weight of only 601 grams.

How important is it?

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In one hand, hold this deviceit is quite inconvenient for a long time, because the arm quickly gets tired. When you hold the device with both hands simultaneously it becomes much more comfortable, but in fact, as time goes on, inconveniences begin to appear if the device is held on weight while reading or watching a long video. Thus, many users say that it's better to use a specialized complete cover, which is suitable for this tablet (10 inches), because due to it it will be possible to put the device on a suitable surface and without any problems to browse any interesting files.

Another option is to keepdevice on your knees in the event that, for example, you wanted to see a certain movie during the flight. It is for this reason that weight in the course of time is already turning into a disadvantage, as it limits the possibilities of operation that the Acer Iconia Tab A500 tablet has.

Control

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Of course, as a basic elementcontrol in this case is the display itself, which responds well to touch, and there are no problems. Among other things, the tablet provides specialized volume keys, a screen on / off button, and a separate switch that can be used to exclude the possibility of automatic display orientation. This button is quite a convenient innovation, this is noted by many users. Often there are such situations that when the tablet is held in the hands in the case of a slight deviation, the picture begins to turn over. Many users completely disable the auto-rotate function, but, again, it is necessary in a number of situations. It is for this reason that you must constantly tolerate occasional upheavals or completely disable this function.

This function in the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is notit is simply activated permanently, but it can be periodically turned off with this button. Of course, given the weight and dimensions of this device, users are unlikely to use it often enough on weight, as a result of which such a function is in principle not very much in demand.

Display

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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 features a displayare quite good. The screen diagonal is 10.1 inches, and its resolution reaches 1280x800 pixels. The physical dimensions of this display are 136x218.

It should be noted that in principle this deviceis relatively good, since it has a certain amount of brightness (although even during the day it will be difficult to view the image under direct sunlight), a fairly quiet color rendering, as well as not juicy, and at the same time not too dull colors. In principle, this display does not stand out in any special way, that is, it is not worse than similar options, but it does not have any distinctive advantages. The opinions of users on this issue were divided. Someone of this level is enough, but someone was expecting more from the tablet. The viewing angles of this display are as high as possible.

Cameras

In the device, as in standard tablets,here there are two chambers - the main one and the front one. In this case, the front camera has 2 megapixels, while the main camera has 5MP, and also the built-in flash. Thus, it's enough just to get and open Acer Iconia Tab A500 (covers designed for the tablet, allow it to do) and start taking pictures or making video calls. In principle, the capabilities of the cameras are quite standard, that is, they provide the owner with a large number of possibilities, and they can hardly be called less effective than cameras in similar devices. Most of the users are quite satisfied with the quality of the photos.

It is worth mentioning the fact that afterappeared Acer Iconia Tab A500 16Gb, its front camera was almost useless to anyone, and most likely, the developer initially oriented this device to future user requests. To date, when video calls have become very and very common, even among mobile device owners, these front cameras are used very often.

Battery

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This tablet is equipped with a non-removable battery, whose capacity is 3260 mAh. Each Acer Iconia Tab A500 charger is included.

The tablet can work for five hours,but if you constantly watch the video, then the charge will last for no more than four hours. At the same time, it should be noted that 5 hours of operation of the device is the result obtained with the Wi-Fi module permanently turned on, and also quite active (but not constant) viewing of various videos.

Particular attention should be paid to the fact that ifuse the mode "in the plane" and at the same time set the brightness to approximately 20%, it will be possible to increase the total running time of the equipment to six hours with a constant viewing of the video, that is, its charge is approximately enough to view three full films.

Performance

For this tablet to work,a specialized dual-core processor with a clock speed of 1 GHz, while the platform based on it - this is NVIDIA Tegra 2. Many people do not very flatter about the various features of this platform, and in particular, many support the decoding of modern video in FullHD format. The thing is that in practice this platform is not very suitable for high-quality playback of video in HD, and this device is no exception. Thus, if you try to view the videos as 1080p, be prepared for the fact that during the video viewing there will be certain delays or even drop certain frames. Of course, not all users are willing to put up with this situation. Many express their dissatisfaction with such a technical solution.

When switching video to 720p, the situationbecomes more decent, as all kinds of "brakes" in the picture are lost, but some users say that there may be a certain delay in sound. At the same time, it is worth noting the fact that it is not only about the reproduction of video by the standard player, but also about the use of additional software.

In this regard, this tablet canUsed to view all sorts of movies in an average quality, while watching HD video for it remains unavailable. Of course, if you take into account what the price on the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is (about 14,000 rubles), then this drawback is not so critical, and, in principle, tablets can hardly be called a device for high-grade viewing of films in the best quality.

Memory

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The device provides 1 GB of operationalmemory, as well as 16 or 32 GB built-in, designed to store various information. In addition, there is also a separate slot, in which you can insert an additional microSD memory card, fixing it with a special plastic plug. Many believe that this stub is unreliable, but, according to users, it can last for a long time.

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