Acer ICONIA tablets: Android or Windows 7?

Jonathan Morris
February 15, 2011

Acer has built two Android Honeycomb OS tablets, the ICONIA TAB A500 with a 10.1-inch screen, and the A100 with a 7-inch screen, each with a dual-core processor and HD output. There’s also a Windows 7 variant coming too.

Cased inside an anodised aluminium shell and measuring just 13.3mm thick, the ICONIA TAB A500 comes with Acer’s unique user interface at the front-end and a host of exclusive apps to go beyond the vanilla Honeycomb OS experience. Users can share media through their home network and manage media quickly, including updating social media networks with own-generated content.

HD is now part of all new devices, and this tablet is no exception. If not viewing content on its own high contrast display, with a wide viewing angle, the HDMI port can be used to hook up and enjoy 1080p video on a TV or monitor.

The tablet is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core chipset, with GeForce GPU and full support for Adobe Flash 10.1 – making it perfect for video and gaming. Photos can be taken from the 5-megapixel rear facing camera, or a front-facing camera for video calling or self portraits.

Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and the ICONIA TAB A500 will be released during April. The smaller ICONIA TAB A100 will be released at the end of April.

Pricing for each is yet to be confirmed, which seems to be the case with all of the new Honeycomb tablets. Come on boys and girls, one of you has to give a price sooner or later!


Acer ICONIA TAB W500 with Windows 7

Acer has also announced a Windows 7 tablet, the ICONIA W500, with an optional ‘chiclet’ keyboard and dock, with Acer’s FinetTrack pointing device, Ethernet port and USB port. The W500 will be available with or without 3G, and cost £449 without the keyboard and £529 with. The W500 will be available in early March.

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