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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Acer Iconia Tab A500 vs. Apple iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


The Indian tablet market sure is heating up, with the Apple iPad 2 recently being officially introduced, as well as the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet - Acer Iconia Tab A500 (check outour hands-on video!). Samsung is also due to make an appearance with its Honeycomb tablet, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, by July, and the Motorola Xoom is also expected soon. Will the Acer Iconia Tab A500 have enough muscle to take on the Apple iPad 2, and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - which boasts of the same dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor?

We've taken a look at just how well it stacks up against them in terms of specifications, in the table below. While we can't declare a winner just by looking at them, we can safely say that the Iconia Tab A500 is a strong contender, especially at its Rs. 27,990 price point. It will make a major impact in the market as the first proper Honeycomb tablet in the country, and with its solid feature set, and the choice of the upcoming 3G model will only make things very interesting for the consumer.
Remember, Acer is also offering a Windows 7 tablet with the Iconia Tab W500, and will soon bring a 7-inch Honeycomb tablet as well, in the form of the Iconia Tab A100:

Tablet
Acer Iconia Tab A500
Apple iPad 2
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
OS
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
iOS 4.3.3
Android 3.0 (Honeycomb)
Screen size, resolution, type
10.1-inch@1280x800 TFT LCD screen
9.7-inch@1024x768 IPS LCD screen
10.1-inch@1280x800 TFT LCD screen
Processor
Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core 1GHz
A5 Dual Core 1GHz
Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual Core 1GHz
Storage
16GB
16/32/64GB
16/32GB
Cameras: Rear/Front
5MP/2MP
1MP/VGA
8MP/2MP
Video recording
720p
720p
1080p
Flash support
Yes
No
Yes
Connectivity: WiFi/3G/Bluetooth
Yes/Yes/Yes
Yes/Yes/Yes
Yes/Yes/Yes
Ports: USB/HDMI
Yes/Yes
No/Yes(through add-on cable)
Yes/Yes
Card Reader
Yes
No
Yes
Battery Capacity
3260 mAh
NA
6860 mAh

Check out our hands on video for the Acer Iconia Tab A500 below:



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