Monday, April 11, 2011

New Acer Tablet Costs $50 Less Than Ipad: But Is It Worth It?

Alright, so Acer came out with the all new Iconia Tab A500 priced at $449.99, which is 50 whole big ones less than the lowest priced iPad 2 at $500. 

The question is: 
 Is it worth the $50 dollar savings?

With all of the new wanna be iPad killers hitting the market, it's hard to tell if the tablet you're looking at really does stack up against the big daddy of them all. So far, most of the competitors have been...lackluster. 

However, the new Iconia, which is set to be released later this month, brings big promises. (but haven't we heard them all before?)

Lets do a quick comparison of specs between the two.

First up:
The Iconia Tab A500 by Acer

Well this sleek thing looks quite alright in my opinion. Do a quick Google Search and you'll find yourself looking at more stunning pictures. This one will do for now.

Display: 10 Inch LCD Capacitive Touch Screen
CPU:      NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual Core 1GHz processor, 1GB Ram
OS:         Android 3.0 Honeycomb
Storage:  16GB micro with expandable memory of 32GB
Camera:  Still at 5MP and a secondary at 2MP, video recording capabilities.
Battery:  Up to 8 hours
Weight:  1.6 lbs
Some other features include a HDMI port, 1080p video playback, and Dolby Mobile Surround Sound.

Second up:
Apple's 16GB iPad 2
Display:   9.7 Inch LED Display
CPU:       1GHz Dual-core A5, 512MB RAM
OS:          iOS 4.3
Storage:  16GB
Camera:  Back record 720p HD and has a front-facing VGA camera.
Data:       3G
Battery:  Up to 10 hours
Weight:  1.3 lbs

Other features: Can do backflips.


Alright, so what stuck out to me the most was the fact that the Acer tablet only runs on 2G speeds. That probably won't fly with many, but I'm sure others will only use it where they can get wifi anyways.

Secondly, the Acer seems to have better RAM, more storage and better camera.

So from the looks of things, the Acer just might be worth the bargain despite its network speed. However, coming from my own experience with Android tablets, they just don't seem to perform correctly no matter the specs. But it's equipped with Honeycomb, which could be a gamechanger for me.

At any rate, I would wait until the reviews come pouring in after the release before planning to buy one. It looks promising and most definitely better than any Android tablet yet. 

You'll either see "Acer Flop" or "Acer iPad Killer" headlines after the release.

Man, that 2G speed thing is still killing me though.

1. Do you own any sort of tablet? What kind? Do you like it?
2. Would you buy one of these new Acer tablets?
3. Do you prefer iOS to Android or vice versa?
4. Coke or Pepsi?


pezasied said...

1. No, want an iPad though
2. Nope
3. iOs, but I have a mac and iPhone, so i'm biased
4. Coke between those two

Wintermute said...

1,2 Nope, don't see the need
4.Pepsi all the way, had a coke yesterday, aw man who drinks that stuff yo.

Jay said...

1. No
2. No
3. No preference
4. Juice?

Claude said...

1. No
2. No, I don't have any reason for a tablet
3. I prefer Android in theory but I've never properly used it. I have an Ipod touch though and love iOS, so I'd need to have a play with android to tell.
4. There's a difference? I don't like either but I'll drink whatever.

mac-and-me said...

1 .ipad, love it
2. no
3. ios
4. pepsi

Alphabeta said...

1. No
2. No
3. Android
4. Whichever you have thanks.

Anonymous said...

1. No, I don't.
2. I'd honestly prefer an iPad, or the new LG G-Slate.
3. I like parts of both, I guess.
4. Coke, but if you don't have any, then pepsi, I suppose.

Danny Murphy said...

1. No

2. If I was getting one i'd go for an iPad

3. Android

4. Coke

CandleintheDark said...

1. Yeah got an iPad. I like it. I got it cheap
2. Nay
3. Android has bit of catching up to do in snappiness
4. I mix them together in an unholy combination

duffboi said...

1. Do you own any sort of tablet? What kind? Do you like it?
2. Would you buy one of these new Acer tablets?
3. Do you prefer iOS to Android or vice versa?
4. Coke or Pepsi?

1. No
2. Doubtful
3. not enough experience to choose
4. Pepsi for a quick chug, coke for sipping

Grafted said...

2.Probably not
3.No preference

ed said...

no no, not sure and coke usually

Banacek said...

Nope, I don't own a tablet and probably won't anytime soon but I would consider Acer if I were interested in buying one. Coke.

SirJohnBear said...

I'd still rather spend the extra $50 and go for a product I know will be good and will not let me down.

BTN Hip Hop said...

2. yes acer ftw
3. none
4. pepsi boy!

SOMS said...

i dont really like acer. here alot of public places have wireless internet now and it is growing so i dunno if the connection thing is so bad

Michael said...

1. nope
2. acer probably
3. iOS.. expensive hardware though
4. pepsi

Trelin said...

-Yes, iPad 1 wifi, yes
-never tried Android. The specs of the 2 devices actually don't matter that much, it's the apps. iOS seems to be winning that battle so far.
- Whichever's cheaper

Clueless Dolphin said...

they both look pretty useless to me

Piets said...

1. nope but i wouldn't mind one
2. maybe
3. android
4. coke or the no-name brand "cola"

Pentele said...

Ipad is never worth it. It's a piece of crap. Flash support is essencial.

Tibble said...

1. No
2. Maybe
3. iOS
4. meh

Insider33 said...

1. Nope
2. Not interested in tablets, really
3. Don't care for either
4. I don't do drugs, so Pepsi

Joe said...

1-2 No
3 I dont know
4 Pepsi

Jacob said...

dont really care.
only water

Fishy Corporation said...

1. I dont, i would prefer a non-apple one if I had one.
2. Maybe, or some other brand?
3. Both are good, android is awesome?
4. What the fuck is pepsi? No but serial coke all the way.

Patres said...

1. No
2. No
3. Android
4. Water

POP! said...

Ill take an ipad 2 over any of those :)

Anonymous said...

Do you own any sort of tablet? What kind? Do you like it? No i dont but im thinking of one

2. Would you buy one of these new Acer tablets?
If is better then the ipad the yes or i might get another one.
3. Do you prefer iOS to Android or vice versa? Android since its opensource.

4. Coke or Pepsi? Pepsi

Kenzie said...


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