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Acer Iconia Tab A500 Tablet Review

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Two month review of the Acer Iconia Tab A500 16 GB tablet. It has a rear facing 2MP camera and a 5MP front facing camera, along with a mm headphone jack, full sized USB port, as well as a micro USB port, mini HDMI port, and microSD card slot capable of increasing storage by another 16 GB. After having had this tablet for the last two months, I wanted to post my thoughts of it. I think this a great tablet and despite what other reviews have to say about it, its better to me than some of it’s big named, higher priced competitors. The pros and cons are: Pros: Weight-Too many people complain about it being on the heavy end as far as tablets go but I like the weight. I don’t feel like its going to break if I hold it or accidentally drop it. Ports-It comes with HDMI, USB and micro usb right out of the adapters required. I’ve even hooked up a 500 GB hard drive and watched videos from it, as well as a USB based mouse which worked. Sound-Its pretty loud when playing games but this is also a con (see below) Camera-While it’s not a high end camera, it takes good pictures and records quality video. It has a 2mp rear camera that also doubles as a video chat camera, and a 5mp front facing camera with flash. Cutomization-I like the fact that it is easily customizable to however you decide to set it up much like cell phones now with multiple screens. Battery life-On a single charge you can get a decent amount of use out of it. If you charge it, and put it to sleep and come back later , or even the next day, you can expect to still have atleast 90% of your charge left. Price-Compared to more expensive tablets, you get more in functionality without having to spend more money on adapters. Cons: Power cord-This is absolutely ridiculous how short this cord is. If you need to use it while its charging, be prepared to sit right next to the outlet. Screen freeze-I’ve occassionally had an issue with the screen freezing but I notice that it only happens when I haven’t turned it off or left it in sleep mode with restarting for a couple of days. When I resart it, it works fine. Sound- As I stated before, the sound when playing games is outstanding. Whenever you watch movies, or videos, or play back any video you may have recorded, the sound drops off quite a bit. Also the sound for recorded video sometimes sounds garbled even when in a small room and near the tablet. Resolution-The screen resolution washes almost completely out when outside. Overall, I think its a great tablet and I’d easily recommend it to anyone looking for a netbook, or even notebook replacement.

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