Easy Tablet Tech; The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is an Android Honeycomb that lets you work smarter, play harder, and connect faster

Technology makes people’s lives simpler. At least that’s what it’s supposed to do.

In an industry cluttered with machines that, too often, are hard to understand and a pain to use, you’ll be glad to know that Acer has released a beautiful new tablet device that’s easy on the eyes and a joy to have and hold.

The company calls it the Acer Iconia Tab A500; given the way it looks, feels, and works, you can call it second-nature.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is designed in a way that sets it apart from the boxier, bulkier competition. This one is lightweight and thin—just 1.69 pounds light and 0.52 inches thin, to be exact—and comes with a smooth, slender unibody chassis that’s made of aluminum, rounded out at the edges, and brushed in alpine silver. These design touches give the Acer Iconia Tab A500 a modern tech vibe and, more importantly, a natural, comfortable feel.

Then there’s the tablet’s dazzling 10.1-inch wide-angle 1280 x 800 WXGA LCD screen, which displays graphics that can only be described as life-like. Thanks to the power of the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 dual-core mobile super chip—which offers up to two times faster browsing, hardware-accelerated Flash, and console-quality gaming with an ultra-low power (ULP) NVIDIA® GeForce® GPU—everything looks faster, smoother, more realistic, and more brilliant. It doesn’t matter whether you’re watching YouTube videos or high-definition (720p) blockbusters, flipping through the pages of an e-book or online magazine from the Lumiread or Google Books apps, or playing any of the Iconia Tab’s three built-in 3D games: the tablet works the way you want it to—and fluidly. Indeed, it’s designed for your eyes as much as it’s built for your hands.

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 proves to be even more irresistible at first touch than at first sight. Pick it up and you’ll be hard-pressed to put it down. Hold it any way you want, in any direction, and the Iconia Tab’s six-axis motion sensing system—complete with an accelerometer + gyroscope, e-compass, and ambient light—will make sure you get the best view. Capacitive multi-touch technology, meanwhile, enables you to use the most efficient hardware and natural pointing device in the world—your fingers—to type, scroll down a webpage, zoom in on pictures in your favorite album, read books, play music, and so much more. With the Iconia Tab, everything is at your fingertips, conveniently and literally.

But here’s a piece of good news. The highly intuitive Android™ 3.0 Honeycomb of the Acer Iconia Tab A500 can now be upgraded to an even better Android 3.1 version code-named “Ice Cream Sandwich.” Among the awesome features of the Android 3.1 include a much-larger apps list that comes with a vertical scrolling list that shows live thumbnails, support for Bluetooth, USB keyboard and mouse support, better Wi-Fi networking capability, improved readability and touch interface accuracy. In short, handling of the Acer Iconia Tab A500 becomes even less daunting yet more user-friendly.

Speaking of apps: there are plenty of them already built into the Acer Iconia Tab A500, ready to spring to life. A lightning-fast Android Web browser with Adobe Flash support connects you to the Internet and your E-mail on demand. Productivity apps like DocsToGo and Gmail let you manage files anywhere at any time—and get work done with incredible ease. And Acer’s innovative social aggregator, SocialJogger, pulls content from your Facebook and Twitter feeds so that you can read, comment, like, share, and retweet content across the world’s two biggest social networks.

Other Acer app additions that enhance the flexibility of the Honeycomb platform include Lumiread and Google Books (for tech-savvy avid readers), Aupeo (for Internet radio listeners), Modd ID (for generating playlists effortlessly), NemoPlayer (for browsing photos, watching videos, and playing audio), Google Talk, Google Maps, YouTube, Photo Browser 3D, and NVIDIA’s game store, Tegra™ Zone.

Indeed, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 makes work, play, and life so natural and easy that you tend to forget about the technologies behind it. But the sides and the back of the device’s brushed aluminum frame reveal some extra powerful hardware. For example, a pair of high-performance Li-Po batteries provide an impressive 8 hours of HD video playback and up to 18 hours of standby time. There’s also a LED-flash-enabled camera at the back—which takes 5-megapixel pictures and 720p high-definition videos—and a front-facing 2-mexapixel snapper that makes perfect sense for Internet voice calls, GTalk conversations, and self-portraits. Moreover, the Acer Iconia Tab’s two built-in stereo speakers—enhanced by Dolby® Mobile technology and a digital equalizer—are capable of filling your room with high-fidelity sound. A USB port and microSD slot, meanwhile, transform the Android tablet into an ultra-mobile media hub, ideal for saving and storing your favorite apps, photos, and movies as well as all-important files and folders.

There’s also an HDMI port with Dual Display Feature for connecting the device to a bigger, wider screen, such as your TV or PC monitor; if you’re looking to wirelessly control your files across all your devices—tablet, phone, computer, and laptop—over a home network, Acer Clear.fi technology with open DLNA standard support should do the trick.

With all these features, the Iconia Tab packs many of today’s most advanced technologies. But what makes the device truly revolutionary is its uncanny simplicity: how everything that the machine does is seemingly second-nature to man. Indeed, in enabling you to work smarter, play harder, and connect faster, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 proves that life is so much simpler and better when technology doesn’t get in the way.


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