Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

The Acer Iconia Tab A501 is the Acer Iconia Tab A500 with 4G and a no-commitment price of $480 (16GB) and $550 (32GB); about $100 or so more than the A500.

For the price of a two-year contract, AT&T offers the tablet for $350; the lowest initial cost of any 4G Honeycomb tablet yet. If two-year contracts for tablets scare you (and they should), AT&T also offers session plans at $15/250MB and $25/2GB, if you absolutely need that "anywhere" access. But, with its hefty build and Acer's strange decision to ship it with Android 3.0.1, instead of a later version of the OS, is the A501 already too far behind to even enter the race?

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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

The back of the Acer Iconia Tab A501's metallic silver plating is surrounded by two plastic grip areas on either side.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

Here we have the Acer Iconia Tab A501's microSD and SIM card slot panel cover, rotation lock, and volume rocker.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

The Acer Iconia Tab A501's reset pinhole, full USB 2.0 port, Micro-USB port, and power adapter slot.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

The Acer Iconia Tab A501's dock connector.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

The Acer Iconia Tab A501's power button, headphone jack, and Micro-HDMI port.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

The Acer Iconia Tab A501's SIM/microSD card slot opened and ready to be used.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

The Acer Iconia Tab A501's 5-megapixel back camera.
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Acer Iconia Tab A501 4G (AT&T)

The Acer Iconia Tab A501's 2-megapixel back camera.
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