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Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500

The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is an Android Honeycomb-based tablet with specs that are nearly identical to those of the Motorola Xoom. The most notable difference is the price, which starts at $449. The tablet will start shipping April 24, exclusively for Best Buy.
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The back of the Acer Iconia Tab is finished in a mixture of aluminum and plastic and features two speaker grilles and a 5-megapixel camera with an LED flash.
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The rear-facing camera on the Acer Iconia Tab is also capable of capturing HD video at up to 720p resolution.
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The top edge of the Acer Iconia Tab offers a pull-away door concealing a MicroSD card slot and an oddly masked-over slot that was presumably designed for SIM card support.
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The right edge of the Acer Iconia Tab offers a full-size USB host port, a Micro-USB sync port, and a socket for the included power adapter.
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On the left side of the Acer Iconia Tab, you'll find a logically placed power button, a headphone jack, and a Micro-HDMI port for HD video output.
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The bottom of the Acer Iconia Tab is bare, with the exception of a connection for an optional dock accessory.
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A 2-megapixel camera is located on the front of the Acer Iconia Tab.
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Side by side with the Motorola Xoom (left), the Acer Iconia Tab is approximately the same thickness, though it weighs just a tad more.
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Compared against the Apple iPad 2 (right), the Acer Iconia Tab is nearly twice as thick and noticeably heavier.
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The Acer Iconia Tab (bottom) pictured with the Motorola Xoom (top). Between the two Android Honeycomb tablets, Acer's is a bit bulkier, though the tech specs of the two products are nearly identical.
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The iPad 2 (bottom) doesn't have the wide-screen format of the Acer Iconia Tab (top), but its stable of tablet-optimized apps and significantly thinner and lighter design will prove hard to resist for most consumers.
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