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Acer Iconia Tab A500 (photos)

Take a closer look at the Iconia Tab A500 from Acer, an Android Honeycomb tablet with great specs and a down-to-earth price.

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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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Acer Iconia Tab A500

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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Acer Iconia Tab A500

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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Acer Iconia Tab A500

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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