When we reviewed the Acer Iconia Tab A500 we weren’t too impressed with the design, but on the whole the Honeycomb tablet was certainly one of the more impressive Android tablets we’ve seen. At the time of review it was only available in one size – 32GB – but Acer has now announced a smaller 16GB model, which will go on sale for £349.99.
With the market flooded with Android tablets at the moment, companies are doing all they can to offer customers what they want, and Acer has decided that a lower price is what the people want. While you lose out on internal storage as a result, Acer feels this won’t be a stumbling block for many tablet users. However, while the Wi-Fi only A500 with 32GB of storage cost £449 when launched, you can now pick one up for £395 from Amazon suggesting the “hugely successful” A500 Acer speak of is not altogether accurate.
Besides the amount of on-board storage available, the new version is identical to the original 10.1in A500. Both are powered by dual-core nVidia Tegra 2 Cortex processors and run Honeycomb, tweaked with Acer's own UI. The 10.1in capacitive multi-touch WXGA display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 with a contrast ratio of 1,500:1 to enjoy full HD 1080p playback and via a HDMI port you can display images and video on a larger screen.
With the 32GB version on sale for only £46 pounds more than the 16GB version, we’re not sure if the lower priced version will really reinvigorate the sales of this tablet in the way Acer hoped it would.