When we first got a proper look at Acerâ€™s family of Android and Windows tablets at Mobile World Congress in February, we were suitably impressed but as always it would be pricing that would make or break the deal for these tablets.
Today, the 7in Iconia Tab A100 along with the larger 10.1in Iconia Tab A500 and Iconia Tab W500 have all been made available for pre-order by Acer on Amazon with a release date of 20 April. First up is the Iconia Tab A100 which is a 7in Android slate which comes packed with some promising specs. Priced at a penny under Â£300 for the Wi-Fi only model and Â£399.99 for the Wi-Fi + 3G version, you will get a dual-core nVidia Tegra 2 processor under the hood while both will come with Androidâ€™s tablet-specific Honeycomb on top of which will run Acerâ€™s own UI. They have a 5 megapixel rear camera and 2 megapixel front-facing camera. The 10.1in screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600 and is capable of displaying full HD 1080p video. They also have a HDMI port and come with Bluetooth and Acerâ€™s multimedia file sharing system called clear.fi. One let down however is that the models listed on Amazon only comes with 8GB of storage which is pretty small.
The larger 10.1in Iconia Tab A500 will be priced at Â£449.99 for the Wi-Fi only model while the Wi-Fi + 3G model, called the A501, will set you back Â£529.99. Both are powered by dual core nVidia Tegra 2 Cortex processors and run Honeycomb, again tweaked with Acer's own UI. Their 10.1in capacitive multi-touch WXGA displays have 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. Aluminium casing will add a sense of quality to the devices though it also added to the weight with the Wi-Fi only model weighing in at 700g with the 3G + Wi-Fi model tipping the scales at 730g. It will come with 32GB of storage.
Rounding out the trio of tablets, is Acerâ€™s Windows 7 slate in the shape of the Iconia Tab W500 which is also priced at Â£449.99 for the Wi-Fi model with the Wi-Fi + 3G model, called the W501, costing Â£529.99. Both are powered by an AMD C-50 processor running at 1GHz, with an AMD Radeon HD6250 GPU to handle graphics. They feature 2GB of in-built DDR3 memory and 32GB of on-board storage. The 10.1in WXGA screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and the W500 sports dual cameras to allow for video calling. Both versions weigh-in at an arm-aching 1kg and measure 275 x 190 x 15.95 mm.
While the 7in A100 is competitively priced at Â£300, the larger 10.1in models are both more expensive than the Asus Eee Pad Transformer which will ship for Â£379 â€“ though without the docking station and with only 16GB of storage. Will Acerâ€™s tablets entice you to take the leap into the tablet market or do they fail to offer anything new?