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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 may be coming your way this month, see how it stacks up vs the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 [TABLE]

The iPad 2 killer has just arrived and it’s called the Iconia Tab A500. Ok, I admit I might be stretching it a bit – you know, the name might not be as catchy and it will definitely not make any Apple lovers switch sides. But for those of you that are yet undecided on where their tablet legions lie, Acer’s newest tablet might just be a viable option.

The Acer Iconia Tab is definitely one of the best and most reasonably priced Android tablets to hit the market. Well hitting the US market is what this tablet will do just fine, we should only wait until April 24th. Pre-orders for the Honeycomb-running 10.1-inch Iconia Tab A500 are starting today from Best Buy. And it starts at the reasonable $449.99. That’s rock-bottom pricing there. It sure looks like the iPad will be the price setter for the whole category of tablet devices.

Those 450 bucks will actually get you a 10.1-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, 16GB of storage, expandable with an microSD card, 1GB of RAM and the NVIDIA Tegra 2 SoC sporting a 1GHz dual-core processor. At the back there’s a 5 megapixel camera and on the front – a 2 megapixel snapper will take care of video calls.

Not too shabby, I would say. Acer also claims a battery life of 8 hours of HD video playback, and 10 hours of web browsing. You might think that the Iconia Tab is not a looker, but here are some photos of the tablet to prove you wrong.

It’s not what you’d call ugly, but all this aluminum action going on plus the pair of heavy 3260mAh batteries do add a bit of weight. And weigh this tablet does – a good 766 grams to be exact. In terms of size, the Iconia Tab A500 isn’t the slimmest thing around either, measuring at 13.2mm thick, with 260mm x 177mm.

Acer really wants a piece of that sweat tablet market pie that Apple has occupied just for itself. That’s why we are going to see how the Iconia Tab A500 stacks up against the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in our well-proven comparison table format. I know you’ve been waiting for it.

 
iPad 2
Galaxy Tab 10.1
Iconia Tab A500
OS
iOS 4.3
Android 3.0
Android 3.0
Display
9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
10.1-inch
PLS LCD
10.1-inch
LCD
Resolution
1024 x 768
1280 x 800
1280 x 800
Height
Width
Thickness

241.2mm
185.7mm
8.8mm
256.6mm
172.9mm
8.6mm
260.0mm
177.0mm
13.2mm
Weight
601 grams
595 grams
766 grams
Processor
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
Storage
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
16GB / 32GB
microSD card slot
no
yes, up to 32GB
yes, up to 32GB
Front camera
0.3MP VGA
2.0MP
2.0MP
Rear camera
0.7MP Fixed-Focus
720p video
3.0MP Auto-Focus with LED Flash (720p)
5.0MP Auto-Focus with LED Flash (720p)
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network
UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA 850, 900, 1900, 2100 GSM/EDGE
850, 900, 1800, 1900
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
USB
USB 2.0 (Host with Adapter)
USB 2.0 (Host with Adapter)
USB 2.0 (Host with Adapter)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR
2.1 + EDR
2.1 with A2DP Stereo
Battery
25Wh (~6750mAh @ 3.7V)
6800mAh
6520mAh (2 x 3260)
Price
(Wi-Fi only)
$499 (16GB)
$599 (32GB)
$699 (64GB)
$499 (16GB)
$599 (32GB)
$??? (64GB)
$450 (16GB)
$??? (32GB)
Availability
Currently available
June 8
April 24
Sensors
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor

How do you feel about the new kid on the block? Will you consider it when purchasing your next (first) tablet? Let us know in the comments.

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