Acer Iconia Tab A500's Android 3.1 update goes live

Electronista - Slightly later than first thought, Acer on Wednesday began rolling out the Android 3.1 upgrade for the Iconia Tab A500. The push brings all the features shown at Google I/O, such as a deeper multitasking system, resizable widgets, and support for USB host devices like cameras. Quirks have also been ironed out, such as respecting the orientation lock when the tablet is at the lock screen.

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Acer releases app to update A500 Tablets to ICS

appsplit: "cer has just released an app that would help you update your Acer Iconia Tab A500 to latest Android 4.0 ICS. It is a great move by Acer and we would like to see more and more manufacturers applying the same method to bring the latest updates to their customers efficiently."

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Tested: The Five Best Android 3.1 Tablets (Tom's Guide)

Tom's Guide Senior Editor Devin Connors looks at five of the best Android Honeycomb (3.X) tablets currently available. Tested hardware includes the Acer Iconia Tab A500, Asus Eee Transformer, Lenovo IdeaPad K1, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LTE, and the Toshiba Thrive.

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dconnors4630d ago

150 degrees and no approvals? Is it that hard to click a button? :-D

Speed-Racer4630d ago

Please do not ask for approvals.

mcstorm4629d ago

I still think out of all the tablets the xoom is the best on re market followed by the galaxy 10.1

KwietStorm_BLM4628d ago

The xoom is glitchy. It's also fat next to the galaxy tab.

mcstorm4628d ago

Ive never had one problem with my xoom and yes the xoom is a little thicker then the samsung but not by alot and fits in your hands fine and the xoom has hdmi out and memmory card slot as well as being native android it will always get the updates before the other devices just link the nexus.

Blaine4629d ago (Edited 4629d ago )

Author is seriously biased against Toshiba's tablet. It's got more I/O options than the others, and isn't any less good in any other category than the ultimate of subjective ones: looks. A rubberized exterior is great for avoiding fingerprints, scratches, and is better for falls. As for the extra heft and thickness, you wouldn't notice them if you set the tablet down or use a stand, and I think its design is among the most appealing of the bunch (leave it to Acer to make something out of aluminum look ugly). Also, no mention of the price, which is probably below that of the others.

I don't own Toshiba's tablet, nor am I particularly a fan of their products, but I hate to see a product be unfairly bashed. (To be completely honest, I have my eye on Sony's S1--now the Tablet S.)

dconnors4628d ago

Thanks for reading the article!

There are two tablets with very similar I/O in this roundup: The Toshiba Thrive and the Iconia Tab A500. The Thrive has full-size SD and HDMI, and dual USB ports (full-size and mini), while the A500 has very similar options in micro HDMI, micro SD, USB and micro USB.

High-speed Micro SD cards are much cheaper now, as are HDMI to micro HDMI cables. So nit-picking aside, these tablets offer you (nearly) the same I/O experience.

Ultimately the A500 is a better choice because it comes in a sleeker package and it has a camera with flash.


Acer Iconia Tab 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer A500 - Popzara Review

Those looking for a high-quality and (relatively) inexpensive Android Honeycomb tablet can do a lot worse - and not much better - than Acer’s fine Iconia Tab. Attractive, comfortable to hold, and fitted with the technological guts to get the job done - provided the right software is available.