How the Acer Iconia Tablet Works

Acer Iconia Features and Specs

Acer announced the launch of its Iconia tablets in November 2010, but the first models didn't hit the shelves until April 2011, when the Iconia Tab A500 and Tab W500 arrived on the scene.

The Android-powered Iconia Tab A500 is priced at around $450 for the 16 GB model or $500 for the 32 GB model. Both feature the tablet-specific Android Honeycomb operating system with an nVidia Tegra 250 dual core mobile processor and 1 GB of DDR2 SDRAM. Like the W500, the A500 has a 10.1-inch LED touch screen with a 1280 x 800 screen resolution [source: Acer].

The long-awaited Iconia Tab A100 made its debut in August 2011. The Android-based A100 is powered by the same Honeycomb operating system as its big brother the A500, but with a price tag of $330 for the 8 GB model or $350 for a 16 GB version, the A100 offers many of the same features as the A500 at a lower cost. Like the A500, the Iconia Tab A100 is built around an nVidia Tegra 250 dual core mobile processor with 1 GB of DDR2 SDRAM. The 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600, and the tablet measures just a half inch tall and weighs .92 pounds.

While the company has not released exact sales numbers, Acer reportedly shipped approximately 2.5 million Iconia Tabs in 2011 [source: Carr]. Those numbers compare favorably to the Samsung Galaxy (2 million units shipped) and the BlackBerry PlayBook (just 500,000 shipped), but since the actual number sold is estimated to be only 10 to 15 percent of the number shipped, the Iconia tablet has a long way to go if it hopes to catch the market-leading iPad [source: Carr]. Fortunately for Acer, the Iconia tablet has a lot to offer for a fairly reasonable price. Let's look at the more of the features, accessories and applications available for Acer Iconia tablets.