Iconia Tab A500

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs Asus Eee Pad Transformer Tablet

The EEE Pad from ASUS is one of the best selling Android tablets in the Honeycomb market, thanks to the amazing power it offers and the keyboard dock which makes it as functional as a laptop at times too. On the other side, a cheaper and similar option is the Iconia Tab from Acer which offers pretty much the same specifications on the inside but is a little less appealing overall.

We have already compared Acer Iconia Tab A500 Vs Motorola XOOM Tablet and have suggested you on the Best Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablets. In this article we will compare the Acer Iconia Tab A500 and the Motorola XOOM tablet, looking at all the features and technical specifications in detail:

Acer Iconia TabAsus EEE Pad Transformer

Form Factor:

Both the Iconia tab and the Eee Pad are really thin having dimensions of 260 x 177 x 13.3 mm and 260 x 177 x 13.3 mm respectively.
The Eee Pad weighs considerably less than the Iconia tab at 680 g. The Iconia tab on the other hand weighs 730 g. Both these devices have a massive 10.1 inch screen, hence size wise there isnt much of a difference between the two except the bezel and overall thickness on the sides.

Display:
Coming to the display, the Iconia tab has a 10.1 inch touchscreen supporting upto 256k colours, while the Eee Pad has a similar 10.1 inch screen with having a pixel density of approximately 149ppi. Both these devices have a proximity sensor in the front and come with a gyro sensor, an accelerometer and multi touch input. The displays of these devices are also scratch resistant, thanks to Gorilla Glass on it.

Coming to he resolution and display type , the Iconia tab as a TFT capacitive screen with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels while the Eee Pad has a LED-backlit IPS LCD display with the same resolution which Asus claims can support viewing angles of upto 178 degrees.

Camera:
Both these tablets come with cameras and the Acer Iconia has a 5 mega pixel camera at the back with a single LED flash and can shoot photos upto a resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels. On the other hand, the Eee Pad also has the same 5 MP camera unit with the same resolution as that of the Iconia tab.  Both the tablets have auto focus and the Iconia tab also has geo-tagging and a single LED flash.
Both these devices have a front facing camera for video calling, the Iconia with a 2 megapixel camera and the Eee Pad with a 1.2 megapixel camera.

Looking at the video recording capabilites, the Iconia tab comes with 720p HD recording capabilities at 29 frames per second and the Eee Pad too has 720p HD video recording capabilities at 30 fps.

Operating System and User Interface:
Both the Iconia and the Eee Pad run on the latest Honeycomb 3.1 operating system. Both these devices can however be updated to Honeycomb v3.2 . There are only a small number of apps especially customized for tablets in the android market, hence the apps created for phones will look slightly distorted and elongated, thanks to the resolution issues.

Although they run honeycomb 3.1 there is a slight change in the user interface ( UI ) . Both of the devices do not run the stock honeycomb UI and have applied some changes and small tweaks to it. The Iconia runs Acer’s UI while the Eee Pad runs on ASUS Waveshare UI.

Tablet specific apps are only about 200 in the Android Market and you can check out the Best Apps for Honeycomb Tablets and Best Games for HoneyComb Tablets also.

Connectivity:

The EEE Pad supports GSM bands on 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 and both support HSDPA on  850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 on 3G and comes with a standard SIM Card slot, if you are going for the 3G Model. The A500 Iconia also has similar specifications on 3G, but very few regions have the 3G version of the tablet and the WiFi only version is only widely available.

In both these devices only the Wifi version is widely available. The 3g version of the Iconia tab is available in only in a few places. Both these devices have similar wifi bands, they both support a single band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.
Both have bluetooth connectivity with bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP, EDR.
They also come with micro USB v2.0 connectivity. Further, the Iconia also supports an USB 2.0 port and can act as an USB host. They also come with HDMI v1.3 which lets you connect to devices with a much larger screen size where you can enjoy your HD movies or play your favourite games. The Eee Pad also comes with a keyboard dock which is very useful for typing mail and long letters, quite a useful addition.

A-GPS is present on both the devices, with which you can use Geolocation based services or Maps on Honeycomb for navigation and finding places near you.

Memory:

The Acer Iconia comes with either 16/32 GB of internal memory while the Eee Pad comes with 32 GB of internal memory. Both have micro SD card slots which support a maximum of 32 GB of storage.

Processor and Battery

The Acer Iconia A500 has a Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA’s Tegra2 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor with 1 GB RAM while the Eee Pad has a similar 1 GHz Dual-core NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor with 1GB of DDR2 RAM.
Though both the processors might look similar the Iconia tab comes with a Tegra 2 T20 chipset with ULP GeForce™ GPU for quick Web browsing and HD Gaming. The Eee Pad also comes with a similar chip set from GeForce™.
Iconia has a  comes with 2 Li-po  3260 mAh battery in series while the Eee Pad comes with Li-Ion 24.2Wh Standard battery which gives approximately 9.5 hrs of battery life. The Iconia also give about 10 hrs of battery life with its powerfull batteries. Further, the Eee Pad also has a keyboard dock to which if connected can give upto 16.5 hours of battery life.

Conclusion:
As we have seen, both these HoneyComb slates have almost the same specifications. Though the Eee Pad has a slight edge over the Acer Iconia A500 as it offers more vesatillity and comes with a keyboard dock, wider viewing angles and also it costs slightly less than the A500. Overall, if the EEE Pad is available in your region, that’s what we would recommend over the A500 from Acer.

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