ACER ICO­NIA TAB A501

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Price: 33,900

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WHAT WE LIKED: It is pow­er­ful, well-built, edgy and at­trac­tive. The pro­pri­etary Acer UI squat­ting atop the Android is em­i­nently us­able and a nice breath of fresh air in the crowded Android space. Talk about ports and the Ico­nia is only one in this round-up that of­fers a whole bou­quet: For­get the mi­cro-usb and the mi­cro HDMI for stream­ing video to TV, the slick lit­tle stal­wart even has a full- sized USB 2.0 port for you to plug-in your reg­u­lar USB de­vices with­out a sec­ond thought. The speak­ers are rea­son­ably well placed at the bot­tom and ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing ad­e­quate sound for the home am­bi­ence. We also like the fact that the tablet prof­fers a ded­i­cated screen-ro­ta­tion lock. WHAT WE DIDN’T: This one has heft al­right. While it looks good, the broader bezel on two sides just add to the bulk. The pri­mary cam­era on the Ico­nia is a let­down in com­par­i­son to what it’s prime ri­vals are ca­pa­ble of. Other than the fact it of­fers slightly poorer con­trast ra­tios (more no­tice­able in brighter light­ing con­di­tions), the Ico­nia also has some­what nar­rower view­ing an­gles, es­pe­cially when com­pared to the Sam­sung Galaxy Tab. So dis­play per­for­mance could have been bet­ter. Bat­tery life too is lower that the com­pe­ti­tion. VER­DICT: Hm­mmm... we have a bit of a mixed bag here. On the one hand, the wide-screen 16:10 (that’s right, not 16:9) as­pect ra­tio of the screen, the crisp im­age qual­ity and the graph­ics prow­ess of the Iconica will grat­ify the video buff. On the other, the Ico­nia’s very av­er­age vis­ual out­put may cause finicky fuss-pots to frown. Of course, mere mor­tals may not even no­tice the dif­fer­ence. More so if you are not go­ing to hold it against it price-wise—the Ico­nia has shaved a cou­ple of grands off the price tag mak­ing it a mite more at­trac­tive. If you’re in the run­ning for a big screen tab but need to penny-pinch, you may want to pick this one up.

SPECS: 10.1-inch 800x1280 LCD ca­pac­i­tive touch­screen; Dual-core 1GHZ ARM Cor­tex-a9 pro­ces­sor; 1GB DDR2 RAM; Android 3.1; OSULP Ge­force GPU; 16/32GB mem­ory, mi­crosd slot; 5MP main cam­era, 2MP front cam­era, Wifi, Blue­tooth; GPS; 730gm weight.

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