This year’s Black Friday sales offered some pretty appealing gadgets, but as the holiday season continues there are many more attractive deals on there way, from Cyber Monday and beyond.
One such deal is the Acer Iconia A500 10.1″ tablet at BestBuy. A 8GB model is just $229 with free shipping and a $10 gift card. The price cut is quite substantial for a 10-inch tablet that normally costs $300 or more.
Acer Iconia A500 is a solid performer powered by dual core Tegra 2 chip and weighing only 1.7 pounds. For the technically inclined, its specs reveal this:
- 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2
- Li-Ion Battery with around 8 battery life
- WXGA HD touch screen (1280 x800)
- 1 GB of DDR2 RAM
- Internal Storage Type: eMMC
- 8GB of base storage
- SD Card Slot for expansion
- NVIDIA GeForce graphics
- Adobe Flash support
- 2MP Front Facing Webcam
- Outward 5MP digital camera
- Dolby Mobile Technology
- 2 USB 2.0 Ports
- HDMI Output
- Android 3.2 Honeycomb
There are some quirks in handling the touch while device lies flat on the table, but otherwise the tablet is a good gaming gadget, magazine and comics reader, and has very good web-browsing capabilities.
The tablet runs stock Android 3.2 with unobtrusive Acer customizations, but for adventurous user there are some other custom ROMs and tweaks available from the Acer Iconia community of XDA Developers. Luckily, an active user community for the Iconia means that, in time, a ROM running Ice Cream Sandwich will most likely come to the tablet.
Thanks to all the power behind the hood and its active community of users, the Iconia certainly offers a fairly good deal even when compared to other hot Android tablets like the Xoom, Kindle Fire, and the Nook Tablet.
The downside? Expect this to go fast, as they are already sold out online. A good place to still look might be your local brick-and-mortar store. It’s also worth mentioning that there have been price-slashed Iconia A500 sightings at Costco, too.