In fact, there aren’t that many things that set these two apart, and we’re going to talk a bit about their particularities in the following posts. More details will be available in the clip as well.
Basically though, both these tablets are built on the same platform, offer similar ports, features and battery life. As for the differences, I would enumerate the screen, the speakers and of course, the sliding keyboard on the Asus EEE Pad.
Let’s get into more details though.
- Hardware platform – the two are identical in terms of hardware, boosting a Tegra 2 platform with 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage space (the Iconia is also offered with an option for only 16GB of storage)
- Ports – The Iconia Tab manages to give the Slider a run for its money here, as both offer a full-size USB 2.0 and a microSD card slot. However, the Asus device comes with mini HDMI as well, while the Acer one offers an extra microHDMI slot and a miniUSB port, used to connect it to a computer.
- Connectivity and sensors – They both feature all the neede sensors, with gyroscope, compass, light-sensor, accelerometer, and also similar connectivity options, with Wireless N, GPS and Bluetooth. In fact, neither is offered with a 3G option for now, but both producers claimed they will have tablets with this extra feature by the end of the year.
- Battery life – on average, they both offer around 7 to 7 and a half hours of battery life, so there’s a tie here as well.
- Operating System and basic apps – The two tablets both run on Android HoneyComb. Still, in our tests the Slider runs Android 3.1, while the Iconia TAB A500 only runs v3.0.1 , but in most parts of the world Acer already pushed the update for v3.1 on their tablet (not in my country though).
- Body – The Acer Iconia A500 is a sleek looking tablet. Yes, it is bulkier than other 10 inchers, butt he back is covered in aluminum and the straight side edges make it comfortable to hold and use daily. Of course, the glossy plastic on the side looks a bit off and the buttons are quite flimsy, but overall this ain’t a bad built device.
- Keyboard – there’s that sliding keyboard on the Asus device, while the Iconia Tab doesn’t offer one and there’s also no accessory you could get to replace it.
- Size – With the Acer tablet measuring 10.24 x 6.97 x 0.52 (260 x 177 x 13.3 mm) and the Asus one going for 10.75 x 7.09 x 0.70 (273 x 180 x 17.7 mm), you can see that they are pretty much identical in term of length and width, but the Slider is still significantly thicker.
- Weight – The Iconia Tab weighs 1.69 pounds (730 g), while the Asus Slider leans the scales at 1.95 pounds (886 g).
- Display – both feature 10.1 inch 1280 x 800 px displays with a 16:10 aspect ratio. However, while on the Asus there’s an IPS panel screen, on the Iconia you get a Wide viewing angle LCD. As a results, colors and viewing angles are a tad better on the EEE Pad Slider,a s you’ll see in the video below.
- Speakers – you get stereo speakers on both of these two, but the ones on the Iconia come with Dolby Surround and you can adjust their output in an Android menu. Thus, sound quality is superior on the Acer and the volume is louder as well.
- Bundled software – the Asus tablet wins here, as it bundles some useful apps with Polaris Office, MyLibrary and the MyCloud package, while the Iconia only offers some different ways to arrange apps, and not really extra apps per-se.
- Updates – in the last months, Asus tended to get the updates for their devices quickly than Acer did, plus, based on my experience and reports from others, the EEE Pad Transformer tends to be less buggy and more reliable than the Iconia Tab A500 (and since the Slider shares a similar platform with the other EEE Pad, the same should go for this tablet as well)
Prices and availability
Right now, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 starts at $389 for the 16 GB Wi-Fi only version, while the 32 GB option will set you back for 50 more bucks.
The Slider is not yet available on the market, but based on our sources it should be soon and it will start at around 550 bucks, for a 32 GB Wi-Fi only version. Thus, around $100 over a similarly equipped Acer A500.
The video review
More details about the two are available in the video review you can watch below.
While in most cases the Asus EEE Slider has two big advantages over its rivals: it’s sliding keyboard and the extra ports, the Iconia Tab manages to deny one of its strong cards, matching it and even surpassing it a bit in terms of ports.
Of course, the Slider is still the better built and better looking product, has the superior screen and it comes with that keyboard that should prove decisive if you plan to use your tablet for different writings, but it will cost one hundred bucks more than a rather similar Acer device.
So, it’s up to you to judge if those are worth the increased price or not, cause in the end, both are solid picks and both have their strong points. Personally I think I would lean towards the Slider here as I tend to write a lot of emails and also blog from my tablets from time to time, but you might not need the keyboard, therefore pick the Iconia instead.
I’m really looking forward to see what you guys have to say on the matter, so please go ahead and leave your comments and opinions below.
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