The folks at Netbook News managed to pick up an Acer Iconia Tab A500 10 inch Android tablet in Taiwan. The tablet doesn’t officially go on sale for a few days, but they fond a store that was willing to part with a unit.
The Iconia Tab A500 has the usual buzzword specs, including a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, Google Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen display. It cost about $600 in Taiwan, which means it may be cheaper in the US (most consumer electronics devices are).
The tablet display has a rather glossy finish which you can see pretty clearly in the video after the break thanks to sunshine coming in through a window. That’s not unique to this tablet — I have a Motorola XOOM tablet sitting on my desk right now, and I’ve never found a better mirror than this tablet.
The tablet is larger than the Motorola XOOM and the Apple iPad 2, but it looks like it may be a hair thinner than the XOOM.
If there’s anything that sets the Iconia Tab A500 apart from the crowd it’s a custom user interface with software Acer designed for the tablet. The apps include a custom clock, and media software for managing eBooks, movies, music, and other media. You can get a better look at the software in the second video below.