The Acer Iconis A500 vs. the MSI windPad 100A

Posted on Jan 9 2011 - 5:00pm by Richard Sharp

This year’s CES doesn’t seem to know if it’s the Tablet Show or the Connected Car Show. Tablets are literally on display from all the major manufacturers proving that 2011 will be the year of the Tablet PC.

One of the new tablets on display here in Las Vegas is the Acer Iconis A500 model. This has been designed between Acer and Verizon and includes the possibility of accessing the latter’s 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

The device itself runs on Android and uses the 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor to power it. There is a 10 inch touch screen and the tablet will come with the Acer Clear-fi  media sharing program on it, Flash 10.1 support, 1080p output and an HDMi port.  

Acer obviously harbour high hopes for this machine as being a gamer’s delight. Their spokesman says that one of the best things about it is the fact that it can “run and play premium HD arcade games and complex online 3D games”. And that it gives a gaming experience “on par with the best games consoles”.

These are pretty bold claims and if they turn out be correct then this is going to be a pretty popular machine.

Another tablet on display at the CES 2011 is the MSI WindPad 100A. This one has a 10.1 inch touch screen and uses Android 2.3. The processor is ARM and there is a camera, a USB port, an SD care slot and HDMI. The company are promising 8 to 10 hours battery life. Unlike the Acer tablet we have a possible price, $500, and a release date of July of this year.

The manufacturers haven’t given us such clear details about who they expect their target market to be, and we will need to wait for some more details or a proper trial run to see who is going to be most taken with this tablet.

With a number of different tables being launched this year it is clear that some will succeed and some won’t. Will the Acer Iconic and WindPad sink or swim?

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