dealsacer iconia 10” 16gb android tablet a500-10s16u…

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Hey everyone! Here for a little while to answer any questions you might have about the item. Happy wooting!

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When did you get these? The latest version of Android isn't on here, not that it's a big deal since you can that yourself easily enough.

Color me impressed to see a retail rep in here though!

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@sacarino: The ICS update is pretty new, so it's not already installed on the tablet; however, as you mentioned, it can be updated easily enough once you receive it.

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I bought one of these for my wife's Christmas present. They are awesome. No issues at all. Bought an hdmi cable for it to stream Hulu etc to my tv.

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ICS is OTA now on the a500?

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Can this tab run Google Chrome?

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Had the Gtablet, then the Toshiba Thrive and then the Iconia A500 and the A500 was the best of them all. Love the USB host connection for flash drives, micro sd card slot and micro HDMI output. It took a while for Acer to release their ICS update and when they released it there was no Acer Ring software but it still rocks to have ICS on it. Loads apps from Google Play (formerly Market) as well as Amazon App store so fast. 25mb apps download over Wireless N in less than 2 minutes. Recommend it highly!

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@morriea: It pushed to the WiFi a500's in the US on April 27th. Happy Birthday to me!

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can the GPS + interactive map (using GPS) works even with no internet connection ? I needed to replace those 3 inch GPS with something big like this (for the car). Please comment, thanks :)

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This one looks great. But I am not sure to get it or not.

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I bought one of these 16GB refurbs about 5 months ago, and it's been rock-solid. The display is as good as anything out there. It's a bit thicker and heavier than some others but the trade off is that it has real USB connectors. It upgraded itself to ICS a couple weeks ago.

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@morriea yes ICS is OTA for the a500 and mine upgraded flawlessly. I bought one of these from second the last time they came around and it has been perfect. The charging cable is very very short, but otherwise i have never had a problem with it.

@electroken...dont forget the case on the acer is really metal, very few other tablets are.

If you troll amazon properly, a nice folio case can be had for under $10. I am very pleased with this purchase

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Know what annoys me? How come we can have 1TB of disk space in a little tiny portable HD, but all these manufacturers WANT to stuff into their tablets are a measly 16GB? That blows my mind. I KNOW they are doing it on purpose just like all hot technology items. Sell it new and hot with little specs then SLOWLY add more processor speed, HD size and ram and hike up the price each time. They could have at least 250GB MINIMUM in all tablets. I guess I'll just wait 1 more year because I can't build my own tablet.

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@fooknboomn: I really don't think it's as easy as that. These things don't have HDDs in them and even with the relative size of all the rest of the components, there's still not a ton of room inside them. Besides, the way they ought to be used, you shouldn't even need 16GB. Once Clouds are better integrated with tablets in a few years, anything over 10GB would be mostly fluff. It'd be nice to have some semblance of a National Wireless Network by that time to maximize their potential, but that's probably wishful thinking.

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@fooknboomn, the primary concerns are two folds. A. The sizes you refer to are for traditional HDD, which use far more power than flask-based memories. Second, when these tablets were designed, anything above 16gb flash memory was highly expensive. In fact if you look at SSD prices, SD prices, microSD, compact flash, you would see that up until recent months flash storage generally cost $30 or more for a 16gb. Considering that the Tegra 2 chip, RAM, mobo, LED screen, gorilla glass, all the ports, labor, packaging, marketing, transportation, and profit margin for both retailers and manufacturers, suddenly these devices and prices don't seem so unreasonable for their specs now do they? That's why there is microSD expansion slot.

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Have to agree, got one of these last year for a little over this (ebay Special) and haven't regretted it. Screen resolution and performance are top notch.

The only complaint is battery life but I'm sure that's true of almost all tablets besides the Ipads.

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@stark While that is a great concept, I for one would prefer to not have everything in Clouds, and the fact that they are just money makers for the people that own servers we store our data. And justly so, its their hard drives. I like to keep my stuff on my drives, large disks will never be outdated.

Back to the product, does anyone know if the GPS works without being hooked up to the internet? I don't see why it shouldn't, but I keep hearing rumors that it only works when connected to WIFI or through a data plan.

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@stark: clouds belong in the sky. BTW, IT people hate people saying cloud anything, it is the same server client configuration there has always been. Just because some tard saw a network diagram with the internet portion drawn as a cloud, doesn't mean that's what it is. /rant

A 32GB sd card is typically enough storage, unfortunately tablets and phones have started installing stuff to the "sd card" that is in the unit and calling the actual sd card ext_sd. You can still store stuff on them, but it's sometimes a pita to find.

I got my a500 for $350 for the 16GB version. I find it too big for most things so I gave it to my 6yo for christmas. He likes it and I still use it for random things. Good tablets, just not as portable as a smaller 7 or 8 inch.

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@wakeboarder205: the GPS works even without the internet. you won't get map data of course, but things like GPS speedo etc will work. Also has a compass etc.

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@inspectrex: I used to have battery life issues, a few tips... automatic screen brightness, your screen is the biggest battery drain. Set wifi to turn off when screen off, I thought this would cause issues but it never has for me. Get a task killer.

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@wakeboarder205: The GPS should work without being connected to the internet, but if your signal is weak or nonexistent it is definitely recommended to connect via WiFi. Many applications don't store maps locally and rely on a WiFi connection to load updated maps. If you'll be using the GPS while you're away from WiFi, you can prefetch map titles in applications like Google Maps for later use. Hope that helps! :)

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@secondipity: There are also offline map apps in the Play store. Here's a free one (4 star reviews):

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mapswithme.maps&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5tYXBzd2l0aG1lLm1hcHMiXQ..

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Could anyone tell me if this Acer is or the Asus TF101-A1 Eee Pad 10.1 Cowboom has for $249 ? Ready to hit the trigger. Specs are similar but I haven't tested either one of these. Gonna be for my wife and kids.

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Does anyone know if we can purchase an extended warranty from SquareTrade for this tablet as it's only 90 days.

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I purchased the 32 gig model from Secondipity several months ago. The product was listed as used/refurbished. The tablet arrived in like new (or possibly even new for all I could tell) condition. I love this tablet! ICS came OTA a couple weeks ago, but to be honest I was just as happy when this guy was running Honeycomb.

I feel comfortable recommending both the product and the company selling it.

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I bought two of these brand new last year and I've loved them.
For anyone concerned with internal storage space restrictions, this is the only tablet that I'm aware of that has a full-size USB port. Plug in your external HD and enjoy...

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@von: Chrome is Android 4.0 (ICS) reliant. Upgrade it to ICS and it will run Chrome.

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I bought a 32GB refurb from Woot! a few months ago. Had a problem getting it to charge, so I replaced the charger (and yes, the cord is really short). I'm running ICS on it. Love it! One of my best computer purchases.

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@logicmaster2003: I don't recommend... lol

The screen is too huge to mount on the dash board or stick it to the windshield.

Yes, GSP receiver don't need wifi or anything. Just need the sky. Problem is most maps/gps need data.

I tried the navigation software called Sygic and it was awesome. Use wifi to download the WHOLE map... map is charge for each region and you get life time updates. The voice was very clear and natural.

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I'll throw in my $.02. My wife and I both have one. I had mine when secondipity offered these at Christmas. I jumped on it and it really did look brand new as others have said. We love them and they are easy for everybody to use.

If you are on the fence, take the leap. You won't be sorry.

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I own one bought new @ $350.. No issues. I read old comic book scans (jpg) within zip files using an app for reading them. I watch MHZ Worldwide Network streaming TV on their app. I watch Amazon video with prime membership. Great battery life. The primary things I do with it, and I haven't scratched the surface. I read some ebooks, nice apps for changing the look and texture of the page backgrounds behind the text. I put on a non-reflective screen protector and removed it easily after a while. The case I use is called "CaseCrown Bold Standby Case for Acer ICONIA TAB A500 Series Tablet"

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for anyone unsure about buying this tablet - I bought it from secondipity about 6+ months ago for about the same price($249)! it came, I swear, as brand new. it is wonderful tablet and now it is upgraded to ICS. did not have an opportunity to use other tablets, therefore i can not compare but I'm 100% satisfied with my iconia 500!

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PRO:

I got one of these and have been very please. It almost rivals my wifes iPad.
It is easy to upgrade to IceCream via a Acer supplied app and since it's from Ice Cream upgrade is from Acer itself everything works prefectly.

The sceen is top notch and the build quality is very good though the iPad is better. But not by much.

I have connected a USB Keyboard/Mouse combo witch worked perfectly and even put a small mouse pointer on the screen. That was wired so I switch to a BlueTooth one and it works just as well but without the wire.

The Acer docking station is not really worth the money.

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It has a super short cabled charger. Why didn't Acer design it to be charge via USB.
And no one seem to sell a good longer aftermarket one. I bought a longer one but it doesn't fit real good.
So the whole charging thing is a bit of a hassle, bummer....

Though there are cases & other items for the A500 don't expect the cool great selection available for more popular iPad.

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@micapa: Same here, not really any complaints with Tab or Secondipity.

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Love my a500, 32gb internal + 32gb micro sd card is plenty of on device storage, plus dropbox/google drive/google music means the rest of my stuff is within reach.

I did't have good luck with the actual Chrome Beta app, but the ICS browser is pretty good, even sync's with my desktop Chrome for bookmarks and such.

As for GPS, I've been trying for a while to make offline maps and GPS work together, I personally am having a hell of a time with it but I also haven't dedicated a lot of resources to it. (currently trying out Navfree USA and had Gaia maps for a while, but will try this MapsWithMe listed above)

Some people complain about the metal backing as a cause for weaker WiFi signal, I say it's negligible, still better signal then my phone usually.

The USB port is great, I can just throw a thumb drive full of movies or SDHC card from my DSLR in there with a ton of pics and start browsing and copying (although I've found it sluggish with 2000+ pics, but that's to be expected)

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I bought one from Office Depot when they first launched because they had a $100.00 off coupon on any tablet. We couldn't be happier with the unit.

Android 4 is avalaible for these as an OTA (over the air) download so after you get it just check for updates and let it patch itself.

The keyboard dock is a nice addition to this unit if you find yourself doing a lot of typing of emails or even advanced web surfing.

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@offline999: Dude, my Toshiba Thrive begs to differ: 32Gb onboard + 64Gb sxdc card mounted. It has full size usb and full size sdxc slots.

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I have the larger version of this, and love it.
And yes, it upgraded to Ice Cream.

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Alright. I've been eyeballing this refurb from Acer's eBay acount for a while, this is $30 cheaper. I'm in for 1. Please don't let this resaler be yet another ripoff

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@spawn08: What do you mean the larger version? This is the 10.1" version... What one do you have?

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I got one of these new for notably more expensive than this. Very, very highly recommended. Thing's tough as nails (real metal), you'd be kinda hard pressed to fill up 16GB unless you're an App fiend, ICS is available OTA update. Display is beautiful and crystal clear, sound is excellent, it's equipped with a Dolby sound settings in the menu to make headphones sound that much better. Balanced feel in the hand.
I don't know about you guys crying over battery life, because the runtime on mine is more than enough. I do hear you on the short charger cable, but if you just plug it in overnight this won't be a problem.
If I had to make one complaint about this tablet, it'd have to be that this tablet's wifi performance is weaker than some other products. Both my phone and my Dell Streak I wooted earlier both pull superior Wifi, though I wouldn't blame it on the metal frame...

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@slackux: We're legit. 90 Day warranty and a 30 day return policy. We appreciate your business and want you to be 100% happy with your item.

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not showing free shipping at checkout. Is there a coupon code?

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Standard shipping comes with a discount of the shipping price at final checkout. I've been debating which tablet to get for a week now, so this was a welcome sale. Here's hoping the wifi antenna is not as (profanity) as some people are saying it is, or it will be going back. :P

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@philipgroven I just purchased one...the very last screen summary screen in the check-out process (just before you click the button to actually buy it) showed $7.49 for Shipping & Handling, then -$7.49 for Free Shipping. That was only on the standard shipping. If you select 1- or 2-day shipping, that is not free.

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Yup. I'll vouch for Secondipity. Bought a refurb 37" Vizio last year and it's like new. Great company.

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This is so tempting. Acer is always a good value.. can't justify it after just buying 2 x SSDs though.. ahh. Le sigh.

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Is this website/item eligible for SquareTrade Warranty?

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@ctbarbarin: Thanks! exactly the info I needed. Sometimes Woot has issues with vendors who are looking to collect my email address, and not give the free shipping. Glad it worked!