Acer Iconia A500 Ice Cream Sandwich Update Rolling Out Now

Last week we learned that Acer was planning to rollout an Ice Cream Sandwich update to both the A500 and A100 by April 27. Well, it looks like they may have started 2 days early, as one of our readers received Android 4.0.3 today. If you own either the A500 or A100, be sure to cruise into Settings>About and check for the update. You may be able to pull it a few days earlier than planned.  (more…)

Acer Iconia Tab A510 with Quad-core Tegra 3 Processor Available for Pre-order Today at $449

Acer’s new Iconia Tab A510 was announced this morning for North America. This is their first quad-core Tegra 3 effort and will run customers $449 if interested. At that price, you get Android 4.0, a 10.1″ screen, special Olympic Games branding on the back, Polaris office suite, 12 hours of battery life, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, dual cameras, and again, the power of Tegra 3. The A510 can be pre-ordered today, however, Acer has not given a specific date for when it may actually arrive in your hands or stores.

We fondled a similar tab at CES and came away impressed for the most part. The price isn’t bad for a quad-core processor and 32GB of storage, but can it steal consumers away from the iPad or Transformer Prime?  (more…)

Toshiba Thrive To Receive Ice Cream Sandwich By End Of Spring, Acer Iconia Begins Receiving Update Now

It may be hard to believe, but there are devices still out there that have not received the update to Ice Cream Sandwich yet. I know, it’s unbelievable. The Toshiba Thrive and the Acer Iconia tablets are just two of the devices on that list. Well, you can now mark off the Iconia tablet, as Acer has begun to push out ICS to the A200 tablet starting last Friday. Congrats, Iconia owners.

As for the Thrive, owners have until the end of Spring to receive it on their devices, so the wait could be a couple more months. Word from Toshiba’s PR Manager is that both the 10.1″ and 7″ variations of the device will receive the Ice Cream love around that time frame. Could be worse – you could own a Thunderbolt.

Via: Computer World, PC Mag

Quick First Look: Acer Iconia Tab with NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad-core Processor

The Acer CES 2012 event just finished up, and while they quickly snuck their new Iconia Tab with NVIDIA’s quad-core processor on and off the stage, they did still have it on display for us to snap some quick photos. A spec sheet was missing, but they did indeed say that it is running NVIDIA’s quad-core, although we aren’t sure who else’s this device would be running.

As you will see from the pictures of the front, it’s running stock Ice Cream Sandwich. It has dual cameras, a vibrant (from a distance) screen, a thin body, and what appears to be an 8.9″ or so screen. All of that will we have to be confirmed once we get a hold of the press release though. For now, enjoy the pics!   (more…)

Live – Acer Event CES 2012


Well folks, it’s time to kick off CES 2012! We are live from the Acer event that for the most part, is the first real press event of the whole week. Tough to tell what we may see from them, but on the Android front you have to expect some tablets. There is also a chance that we could get a new phone offering, but again, you will just have to follow along with us during this live blog to see.

Our goal is to live blog just like this during each major press event. You should expect pictures, commentary and a break down of the happenings as they unfold. The quality is obviously all dependent on the internet connection that we can sustain during it, which usually isn’t anything to brag about at these press gatherings.

Anyways, buckle up, CES 2012 has officially begun!   (more…)

Best Buy Bringing the Tablet Heat on Black Friday: Asus Transformer for $249, Acer Iconia 7 for $189, Toshiba Thrive for $279

Two weeks from today, many of you will flock to electronics and big box stores to snatch up the amazing deals that they have advertised for Black Friday. One of your stops should probably include Best Buy if tablets were one of your holiday shopping options. In their Black Friday ad that was released to just about every BF site on the planet today, it’s pretty clear that they want to move some tablet inventory.

How does an Asus Transformer for just $249 sound? The Toshiba Thrive at $279? Maybe the Acer Iconia 7 for just $189? By the end of November 25, you might have a family full of Android tablets.  (more…)

Acer A100 Available Today in the U.S. as the First 7″ Honeycomb Tablet


The Acer A100, the industry’s first 7″ Honeycomb tablet, will go on sale today at retail stores across the nation for around $329 (8GB).  It’ll run Android 3.2 (since that has been built for smaller tablets), an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, dual-cameras, and weighs just 0.92lbs.

If you ever needed an inexpensive tablet to travel with, play games on, or stay connected while couch surfing, this might be a great option.  We should probably point out that the battery life won’t be stellar though.  According to the press release below, it will see up to 5 hours of steady use, which is not impressing anyone.

Can’t deny the size and specs – anyone interested?   (more…)