It may seem a little strange to be writing a review of a shipping tablet just as CES 2012 hits the shutdown button. But unlike much of the gear touted in blogs, endless television coverage and various radio shows, the Acer Iconia Tab A500 is shipping, and at a reasonable price.
Many tablet manufacturers have realized that they can’t sell their tablets at the same price at Apple’s iPad unless they offer comparable features or better. And it all starts with footprint and weight. If you are bigger and heavier you simply can’t recover, unless you are also less expensive. Acer has followed that movement by dropping its price, with some retailers, below $350, for its entry level unit.
Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.