The Apple Ipad is a wondrous device. But I have carried the Acer Iconia A500 tablet for more than four weeks now. The first few days convinced me to give my Ipad to my wife. I have been Apple Free since. I thought it was time for a follow-up report.
Why do I love it? Let me count the ways:
- While away from home this week I took 475 photographs with two different cameras utilizing a standard SD card and a very large Compact Flash film card. Within moments I was able to copy the photos off of both types of cards onto my Acer A500 using it’s standard USb slot and place them in the specific directory that I wanted them to go into. Piece of cake.
- I was able to edit some photos and post them online from my Acer Tablet. I was also able to show many of the photos to friends, associates and poor strangers stuck on the elevator with me.
- Now that I am home, I copied all of the 475 photos onto a usb drive and copied them onto my desktop for permanent storage.
Those items above are reasons enough for me. To be able to utilize a standard USB slot to read card readers and usb drives to copy files about with ease is a huge thing for me.
To accomplish the same on the Ipad I would need to use two different connectors hooked up to the Ipad. One for SD cards, the famous “Camera Connection” and then hook up the wiggly other adapter that allows certain approved devices to connect to the Ipad. Not every card reader can connect. Only certain ones. Ones I do not own apparently. And then the wiggly connection would cut off the transfer. Not that it was a real transfer, as the Ipad loaded the program Apple wants to load and transfers them over to the directory Apple wants them to go into. No choice.
Or, I could hook the Ipad up to Itunes and lose all of my data and my peace of mind. I’ve never figured out how to use Itunes. I detest Itunes.
But that alone is not the only thing I like better about the Acer Tablet.
- It surfs the web faster than the original ipad.
- It displays web pages with flash! Thus, it surfs more of the web than the ipad.
- The 10.1 inch wide screen is better for me when surfing the web, reading excel spreadsheets or writing.
- It pulls in wi-fi signals better than the original Ipad. There were places at work that I could not achieve a signal at all with the Ipad, that I have no trouble acquiring with the Acer Tablet.
- More options for apps. I can download free and inexpensive apps from the Android Market, or Amazon App Market. Or several other places. I am not tied to Itunes. Granted, there are fewer Android apps than Apple Ipad apps, but I have found all of my favorite 24 apps but one. And for that I found a different app that performs that function. So, in the app department, I personally am not lacking anything.
So, after about a month of constant daily use, I have absolutely no regrets at giving up my Ipad. In fact, I am loving my Acer A500 more each day.
Some Blogging Guy.