Sep 12 AT 12:26 PM Edgar Cervantes 9 Comments

AT&T to release pocket-friendly Acer Iconia Tab A501 September 18


Those in the market for a 4G tablet that won’t make a huge hole in your bank account can now rejoice. As Android fans, we respect manufacturers that offer quality Android products at a good price. Such is the case with Acer’s Iconia Tab A500. This tablet has already earned our respect and is now expanding its horizons to AT&T’s 4G network.

AT&T announced that this tablet will be coming to its network, but with a slightly different name. The Acer Iconia Tab A501 is basically the same device as the A500, but with HSPA+ (not LTE) radios in its guts.

September 18 seems to be a special day for AT&T. We recently found out that the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play bundle was coming to AT&T’s network for only $49.99, and this tablet comes with a very friendly price tag, as well. For only $479.99 without a contract and $329.99 with a 2-year contract, this is one of the cheapest tablets with carrier data radios.

This tablet has everything you could expect of a Honeycomb tablet: Android 3.x Honeycomb (of course), a 1 GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and a 10.1-inch screen. All at a price lower than that of some comparable WiFi-only tablets. This deal is a no-brainer.

The available data plans are below:

  • Postpaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $10 per 1 GB of overage. Customers on the 250 MB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment will be charged $14.99 per 250 MB of overage. Charges will appear on customers’ monthly wireless statements.
  • Prepaid: $14.99 for 250 MB or $25 for 2 GB. Customers on the 2 GB plan who exceed their monthly data allotment may choose to purchase an additional 2 GB for $25. Charges will appear on customers’ credit card statements.

What do you guys say? Is anyone going for the Acer Iconia Tab A501 on AT&T’s HSPA+ network? What do current Iconia Tab A500 owners say? Would you recommend this tablet to your fellow Android fans?

Via: Android Central

Source: AT&T

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  • jonehi

    What I want to lnow is when the normal icona will get a laptop dock like the transformer

    • Edgar Cervantes

      While that would be very convenient, I highly doubt it. You could just get the bluetooth keyboard and a stand, though….

      • cb2000a

        Also there is a company that makes a wonderful USB keyboard that is built into a case. This combo is much better and far cheaper than the Asus keyboard.

        • jonehi

          How is the look on the case/keyboard. Could I get the name?

        • heeros

          Define, “better” because I like the extended battery in the Asus Transformer keyboard, the 2 full size usb ports are nice too.

      • jonehi

        I already have a stand but it dose’nt feel as solid as the transformers dock. Also why buy a Bluetooth keyboard when the device has a USB port built in

  • Edgar Cervantes

    No, I meant pocket-friendly as in affordable. haha. Acer does have a smaller Honeycomb Tablet, though! Check it out! It is the Acer Iconia Tab A100.

  • Darren

    I have had an Acer Iconia A500 WiFi since days after it was released…

    I love this tablet! It’s a good size and weight. I don’t have any issues with speed or performance and i have many games and business apps on it.

    For docking, I use a bluetooth keyboard and i have a stand case. I don’t know what cases that the above commenters use, but the one i got on amazon for 45$ is quite sturdy and doesn’t slip (like many of the lower quality ipad cases do).

    Highly suggest this tablet. I don’t have a need for a 4g model as I have a phone that i tether to, but without that the 4g would be useful as long as it’s unlocked for international SIMs when travelling (AT&T are serial rapists on overseas roaming fees.)