Acer Iconia Tab teardown: Easy-to-service, 3G-ready

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    By Bill Detwiler
    August 17, 2011, 9:23 AM PDT

    Takeaway: The Acer Iconia Tab has a stylish exterior, but the Android tablet also has a removable back cover, replaceable battery, and 3G-ready internal design.


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    The Acer Iconia Tab A500 is one of several 10-inch Android tablets priced below the Apple iPad. It has a dual-core NVidia Tegra 2 1GHz processor, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display (1280×800), a 2 MP front camera, and 5 MP rear camera. It comes with Android 3 Honeycomb installed.

    As of this writing, the A500 is available in 16GB ($449.99) and 32GB ($499.99) versions. The current models only support Wi-Fi connectivity. There is speculation that Acer will release a 3G version on AT&T (the A501) in mid-2011. As with the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, there already a spot on the A500’s motherboard for a 3G card.
    The Iconia Tab weighs 1.69 lbs. and measures 10.24″ (W) x 7.0″ (H) x 0.52″ (D). It’s heavier than the Motorola XOOM, Acer Eee Pad Transformer, Apple iPad 2, and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
    Full teardown gallery: Cracking Open the Acer Iconia Tab (A500)

    Cracking Open observations
    1. [​IMG]Easy-open case: There are no external case screws on the Iconia Tab, but the back cover was surprisingly easy to remove. Using a thin metal or plastic blade, I was able to quickly pop off the cover.
    2. Standard screws: Inside the Iconia Tab, Acer used standard Phillips screws to hold the internal hardware in place. I was able to remove all the internal screws using a Phillips #0 bit.
    3. Battery can be replaced: The Iconia Tab’s 3260 mAh Li-ion battery is easy to remove and replace.
    4. Display is stuck to the front panel: The front panel (digitizer) and LCD screen are held together with strong adhesive. Separating the two components could result in damage to either or both.
    5. 3G-ready motherboard and case: Acer left open spots on the motherboard and inside the case for a separate 3G card and antenna. The internal mounting plate even has screw holes for the card.
    6. Organized internal hardware layout: Compared to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer’s cluttered interior, the Iconia Tab has a more organized internal design. Provided you could get replacement parts, this tablet shouldn’t be too difficult to repair.
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    Internal hardware Our Acer Iconia Tab A500 test unit had the following hardware components:

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    Wow!
    Nice info and pics!
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    Simply awesome!!!

    Sent from my Iconia using Tapatalk
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    So this 3g-readyness means that it could be upgraded to 3g easily ?
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    This is a great heads up review of the Acer Iconia A500. The info on the inner workings is a good starter for those of us concerned with the battery replacement option. Thanks Spider for the great review.
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    You would have to add the 3G card/antenna, but it has the slot even with screwholes ready for you to add said hardware.
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    Don't forget to solder in the mPCIe connector!

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