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Huawei MediaPad review, 7″ Dual-core 3G Tablet S7-301u


The MediaPad was launched by the local Telco’s.  However Huawei’s past record with the S7 and S7 slim had been poor, and many still think MediaPad is the same device.  The MediaPad in contrast seems to evolution of the S7 Pro devices with similar hardware but with HoneyComb 3.2 rather than Gingerbread as the base OS.

The MediaPad however has been available in the US much earlier, though with some slight changes to the design as the T-Mobile Springboard.

I had been waiting for the Asus Prime to be launched, but the device had been delayed once again, and decided I will try out a new device until the Prime was freely available in the market.

A device that caught my eye was the Galaxy Tab 7.7, however Samsung once again continues it long delay from launch to available in the retail market.  The MediaPad caught my eye because it had very similar specifications for less than half the price.

The decision was made easier when my Telco offered me a 15% discount for long term clients, and here is a brief review of the device that I currently have.

 The device

The device sadly has no unique design and looks like a shrunken IPad device in look and feel.

However the device is fairly light, and definitely much lighter than the long service Galaxy Tab 7 and slightly slimmer as well.

Unlike the Samsung devices the external cover is made using Aluminum that makes if look and feel more like an small IPad.

The main change is in the rear of the device, where there are two black plastic covers at the top and bottom.  The bottom one is removable and contains the SIM card slot and the MicroSD slot.  The top is purely for design, and my personal opinion is that they could have skipped the black on top as it ruins the design of the device.

Hardware

 Unlike the old Huawei Android tablet devices, this comes fully in line with what the current market has.  The key notes of the hardware are,

  • Dual-Core 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
  • Adreno 220 Mobile graphics with 1080P video playback
  • 7” Capacitive Multi-touch IPS LED LCD touch screen with a very high resolution 1280×800, with a PPI of 216 making it very sharp (yes the pixel density is much higher than an IPad)
  • 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage
  • 5MP rear camera with auto focus and zoom (digital) feature and 720P HD video recording
  • 1.3MP front camera that will allow video calls
  • Large battery for a 7” (4100mAh) compared to devices such as the Acer A100
  • Sensors: Light (for auto brightness) and Accelerometer sensor
  • Built-in 2G/3G with HSUPA (5.76Mbps) and HSDPA (14.4Mbps) support
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Dual-speakers with SRS

The hardware definitely is in par with the latest crop of Android tablets.  While most are familiar with the Tegra based devices on tablets, the Snapdragon is more commonly seen on phone devices.  However with the Adreno 220GPU is more than capable for gaming, and has the advantage that it can play 1080P video natively.

Screen quality

For any tablet the screen is important, and specially for a 7”.  The screen on the MediaPad is pretty good, which very good sharpness and brightness.  For most times I have the brightness at 30%, as its more than good enough!  The light sensor also means you can set it to auto brightness.

The viewing angles are good, which is expected for an IPS type screen.  With a PPI of 216, the text is sharp and clear, and is very good for browsing and reading.  I had no problems reading PDF magazines with no zooming even for small fonts, something that was hard to do on the Galaxy 7” tab with the lesser resolution.

The device also strangely comes with a feature that says standard resolution and high resolution.  When I ran software to see if the resolution changed, I noticed  no difference but what seems to be done is the image, fonts are scaled down lower when set to high resolution.

In standard resolution the multi-touch is good, though I have noticed that you have to give the odd double touch once in a while, a problem with several Android devices I have used, something you never come across with the Apple IPad which definitely has a superior touch experience.  Hopefully Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream with its UI acceleration feature (a first time on Android) will resolve this problem.

In high resolution the icons are much smaller and can be problem for the chubby fingered folks (such as myself!).  However the screen is definitely sharper in the high resolution mode.  The captures below are scaled down, and the actual is much sharper.  I will try to attach a higher res capture at the end of the review.

A common question is how good is it to a Samsung Galaxy series which is fast becoming the most spoken of the Android tablets, though the sales figures may indicate that other devices are selling in equal share!

  • The screen is much bright than the older 7″ Samsung Galaxy tab, and with the higher resolution much sharper
  • Compared to the new 10″ Galaxy tab, this screen is not as good, and lacking in the color vibrancy.  However to be fair the Galaxy 10″ and 8.9″ screens are considered the best in the market, beating even the Apple IPad screen.  Hence the screen in the new Galaxy 7″ Plus will definitely be more vibrant, though it may not be as sharp due to the lower resolution.   The Galaxy 7.7″ due soon however may be the reference model with its super AMOLED screen, but with a price that is over 2 times this device its market placing is very different
  • Compared to the Acer device i tested which was  TN based LCD, this screen is on par or better.

Build Quality

The device build quality is quite good and feels very solid with no noticeable squeaks.  However the metal cover means it is easily prone to dents and scratches and hence a case is compulsory.

I would have preferred if Huawei had stuck to the T-mobile Springboard scheme of white covers at the back, and avoided the plastic at the rear top.

Software and Updates

The device comes pre-installed with Honeycomb 3.2 and has the over the air update feature.  Interestingly it has two options update via Google server and Huawei server.  I am a bit curious why the Google update feature is there, since Huawei has dome some minor customizations on top of the standard Honeycomb.

The device also comes with Huawei’s HiSuite Software, which does provide some decent features though the user interface is rather old-fashioned!

Features include,

  • Ability to install software by dragging and dropping into the interface
  • Backup contents and restore
  • Take images of the screen being shown of the tab onto your PC (screen captures)

I also found on the net that the device has been rooted, which should make things a lot more flexible.  .

Bundled Software

Unlike many tabs, this does come bundled with a file manager that is very good news, though you will definitely replace that with File Manager such as File Expert or Astro.

The device also ships with Google Market, so you have access to all the Google software, that definitely makes it a better proposition than generic tablets.

Complementary you also get the following softare,

  • Games: Angry Birds, Asphalt 6 and Let’s Go Golf
  • Yoko Office

Video Multimedia formats and Playback

[Under testing].

Camera

Consider the device has a back camera and front camera, but don’t expect too much from the back facing 5MP camera. The camera is rather low end in nature and the picture quality is noisy.  No LCD means that it will not be very useful in low light situations.

The video quality is acceptable, but just like the stills it is noisy.

Audio Quality

The dual speakers are decent, and quite loud, an issue I had with the Galaxy Tab 7”.  The sound is a match in volume to my IPad2 in sheer loudness.

Music playback is pretty good, though the speakers are definitely not very good on bass.  While it does not distort, it can be bit shrilly.

Being a 7” if you were to hold the device with your hands in landscape mode, you could end up blocking one of the speakers, which is a problem for such speaker placement. However there is very little option for such devices to locate it elsewhere.

Connectivity Ports

For a 7” this device comes with a rich set of connectivity options, which include,

  • Micro USB, you can connect a micro USB to USB connector and then connect a flash drive if require as the device does support USB on the go
  • Micro HDMI
  • 3.5” headphone jack
  • MicroSD card slot

Hence compared to the very popular Galaxy Tab devices the presence of the Micro USB and MicroSD provides greater flexibility.

The MicroSD is definitely needed since the tab only has 8GB of internal storage.  However while you can hot swap the Micro SD, you need to pop the rear cover.

One weak point similar to the Galaxy tab is that the device cannot charge over the micro USB.  You have to carry the bulky adapter that is given.  However unlike a Galaxy Tab, adapter is a 6V, which means Huawei could have made this charge of the Micro USB.

Storage

An area for controversy for me at least.  According to official Telco banner and many sites the device was supposed to have 8GB internal storage.  However I found it only has 5.8GB, and popular mobile review sites have varying configurations on this area.  Huawei in their official site DO NOT MENTION the size of the internal storage, which adds to the mystery.

Over 2.5GB of the internal storage is used at the start and the bundled software definitely is not that large.  Need to check with another Honeycomb device to see if the base OS actually takes such a large size!

Sensors

Here is a capture from Quadrant indicating the detected sensors.

Battery life and recharge time

Since my reviews are purely on feel, I don’t have measures to prove this but I am sure you can find reviews from sites on actual facts.

For a start any device with 3G enabled is going to drain battery, but what is important is how it performs with this feature disabled.

With 3G disabled the overnight loss in battery is around 2%.  The device definitely can last a few days without charging.

But as a user I feel the battery drain is much greater than an IPad on regular use such as browsing, video playback.  The recharging time is not slow as was the case with the Samsung Galaxy tab (that takes hours which is very painful), and is more akin to an IPad charging, which is bearable.

However the good news I that the battery recharge times are not as long as the Samsung process, and you can recharge the device in around 2-3hrs to full capacity.

I also found a charger on ebay that can be connected to your PC USB port, with the other end compatible with the Huawei Media Pad.

Benchmarks

Quadrant Standard – 1901

LinPack (Single/Multi) – 46.088MFLOPS / 53.224MFLOPS

NenMark1 – 52.2 FPS

AntTuTu (2.4.3) – 5362

Gaming

I tried out the some racing games including the bundled Asphalt, ROC, Drift Mania.  Seems my device has a hardware problem, as the steering using tilt does not work properly (refused to turn to the right).  I posted on the Huawei Facebook wall, and i got a response that i should get the device checked.  Will update if this is a problem with my unit or if this is an incompatibility with the device once i take it to the service center.

Firmware updates and ICS upgrade

The good news is that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is in the works for this device 🙂 and seems the next batch of the devices will be shipping straight with ICS, making this device among the first to be shipping with ICS after the ASUS Transformer Prime tablet.  The updates for existing devices has been scheduled for March 2012, hope it comes earlier!.

The device has two options one to update from Huawei and the other from Google server.   Each time i tried it says the version i have is the latest. However i went Huawei site and found  more newer version that what i had.  The direct link for downloads from Huawei is http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/productFeatures.do?pinfoId=3135&treeId=3290&directoryId=5011&tab=0.

I noticed the following improvements with the HUAWEI_S7-301u_FIRMWARE_adroid3.2_C232B016_General_VersionForUser_05010SJR  (9-Jan-2012) update.

1. Fixed the issue where the device switched to 2G far to easily, now it works better.  However sadly it does not have the features that we find standard on the Gingerbread (GSM, GSM/3G, 3G only) which is far more simpler.

2. The update also has improved the touch implementation and i find the experience a lot more smoother.

3. Has updated versions of the bundled apps

4. Built-in file manager now detects the external SD card properly and seamlessly

5. Issue with games involving the tilt has been fixed.  Now i can play my racing games!

On the negative side i noticed the following,

1. WIFI connectivity does not work properly (big bummer, since some apps and games insist on using a wifi connection to download larger downloads)

However the update using the download had some quirks which one should watch out,

1.  Remember to back up your data and apps using the HSuite and also app backup, because if you update using the download it clears the local storage contents and the tablet is back to new state with the updated firmware. No such warning is mentioned in the Huawei guide for updating the firmware!

2. If you run the update and don’t remove the SD card, the device keeps updating on each re-boot.  So make sure you remove the SD card after the update, and then re-insert the card back.

3. Once the update is done and OK comes on your screen the tablet will reboot, but the update is not done yet.  It will then start the bundled app updates and then reboot again while showing the startup screen.  the messages come in an ugly yellow DOS-like font 🙂

Conclusion

The device is definitely well built, and also very competitive priced.  Currently its priced below even the older Galaxy Tab 7”, but is much higher configuration with faster 3G, higher resolution and brigher screen, better battery life, faster processor and graphics and greater flexibility in connectivity ports.

Another very important upgrade is that it is running Honeycomb and should be getting the much sought after Google Ice Cream update soon.

On the device per say, the screen and multi-touch are good and making it ideal portable device for your internet and video playback.  The screen is very bright and the video is very crisp and clear.  The audio is sufficiently loud for such a small device.

The connectivity options are great and giving you several options to easily transfer files into and out of the device. The connectivity options are far better than the popular Samsung Galaxy tab series which is hell bent on following Apple strategies, though the new 7” devices are now offering more options.

The cameras may not be great, but they will do their job, and the front camera makes it ready for video calling.

The battery life is decent, and based on some professional reviews it can do over 6.5 hours of non-stop video, which put it above the older Galaxy 7” tab, and far better than the Acer A100 which has less than 3+ hours in similar tests.

The device is better than generic chinese tabs since the hardware is more standard.  My only hope is that Huawei who are now getting serious with their devices under their own name, will improve their software support services.

MediaPad and Google ICS update

Installed the near final ICS firmware, see my comments and benchmarks at https://rayazmuthalif.wordpress.com/2012/03/21/huawei-mediapad-ics-first-impression/

Where can I buy it in Sri Lanka and the experience when buying it

Currently only the Telcos are selling it, and the local supplier for Huawei (MiTech computers) is only getting shipment in January 2012. They have indicated they will bring down accessories for this device as well.

The local supplier also mentioned that the Telcos were getting these devices in bulk, and that pricing was much cheaper than the retail prices since they seem to be keen on pushing tablets to benefit from the eventual data usage!

Comparison with other popular 7″ tablets

Did a quick chart for the spec crazy group.  The prices of the tabs are very different, and also differ from market to market.  Selected them more with an Asian availability (devices from Motorola, Acer and Toshiba for example are hard to find here).

MediaPad vs other 7in tablets 2012

Accessory links

Finding accessories is something that is harder compared but that applies to most Android devices.  Sadly Huawei has not yet got into the full thick of things by selling original accessories as done by other tablet vendors.  The source hence is ebay, and the well known PDair case manufacturers.

I ordered some, will update the review once i get the goods.  But here are some that caught my eye.  I ordered a matt finish anti glare screen protector and microfiber case in addition to the USB charger.  While many don’t like the matt finish specially since impacts the gloss of the screen, i find it more easier to use and like the non-glare feel.

Microfiber case : http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sikai-MediaPad-MibroFiber-case-Huawei-IDEOS-MediaPad-leather-case-Black-/190616907526?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item2c61a72f06

Silicon case : http://www.ebay.com/itm/SiKai-MediaPad-Top-Sensation-Protector-cover-Silicone-Huawai-Media-Pad-case-/190610235740?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item2c6141615c

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Acer Iconia A500 Android Honeycomb Tablet review


Two of my friends decided to join the tablet bridge, and wanted my advice starting with the perennial question Apple IPAD or Android tablet.  I gave them an update based on my ownership of both IPad and Android based devices.  After much thought they decided that they really needed more control over their tablet device than the apps, and since the user of the tablet was mainly for business use, the apps available in the Android market should be more than adequate.

So the next decision was to decide which tab. Here in Sri Lanka the tablet market had limited options, and options were Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 (3G version), Toshiba Thrive and the Acer A500 and A501 as branded Honeycomb devices.

Though they were initially tempted by the sexy slim design of the Galaxy Tab, they realized the benefit of the full USB and Micro SD capability, and decided to go with the A500 (they were going down the MIFI router path so the 3G version the A501 was not considered).  The Thrive was instantly discarded, since the local Toshiba agents price it way higher than the Acer A500, when it’s the other way around in other markets!, talk about stupid agent pricing.

Initial experience

I joined the two to go check out the A500, which strictly was to be a hands-on trial to aid the purchase decision which at the end of it became an immediate purchase by the end of the session.

Reading all the reviews, and loaded with Android experience as a former owner of an Xperia  X10, and then an owner of the Galaxy Tab 7” I felt confident I could easily demo the unit to the friends, since they had no experience of using any Android device, and were hard core Blackberry phone users!

Was I in for a shock with Honeycomb, it felt so very different to the phone OS version, and looked very much like a simplified version of Windows OS.  However one thing was sure, it definitely was not simple to use without some reading, and one can understand why many find the Honeycomb experience a bit daunting.

Fortunately for me, one of my buddies said why not take his device for a few days and play around and then update him, saving him time on learning. This means I got a chance of writing another review to my blog, and saving me the trouble of having to actually buy a device which has become a key limiter for articles.

Also featured this time are photos taken from the Nikon D5100, using the 35mm lens 🙂

The device

The Acer A500 was my initial choice before I then reverted to a buying an IPad2, main reason being the bug with the battery leak which was a concern initially.  This bug was fixed with the 3.0.1 update.

Now that I had the device with me, I was surprised how very different a 10.1 wide screen layout felt compared to the 4:3 format IPad device.  It felt much smaller though in fact it was not really.

While the Acer A500 was heavier than an IPad2, it was not something you call heavy, and once you do add the usual case, all tabs are pretty much too heavy for long time use, so I would not take that as a major reason unless you want to use a your tab for hours and hours.

A comparison photo with my IPad2, IPad 1 and the A500.  The topmost is the IPad2, right below is the Acer A500.  Below the Acer is the IPad1.  Resting under all this is the silicon cover for the Ipad1 🙂

Hardware

Well with a spec that is a match to any dual-core Tegra-2 based tablet, and considered one of the most powerful currently in the tablet market, it definitely has the horsepower for current and future tablet computing.  The main lag I feel is the Google Honeycomb OS itself and possible that the drivers by Nvidia are still being optimized and improved for the Android platform, considering Nvidia has been an relative late entry into the Android space, though it came out fighting with an awesome spec for the Tegra-2 platform.

Build Quality

The device is VERY VERY well built with a lot of metal being used.  The device passed around to many nearby colleagues in office!  One of them actually told that it looked like a big Nokia N8 in shape and build.  A Samsung Galaxy 7” tab user actually felt very envious by the gun-metal finish of the Acer, compared to the real plasticky feel of the Samsung tab.  It definitely felt classy and rugged.

Screen quality and use

Yes its may not be an IPS screen, and all the reviews talk about the viewing angles, etc.  However most users will find this screen more than good enough for personal use, considering the screen is way better than most laptop screens!  As an IPad user you also notice the extra resolution specially when looking at the small fonts on PDF files.

Being a capacitive screen, the multi-touch implementation is good and quite fluid.  However a common complaint by a person who has used an IPad is that that fluid-ness of the Google implementation is definitely not in par with the Apple implementation.

Also remember the screen has a Gorilla glass coating making it rugged.  However don’t forget a screen protector, as Gorilla glass does not mean scratch proof 🙂

One factor that was very evident was that in direct sunlight the screen is impossible to view, using a matt finish anti-glare screen protector may improve things, but it did not have a screen protector when I tested it.

Updates

When I connected the device, it first updated to 3.0.x and then updated to 3.1 and then to 3.2.  My friend who brought this device over the Samsung 10.1 was quite happy, since the Samsung had yet to give this update.  Kudos to Acer for giving the updates fast.  Oh yeah the other thing I forgot to mention is that the updates are OTA (over the air), and you don’t have that dreadful Samsung Kiev like software to work with.

Bundled Software

The device is bundled with several apps which I felt were actually messy to use, and there were much better free and paid ups on the Google market.

One crazy omission for a tablet that is actually having a full featured OS is the lack of a file manager as standard.  I am quite surprised why Google does not include this as a standard.  However Astro for Honeycomb tablets available free in the market provides a super file manager experience that may even have Windows users feeling a bit jealous.

Acer also does not bundle any Office application, which is a shame since the users of this tab would definitely like a complimentary copy of a Office application.  Samsung has this well covered, and so does many of the other Android tablet manufacturers.

Video Multimedia formats supported

Most reviews talk about it, but it’s worth noting that the default player provided by Acer does not have support for Divx/MKV which is disappointing.  However you can easily download free players from the Android Market that will help play these formats.  However one expects support for such formats considering these are standard formats in the present day multimedia playback needs.

Camera

Consider the device has a back camera and front camera, but don’t expect too much from the back facing 5MP camera. The camera is rather low end in nature and the picture quality is very noisy.  The positive is that the camera also has a LED flash which means you can take photos indoors as well. However the Android default camera software is quite featured, something I felt very lacking in my Nokia N8 which has such a great camera but poor software.

The video quality is decent, but not mind boggling.  The quality I felt was bit worse than the quality of the video that was produced by the Galaxy Tab 7”.

Audio Quality

A key reason that I sold the Galaxy Tab 7” which was more used by my son to watch videos and try out the pre-school apps was that the speaker volume was not very great, especially when used in an place where other people were speaking.  The IPad in contrast has a very loud and clear speaker that works quite well under such circumstances.

The Acer with its stereo speakers with Dolby was much louder and better than the 7” Galaxy tab but still not as loud as the IPad speaker.  The speakers being located in the behind also meant it could be muffled depending on use.

Picture below shows one of the speakers.  Looks cool 🙂

Connectivity

The most irritating thing with an IPad is that you have so many limitations in storing content into the device.  Default browser does not allow you to save any kind of video or music file, and while you can use other alternative browsers it still not a very intuitive way.  In most case you have to depend on ITunes to sync contents with your PC / Mac to get content into the tab.

Android is capable of being just like Windows with support for loading storage devices on the fly in the likes of SD cards, flash drives, portable hard disks and even USB mouses, as long as the device has the ports.  However not all Android devices have these ports, specially the most popular Samsung devices which are cool designs but skip on these and you have to use adapters to work around for some.

The acer has most of the required ports a FULL USB, very cool, a micro SD  which is very useful too (no full SD card like thrive the swiss knife of Android tablets).  It also has a built-in micro HDMI (sadly the cable to connect to a HDMI device has to purchased separately, only Nokia is well known for providing all cables!) and it also has a micro USB as well.

Battery life and recharge time

Since my reviews are purely on feel, I don’t have measures to prove this but I am sure you can find reviews from sites on actual facts.

But as a user I feel the battery drain is much greater than an IPad on regular use such as browsing, video playback.  The recharging time is not slow as was the case with the Samsung Galaxy tab (that takes hours which is very painful), and is more akin to an IPad charging, which is bearable.

Gaming

Sadly did not get much time to install any games and test, but tried out one racing game and found it very fluid and jerk free.  The accelerometer and Gyro are definitely things that make gaming on tabs a cool feature.  The Tegra-2 has the GPU power to handle gaming well, so in case you are looking for gaming in addition to the normal business usage of the tab, this is a match to any other Tegra-2 Android device.  Just in case you want to know where the Tegra-2 falls currently, it’s much more powerful than the one in the Apple IPad1, but is not in the same league as the IPad2.  However this is purely on the GPU capability as the gaming experience is based on many more factors than pure GPU capability.

Conclusion

I will write my story of Honeycomb on a separate blog, but these are my takes on the Acer A500.

  1. It may not be an IPad2 or Galaxy Tab in the slim feel, but it definitely is not thick and I am sure most could be very happy.  It is definitely a balance between coolness and actual usefulness.  The Acer A500 is quite cool but is superbly useful.  The built quality is super and really oozes class.
  2. The screen may not be IPS screen but is definitely a very high quality LCD screen, and is more than good enough.  However it’s very reflective, so make sure you get a good matt finish anti-glare screen protector.  The Gorilla glass coating also means the screen can take a degree of punishment, something an IPad user will be hesitant on.
  3. The built-in device connectivity features are awesome and makes this one of the best Android tablets for geeks, and power users.  You can simply transfer and load content in every conceivable way USB flash, portable hard disk, micro SD, Bluetooth.  IPad users can only sulk on this propositionJ, and even Galaxy Tab owners will be red faced unless they have an USB adapter to get some level of equality.
  4. The battery life is decent, though not in the league of the IPad device.  Based on reviews it’s a bit low compared to the Galaxy 10.1 Tab as well.  However it definitely is sufficient for over 4-5 hours of use, which makes it suitable for most tab owners, is my feeling.  The quick recharge counters the Galaxy Tabs longer battery life.  If you want more juice get a Sanyo enelope charger that can overcome this limitation easily!
  5. Having both a front and rear camera is useful, as you can take a candid photo, or use it for video calls.  However don’t expect the camera to replace your point and shoot or DSLR.
  6. The audio quality from the speakers is good, but its not very loud.  Compared to my older Galaxy Tab 7” it is way louder, but not a match for the single speaker IPad 1 or IPad 2.

Where can I  buy it in Sri Lanka and the experience when buying it

The Acer is only sold by the agents in Sri Lanka, but the pricing is very competitive.  The only issue is that the agent has ridiculous way of selling.

  • They don’t have this device in any showroom, and you have to go to their head office.
  • The sales lady draws the tablet from her desk and then you had to stand around her desk and use the device!
  • Since we were considering the wifi version, there is no wi-fi to connect to the Internet and test the device.
  • The person selling has no idea of using the device or the configuration (we had to find out how much storage it had)
  • The agent only sells the tab, they do not sell any of the accessories.  So you have to find a way to get them down from overseas, or depend on eBay for the screen protector, case, and other goodies!
  • Once you pay for the device you are given a receipt and told to go to the basement of the building (a dark and gloomy place) to pick the device from the warehouse

This is indeed sad, considering the Acer A500 is a very good Android tab and sells over 10K less than the Samsung Galaxy 10.1.  I also feel in the local context, the connectivity options in the Acer makes it more applicable for most users if they are going Android over the Samsung tab.

I do hope the agents realize this and make this tab available among their retailers (the retailers sell the Acer laptops but not the tab, puzzling) and also bring in some of the popular accessories that are a must (screen protector, case at the minimum).