Acer cut the price of the Iconia Tab A500 Honeycomb Android tablet from the launch price of $449.99 down to $395.
The company wants to push up sales to reach the goal of shipping 2.5 to 3 million tablets this year. The company already dropped their stated goal down from over 5 million tablets shipped in 2011 when the 10 inch Honeycomb 3.0 tablet didn’t sell well.
Now that Acer has updated the Iconia Tab A500 to Honeycomb 3.1 and dropped the price, they might be able to reach the shipping figure, but I doubt it. Even if they do, the number is well below what Apple has already shipped with the iPad 2.
The biggest competition for the Acer tablet at its new price point is the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer, which started out at the $400. The lower price and in faster updates on the ASUS make the Eee Pad Transformer a better choice.
I had an Acer for a month before exchanging it for the ASUS tablet and in that time received only one update. Since I made the exchange three weeks ago I have already received two updates and there was one before I made my purchase. This last one didn’t go as smoothly as I would have liked, but it was much better than my experience updating the Acer to Honeycomb 3.1, which would not install no matter what I did. That was one of the contributing factors to my exchange.
The other was that I learned I could return the Acer and only pay another $100 and get a the ASUS Keyboard Dock along with the tablet. The combination of the two makes a nice netbook when I want to do some typing and a great tablet for surfing the web, playing some games, or reading.
The price reduction is a step in the right direction. Better updates and accessories will make the Iconia Tab a more appealing option than it is now. However, a much bigger problem exists for Android tablets in general. The app selection and quality is far behind the iOS platform. Dropping the price of Android tablets might spur a slightly higher sales total, but will not fix the bigger issue making Android a serious contender with the Apple iPad.