Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:23
I originally got an acer A500, and it sucks balls. Heavy, slow, unsupported everything... So I got an iPad and it ruled. I also picked up a Nexus 7. Despite it not ruling the app world, Its by far the best tablet device I use in terms of 'just working'
It came locked and it was almost as google supported unlocking the bootloader. Very quick and simple. ROMs are always the latest and smoothest with extra features for the nexus devices that others can't use/take advantage of. Not saying you even have to bother with roms as the stock OS is perfectly acceptable. The feel of a 7 inch tablet is a lot nicer too as its easier to hold & lighter. Taking the page out of apples book it has no expandability however I had no problem getting USB-OTG I to work with a super simple play app.
I use an SGSIIX as a daily driver for a phone, and I went away on vacation and only took the nexus with. Upon returning, now 3 weeks later, I still find my SGSIIX incredibly slow and laggy in comparison to how snappy the nexus was.
My suggestion is you are going to use this as a secondary consumption device, so screw expandability, screw additional ports, screw extra weight and bad battery life. Get something plain and simple. This was my mistake at first. I wanted HDMI out that I never use, I wanted a USB host port when USB-OTG is easier and just as functional. If you are looking android, the Nexus line will give you the best experience. Samsung makes good stuff too. From my trials, the Acer one will give you the worst.