I see a lot of people posting about how there is nothing the A500 can't do. This may be true for most people, but I'd like to chime in as someone who uses thier tablet every single day for multiple things. While the tablet is a great technology, there is still room for improvement:
I use my tablet for:
- Watching videos/movies/tv - Very Good
- Writing emails - Good; better with ICS (spellcheck)
- Browsing the web - Good; Better with ICS (less latency). Would be great with a stronger WiFi radio.
- Video Chat - Poor; Could be better with a better mic or with bluetooth HSP support.
- PDF technical drawings and blueprints. - Poor. This is actually what I got the tablet for, originally. Large documents is where the lack of processing power shows. Even with the fastest PDF software (Repligo), it's still sluggish with larger PDFs.
- Note taking - Good if you have a keyboard handy, but hand notes are out of the question. The built in keyboard is too impractical. Would be much better if the technology could support a fine point stylus, but capacitive screens are only just starting to support them (see Galaxy Note). Large stylus' suck. If I want something with a tip 1/4 inch in diameter, I have ten of them attached to my hands.
- Navigation - Mediocre. With a barely functioning GPS (on stock ROM) and no real practical dashboard holder accessory option (suction cup indeed!), you pretty much have to be a tinkerer for this to be an option. Root access and a proficiency with tools is pretty much required.
- Tethering - Ad-Hoc WiFi hot-spotting is still the only real option, and only available if you root. Bluetooth can be made to work, but it's unstable, and USB tethering is still not officially supported.
- Photo editing - Mediocre; mostly due to the lack of good apps.
- Document editing - Mediocre to decent, depending on if you have a keyboard and mouse handy.
Don't get me wrong, the first generation HC's have some very good offerings, but there is major room for improvement. I might be skipping a generation, but I will be looking at a new tablet in the future.