I have an Acer Iconia A500 I bought as my first tablet about a year and a half ago, and truly loved it. I was big with a 10 inch screen and way better than my phone. Then about 3 months ago I decided to upgrade to a Nexus 7 2013 model.
The difference was outstanding! The screen is absolutely amazing! 1080p is ridiculously awesome! It was fast, light and this as well as so much easier to pack around. I booted up the A500 the other day and was kind of dissapointed of the lack of speed and clarity of the screen.
Overall if you find a good deal on the original model, I think that you will enjoy it. My friend has that model and she loves it and I don't think that it is all that bad. The only thing that I prefer the original model compared to the new one is the finish of the back and the thicker and rounder dimensions are slightly easier to grab. Might not be a bad way to jump into the tablet trend.
If you are willing to spend a little more, I would recommend the 2013 model just because of how crazy fast it is and how easy it multitasks and keeps all your apps open. I am running vanilla Android so I do not know much about the ROM scene, but I still love it.
Just remember that this is your decision and I believe whatever you choose, you will love your tablet!
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