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Published On: Tue, May 29th, 2012
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Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

When all major manufacturers have entered the league then why Acer will stay behind in the competition. So, now we see the all new Acer Iconia Tab A510 that has received quite a lot of attention in market, especially because of its delay in release date. This tablet could be mentioned as a high-end device, but the main attention seeker is its Android update that makes it expensive and also a bit unresponsive sometimes. Read the full Acer Iconia Tab A510 review that will give you an insight on how much capability this device has.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Design :

The all new Android tablet from Acer comes for a price tag that defines the overall quality of the device. Though this device is top rated due to the integration of the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, but it fails to make a tough competition with its rivals and almost fails in every measure even after holding an advanced quad core processor.

Acer Iconia Tab A510

Those who are expecting for sleek metallic edges will have to face disappointment as this tablet does not offer that charm and beauty. It measures 6.9 inches by 10.2 inches by 0.4 inches (height/width/depth) and weighs 23.5 ounces, a little thicker as well as bulkier as compared to the other top competitors in the tablet market. If compared the Acer Iconia Tab A510 with the Asus Transformer TF300, Asus has not only received four stars out of five in the competition, but has also offered its device at reasonable price in the market. In their comparison we found that the Asus Transformer is a bit slimmer than the Acer Iconia Tab by 0.38 inches and is also light in weight by 22.2 ounces. Still, the device retains 4 stars and is considered as slimmer and lighter in the class.

However, the major part that disappoints us is its use of plastic instead of metal black/silver case. Due to this, the device has got a little cheap feel. Mild textured plastic finish can be found at the back cover of this tablet which is practical, but still fails to provide that premium feel even if we compare it with other plastic-made tablets like the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Display :

The Iconia A510 comes packed with 1280×800 pixel LCD panel that provides standard visual quality on midrange 10-inches of devices. So we can say that the display stands par if compared with the latest models from Toshiba, Samsung, Asus, and others. However, many are waiting for the new Apple iPad that delivers 2048×1536 pixels of screen resolution which will make everyone awed completely. By that time, the new Apple iPad will be the best and expensive tablet in the market.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Price

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Connectivity :

The Iconia Tab A510 comes packed with a MicroUSB jack that is offered along with adapter that transforms into a full size USB port. The device also supports external USB keyboards as well as storage capability. However, the storage has to be formatted on at FAT32 which indicates that you can play videos off an external hard drive on the A510 tablet. A built-in mic can also be found at the top of the device above the screen. Dual speakers are available at the bottom and a rotation lock is also offered by Acer to make this device more useful for users.  The device also supports Bluetooth 2.1 and a block-off SIM card slot, though we don’t understand what it means when the slot is not active.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Operating System – Android :

This device runs Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system with a light skin that is called as Acer’s Ring UI. This latest Android operating system gives this device much more power to stand in the competition.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 White

Apps :

The Iconia A510 displays a virtual button that pops up with five quick app shortcuts, volume control and carousel of web bookmarks. The device also comes packed with a few custom widgets as well as apps. This device enables the users to print docs and web pages via Wi-Fi enabled printers. The devices comes with a per-loaded custom radio app. To safeguard the device from any kind of malware or other viruses, McAfee has been provided. The device is packed with Polaris Office that gives access to Microsoft Office documents as well as a DLNA media server called clear.fi.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Processor :

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 gives a powerful run with NVIDIA’s advanced Tegra 3 processor with a clock set at 1.3 GHz. The device is faster as compared to the 1.2 GHz processor that powers the Asus Transformer Pad TF300T. Its quad core processor is something that raises the bar of this device to a certain height. Unfortunately, the device can slowdown in the middle, leaving the on-screen buttons unresponsive. Some games could disappoint a bit where the screen takes a little bit of time to render.

Users will be able to download Tablified Market that offers a wide collection of 1,500 or more top notch apps supported for tablets. Either Tablified Market or Nvidia’s Tegra Zone can be downloaded to this device to turn you experience exciting. For Tegra-powered tablets, several high level games are designed which you can play and get satisfied.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Features

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Internet :

You can get connected to internet via Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n and can easily connect to WPA2-protected networks.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Memory :

In-built memory that the device offers is 32 GB which is great for many users, but a microSD card slot is also available that adds another 32 GB card capacity at the max.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Multimedia :

The device plays all usual audio as well as video formats such as MP3, WAV, MP4, Xvid, and DivX. The Iconic A510 also gives fantastic video watching options at a resolution of 1080p which is really sharp and crisp. We liked it! Besides, a built-in HDMI port gives access of 720p video output to a TV.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Camera :

The device is equipped with a 5 megapixel primary (rear) camera and 1 megapixel front facing camera which is used for video calling. We took some indoor pics which seemed noisy and a little purplish. So, the camera quality is not great. We liked the outdoor images which can sharper, but still purplish color was visible. Instead, the front facing camera at least have better color than the primary camera.

You  can enjoy recording 1080p video at 30 frames each second at outdoor, but if you click the same video indoor, you will end up having 16 frames on each second. 720p videos at indoor gives 20 frames/seconds and NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor give a jump of 1080p video at 30 frames/second.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Battery :

Acer promises that the Iconia Tab A510 is powered by a 9800 mAh 36.26W battery that runs longer while giving a strong performance backup of up to 9 hours 34 minutes on video playback, Wi-Fi and high brightness. This powerful battery beats the all new Asus TF300 tablet that gives a battery backup of up to 7 hours and 53 minutes. With such capacity, one can skip comparing this device with Apple iPad that only gives 5 hours 30 minutes of backup which is simply worst in this comparison.

Review of Acer Iconia Tab A510

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Price :

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is available at some online retailer’s stores for a price tag of $449.99. This price tag defines that the device is expensive and is meant for common users or even business users can operate it.

Pros of Acer Iconia Tab A510 :

Acer Iconia Tab A510 features quad-core processor and long battery life. Its USB host mode is also fantastic.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Specs

Cons of Acer Iconia Tab A510 :

The construction is a little clunky. The device also becomes a little unresponsive sometimes. It is also expensive and the Android is still not capable of presenting a huge array of tablet-oriented apps.

Verdict :

At this price range, we would say there are several other devices which offer good camera and other features. The only attraction in Acer Iconia Tab A510 is its latest Android-powered 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, Tegra 3 quad core processor and 5 MP camera which is still disappointing. Also, users get limited access to the app world. So, there is no point of putting so much of money on this tablet. You can rather think of Apple iPad or any other high-end device at this price range that stands winner in comparison. The device is a failure if we compare it with other top-notch tablets from Samsung, Asus and Toshiba.

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