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Acer Iconia Tab A510 review

An affordable entry to the high-end quad-core tablet party, but lacking in any stand-out features

Our Verdict

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 sits just below the Transformer Prime and iPad, alongside the Asus Transformer Pad 300 on the 'next-best' shelf.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Value for money
  • ICS
  • Tegra 3 power
  • Long battery life

Against

  • TFT display
  • Unoriginal design
  • Poor cameras
  • Bulky

Acer is the latest manufacturer to gatecrash the Nvidia Tegra 3 party, with a tablet that it teased way back in January at CES – the Acer Iconia Tab A510 – now finally ready to hit the shops.

Looking a lot like its predecessor, the Acer Iconia Tab A500, but with the quad-core grunt that Nvidia's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip provides, the Acer Iconia Tab A510 is a tablet that will hit the upper echelons of the tablet hierarchy.

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is ready to do battle with the likes of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Transformer Pad 300 and, dare we say it, the new iPad as well.

But Acer's new toy has a trump card over its main rivals – it's lowly price-tag.

While you'd need to splash out almost £480 to pick up a 32GB third-generation iPad, or a penny-shy of £500 for Asus' flagship tab – you won't need to spend more than £350 to take an Acer Iconia Tab A510 home.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

It's even £50 cheaper than Asus' budget Tegra 3 option – the Transformer Pad 300 (although you don't get the 300's keyboard dock).

Priced up at £349, the A510 is a 10.1-inch tablet boasting the same resolution as the A500, the Transformer Prime and the Transformer Pad 300 - an HD-tastic 1280 x 800.

Running the latest version of Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, the Acer Iconia A510 is actually the official tablet of the 2012 Olympic Games. At least, the special edition one is.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

Our review sample sadly lacked the famous Olympic rings on the back, but this is the only discernible difference between the two.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
BluetoothNo
Wireless LANYes
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyICONIA Tab A
Front Camera/WebcamNo
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30S
ColourSilver
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 3
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)680 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height11 mm
Width260 mm
Depth175 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyLPDDR2
Product SeriesA
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelA510
Product NameICONIA Tab A510 Tablet Computer
Product LineICONIA Tab
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberHT.H9MMA.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Lightweight and smaller than a magazine, the ICONIA TAB A Series is very easy to carry. It runs on the tablet-tailored Android operating system, and sports a capacitive multi-touch display with smart divisions that open up new possibilities for interaction. Enjoy a whole new touch experience!

Strikingly powerful

Inside the smooth and handsome chassis is a powerful mobile processor, putting striking power and graphics in your hands, while ample RAM enables fast multitasking. The multi-touch screen and fluid interface make using this tablet a breeze. And use it your way: hold the ICONIA TAB A Series in any direction and it'll auto-rotate to your perspective. What's more, the long-lasting battery will give you several hours of HD video playback and enjoyment.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA Tab A510 Tablet Computer
  • Micro USB to USB Female Cable
  • Charger with Plug
  • Quick Start Guide