The Iconia Tab A 510 from the Taiwanese electronics giant is a powerful little machine with its quad-core CPU and is Acer’s first Tegra 3 offering.
The tablet ships with a standard 32 GB storage capacity. The 1280 x 800 display is made from TFT LCD and is 10 inches in size. This is the second Acer tablet to feature Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
At 680 grams, this is not exactly in lightweight territory, but if you are willing to overlook weight for speed, the Iconia Tab A510 has plenty to offer. If you are buying the tablet this year, you will find the Olympic logo prominently printed next to the Acer logo on the back, a marketing shout out by the company to tell the world about its official partnership with London 2012.
The 1MP front facing and 5MP back facing camera are just about sufficient, but unlike the A500, you will not find a rear LED flash.
Design wise, you may not find anything original with the Acer Iconia Tab A510. You will find all the usual ports including a socket for micro SD card. The sharp edges may not be exactly palm-friendly but the little bumpy dots on the plastic back should assure you that it’s not going to easily fall out of hand.
Once you fire up the tablet, you will realize that it was a sleeping beast and the performance is really zippy. For those of you familiar with the Android UI, especially the Ice Cream Sandwich, one thing immediately noticeable is the ring launcher.
The tablet comes preloaded with some generous tray of apps such as Netflix, Amazon Kindle, Evernote and Polaris Office. The battery does not disappoint with 10 hours – only behind the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and Apple iPad2.
What customers say
If you read the reviews on any of the leading sites including Amazon, you will find something that is common in all the reviews; the speed of the tablet. The quad-core Tegra 3 engine gives the tablet a handsome lead in almost all the benchmark tests.
Apps load on wifi connection quickly and the great sounding Dolby speakers have found positive mention in the reviews.
Some users have complained about the right side of the tablet getting uncomfortably hot. Disabling McAfee antivirus seems to have solved the heating issue for a few. McAfee runs in the background using up processor, memory and battery power.
Some apps have also caused the tablet to freeze, so you may want to uninstall the trouble making app.
Overall, this is one of the best performing tablets in the market today. It is not as pricey while giving you great specs on the hardware and the beautiful Ice Cream Sandwich interface. The Acer Iconia Tab A510 though it’s a good piece of hardware.