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Acer Iconia Tab A510 review

7.5/10 AVG.
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7.5/10
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If you think that you'll never find a suitable 10-inch tablet with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for work or for play, think again. The fact is, there are several such devices available on the market today. However, none are quite like the Acer Iconia Tab A510, which manages to trump the competition with its superb mobile processing power and superior battery life. You can call this tablet many things, but it is definitely not weak or under-powered. Actually, it is one of the more reliably powerful tablets that you can get in its price range. And on top of that, it even looks good.

What makes the Acer Iconia Tab A510 a force to be reckoned with? For one thing, it packs a 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 System-on-a-Chip which comes with a 12-core graphics chip under the hood. That pretty much makes it capable of running any Android game you can throw at it. If they came out with a game called Angry Birds: Supernova and you had to play it by throwing cute yet disgruntled parakeets into swirling black holes in the middle of empty space to destroy pig fortresses made out of tiny galaxies, the A510 would run it. Science fiction aside, you really can do a lot of stuff with this tablet, ranging from watching HD movies on its 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen LCD, playing music through its built-in loudspeakers with the aid of Dolby Mobile sound technology, browsing the Internet wirelessly through Wi-Fi (optional 3G connectivity), or any one of a hundred other things with the use of aftermarket software applications that can be downloaded through the Google Play store.

The A510 packs so much serious figurative muscle that Acer saw it fit to release it in a special Olympic Edition version to commemorate the 2012 London Olympics. Its other features include dual cameras, with the main one having a 5-megapixel sensor at the back, built-in Bluetooth and GPS, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, support for up to 32GB microSD cards, microHDMI output, and microUSB connectivity. Speaking of the microUSB feature, it works in a somewhat crippled configuration because you can only use it for charging with the accompanying wall charger. Charging via USB only works when the device is in sleep mode. And even then, it’s going to take needlessly long to finish charging. Evidently, Acer meant for the built-in microUSB port to be used only for data. No one really knows why they did this.

The bottom line is, you’ll definitely get plenty of bang for your buck with this tablet. Some people contend that Acer may be asking for too much with this particular device in terms of price. This is where it might be worth remembering an old saying: you get what you pay for.

Need to Know: Acer Iconia Tab A510

1. Powerful innards and sleek-looking outward appearance. (The Good)

2. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes pre-installed as standard. (The Good)

3. Overall a bit too thick and too heavy for extended use. (The Bad)

4. USB port is non-standard and charging only works via the included wall charger. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


AppleNApps

Shapes Music is worth picking up for a brand new music experience on the iPad, which is made for everyone to pick up and play. We just wish there was more to extend the ideas at work.

- Trevor Sheridan, AppleNApps
Coolsmartphone

The Iconia is a great tablet that you can mould to your own requirements, be it travelling, multimedia, productivity or gaming. The problem is that most Android tablets now lag behind something or other, mostly the Nexus range, the Google pricing model has really shook up the tablet market and manuf...

- James Pearce, Coolsmartphone
Know Your Mobile

Arguably the biggest selling point of the A510 - apart from its appealing but now outdated Olympic connection - is its Tegra 3 chipset. This allows it to offer world-beating performance when it comes to watching HD video, playing 3D games and surfing the web. However, all the technological potency i...

- Damian McFerren , Know Your Mobile
Know Your Mobile

Arguably the biggest selling point of the A510 - apart from its appealing but now outdated Olympic connection - is its Tegra 3 chipset. This allows it to offer world-beating performance when it comes to watching HD video, playing 3D games and surfing the web. However, all the technological potency...

- Damien McFerran, Know Your Mobile
Tech Advisor

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Edition won't be winning any Gold medals in our tablets chart. Its battery life is strong, and up there with the iPad, but once the games have finished there's little else here for us to recommend it over other high-end slates.

- Ross Catanzarit, Tech Advisor


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Acer Iconia Tab A510's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
5+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 5+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
9800mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 9800 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 16 days standby time, 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia Tab A510 Specs

Overview
Release date April 6, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core CPU 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 9800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 13 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 16 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Silver, Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.5 x 25.9 x 1.1 cm (6.9 x 10.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 689 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features CapacitiveTouchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, White balance, Exposure
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


AppleNApps

Anyone can play a lively piano/keyboard

from AppleNApps

Shapes Music is worth picking up for a brand new music experience on the iPad, which is made for everyone to pick up and play. We just wish there was more to extend the ideas at work.

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Shapes Music is worth picking up for a brand new music experience on the iPad, which is made for everyone to pick up and play. We just wish there was more to extend the ideas at work.

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Coolsmartphone

Isn’t the best look tablet out there

from Coolsmartphone

The Iconia is a great tablet that you can mould to your own requirements, be it travelling, multimedia, productivity or gaming. The problem is that most Android tablets now lag behind something or other, mostly the Nexus range, the Google pricing model has really shook up the tablet market and ma...More

The Iconia is a great tablet that you can mould to your own requirements, be it travelling, multimedia, productivity or gaming. The problem is that most Android tablets now lag behind something or other, mostly the Nexus range, the Google pricing model has really shook up the tablet market and manufacturers like Acer and Asus really need to re-adjust their thinking whilst specifying new tablets. The Iconia can be found online for about the same price as the new Nexus 10 tablet, which out specs it in every way. Apart from MicroSD and HDMI. So if you want a new tablet for multi media then this could be the one for you and as we approach Christmas prices should drop so you may get a bargain soon.

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Know Your Mobile

It’s certainly worth considering your options before jumping in with the A510, but it remains a solid choice

from Know Your Mobile

Arguably the biggest selling point of the A510 - apart from its appealing but now outdated Olympic connection - is its Tegra 3 chipset. This allows it to offer world-beating performance when it comes to watching HD video, playing 3D games and surfing the web. However, all the technological potenc...More

Arguably the biggest selling point of the A510 - apart from its appealing but now outdated Olympic connection - is its Tegra 3 chipset. This allows it to offer world-beating performance when it comes to watching HD video, playing 3D games and surfing the web. However, all the technological potency in the world doesn’t change the fact that Android can still stumble and fall from time to time; the A510 may be packing some fearsome chips, but don’t expect a ride as smooth as what you’d find on Apple’s products.

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Know Your Mobile

Tegra 3 chipset offers amazing power, battery life is great

from Know Your Mobile

Arguably the biggest selling point of the A510 - apart from its appealing but now outdated Olympic connection - is its Tegra 3 chipset. This allows it to offer world-beating performance when it comes to watching HD video, playing 3D games and surfing the web.

However, all the technological potency in the world doesn’t change the fact that Android can still stumble and fall from time to time; the A510 may be packing some fearsome chips, but don’t expect a ride as smooth as what you’d find on Apple’s products....

More

Arguably the biggest selling point of the A510 - apart from its appealing but now outdated Olympic connection - is its Tegra 3 chipset. This allows it to offer world-beating performance when it comes to watching HD video, playing 3D games and surfing the web.

However, all the technological potency in the world doesn’t change the fact that Android can still stumble and fall from time to time; the A510 may be packing some fearsome chips, but don’t expect a ride as smooth as what you’d find on Apple’s products.

Elsewhere on the market, there’s Asus’ line of Transformer Pads, which - for a slightly higher price tag - come with keyboard docks which effectively turn them into netbooks. It’s certainly worth considering your options before jumping in with the A510, but it remains a solid choice.

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Tech Advisor

It feels lighter than it really is and the smooth, rounded corners make the tablet comfortable to hold

from Tech Advisor

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Edition won't be winning any Gold medals in our tablets chart. Its battery life is strong, and up there with the iPad, but once the games have finished there's little else here for us to recommend it over other high-end slates.

Read full review

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 Olympic Edition won't be winning any Gold medals in our tablets chart. Its battery life is strong, and up there with the iPad, but once the games have finished there's little else here for us to recommend it over other high-end slates.

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PC Pro

A powerful tablet with decent stamina, but we're not sure it's worth the price

from PC Pro

We're impressed with the Olympic tablet, even if the branding adds nothing. It has good speed and decent stamina, and despite the uninspiring design and display, there's nothing massively wrong or hugely unappealing about it.Slapping a price tag of £400 on any tablet, however, brings it in...More

We're impressed with the Olympic tablet, even if the branding adds nothing. It has good speed and decent stamina, and despite the uninspiring design and display, there's nothing massively wrong or hugely unappealing about it.Slapping a price tag of £400 on any tablet, however, brings it in direct competition with the fabulous Retina-screened iPad, and much as we like it, this Acer isn't that good.

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Droid Life

Packs a lot of battery, display looks good, pretty bad camera

from Droid Life

Coming from the grandfather of all Android tablets, the Motorola XOOM, I was skeptical whether or not I would enjoy my time with the Acer Iconia Tab A510. Long story short: I really did. Sure it may not be the flashiest name or brand in the game right now, but if you are looking for an Android tablet that will do what you want it to, and do it for a long time the A510 is definitely something to look to....

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Coming from the grandfather of all Android tablets, the Motorola XOOM, I was skeptical whether or not I would enjoy my time with the Acer Iconia Tab A510. Long story short: I really did. Sure it may not be the flashiest name or brand in the game right now, but if you are looking for an Android tablet that will do what you want it to, and do it for a long time the A510 is definitely something to look to.

Because of their similar specs and pricing, the A510 and the Transformer Pad TF300 are going to be compared. The Tegra 3 is a fantastic piece of hardware that makes both of these tablets really sing. For the specs that the A510 has and the price point of only $450, Acer seems to have hit a sweet spot for performance and affordability. Anyone looking to get their first Android tablet would do well to choose the Acer Iconia A510.

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The Verge

Inexpensive for a 10-inch tablet, decent display, mediocre cameras

from The Verge

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is a bit dull. It’s (comparatively) heavy, and thick, and isn’t as comfortable to grip as other tablets. The cameras are mediocre (as expected), and the speakers don’t exactly leave much to write home about. There’s nothing wrong here besides the c...More

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is a bit dull. It’s (comparatively) heavy, and thick, and isn’t as comfortable to grip as other tablets. The cameras are mediocre (as expected), and the speakers don’t exactly leave much to write home about. There’s nothing wrong here besides the cameras — the build quality is generally very sturdy, it does everything a tablet is supposed to do, and includes Nvidia’s Tegra. But an extra $50 will get you an Asus Transformer Prime, a device that hits all the same notes in a nicer shell (and then there’s the optional $150 keyboard dock). There's also the matter of the $399 iPad 2, whose latest incarnation received a boost to battery life. And if you're not averse to rumors, at CES in January we caught a glimpse of an Acer tablet packing a 1080p display. All told, the A510 is by no means a bad device. But at this stage in Android’s development, “adequate” simply isn’t going to cut it anymore.

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TabletPCReview

Very good performance, excellent battery life, with Top-of-the-line NVIDA Tegra 3 and Android ICS

from TabletPCReview

Overall, Acer has done a good job with the latest Iconia tablet. To some degree, Android tablets are becoming a generic commodity item, just as PC and laptops have. Vendors sometimes need to reach pretty far to distinguish their offerings from those of the competition. They need to provide compelling reasons to win the buyer’s purchase....

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Overall, Acer has done a good job with the latest Iconia tablet. To some degree, Android tablets are becoming a generic commodity item, just as PC and laptops have. Vendors sometimes need to reach pretty far to distinguish their offerings from those of the competition. They need to provide compelling reasons to win the buyer’s purchase.

Acer has done this in a number of areas. Performance on most applications is considerably faster when compared to the majority of other vendor offerings (or even Acer’s own past models) -- a result of the next generation NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. The battery life is also exceptional, though as with most portable devices, it will vary with the application you are using on the tablet.

The A510’s audio really shines as well. The Dolby Mobile + enhancement improves the sound when playing audio directly on the tablet, but really shines when you listen to audio through a pair of high quality head or earphones.

On the downside, Acer has reduced the facing camera resolution from 2MP to1MP and eliminated the flash on the other side of the tablet. The rear-facing camera is only 5MP, which is the same or even lower resolution as the camera in some phones. With no image stabilization, it’s much easier to hold a phone steady than a 20+ ounce tablet when taking a photo.

And while there’s a slot for a SIM card next to the MicroSD slot, no cellular carrier has yet to announce support for the A510, so at least for the present, you’re stuck with Wi-Fi to connect with the Internet.

Acer is certainly not the only vendor in this position, and with 3G/4G connectivity becoming a more important consideration in the purchase decision, you can be sure that Acer will do everything it can to ensure that this area of connectivity becomes available as soon as possible.

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Gizmodo

For people who want a high-performance Android tablet for less money

from Gizmodo

Eh, it's a pretty good tablet, but at $450, it's not good enough. Acer put a great processor in here, but the screen is extremely underwhelming. And the bulk just makes it feel older than it is. Bring it down to $300 or $350, and yeah, it'd be a pretty good buy, but you can get the Transformer Pr...More

Eh, it's a pretty good tablet, but at $450, it's not good enough. Acer put a great processor in here, but the screen is extremely underwhelming. And the bulk just makes it feel older than it is. Bring it down to $300 or $350, and yeah, it'd be a pretty good buy, but you can get the Transformer Prime for just $50 more. It's worth the difference.

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