Acer Iconia Tab A510 review

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

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While the TFT display isn't mind-blowing in any way, a dud it is not and watching back videos, or reading ebooks on the Acer Iconia Tab A510 is a pleasure.

The Tegra 3 CPU means that HD video is handled with aplomb, with even 1080p content played back with a buttery smoothness.

You may need to visit Google Play in order to grab a video player, such as MoboPlayer, or MX Video Player, that's compatible with some file types if you encounter difficulties with the stock Android player – but this is easy enough to do.

The music player is also of the stock Android variety, albeit with an iTunes-like album carousel wheel on the front page.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

Sound quality is good, although the position of the speakers - on the right and left edges of the bottom curve – means that it sometimes becomes distorted when playing stuff at full volume.

However, Dolby Digital Plus tech is on board, so there are a wealth of EQ options at your disposal for getting exactly the sound that you want.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

Sound quality using speakers or headphones and the 3.5mm jack is very impressive.

Throwing your digital media onto the Acer Iconia Tab A510 is a cinch, as the device supports drive mounting and drag-and-drop with your PC or Mac.

A lot of people get annoyed with the iTunes side of the iPad to manage their digital media, so the drag-and-drop function, and the presence of a microSD slot is a welcome relief.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

You can, of course, decide to load up your device directly through Google Play, which offers movies from 99p (new releases cost around £3.49, or £4.49 for HD titles) and electronic books.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

Acer has also pre-loaded the Iconia Tab A510 with the LumiRead app, an eReading app complete with full-colour reading, a library and access to two online bookstores – FeedBooks and epubBooks.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

It also supports ePub, PDF and TXT files and you can add shortcuts to other bookstores using URL links.

There is, of course, a certain other ebook platform you may wish to consider, beginning with K. We're pretty sure it has its own dedicated Android app as well.


Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Wireless LANYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyICONIA Tab A
Front Camera/WebcamNo
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelT30S
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
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 Address
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