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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Google designed Ice Cream Sandwich to be as intuitive on a larger tablet form as it is on a smaller-screen smartphone and, as such, is the best version of Android so far in its 'vanilla' form, i.e. untouched by the manufacturer.

And, unlike Samsung and HTC, Acer seems to agree as it has left the Android 4.0 experience about as native as it gets, with only a few minor tweaks – all of which we're in favour of.

The first tweak you'll see is from the lock-screen, which is HTC Sense-esque by providing four apps that you can automatically open upon unlocking.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

The apps can be customised by the user to whatever they wish to have quick access to, and the shortcuts are presented in a wheel formation with different coloured highlights indicating which app is selected.

This lock-screen tweak is our first look at Acer's big ICS customisation job – the Acer Touch Ring.

The Touch Ring, in unlocked mode, provides an easy-to-use carousel platform for quick launching into your favourite apps or web pages.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

It can be fired up simply by tapping the prominent green circle button found in the middle of the bottom bar between the regular ICS tablet software buttons and inclusions (back, home, task manager, clock, connectivity and battery) and, like the lock-screen circle, can be customised to fit your tablet needs.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

It also provides quick access to the volume setting, and a universal search client that will scan the web, your contacts and your installed apps.

The usual array of ICS widgets are on offer, which you can decorate any of your five homescreens with.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

There's no 'hold and place' option on the homescreens though, you'll need to access the widgets through the app menu.

Switching between and loading apps is a breeze with the Acer Iconia Tab A510, with the Tegra 3 platform gliding through any task that we threw at it with relative ease.

The standard ICS multi-tasking button is on offer, making it easy to kill open apps with a swipe of a finger.

However, it's not all lightning fast. The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is slow to boot up from power-off, with more than a minute's wait from the time you push the power button to when the homescreen appears.

It is super speedy once it's come to life though, and there are no issues waking it from sleep.

 Acer Iconia Tab A510 Review

The keyboard is of the regular Android variety, with plenty of space on offer, making it easy to type in both portrait and landscape modes.

Haptic feedback is nice, although the default key-tones annoyed us within a couple of minutes and had to be switched off.

You can, of course, install your own preferred keyboard such as Swype if you prefer.

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