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Acer Iconia Tab A510The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is a well-designed, comfortable tablet that's a bit too expensive for what it offers versus the competition.
The first Quad-core tablet, the Asus Transformer Prime launched in December 2011, well, the adoption rate of quad-core on tablets since then has been slow. The new Acer Iconia Tab A510 marks only the third tablet to use a quad-core CPU and is actually the first made by someone other than Asus. But with the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 currently priced $50 cheaper than the Acer, is the A510 even worth considering? Hi. I'm Eric Franklin and today I'll take a first look at the Acer Iconia Tab A510. The Acer is a fairly typical-looking 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280 by 800 resolution screen. It has connections like micro HDMI, micro SD which allows you to expand it, built-in 32 gigabytes of storage by another 32 gigabytes, a rotation lock and a volume rocker. There's a micro USB port on the bottom used as a power input as well as a way to transfer files. Acer also gives you a female USB dongle instead of a 4-USB port which is I guess is better than not having one at all but you probably wouldn't want to carry one of these around anyway. It just look kind of silly. There's a 1-megapixel camera on the front and a 5-megapixel camera on the back with no LED light. Don't expect great things from these cameras. They take the same typical washed out footage in pictures that at this point with a couple of exception I've kind of gotten used to with tablet cameras. The tablet feels solid when held and the grippy texture on the back really makes you feel comfortable. It's a bit heavier than the TF300 but I actually prefer holding the Acer. The Acer screen is a normal LCD and it has pretty washed out colors compared to the TF300 especially when viewed from off angles. You can kind of see the color drop out as your perspective changes. The screen is responsive but not quite as sensitive to the touch as the TF300. The Acer shifts with Ice Cream Sandwich and when navigating the OS, you get that great 60 fps smoothness, apps load quickly and WiFi performance is as fast as the fastest Android tablet. Acer Ring returns after we last saw it on the A200. It features a shortcut to Bookmarks and Apps. It feels a bit faster here but I honestly turned it off after only a few moments of using it. I really don't think it's that useful and I felt like it kinda gotten away sometimes. Games like Rip Tide, performance is fast as what I've seen on the Transformer Prime with high frame rates and that awesome splashy screen effect. However, I'm still disappointed about lack of games that take advantage of the Tegra 3's true power. 1080p movies play smoothly and looked appropriately low to high-def. Well, the A510, you are paying $420 for a 32-gigabyte quad-core tablet and while they would have been impressive, even a couple of weeks back now with the TF300 out there, you can get pretty much the same features with better screen performance and better camera for $50 less. The A510 isn't a bad tablet by any means and it's actually one of the most comfortable tablets I've ever held. Kind of difficult to recommend when there are better-performing and cheaper options out there. Once again, I'm Eric Franklin and this has been the first look at the Acer Iconia Tab A510.