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Acer Iconia Tab A510 Android tablet (preview)
- — 17 May, 2012 10:15
Android tablets have long struggled to compete with Apple's market leading iPad for a variety of reasons. Acer is hoping to scratch one of those reasons off the list with its latest Iconia Tab A510. It promises a huge 15 hours of battery life for "all day use".
The 10.1in Acer Iconia Tab A510 runs the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, is powered by a quad-core processor and has 32GB of storage along with a microSD card for memory expansion. However, the real attraction here seems to be battery life.
Acer claims the Iconia Tab A510's huge 9800mAh battery will provide up to 15 hours of standby time. Real life battery use is often less than advertised figures, but this figure remains pretty impressive. If Acer's quoted figure is close enough to the mark, the Iconia Tab A510 will undoubtedly be the market leader when it comes to tablet battery life.
Battery life aside, there is nothing too flashy about the Acer Iconia Tab A510. The styling appears to differ little from previous models, particularly the Iconia Tab A200. While that isn't necessarily a bad thing, the A200 retails for $349, significantly cheaper than the A510. Weighing a hefty 680g and measuring 10.2mm thick, the Iconia Tab A510 may be easy to overlook for thinner, lighter and better looking alternatives.
The Acer Iconia Tab A510 has a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and a HDMI-out port for connecting the tablet to a high definition television or projector.
Sales of the Iconia Tab A510 in Australia will come with an Iconia Tab Starter Pack, which Acer says is valued at $150. The pack includes access to a range of online tutorials and a dedicated customer support line. Acer will also provide a $100 gift voucher that can be used to purchase eBooks or music downloads.
The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is available now through retailers JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys and Radio Rentals for $549.