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For high-end tablets Acer has the A700 but for those seeking something a bit less expensive Acer also has the Iconia Tab A510 which comes with fewer features than the 700. It comes with fairly good features including a 10.1-inch that has a resolution of 1200 by 800 pixels. The system runs on a Tegra 3 quad core 1300 MHz chip. One gigabyte of RAM is available and the A510 comes in a 16, 32 or 64 GB version. The memory can be expanded with the microSD/SDHC card slot. On the back of the tablet is a 5-megapixel camera coupled with a 2-megapixel camera on the front. Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity is also available. The A510 has a USB 2.0 and microUSB port. The Iconia Tab A510 is also one of the few tablets that comes with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box, most come with 3.2 and have to await an update for 4.0.
- 10.1-inch screen
- Android 4.0
- Tegra 3 quad core
- 1 GB of RAM
- 16, 32 or 64 GB of memory
- microSD/SDHC card slot
- 5MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
- USB and microUSB port
Digital Trends’ Tablet Buying Tips:
What Operating System should I use?
It’s very important to choose an operating system that is easy to use and intuitive for you. Currently, the two dominant platforms are Apple iOS, which powers the iPad, and Google Android, which powers most of the non-Apple tablets. Fans from each camp could go on for pages about either OS, but the decision boils down to several key differences. Android has a number of exclusive features like Flash streaming support and home-screen widgets, but the iOS is generally a more stable and slick experience with more available apps. Mac or iTunes users will find iOS more accessible, while geeks and tinkerers will enjoy some of the freedoms Android offers.
Wi-Fi or 3G?
Internet access is vital to tablets. As cool as these gadgets are, without the Internet, they can’t do much of anything.
Though Wi-Fi versions of most tablets are available, getting an always-on 3G connection is expensive. On most carriers, 3G access will run you about $30 a month for 5GB of “unlimited” data. On a tablet, it isn’t difficult to download 5GB of images, audio, and video from the Web in a month. AT&T is worse, offering only 2GB of data for $25 a month. Some carriers are even offering a $200 discount on the Samsung Galaxy Tab if you sign a two-year 3G contract. Before signing up for a plan like this, ask yourself if the $200 savings is worth the cumulative $720+ you’ll pay while locked into contract. Two years is a long time, especially in the tablet market.
Apple’s App Store is more robust at this point than Google’s Android Market, and has more apps customized for larger tablet screens. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to search for a few apps that you consider high priority.
How portable does your tablet need to be? How large do you want your screen? The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, while the iPad has a much larger 9.7-inch screen. With tablets, the choice is more crucial, because size is the only thing that separates them from smartphones like the iPhone and Droid. Some reviewers have argued that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is too small, and isn’t usable for many tasks above those that 3- or 4-inch smartphones already perform competently. Steve Jobs made the same argument when explaining why Apple chose a 9.7-inch screen size. Our advice: The best way to settle on size is to visit a nearby AT&T or Verizon store and try out both devices for yourself.