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Thread: Who is Getting an Iconia A510?

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    The Prime is $499. Office Depot has the TF300T listed for $399, not available for order yet.
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    Amazon.com: Acer Iconia A510-10k32u 10.1-Inch Tablet (Olympic Edition-Black): Computers & Accessories

    A good review of the A510.

    The A510 also supports slave/master mode on the USB port, which means being able to attach hard drives, printers, keyboard and even DSLR Cameras.
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    Aluminum back = Wi-Fi problems in almost every case. That alone is a deal breaker for me. Range is poor enough on these tablets. I wasn't planning on upgrading from the 500 anyways. From what I hear, the performance is pretty close, and with the OS upgrade coming, it'll help the performance on the A500.

    The Asus 300 about to be released fixes the Wi-Fi and GPS issues. No more metal backplate.
    2 x A500 16gb
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    Quote Originally Posted by dceremuga View Post
    Aluminum back = Wi-Fi problems in almost every case. That alone is a deal breaker for me. Range is poor enough on these tablets. I wasn't planning on upgrading from the 500 anyways. From what I hear, the performance is pretty close, and with the OS upgrade coming, it'll help the performance on the A500.

    The Asus 300 about to be released fixes the Wi-Fi and GPS issues. No more metal backplate.
    The A510 doesn't have a metal backplate, I know I have one. As far as range I get excellent range on the 510, I am running an Asus RT-N66U Router which itself is an excellent router. I'm upgrading from an Acer A200 and I can already notice the performance boost from the Tegra 3 CPU and it's superior GPU, I am AMAZED at it's graphics capabilities, for me it is a good upgrade. It has a 720p HD Screen which looks amazing to me, though I understand the A700 will have a 1080P screen, however, the A700 will cost quite a bit more too. All in all, I am happy with my purchase, it'll keep me for a while anyway.
    Last edited by CaliforniaRailRoadGuy; 04-18-2012 at 08:05 AM.
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    http://www.amtrak.com America's Passenger Rail Network since 1971!
    http://www.up150.com (Union Pacific RR, celebrating their 150th Anniv. in 2012)
    http://www.isu.edu (Idaho State University)

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    I agree, I wouldn't waste the extra money on the A700. It also takes a lot more power from the CPU/GPU to run that display. I'm so glad to hear the A510 doesn't have a metal back plate. Wonderful.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaRailRoadGuy View Post
    The A510 doesn't have a metal backplate, I know I have one. As far as range I get excellent range on the 510, I am running an Asus RT-N66U Router which itself is an excellent router. I'm upgrading from an Acer A200 and I can already notice the performance boost from the Tegra 3 CPU and it's superior GPU, for me it is a good upgrade. It has a 720p HD Screen which looks amazing to me, though I understand the A700 will have a 1080P screen, however, the A700 will cost quite a bit more too. All in all, I am happy with my purchase, it'll keep me for a while anyway.
    2 x A500 16gb
    2 x iPad 3 64gb

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    Quote Originally Posted by dceremuga View Post
    I agree, I wouldn't waste the extra money on the A700. It also takes a lot more power from the CPU/GPU to run that display. I'm so glad to hear the A510 doesn't have a metal back plate. Wonderful.
    Totally, I think anything over 720P is overkill on a screen this size, even on TV's 1080P doesn't make a big difference until you get above 32 inches. For a TINY difference in resolution that may or may not be perceptible it's just not worth the extra money, or loss of battery life to go 1080P and above on these small screens.
    Last edited by CaliforniaRailRoadGuy; 04-18-2012 at 08:12 AM.
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    http://www.up150.com (Union Pacific RR, celebrating their 150th Anniv. in 2012)
    http://www.isu.edu (Idaho State University)

    Current Device-Acer Iconia Tab A700

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    Now to get the A510 rooted, hopefully that will come soon.
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    http://www.up150.com (Union Pacific RR, celebrating their 150th Anniv. in 2012)
    http://www.isu.edu (Idaho State University)

    Current Device-Acer Iconia Tab A700

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    i gave up on rooting with the A500. Too much trouble getting the OTA's to work again. I kind of like the junk Acer put on them.

    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaRailRoadGuy View Post
    Now to get the A510 rooted, hopefully that will come soon.
    2 x A500 16gb
    2 x iPad 3 64gb

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaRailRoadGuy View Post
    It has a Micro USB multi-function port at the bottom which doubles as a charging port, however you have to use the supplied charger as it doesn't support charging over USB. It doesn't have an Aluminum back, it has a grippy, textured back, which I like.
    Thanks, the Acer site is pretty slim on information. I'm glad you like the A510. So you can either connect to a computer or charge? For me that's too bad about the back, I really like the smooth back. I cant get how Apple can have an aluminum back and charge through USB and not have those issues. I like the A500, but also have a iPad and iPhone (i'm not a fanboy) it just happened that the iPhone 3g got me away from a PDA and phone as 2 units and I have continued to purchase every other release. The iPad because well, honestly nobody makes a home automation docking station or good automation front end for an android product. Silverleaf now has a iPad app for Motor Coaches (RV's) that monitors everything from engine boost to water tank levels. I just can't see Android having that saturation in the near future. When I initially purchased the A500, I got 4 of them from Costco to be used on job sites. I then purchased another 3. I figured if they got lost, stolen or trashed in 6 months I wouldn't care. The ease of keeping them updated with our catalogs and drawings made them attractive too. Gave them all a unique and a common E-mail address to simplify app installs. Turns out they have continued to serve. That being said, they are not without their downside. Someone lost 2 chargers at different times, pain to get another one, then another got the cord cut somehow, another pain. In retrospect, by the time someone drove around 4 hours looking for a charger - then having to order one anyway, the 800.00 I saved buying 4 A500's vice 4 iPads was lost in the 4-5 days that people were not able to use their tabs due to no chargers. The other reasoning was that to update the iPad you needed a computer - prior to IOS 5.x, now that's not the case. With iCloud added in thats another bonus as it stores and syncs everything. But the separate charger is probably the end of the Acer line for me. The convenience of having one charger, one cable, multiple docks that the iProducts all use is a HUGE plus. If I was to do it again, I would have just gotten the iPads in the beginning - but hind sight is always 20/20.

    I am getting to the point that I want to futz around less and less with technology to use it. I have multiple vehicles, we just leave a dual port USB charger and a iPhone cable in each one and never have to worry about not having a charger. I was traveling and lost an iPhone cord, went to a hotel and said did anyone turn in a iPhone cord (not even a hotel I was staying at) and the desk clerk handed me a cord, said keep it and have a nice day. They are everywhere. I really prefer the openness of the Android platform (although my phones are jail broken, so less of a issue) I just wish that the manufacturers would have co-operated on a docking / charging standard. It seems that (unfortunately) the android tab makers will shoot themselves in the foot by trying to under price and not standardize till they hit junk bottom. The ACER dock looked terrible. I really really want Android to succeed and dominate. I will probably keep the Android tabs at my business for now. However even there, iPad point of sale systems and other business related uses are appealing. You just cant get much in the way of kiosk holders, waterproof cases, cash register docks, motorcycle mounts, Automation docks, car docks, and the list goes on and on for the Android tabs - and I don't see many of them ever happening - sadly. Sure they both iDevice and Android, have pretty much the same apps available. But there is still a need to mount, connect and integrate into other devices. The likelyhood of an aftermarket or secondary device maker to include an android tab dock vice an iPad dock is pretty slim at this point.

    I get excited about the news of new devices, but it seems like such a let down when the device actually hits the street. I was waiting for the NotionInk ADAM at one point, but who is going to wait a year on a device. My last house took less than a year to build. That device appealed because of the ports and a replaceable battery - the replaceable battery never made it to fruition. The A510 has the same screen resolution as what it is replacing and its not appreciably updated. The newest Transformer replacements are a downgrade too. CES comes and goes and the best looking stuff just becomes vapor ware, and un thought-out stuff gets released. I believe in general that people see the Apple products as a premium product. It looks, feels and is priced as a premium product, is it really better, NO. Is it better coordinated and marketed - BIG YES. I can walk into a 7-11 and get an iPhone charger. It also doesn't help the Android platform when companies like ASUS issue GPS fixes like the Dongle they are offering, Thats just a terrible fix, dongle or dock? really??

    I really like all the Android forums, and frequent most of them regardless of the device brand, and learn a lot. The Apple based forums really seem to be to fan boy ish, regardless of the topic. The android forums are less device centric and more about the sharing of help.

    The only thing in life you can never get back is time, when someone asks for your time they are actually asking for the essence of your life, that you are actually dying in their presence to assist them. Giving time is the most noble thing you can do for someone. However giving up or wasting time to maintain "time saving technology" is an oxymoron.

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    As I have mentioned in another thread, I in the last three months I bought about 6 tablets just so I can resell them and owned everything from Iconia A500 to xoom, transformers and galaxy tabs etc and made enough money on reselling them with some cheap bundles I added to each one to finally be able to buy the A510. I ended up paying $35 for it Let's hope it's everything I expect it to be, as I am not reselling this one without loosing money haha. I'm an owner.


 
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