The Asus Transfomer Pad 300 and Acer Iconia Tab A510 are two new tablets that share a very common specifications and features. Both these tablets are powered by the same NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor with 4-PLUS-1 technology and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. For a typical consumer deciding which one to get can sometimes be difficult and confusing especially if they sport similar specifications and features. Today let us take a look at these two tablets and compare.
Before I show you the similarities and the differences of the Asus Transformer Pad 300 and Acer Iconia Tab A510, let us take a look at their respective specifications first.
|Asus Transformer Pad 300||Acer Iconia Tab A510|
|Dimensions:||263mm x 180.8mm x 9.9mm||259.1mm x 175.3mm x 10.2mm|
|Weight:||635 grams||680 grams|
|Operating System:||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Chipset:||NVIDIA Tegra 3||NVIDIA Tegra 3|
|Processor:||1.2GHz Quad Core Processor||1.3GHz quad core|
|GPU:||ULP GeForce||ULP 12 Core GeForce|
|Internal Memory:||1GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB storage||1GB DDR2 RAM, 32GB Storage|
|External Memory:||microSD up to 32GB||microSD up to 32GB|
|Display:||10.1 inch WXGA IPS LCD Capacitive, 350 nits||10.1-inch LCD Capacitive,|
|1280×800 pixel resolution, 149 ppi density||1280×800 pixel resolution, 149 ppi density
1280×800 pixels, 149 ppi density
|Rear Camera:||8 megapixel (3264×2448) with f/2.2 aperture||5 megapixel (2592×1944) with autofocus|
|Front Camera:||1.2 megapixel||1 megapixel|
|Speaker:||High quality speaker||Stereo|
|Audio Connectors:||3.5mm (2 in 1 with mic)||3.5mm with Dolby Mobile sound enhancement|
|Connectivity:||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot||WiFi 802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, EDR||Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR|
|microUSB v2.0 and micro HDMI||Micro USB2.0, micro HDMI|
|Sensors:||accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, e-compass, GPS||G-Sensor, E-Compass, L Sensor, Gyro-meter|
|Battery:||Li-Po 22Wh||Li-Ion 9800 mAh|
Now that we have outlined their specifications, let’s take a look that their similarities first. Both the Asus Transformer Pad 300 and Acer Iconia Tab A510 are powered by the same NVIDIA Tegra 3 Quad Core processor and runs on the latest Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Both of them also sports a 10.1-inch display with a 1280×800 pixel resolution and 149 pixel per inch density.
The Asus Transformer Pad 300 series has 1GB of RAM and a 32GB internal storage with expendable memory of up to 32GB through microSD, same with the Acer Iconia Tab A510.
Aside from that, both of them also have the same connectivity options like WiFi, Bluetooth, microUSB and micro HDMI. Basically, what the Asus Transformer Pad 300 can do, the Acer Iconia A510 can also do it.
Now let us take a look at the difference of these two quad core powered tablets. The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is generally smaller compared to the Transformer Pad 300. But the Transformer Pad 300 is slimmer by 0.3mm according to its specs. And the Transformer Pad 300 is lighter by 45 grams compared to the A510.
Both of them have their own signature designs. The Asus Transformer 300 Pad carries the spiral design at the back of the tablet, whereas the Iconia Tab A510 was inspired by the Olympic Games and carries the Olympic logo behind it.
Although both of them have the same 10.1-inch display, the Asus Transformer Pad 300 has a better display since it is built with an IPS display. Colors are richer and more vivid compared to a regular LCD display which the Iconia Tab A510 is built with. The Iconia Tab A510 has narrow viewing angles and the colors looks a bit washed out.
Like I said earlier both of the Asus Transformer Pad 300 and Acer Iconia Tab A510 are powered by the same NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad core processor. But they are clocked at different speeds. The Asus Transformer Pad 300 is clocked at 1.2GHz while the Iconia Tab is clocked at 1.3Ghz. So what does that mean? This means that the Iconia A10 is slightly faster, but for an average user you would not notice the difference at all, compared to the Transformer Pad 300.
Another major difference is the camera. The Asus Transformer Pad 300 has an 8 megapixel autofocus rear camera with a large aperture size of f/2.2, which is great for low light conditions. Its rear camera is capable of capturing 1080p HD videos. Meanwhile the Acer Iconia Tab A510 has only a 5 megapixel camera which is capable of capturing 720p videos.
With regards to the quality of the images that were taken, the bigger the megapixels does not necessarily mean that it has a better image quality. But in recent photo samples taken using the Transformer Pad 300 and Acer Iconia A510, the Transformer Pad 300 beats the Iconia Tab A510 in terms of the quality of the photos and videos taken.
Both of them also have a front facing camera, but the Asus Transformer Pad 300 has a 1.2 front facing camera, while the Iconia Tab A510 has only 1 megapixel front facing camera.
Now here is the biggest difference, and could be your deciding factor that will make you decide whether you opt for the Transformer Pad 300 or Acer Iconia Tab A510, the price. The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is currently priced at $499 with its 32GB model, but Asus offers a better price with only $399 for the 32GB variant of its Transformer Pad 300. That is a $50 difference.
If you ask me, considering the specifications and price, I would definitely go with the Asus Transformer Pad 300. Acer could probably pull it off with their Iconia A510 if they lowered their price. How about you, which one would you prefer? Hope this article help you made a better decision.