The Winning Tablet: Acer Iconia Tab A510 vs Asus Transformer Prime TF201

Published on April 21st, 2012

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 (Olympic Edition) is now available in the market. Asus Transformer Prime TF201 has met its match. This is a battle between two 32GB tablet, Tegra 3 Quad Core-powered processor, with similar specifications and capabilities, but with a huge price difference. Who will be the winning tablet? Who will you choose? Let’s find out.

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This article is about a comparison between the Acer Iconia Tab A510 vs Asus Transformer Prime TF201. Both of them are popular Android tablet brands. In this article we compare the tablets only, not including the Asus Transformer Prime’s dock to make the battle fare. Also both of these device have 32GB internal storage memory. First let us compare their technical specifications.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Specs vs Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Specs

 Acer Iconia Tab A510

Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid v4 Ice Cream SandwhichAndroid OS, v3.2 (Honeycomb), upgradable to v4.0
ChipsetNvidia Tegra 3Nvidia Tegra 3
ProcessorQuad Core 1.3GHzQuad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A9
GPUULP 12 Core GeForceULP GeForce
Dimensions259.1 x 175.3 x 10.2 mm263 x 180.8 x 8.3 mm
Weight680 grams586 grams
DisplayCapacitive touchscreen, 16M colorsSuper IPS+ LCD, capacitive touchscreen
10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixels, 149 ppi pixel density10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 pixels, 149 ppi pixel density
MultitouchCorning Gorilla Glass
10 finger multi-touch support with ASUS Waveshare UI
Rear Camera5 megapixel at 2592x1944 pixel with AF8 MP f2.4, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera1 megapixel1.2 megapixels
SpeakerStereo with Dolby Mobile 3 Technologywith stereo speakers and High Quality Mic
SRS Sound enhancement
Audio Connectors3.5mm jack3.5mm jack
Memory Internal1GB DDR RAM, 32GB1 GB RAM, 32GB storage
Memory ExternalmicroSD up to 32GBmicroSD, up to 32GB
ConnectivityWiFi 802.11 b/g/nWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, @ 2.4GHz
Bluetooth 2.1+EDRBluetooth v2.1 +EDR
1 micro USB 2.0USB v2.0
1 micro HDMImicro HDMI port
SensorsG-Sensor, E-Compass, L Sensor, Gyro-meterG-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass
BatteryLi-Ion 9800 mAh25Wh Li-polymer Battery

The Similarities

As shown in the table above, there are similarities that the Acer Iconia Tab A510 and Asus Transformer Prime share:

  • Both of them are powered by the same NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB memory and 32GB storage.
  • Both of them have a 10.1-inch display.
  • Both have longer battery life as compared to other tablets.
  • Both of them runs on Android v4 Ice Cream Sandwich (assuming that you have upgrade the Transformer Prime’s OS from Honeycomb).
  • Both of them have 1 megapixel front facing camera
  • Both of them have the same connectivity features

Acer Iconia Tab A510 Strong Points

  • First: The Iconia Tab A510 comes in ICS out of the box. This is a plus factor since you do not have to upgrade your tablet to the latest software.
  • Second: It has a longer battery life, 15hrs vs 10hrs
  • Third: It’s smaller, with a few millimeters, compared to Transformer Prime.
  • Fourth: This is probably the strongest point against Transformer Prime, the price. Currently, the Acer Iconia Tab A510 is $100 cheaper than the Transformer Prime (tablet only).

Asus Transformer Prime TF201 Points

  • First: It’s slimmer and has a better body built or design. 8mm vs 10mm
  • Second: It has a bigger camera sensor. 8 megapixel vs 5 megapixel
  • Third: Has an optional dock designed for this tablet, instantly “transforming” the TF201 to a Android powered notebook.

Conclusion

Generally, both of them can do the same tasks that the other tablet can do. Surely both these tablets can be a winner for you. Why? If you go for personal preference and don’t mind spending another $100, then the Asus Transformer Prime is definitely your best choice. It has a better rear camera, better aesthetics/design, and the optional dock is a plus factor.

But if you are budget conscious, you definitely would want to go for the Acer Iconia Tab A510. You can save $100 compared to the later.

The Acer Iconia Tab A510 comes in two colors; the Olympic Edition Black and Olympic Edition-Silver. While the Asus Transformer Prime TF 201 comes in Amethyst Gray and Champagne.

UPDATE: These products are already out dated. Check out the Asus Transformer TF700T and Acer Iconia Tab A210-10g16u

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