Somewhere in the world of Windows they’re probably singing that song – Anything Apple can do … or something like that. Or maybe they don’t pay any attention to what Apple is doing. Regardless, with Windows 8 on the horizon, there’s already a lineup of products waiting for it, including a brand new tablet device. However, the Acer Iconia W510 isn’t technically just a tablet but rather a notebook, a presentation screen and a tablet all rolled into one, while still being incredibly light and thin. On paper or on screen, the Acer Iconia W510 rivals other top tablets in features and specs.
So how exactly does the Acer Iconia W510 stack up? Rear facing, 8 megapixel camera with flash? Check. Front facing camera? Also check, but still somewhat unspecified. Add a 10.1 inch touchscreen, a rotating keyboard dock, and possibly Intel inside. As for battery life? Well, the Iconia W510 is almost iconic here with a promised 18 hours of battery life with the keyboard attached and 9 hours without. But for all who dream of the Acer Iconia W510 being a bargain priced tablet, notebook, computing device, well, it’s not. When it hits the market later this year it will cost between $400 and $799 – much like that other tablet. Meanwhile, alongside the Iconia W510 there’s also the Iconia W700 which is similar.
For all who forgot what Windows 8 is supposed to be, let’s recap. The home screen has large, touchable, colored tiles for navigation – now with 26 color choices. In Windows lingo this is known as Metro mode. Meanwhile those icons such as “settings” and “start” are actually called “Charms.” Users can customize the screen with personalized selections of tiles. These tiles allow the user to access live apps. Remember Windows has an app store now. If you’re counting, there are 99 apps in the Windows store, as opposed to 32,000 Android apps and around 180,000 iPad apps.