Acer Iconia Tab A200 Review



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Like Lenovo even Acer stepped up to make tablets, good tablets. Their entry level tablet was a 10.1 inch tablet instead of a standard 7 inch. The Acer Iconia Tab A200 takes the spotlight for Acer. It surely is a great one. It is like a laptop dock but has a display, it comes with USB ports and HDMI ports as well!


Design

This is not your usual tablet. It comes with most of the connections you wished for on a tablet. USB, connect external hard disk and access. HDMI, connect your tv. Also it has a usual 3.5 mm headphone jack and a lot more. Acer has done a good job with the design, it has a nice built, the metallic smooth finish feels great in the hands. It is best used in landscape mode (10 inch tablet, duh). With all the extra ports the tablet is pretty thick and also heavy. Portability is kind of an issue here.

Display

If you buy a 10.1 inch tablet the display is the most crucial part. Why? Because its huge hence more attention. And Acer disappointed in making the display great. The display has a resolution of 800×1280 pixels having a pixel density of 149ppi. Acer Iconia A200 is nowhere close to having a detail rich colourful display. There is visible pixilation and does not make you feel too good about the display. Though on the big screen the video playback is more soothing to the eyes, the quality lacks. After everything said, the display is quiet great for reading and average for gaming.

Camera

The camera is just again another disappointment. What am I going to do with a 2MP sensor on the rear front? Nothing! Noisy images, terrible performance. And they have probably done the stupidest thing ever. They have featured a rear camera but not a front facing camera! It is a tablet for god’s sake. Get us a front facing camera and not a rear if you have to choose one, common sense.

Software

Sorry to break it to you but Acer Iconia A200 runs on the ancient Android v3.2 Honeycomb. This rolled out on very limited devices. Manufacturers either chose the Gingerbread or the ICS. Well good news is as of today there is a v4.0 Android Ice Cream Sandwich update available. ICS is amazing on tablets, great cover for customization, easy navigation and great features. Google Play store got tons of apps for your tablets. No promblemo.

Performance

It features a NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 Dual Core 1GHz processor and 1 GB DDR2 RAM. Surprisingly it does not take any SIM, it can purely connect via Wi-Fi and nothing else. It also has a older Bluetooth version for sharing the v.2.0. So the tablet is averagely fast but not too quick. It does not lag like the usual tablet, thank you Acer. It gives you 8h of continuous playback (not so good but standard). 8 and 16GB storage is available but expandable to 32GB.

Final Thoughts

Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a pretty powerful tablet, it has the looks, the feels and the right performance. We prefer better battery performance than this. The ports are a huge plus. Why should you choose this? 10.1 inch display though not great is still useful, the ports and the performance.

GENERAL2G NetworkN/A
SIMNo
Announced2012, January
StatusAvailable. Released 2012, January
BODYDimensions260 x 175 x 12.4 mm (10.24 x 6.89 x 0.49 in)
Weight700 g (1.54 lb)
DISPLAYTypeCapacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size800 x 1280 pixels, 10.1 inches (~149 ppi pixel density)
MultitouchYes
– Acer UI
SOUNDAlert typesN/A
LoudspeakerYes
3.5mm jackYes
MEMORYCard slotmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Internal8/16 GB storage, 1 GB DDR2 RAM
DATAGPRSNo
EDGENo
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
BluetoothYes, v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USBYes, microUSB v2.0, USB v2.0, USB On-the-go
CAMERAPrimary2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels
FeaturesVideo-calling
VideoYes
SecondaryNo
FEATURESOSAndroid OS, v3.2 (Honeycomb), upgradable to v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
ChipsetNvidia Tegra 2 T20
CPUDual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9
GPUULP GeForce
SensorsAccelerometer, gyro
MessagingEmail, Push Email, IM
BrowserHTML, Adobe Flash
RadioNo
GPSYes
JavaYes, via Java MIDP emulator
ColorsBlack
– SNS integration
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail
– YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
– MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
– XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263 player
– Organizer
– Document viewer
– Predictive text input
BATTERYNon-removable Li-Po 3260 mAh battery
Stand-by
Talk timeUp to 8 h



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