Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
Having gotten their feet wet in the whole Android Honeycomb tablet scene already, Acer are back for round two with their second take at the whole 10.1-inch tablet form factor. Rather than putting out something that’s going to be garnered as a cutting-edge model, the Acer ICONIA TAB A200 will instead target the other end of the spectrum by attracting those who are on a budget. Modestly priced at the starting price of $330, it’s obviously higher than some of the budget tablets out there, like the Amazon Kindle and NOOK Tablet, but then again, it packs a larger display and is backed by the full fidelity of the Honeycomb experience.
The package contains:
- microUSB cable
- Wall Charger
- Quick Start Guide
- Product and Safety Information
Building upon the design style of the A500 from before, this time around it seems that Acer has finally done justice in the design of the A200 because it simply looks better and feels more sturdy in construction. Sharing some similarities, like its tapered top and bottom edges, we’re gladly accepting of its updated styling – though, it packs a wallop in the weight (24.69 oz) department. Nevertheless, we prefer the choice of materials that Acer decided to go with, like the textured rubbery back cover that keeps the tablet clean looking and provides a comfortable hold in the hand. It’s not an out of this world design, but honestly, we’re more grateful that it loses the cheap feel of the A500.
Around the sides of the tablet we find a dedicated power button with an incorporated LED notification light, microUSB port for data transfers, full-sized USB port to accept various USB devices, and a proprietary charging port. Moreover, there’s a microSD card slot and manual reset button that are found beneath the notoriously difficult to remove plastic cover.
For the money, we’re accepting of the 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) LCD display it’s using seeing that it’s likable enough thanks to its neutral color reproduction and sharp details. However, its poor viewing angles make it nearly impossible to view in outdoor usage – and it doesn’t help that its brightness output is on the weak side as well! All in all, we’ve seen better and worse displays, so yeah, you can say that we’re more than content with the offering.
2. rll38 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2012)
This tablet looks to fit my needs. My only concern is the low audio output. Would headphones improve audio output?
3. handicrapguy (Posts: 30; Member since: 29 Oct 2011)
They must have changed speakers or something as the ones in my acer a500 have decent sound levels. It should be ok with headphones attached, my a500 sounds alright with dolby mobile enabled and the right EQ settings.
4. Leonard-Davis (Posts: 4; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
So like many others, I did a lot of research before I decided on a tablet. I started with the Acer Iconia A100 (7" tablet) And when I got that, I was really impressed, but it wasn't much bigger then my cell phone. So I decided to upgrade to the Acer Iconia A200 (I bought them at Best Buy, 14 day return/exchange policy on tablets).
This tablet is amazing. It does everything I want it to. I do not care that it doesn't come with an HDMI port, or the fact that it only has a camera on the screen side (you can take pictures of yourself basically) I have a phone with a camera, and a real camera too.
It connects easily to WIFI networks and stays connected. It has the full Amazon market, which was the number one thing on my list while shopping for tablets. I have had the tablet for 1 week now, and last night when I turned it on, it automatically prompted me to download the new Android Operating System, 4.something? 'Ice cream sandwich', the update probably took 20 minutes give or take.
For the money, this was definately the right tablet for me.
The only downside is that there are not a lot of accessories specifically made for this tablet yet. Acer released this tablet mid-januaryish i think, so not many companies have made cases and screen protectors yet. There are a few on Amazon, but I am waiting for some cheaper options to become available. A screen protector is a must, this thing fingerprints very easily!
*PS: for low price of the A200 if you're will buy it, I suggest you have to compare prices at: http://prices-comparison.info/Acer-Iconia-A200
Enjoy with your Tablet!