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Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review

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Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
Introduction:

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.

Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
The package contains:

  • microUSB cable
  • Wall Charger
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Product and Safety Information

Design:

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.

The Acer ICONIA TAB A200 is clean looking and provides a comfortable hold in the hand - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
The Acer ICONIA TAB A200 is clean looking and provides a comfortable hold in the hand - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
The Acer ICONIA TAB A200 is clean looking and provides a comfortable hold in the hand - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review

The Acer ICONIA TAB A200 is clean looking and provides a comfortable hold in the hand


Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review

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.
 
USB, microUSB ports, power key and 3.5mm jack - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
Proprietary charging port - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review

USB, microUSB ports, power key and 3.5mm jack

 

Proprietary charging port


USB, microUSB ports and microSD card slot - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
Volume rocker and lock key - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review

USB, microUSB ports and microSD card slot

Volume rocker and lock key


Turning it around, the only items we’re presented are the notches for the left and right speakers, and the prominent Acer logo smacked right in the middle. There’s no rear camera whatsoever with this guy, but rather, a front-facing 2-megapixel is perched above the display ready for video-chat and the occasional self-portrait snapshot.

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Front-facing camera - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review

Back

Front-facing camera



Display:


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.

Viewing angles of the Acer ICONIA TAB A200 - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
Viewing angles of the Acer ICONIA TAB A200 - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
Viewing angles of the Acer ICONIA TAB A200 - Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review

Viewing angles of the Acer ICONIA TAB A200



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posted on 23 Jan 2012, 17:29 1

1. Birds (Posts: 1023; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Nevermind.

posted on 25 Jan 2012, 22:27

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?

posted on 28 Jan 2012, 07:33

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.

posted on 13 Mar 2012, 11:45 1

4. Leonard-Davis (Posts: 5; 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!

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 22:01

5. ysalandanan (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)


I bought this Acer tablet July 2012 w/o opening because this should be a gift for my son. Then when he used it for 2 weeks, it was dead, called acer for assistance and return the product. Then it came back to me with new charger. It was the power supply or charger that had the problem. My son did not told me that the same problem was happening over and over, an on and off problem since he was busy with his laptop. It was useless, never to buy any Acer products anymore. Very disappointing.

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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi)
Hardware
NVIDIA Tegra 2, Dual core, 1000 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size10.24 x 6.89 x 0.49 inches
(260 x 175 x 12.4 mm)
24.69 oz  (700 g)

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