Acer ICONIA TAB A200 Review
Initially, it looks as though the Acer ICONIA TAB A200 is sporting a stock Android 3.2.1 Honeycomb experience, but interestingly enough, there are some minor tweaks that give it a unique look of its own. Right at the lock screen, we’re instantly greeted to the most prevalent customization, the Acer Ring. Similar to what we find with the HTC Sense 3.0 lock screen, we like that the Acer Ring presents us with four preset shortcuts – such as launching the browser or camera. Moreover, we can access the Acer Ring at any time by pressing the glowing dot docked in the bottom menu bar. However, with this one, it has a slightly better looking futuristic look to it as we’re given access to a scrollable listing of our bookmarks, the volume control, and four quick shortcuts – with one of them allowing us to take screenshots. Acer’s customization is fairly limited and doesn’t extend past what we’ve mentioned, but nonetheless, it’s fresh enough to warrant some adulation.
Blessed with a generously sized display, typing messages is not a problem at all thanks to the spacious layouts available with the available on-screen keyboards. Not only that, but the responsiveness we see aids in keeping a solid momentum in knocking out long messages with minimal mistakes.
Not surprisingly, the Gmail and standard email apps are appropriately laid out to take advantage of the spacious confines available with the tablet – so organizing emails is a pleasure to handle. Moreover, setup is a breeze seeing it simply requires our email address and password for automatic completion.
Processor and Memory:
A year ago, dual-core processors were regarded as the cream of the crop, but quad-cores are emerging as the dominant force – so yeah, the A200’s 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor is hardly regarded as a pencil pusher nowadays. Typical of any other tablets running the same processor, it exudes a good amount of responsiveness with basic tasks, but when you test it with more processor intensive things, it tends to exhibit some bouts of choppiness with its operation. It’s not terrible per se, but at this point, it’s something that’s commonly expected without being too irritating.
With our review unit, it’s packing 16GB of internal storage, which can be supplemented by throwing in a microSD card of some size. Additionally, Acer also has the tablet in 8GB and 32GB capacities as well.
Internet and Connectivity:
Just like some other similarly spec’d Honeycomb tablets, we’re not all that surprised by the web browsing experience on the A200. Connected via Wi-Fi, complex web pages are able to load relatively quickly, and more importantly, accurately as well thanks to Flash support, thus, giving us that desktop-like experience. Although it’s able to exhibit responsive navigational controls during most occasions, every now and then we experience just some delays with its operation – plus, it tends to have some difficulty rendering items on the go. Regardless of those qualms, we still find the overall experience satisfactory.
With this Wi-Fi only unit, it’s able to retain a solid connection to a nearby hotspot with no major fluctuations in connectivity. Meanwhile, it’s outfitted with the usual set of additional connectivity items – like aGPS and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.
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!