Acer has produced high-quality tablet computers since their first model released at a global press conference in 2010. The Acer Iconia Tab A200 is the third model in the series, following the Iconia Smart and the Iconia Tab A100.
Since February 12, the A200 has been running the Android 4.0.3 operating system, commonly known as Ice Cream Sandwich. The A200 boasts an NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core processor, and has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 display. It features only one front-facing, 2MP camera, and lacks a rear camera entirely. Two different models 8 Gb / 16 Gb of internal memory are available. Both come with an additional 32GB MicroSD slot. One can choose between two different colors: Titanium Gray and Metallic red.
The Acer A200 Tab comes in at 1.54 lbs, or 0.7 kg, and has dimensions of 10.2 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches. Both speakers are located on the soft-touch titanium back of the tablet. The frontal-facing webcam is located above the display, and a power button rests at the top of the right side; the power jack is on the left panel, and the only port on that side.
Below the power button is a headphone jack and a mini-USB port. Unlike many tablets, the A200’s thickness also allows for a full-size USB port. Beneath a plastic cover, the A200 has a micro-SD slot and the Reset button. The top panel holds the volume controls and the lock slider.
The screen is a 10.1 inch WXGA high-definiton multi-touch display, with a brightness rating of 287 lux – much lower than the average display rating for Android tablets. However, the A200 displays colors well despite the pixelation and narrow viewing angles.
The twin, rear-facing speakers do well with instrumental sound, but fall short when it comes to vocals or bass. Even on the maximum setting, the speakers are unable to fill a room very well with their sound.
The A200 has an average battery life of 8 hours, longer than the average Android tablet. It comes equipped with plenty of apps, including the standard social networking apps (Facebook, Twitter) and Google apps, such as Gmail and Google Talk. Acer includes an app known as Clear.fi, which streams music or other media to devices on a shared network. Many other apps are preloaded onto the tablet.
What customers say
Amazon.com features many reviews, with several ice-edged reviews among the majority of good ones. Many reviewers found the product to be perfect for the user on a budget who still wanted a semi-powerful tablet, and recommended the A200 to others. These reviewers cited its thin, slim design that didn’t feel fragile, the speed of its dual-core processor, and several even called it ‘cute.’
On the other hand, some reviewers pointed out the tablet’s lack of volume and inability to fill a room with sound even on max settings (although it appears that a free app, known as Equalizer, can solve this problem) took away from the experience. Others disliked the lack of a back camera, and one reviewer mentioned that the system was sluggish at times.
In conclusion, the A200 tablet isn’t the fastest, or the cheapest, or the most powerful tablet on the market, but instead finds a happy medium between cost and functionality. It isn’t designed for the up-and-up tech user, but rather for someone looking for a useful tablet at a decent price. While it lacks some features like an HDMI port, the A200 more than makes up for it in value, efficiency, and ease of use.