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Acer Iconia Tab A200 review

7.1/10 AVG.
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7.1/10
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The Acer Iconia Tab A200 currently has an Informr score of 7.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The Acer Iconia Tab A200 is a 10-inch tablet computer that comes with the Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system pre-installed. That, along with its many good hardware features, should be enough to make it an attractive option. But Acer is kind enough to provide A200 owners with free updates to a later version of Android, which is version 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich. And that makes it even better.

Part of what makes it worth a look is the fact that it houses an NVIDIA Tegra 250 dual Cortex A9 processor setup, coupled with 1GB of RAM. It may not be as powerful as NVIDIA’s own quad-core Tegra 3 System-on-a-chip, but it still manages to pack in enough of a punch to best most of its competitors.

Because of the ample processing power onboard, users should be able to make good use of the hardware features which include a 2-megapixel camera, 1280x800 pixel resolution screen, built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and support for accessories or peripherals via a built-in microUSB port. And for those who require more than 8GB of storage space, there’s an easy way to expand by way of microSD cards.

The included 3260mAh battery should be enough to last for at least an entire day’s worth of heavy use. That means watching movies, listening to music, Web browsing through Wi-Fi, and playing games. Of course, the more stuff you do, the faster your battery will run out. Fortunately, the built-in microUSB port handles not just data but takes care of charging duties as well, which makes things a lot easier especially for those who tend to spend most of their time away from wall outlets.

Need to know: Acer Iconia Tab A200

1. Built-in 10.1-inch 1280x800 touchscreen display provides plenty of room to work with. (The Good)

2. Free OTA (over-the-air) update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich translates to many improvements in terms of on-device software. (The Good)

3. Design-wise, it’s not the most pleasant-looking Android tablet that’s available in the market. (The Bad)

4. Overall size and weight may prove troublesome for certain users. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tablet News

On the pro side we’ve got Android 4.0, the Acer Ring UI, that does no harm and doesn’t slow down the system, plus it looks nice, the interesting apps bundled with the tablet, good video and audio quality and grippy back surface of the tablet. On the cons side we’ve got the lack of...

- James A., Tablet News
TabletPCReview

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- Grant Hatchimonji, TabletPCReview
Digital Trends

The A200 just isn't an impressive tablet in 2012 unless it is priced even more aggressively

- Jeffrey Van Camp, Digital Trends
PC Magazine

Most everything about the A200 is average. But when combined with Ice Cream Sandwich, it becomes a more compelling buy since you can't get Android 4.0 on many tablets right now. It's important to keep in mind, however, that more tablets with ICS are on the way, and the A200 won't hold this advantage...

- Eugene Kim, PC Magazine
PCWorld

Don't let the Acer Iconia Tab A200's budget price fool you. For less than it's $350 asking price you'll get an Android tablet that does what most other Android tablets will. The dull screen and relatively small hard drive are downsides, but considering the price tag, these are both faults we can liv...

- Ross Catanzariti, PCWorld


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Acer Iconia Tab A200's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a NVIDIA Tegra 2 Quad-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3260mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3260 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 15 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia Tab A200 Specs

Overview
Release date January 15, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.2 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Secondary OS No
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 2 Quad-core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3260 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 15 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Metallic Red, Titanium Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 26.0 x 17.5 x 1.2 cm (10.2 x 6.9 x 0.5 in)
Weight 700 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
1x optical
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, White balance
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Tablet News

Very uncomfortable to use and its interface feels like the 1990s

from Tablet News

On the pro side we’ve got Android 4.0, the Acer Ring UI, that does no harm and doesn’t slow down the system, plus it looks nice, the interesting apps bundled with the tablet, good video and audio quality and grippy back surface of the tablet. On the cons side we’ve got the lack...More

On the pro side we’ve got Android 4.0, the Acer Ring UI, that does no harm and doesn’t slow down the system, plus it looks nice, the interesting apps bundled with the tablet, good video and audio quality and grippy back surface of the tablet. On the cons side we’ve got the lack of HDMI, poor battery, heavy tablet, the big price, a bit of lag and glossy screen. Overall we give this model an 8 out of 10 for design, 6 for hardware and 7 for OS and UI, for a total of 7 out of 10.

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TabletPCReview

Reasonable pricing with higher specs and better performance than other entry-level tablets

from TabletPCReview

In a time when $400 is considered an affordable price tag for a tablet, it’s refreshing to see a company other than Amazon or Barnes & Noble attempting to create a decent tablet with an actual budget price. At $329, the Acer Iconia A200 still isn’t as cheap as it gets, but it’s a step in th...More

In a time when $400 is considered an affordable price tag for a tablet, it’s refreshing to see a company other than Amazon or Barnes & Noble attempting to create a decent tablet with an actual budget price. At $329, the Acer Iconia A200 still isn’t as cheap as it gets, but it’s a step in the right direction considering that it managed to maintain relatively legitimate specs and hardware (a dual-core processor, Android Ice Cream Sandwich), even if it isn’t top of the line stuff. But whether or not the A200 is worth a purchase mostly depends on your personal preferences. Does your tablet absolutely need to have a rear-facing camera? Well, you’re out of luck. Does it have to be light and portable? I suggest you look elsewhere. And Acer’s tweaks to the Android OS may not sit right with some users, but at least those are easy enough to avoid if you have no interest in using them. As far as you’re concerned, that little dot in the middle of the taskbar can remain untouched forever, and the lock screen shortcuts can be turned off all together. So if you’re willing to deal with the caveats and you’re comfortable with middle-of-the-road specs, you could do a lot worse than the A200.

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Digital Trends

There’s nothing particularly bad about it, but it doesn’t stand out in any noticeable way either

from Digital Trends

The Iconia Tab A200 feels like a fix for an old tablet more than it feels like something new. Acer has a quad-core A510 tablet coming soon and a high-resolution design coming after that, which makes the A200 its new budget design. It runs Android 4.0, but mostly feels like one of last year’...More

The Iconia Tab A200 feels like a fix for an old tablet more than it feels like something new. Acer has a quad-core A510 tablet coming soon and a high-resolution design coming after that, which makes the A200 its new budget design. It runs Android 4.0, but mostly feels like one of last year’s tablets – a bit heavier and bulkier than what we’re now seeing from most manufacturers. There’s nothing particularly bad about it (though it has no rear camera), but it doesn’t stand out in any noticeable way either. If you’re looking for a decent Android tablet, Acer is a good choice, though the price still needs to come down a bit. $330 for the 8GB is not terrible, but with Apple selling the iPad 2 for $400, it may still be worth it to pay a little more.

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PC Magazine

Its low price and decent performance, coupled with the latest Android "Ice Cream Sandwich," make it a good choice

from PC Magazine

Most everything about the A200 is average. But when combined with Ice Cream Sandwich, it becomes a more compelling buy since you can't get Android 4.0 on many tablets right now. It's important to keep in mind, however, that more tablets with ICS are on the way, and the A200 won't hold this advant...More

Most everything about the A200 is average. But when combined with Ice Cream Sandwich, it becomes a more compelling buy since you can't get Android 4.0 on many tablets right now. It's important to keep in mind, however, that more tablets with ICS are on the way, and the A200 won't hold this advantage for long. It won't beat top Android tablets like the Transformer Prime, and it can't hang with the iPad . For the price, though, you get a very capable tablet with Google's latest software.

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PCWorld

Clean, elegant design and competitive price

from PCWorld

Don't let the Acer Iconia Tab A200's budget price fool you. For less than it's $350 asking price you'll get an Android tablet that does what most other Android tablets will. The dull screen and relatively small hard drive are downsides, but considering the price tag, these are both faults we can live with.

Read full review

Don't let the Acer Iconia Tab A200's budget price fool you. For less than it's $350 asking price you'll get an Android tablet that does what most other Android tablets will. The dull screen and relatively small hard drive are downsides, but considering the price tag, these are both faults we can live with.

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Cnet

The Acer Iconia Tab A200 delivers an appealing, low price, but makes some key sacrifices to get there

from Cnet

If the A200 was one of the guys in "The Expendables," it would definitely be the Randy Couture character...eh, I can't even remember his name, and chances are you don't even remember him from the movie anyway. The point is, it's dull, boring, with no real "special" features. Still, at its current...More

If the A200 was one of the guys in "The Expendables," it would definitely be the Randy Couture character...eh, I can't even remember his name, and chances are you don't even remember him from the movie anyway. The point is, it's dull, boring, with no real "special" features. Still, at its current price of $330 (for 8GB; $350 for 16GB), it's the cheapest way to get ICS on a tablet, and while that's expected to change over the next few months, if you can live with a few missing features like no rear camera and no HDMI option, the A200 could be for you.

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Laptop Magazine

The Acer Iconia Tab A200 delivers solid performance and some welcome interface enhancements to Android for an affordable price

from Laptop Magazine

The Acer Iconia Tab A200 isn't designed to be cutting edge. It's a tablet that hits the sweet spot in terms of price and features. For $349, consumers get solid performance, a full USB 2.0 port and long battery life. We also like the Acer Ring interface and the useful lock-screen shortcuts.Overal...More

The Acer Iconia Tab A200 isn't designed to be cutting edge. It's a tablet that hits the sweet spot in terms of price and features. For $349, consumers get solid performance, a full USB 2.0 port and long battery life. We also like the Acer Ring interface and the useful lock-screen shortcuts.Overall, though, the A200 delivers the best bang for your buck among 10-inch Android tablets.

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Mobile Tech Review

Gorgeous design, very light and slim, excellent display and fast

from Mobile Tech Review

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is currently the thinnest, lightest and arguably fastest tablet (the iPad 2 is faster on some OpenGL graphics benchmarks). We love the looks, the attention to detail in manufacturing (no creaks, no gaping seams, perfectly smooth edges and ports) and the look of...More

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime is currently the thinnest, lightest and arguably fastest tablet (the iPad 2 is faster on some OpenGL graphics benchmarks). We love the looks, the attention to detail in manufacturing (no creaks, no gaping seams, perfectly smooth edges and ports) and the look of the swirled aluminum back. Coupled with the keyboard dock, it's truly a beauty to behold and gloriously compact. The Super IPS+ display has great colors, excellent contrast and is extremely bright. Battery life is very good and with the dock, it can manage 12 hours of real life use. For the price, the Transformer Prime offers top notch specs, and the only missing option is 3G/4G.

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Mobile Tech Review

Affordable good quality 10" Android tablet

from Mobile Tech Review

For the price, we really like the Acer Iconia Tab A200. Acer's doing a good job of chasing the affordable and entry level market with their tablets, and we can see the A200 selling well in Walmart where the Iconia A500 once reigned king. The tablet is sturdy, has a decent capacitive display that'...More

For the price, we really like the Acer Iconia Tab A200. Acer's doing a good job of chasing the affordable and entry level market with their tablets, and we can see the A200 selling well in Walmart where the Iconia A500 once reigned king. The tablet is sturdy, has a decent capacitive display that's fine for indoor viewing, solid Tegra 2 performance and a full size USB port and 8 or 16 gigs of storage plus microSD card expansion. It's not razor thin, but it's comfortable to hold thanks to its more ample girth and grippy back. At 1.5 lbs., you'll notice the weight after 30 minutes of use vs. lighter tablets like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2. If you're in the market for an affordable tablet that's upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich, the A200 is worth a look as long as you don't want a rear camera or HDMI port and can live with the whisper-quiet speakers.

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Android Central

Acer's got a decent affordable Android tablet here, but the shortcuts are apparent

from Android Central

Know two ways about it: The Acer Iconia A200 is one of the better tablets you'll get for the price, around $350 at the time of this writing. We're digging the look. We're digging the feel. We're digging the software customizations. And while we're OK with not having a rear-facing camera, the fron...More

Know two ways about it: The Acer Iconia A200 is one of the better tablets you'll get for the price, around $350 at the time of this writing. We're digging the look. We're digging the feel. We're digging the software customizations. And while we're OK with not having a rear-facing camera, the front shooter -- which we'd arguably use more anyway -- is abysmal for video. It's unusable. Know that going in. But you can find a mostly comparable Android tablet for $50 or so more, and with that you get a front-facing camera that works as well as a rear-facing camera. So that might well be the way to go. If you don't need the cameras? The A200's capable.

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