Acer Iconia A200

The Acer Iconia is back. Killer specification that easily matches the New iPad and an excellent battery… but is that enough? Here is the only Acer Iconia A200 review you need.

By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012

The Good

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High quality at a great price

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Built in USB 2 ports

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Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Easy to hold with grippy rubber back

The Bad

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No rear camera

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Although sturdy the device is very heavy

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No HDMI port

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Clear.fi sharing needs more work

Introduction

The 720g weight is still considerable, however and the Iconia’s shape is bulky and ungainly. It isn’t the easiest thing to carry around with you. Then again, neither is an iPad.

Acer’s Iconia A200 is a unique and interesting addition to the Tablet PC marketplace. Although not the most popular choice in Tabletland, we saw something in this one that some reviewers missed. Here’s what was cool about the A200, as well as what left us cold...

 

The Specs

At 720g, the Iconia is on the heavy side of light, (but there are much heavier 10 Inch Tablets out there), 720g is still portable, if not exactly pocket-sized.

 

The A200 has 8GB of internal memory, which is, again, far in advance of many of its competitors.

The Iconia A200 also makes use of a 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 CPU processor, this ensures that the Iconia is a quick, responsive and trusty machine. Its unlikely to freeze up or crash without good reason and you should find that it will run nicely and smoothly for a long, long time.

 

Speaking of running smoothly, the A200 also has an impressive 8-hour battery life, which makes it an excellent travelling companion.

 

 

The Price

This tablet will set you back around £240, which isn’t a lot of money for such a good device. It hasn’t come down much over the last couple of months, which implies that people are still buying it.

 

The Performance

The Iconia has a 10 Inch screen, which endows it with a 1200 x 800 pixel resolution. This means that whatever you watch on your Iconia is going to look good, maybe not as good as the iPad 3, but good enough.

 

A full ten Inches of screen is also a nice touch as a slightly bigger screen than most (Tablet PCs average out at 7 Inches), which enables you to better see what you’re clicking. It’s really a really nice screen and clearly very well designed.

 

The Iconia comes with Android 4.0 (and an ice cream sandwich, apparently). This is the newest edition of the popular Android operating system. So, with buckets of memory and a quick-witted processor, the Iconia is pretty near the top of the range.

 

There is even an option to expand your storage space by using a MicroSD slot.

 

The back contains a rubber layer, which means that the Iconia isn’t as slippery (or as prone to greasy ‘Mcfinger’ marks) as other tablets.

 

The 720g weight is still considerable, however and the Iconia’s shape is bulky and ungainly. It isn’t the easiest thing to carry around with you. Then again, neither is an iPad.

 

The Iconia also suffers from the absence of a rear-facing camera, to draw comparison to the other Tablets in the A200’s price range, cameras at the front and rear are pretty standard, this actually puts the Iconia at quite a disadvantage when it comes to video conferencing.

 

The A200 also has an impressive 8-hour battery life, which makes it an excellent travelling companion.

The Iconia does, however, neatly sidestep most of the other common problems that mire its competition. Its compatible, its user friendly and it has good battery life and memory.

 

All too often, manufacturers will dump every gimmick under the sun into a Tablet PC and forget that real people have to use it in their real lives, Acer have not made this mistake and it is to their credit.

 

What Other Users Say

Somehow, amazingly, there is only one user review on Amazon.co.uk. A review that gives it 3/5, was posted by ‘Andreas864’ and says:

 

“I have used this for about a week. It isn't very good.

 

The browser crashes or stops responding once every half an hour. It is also rather slow to respond. I also miss features I took for granted in my netbook - such as wired internet or having two windows open at the same time to copy/paste easily from one to another.

 

To be fair, it is cheap so my expectations were probably unreasonable for this price range - hence the 3 stars”.

 

The crashing is a disturbing accusation, in fact, the entire review is. It may bear further research before committing your time and money to this device. However, we still like it! 

 

Our Verdict

The Iconia is one of the best PC Tablets we have seen. Sure, it doesn’t have the brilliant, beautiful screen or killer internal specs of an iPad, but that doesn’t mean that this Tablet isn’t a remarkable gadget. Well worth a purchase.

 

 

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