"Acer A200 Review"on by HermanFly
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Summary Purchased my A200 about a week ago. It was tough to find locally and it appears as though Android tablets in general are hard to find...quantities are very low right now. I ended up checking with about 10 different local electronics chains and office supply type stores until I finally found someone that had just received 2 in.
While not the cheapest nor the best peforming tablet on the market, I really think this is a winner in the value category. While I am typically a latest and greatest type person when it comes to electronics/computers, I really just didn't see the need to drop another $150+ on a high end tablet. I'll use mine mostly for Internet access, some gaming, email, Netflix, etc. With the exception of the more advanced games, a dual core versus a new quad core just isn't going to make much of a difference if at all and even right now on the gaming side, I don't think there is a whole lot that will take advantage of quad core chips. If I do want to do some photo and/or video editing, I will break out my much more powerful laptop. I really think buyers need to evaluate their true needs when it comes to buying these.
One of the first things I did once I got connected via wifi, was to do the upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and I definitely wasn't disappointed. It is a beautiful OS that seems to run quite well on the A200. Transitions run well and smooth, and only until I enabled live wallpaper did I see any lag to speak of when moving from one home screen to another. Even then it wasn't an issue for me and frankly a quad core may not make a difference.
While this tablet isn't the thinnest nor the lightest, it is still in the same ballpark and frankly I really appreciate a little extra heft and thickness since I have larger hands. The textured back feels nice in my hands and not as slippery as an iPad and overall it just feels very solid and robust to me. I think it will hold up quite well... I'm very impressed.
To summarize, here are the pros and cons as I see it:
Value, value, value - can't beat it for the price for a 10", with
ICS and level of quality
Ice Cream Sandwich...yummy yummy ice cream.
Great screen resolution - better than iPad 1 and 2. Screen is sharp and very bright even at lower brightness settings. Default is around 40% and I see no need to go higher.
Colors are vibrant and seem to be accurate and text is clear...looks better than my 17" Dell laptop and wife's Lenovo screens.
Full sized USB - used with USB sticks and it worked great for transferring files and photos. I haven't tried any other accessories yet, but wondering if a USB game pad would work? Doubt it but would be great if it did.
Micro SD card slot - I plugged in a 16 gig from an old blackberry and it was able to read the photos and music I had on it. Astro file manager is included with ICS and works well for moving files around.
Battery life is great...the first night I had it, I had it off of the charger for 5 hours straight (4:58 to be exact) playing games, surfing, and installing apps and it still reported 52% battery life left...very impressive!
Current lack of accessories
Lack of rear camera - really a non issue for me as I don't anticipate using the camera anyhow. My Android phone has an 8 mega-pixel camera already and I have a mid-range Canon DSLR that I take if I anticipate shooting photos.
Sometimes when bringing up my browser, the A200 will tell me it doesn't have an Internet connection. I refresh and all is good. Not sure if this is an ICS issue or an issue with hardware but likely ICS.
Sound levels are little on the low side although I don't have any other tablets that I can compare to. It's certainly acceptable. I did download an equalizer program but I started hearing a weird crackling sound through the speakers so I uninstalled and all is well again. I may try a different program but so far a non-issue.
Stupid built-in Android browser defaults to mobile sites, not full. This is an Android built-in browser issue though (seriously why don't they fix this for Tablets). The normal work arounds didn't do anything...debug mode and browser check box for full sites didn't work. My workaround was to install Boat browser which seems to work well for displaying full sites.
In summary, evaluate your needs for a tablet. If this is a back up device and you already have a PC/laptop/Mac for more processor intensive apps and you want/need a device for surfing, portability, easy of use, game playing and don't need a rear camera or 3/4G connectivity this is a wonderful device for a wonderful price. I love it!
*NOTE: for cheap price of the A200, I suggest you have to compare prices at: *******************/Acer-Iconia-A200
Good luck my friends!
Pros All the features except the two no one uses. Non of the hype price of the other ones. I mean sub $400 WOW. The best feature of this tablet is the overlooked but highly useful full USB port.
Cons They didn't put in a IPS or AMOLED screen. It doesn't seem that different from the A500 but the A500 has HDMI and RFC.
Summary No one ever uses RFC (rear facing camera) nor HDMI on the tablets anyway, so they are not worth $200 all the other vendors charge IMO.
WOW all sorts of low cost options open up because of full USB. Can we say ultra portable terminal client with full keyboard and mouse? I can, because that is one of the ways I use my A500. iPad users get jealous about that.
4 Stars because of the screen. They can do better.
Acer is continuing to make a great product and not trying to kill everyone on price. Go ACER!!
Pros For Acer Iconia A200 8GB version (A200-10g08w)
I use it for web surfing, checking email, streaming video, and playing games. No performance issues to date. Support Ice Cream Sandwich
Cons The only complaints I have heard about this tablet are that its a bit bulky and has no rear camera. Never use a rear camera and personally didn't mind the size
Summary Overall I am very pleased with the Acer Iconia A200 tablet. It has performed flawlessly for me so far and I have began recommending it to friends. While it may not be the BEST tablet or the CHEAPEST, it seems to provide more bang for the buck than any other tablet I have come across. I believe it is a great value buy and would make an awesome gift for yourself or a student heading back to school.
My tablet was a manufacturer refurbished version and I have had great luck with it. These come with a 90 day warranty and are usually discounted significantly. You can find on eBay for less than $200 ( http://www.ebay.com/itm/Acer-Iconia-Tab-A200-8GB-Wi-Fi-10-1in-/251111861425?pt=US_Tablets&hash=item3a776eecb1#ht_2216wt_1396)
Pros se veia muy bien el primer dia
Cons tras la primera carga dejo de funcionar y por lo que revise en el Internet no es la primera, creo que no revisan bien el hardware antes de enviar a la venta, yo no compre un equipo remanofacturado, son tres dias, no me crean investigenlo por ustedes
Summary escaso o nulo soporte a sus productos que pena espero mas de una compania multinacional que supuestamente tienen prestigio
Pros Seems to have a long battery life and speed is better than I had thought it would be. Great for movies and web browser.
Cons It does not have a full use compass when I try to use Google SKY MAP if gets confused as to which direction it is pointing. No built in 3 G or 4G but wifi works fine.
Summary I bought this for my wife now I wish I had told her it was for me.