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Acer Iconia Tab A200 review

An Ice Cream Sandwich tablet at a budget price

Taking to the internet on the Acer Iconia Tab A200 isn't a bad experience, but it could be quicker. Loading complex pages, with large graphics or carousels, took several seconds, but there weren't any residual problems with scrolling through pages.

Like Chrome on the desktop computer, the Android browser has always kept a relatively clean user interface, leaving space for just tabbed browsing and options to add the current page to your bookmarks.

Hit the bookmarks icon in the top-right corner and you're taken to a home screen showing all your bookmarked pages. You can swipe through to your history as well as your saved pages.

Acer Iconia Tab A200 review

Adding and deleting pages is straightforward, and at any point you can access the browser's settings by tapping the spanner in the top-right corner.

One particularly useful feature that Google introduced with ICS was the ability to save pages for offline viewing - an excellent idea if, for example, you want to read a news story but can't guarantee a Wi-Fi connection. Especially considering the Acer A200 doesn't offer 3G compatibility.

Acer Iconia Tab A200 review

If you don't like the custom Android web browser, there are other options available via Google Play. You can download secondary browsers such as Opera and Dolphin straight from the store, although in our opinion, while Opera is nice, the difference is negligible.

Double-tapping or pinching to zoom is a feature we used quite a lot on the Acer Iconia Tab A200's capacitive 10.1-inch screen. For the most part it was a smooth experience, and text is quick to readjust to the larger size. However, the browser stumbles slightly when you zoom back out again.

If the browser takes you to a mobile site, such as BBC mobile, by default you can also opt to display the full desktop site. This is well worth taking advantage of on a 10.1-inch screen, and the 1GHz speed of the Acer Iconia Tab A200 is easily up to the task.

Acer Iconia Tab A200 review

Don't expect to go cruising through the YouTube or BBC iPlayer desktop sites looking for video though - this iteration of the Android browser doesn't have native Flash support.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Product FamilyICONIA TAB A
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor Model250
ColourTitanium
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameAcer
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Number of Cells2-cell
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)720 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height12.4 mm
Width260 mm
Depth175 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesA
ManufacturerAcer, Inc
Product ModelA200
Product NameICONIA Tab A200 Tablet Computer
Product LineICONIA TAB
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberS7.H8QWN.001
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.acer.co.uk
Marketing Information

Lightweight and smaller than a magazine, the ICONIA TAB A Series is very easy to carry. It runs on the tablet-tailored Android operating system, and sports a capacitive multi-touch display with smart divisions that open up new possibilities for interaction. Enjoy a whole new touch experience!

Strikingly powerful

Inside the smooth and handsome chassis is a powerful mobile processor, putting striking power and graphics in your hands, while ample RAM enables fast multitasking. The multi-touch screen and fluid interface make using this tablet a breeze. And use it your way: hold the ICONIA TAB A Series in any direction and it'll auto-rotate to your perspective. What's more, the long-lasting battery will give you several hours of HD video playback and enjoyment.

Package Contents
  • ICONIA TAB A200 Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter