Quad-core processors are all the talk in the tablet world, although models with this processor are still thin on the ground. For example, despite being somewhat outdated, Acer decided to use the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor for its Iconia A200 tablet. However, although it’s not the fastest slate around, the Iconia A200 is still a great performer and it runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) quite well. First impression would suggest that there is not much to get excited about. Although not too heavy, the tablet still looks chubby and it has flat edges instead of the tapered extremities favored by most tablet designers. It might be a little disappointing that the tablet only has 2Mp rear facing camera, which is wouldn’t be an issue for some users.
The Tegra 2 processor is still fast enough for many demanding apps available in Google Play today and you can play many 3D games with ease while the browser can keep up with the fast connection. The Iconia A200 makes a smooth transition as you switch between screen orientations. Sliding through homescreens can be a little slow at times, but that aside, you may not have complaint about its performance. The display is quite reflective and it isn’t the brightest, so it is inadvisable to use the Iconia A200 outdoor. Indoor, it offers great viewing angles and vivid colors. It also does a fair job as a portable movie player, although it stutters a bit when playing high-quality 720p videos. The processor and GPU can’t handle 1080p videos as the frame rate drops significantly.
The Iconia A200 offers a rather rare feature, the full-sized USB port, which many tablets don’t have a space to spare. The obvious thing to do is to connect a USB keyboard for more serious typing or a USB hard drive for transferring large files quickly. The Acer Iconia A200 is available for £300 in UK, which is quite acceptable.