Another day, another Android tablet released on to the market. The Iconia Tab A200 is Acer’s latest attempt at swaying people from Apple’s IOS5 to Google’s Android. Acer haven’t exactly produced inspiring tablets in the past, so what’s different about the A200? Honestly, nothing much.
Let’s start with the size. We all loved the light airy feel that we get from the iPad – finally we had a truly portable device available. Well, the A200 isn’t anywhere as slim.
It’ll weigh in at just over 720g and will be 12.4 mm thick, making it less than a pleasure to hold on to. Then there’s the processor; Asus’s Eee Pad Transformer Prime comes loaded with an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip processor, but this one just has Tegra 2 and a measly 1GB of RAM behind it. You get a front facing camera for your money, but that’s it, nothing at the back and nothing new to shout about.
If you don’t live in the UK, there’s further bad news for you. Your shiny new A200 won’t come with ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed. Instead it’ll run Android 3.2 Honeycomb.
Apparently this will get fixed with an update at a later date, but it seems silly to release it earlier everywhere expect the UK when it won’t have its full functionality until it’s available here.
Here’s hoping that the lacklustre look and the deflated spec list will equate to a nice low price. That’d be the only thing persuading people from looking elsewhere.