3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Great value when I bought it in 2012; has slowed down a since.
21 May, 2014
I am rating the Acer Icona A200 16GB tablet.
When I bought it, I liked it better than the Apple iPad2 and it was nearly $100 cheaper. The graphics are almost the same as the iPad2, but the speed wasn't as snappy. I have had it for almost 2 years. Here are my findings:
Haven't had any issues installing programs - everything installs flawlessly.
Finding a case was pretty easy to find and pretty cheap.
Graphics are a close match to an iPad2 tablet.
Video plays flawlessly. Same with audio as well.
Has USB and SD input - put audio, videos, and books, all of which played great! (you may need to install video programs that will play everything). I think the max is 32 GB which is sufficient.
Battery life will last for days with no use; probably about 10 hours with medium use.
Druable - the thing has been dropped (mainly on carpet) many times, my 4 year old kid decided to STAND on it and no cracking (yikes!),
Cons (and the reasons why I give it only 3 stars):
I paid $299 for this in 2012 - too much for this lower budget tablet.
Power: Requires its own power supply and doesn't use the micro-usb charge port like many tablets and cell phones.
(I am anticipating for the power port to break very soon as it feels fairly flimsy)
Sound quality and volume: Speakers are USELESS! At full volume and I am straining to hear whatever I am listening to. Sound quality of the speakers are pretty terrible as well. Thumbs down on this. Use earbuds or hook it up to a small sound box or something.
Acer Junk APPS - there are a bunch of pre-installed apps which suck, and suck the power out of the battery. You cannot install or stop them as it is running an older version of Android. Eventually, I am going to root the tab, but I hear that it doesn't speed it up any more than stock. Bummer.
Speed - says it's a dual core but it doesn't perform like one. I had a single-core phone that performed better than this tablet. It isn't horribly slow, but sometimes it gets bogged down (probably because of the Acer Apps).
Reboots - Every once in awhile, it locks up and reboots....and it takes a whopping 3 minutes before it comes back on. Way too slow as other tablets boot up much faster than this.
That's all I can think of for now. I will eventually upgrade to a better choice. If I had to do it all over again, I would have done a little more research. I feel for the folks who's tablets didn't last them more than 6 months. That sucks! Really disappointed with Acer who would rather repair the unit instead of issuing out a brand new one. Tells me that there is a lot of bad quality parts in this unit. I guess I got lucky with mine as I have had it for about 2 years with no major issues.
Good luck and happy shopping!