Acer Announces The Iconia Tab A200 Android tablet, Here's Why We Care
Acer has been a little busy these last few weeks of 2011. They've put out the word that they remain committed to more Android tablets with the Tegra 3 processor in 2012. We've also seen a video pop out before an announcement of a new Iconia Tab in a very feel good 'Apple-esc' style of marketing. Now, Acer has put out an official Press Release for the all new ICONIA TAB A200 Android tablet.
The Acer ICONIA TAB A200, is running Android 3.2 Honeycomb, with an Android 4.0 ICS available upgrade in January 2012. It has a couple of tricks up its sleeve on why you would want this tablet over the currently released A500 or A501 tablets in stores. We'll get to those reasons in just a minute. The ICONIA TAB A200 comes with 8GB or 16GB sizes, a choice of Titanium Grey or Metallic Red color panels, 10.1 inch capacitive multitouch screen with 1280 x 800 resolution, 1GB RAM, 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor and a front facing 2 megapixel camera. It has an approximate 8 hours of battery life as well as the usual Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and USB.
The reasons why you would buy this over the existing A500 or A501 (with 3G) tablets:
1) The ICONIA TAB A200 comes with only a front facing camera. There is no rear facing camera. Why is this a good thing? Honestly, if you've ever used a rear facing camera on a tablet, you'll already know how ridiculous it is to hold a 10.1 inch tablet (or any size tablet) up in the air to take photos. If you have a tablet, you most likely already have a smartphone with a perfectly capable camera on it, which probably looks better than the ones you'll take with a tablet, especially an iPad 2. Acer has really thought this through, and I applaud them for it. There is really no need for a rear facing camera on a tablet. But there is a need for a front facing camera for video chatting. Another reason I love not having a rear camera, is that you don't have to worry about scratching the lens up from setting the tablet down. The front of the tablet is what matters, not the back necessarily.Continued on the next page