Acer Iconia Tab A200 review

An Ice Cream Sandwich tablet at a budget price

Acer Iconia Tab A200
Acer's 8GB tablet comes in titanium grey or metallic red

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Acer has been pretty restrained with pre-installed apps on the Iconia Tab A200. You get Aupeo for internet radio as well as SoundHound for recognising sounds and suggesting new tracks.

Interestingly, there's also Docs To Go, one of Android's premier business apps. This is a solid addition, but not something we'd realistically take advantage of with this tablet.

One third-party app Acer has stuck on the Iconia Tab A200 is SocialJogger. This aggregates your Twitter and Facebook news into one direct feed and enables you to install it as a widget on the home screen.

Elsewhere there's the usual host of Google apps for Gmail, Google+ and Google Maps.

Acer Iconia Tab A200 review

Like movies and music, there's no standalone store besides Google Play to get access to extra apps and games. You can install many of the older Android apps designed for phones, although many of them won't be able to best take advantage of the Acer Iconia Tab A200's 10.1-inch screen.

When it comes to gaming, the Nvidia Tegra 2 has no trouble keeping animations and gameplay on simple games like Angry Birds and Draw Something smooth and accessible.

As a casual games machine, this isn't a bad device at all, and the comfy rubber grip on the back means it won't slip from your hands during an intense session.

Acer Iconia Tab A200 review

Even more graphically intense games such as Tiki Kart 3D ran without a hitch. You also can use the pre-installed Nvidia Tegra Zone app to take you straight to games optimised for Tegra devices if you fancy something more substantial than Cut the Rope.