A new toy on the way.

By | August 3, 2012

I’ve never been to accepting of handheld devices, but I guess since finally giving in to having a good smart phone (Samsung Galaxy S 4G, for a while now), I have cozied up to the notion of having a tablet.  I figure it gives me some freedom away from the desk, while allowing me to do simple things I normally would have to go upstairs for.  So, this morning, I popped a small amount on a simple tablet for a pretty decent deal.

Acer Iconia A200 contentsI receive deal email from Geeks.com and they almost always have some tablet in their headlines.  Today, I bit on one.  It’s a refurbished tablet, but it still looks pretty good for $200 shipped.  It’s an Acer Iconia A200, and it’s upgradeable to Android 4.0.  I don’t really know what any of that means yet, but I guess I will soon.  My use for one of these goes barely beyond typical Internet usage, so I’m not too worried about the limitations so long as it’s in sound working order.  Here’s some specifications:

  • Titanium Gray color
  • Slate form factor
  • Google Android OS 3.2 (Honeycomb)
  • Can be upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 2-Cell Lithium polymer battery
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 (Tegra 250) 1.0 GHz dual-core processor
  • 1 GB DDR2 RAM
  • 16 GB internal flash memory
  • Integrated IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN  
  • Integrated Bluetooth 2.1 wireless technology
  • microSD card slot (supports up to 32 GB)
  • USB Micro B interface  
  • Front facing webcam
  • G-sensor for orientation sensing 
  • Built-in dual speakers
  • 10.1-inch WXGA TFT LCD multi-touchscreen display
  • 16:10 aspect ratio
  • 1280 x 800 display resolution
  • Supports add-ons from Android App Market 

My wife wants a tablet too, but she will be a much heavier user of one, so she’s getting something a little better next month.  Not sure what yet, but possibly an iPad.  Anyway, I’m looking forward to it coming in.  I grabbed some screen protectors and a leather flip case from Amazon for it and I expect it all in sometime next week.  I’ll be sure to post a mini-review on it…possibly right from the tablet itself!

3 thoughts on “A new toy on the way.

  1. Adam

    I recently purchased a Nexus 7. It’s a nice little tablet. Not as polished as an iPad but it’s portable, the screen is crisp, will be updated, and is rather inexpensive. If push came to shove, I’d stick with my iPad but it’s a good option to have around the house.

    1. Jon Post author

      Yeh, I really like those, but I couldn’t pass on a 10″ screen for $200. It’s behind the curve, but I’ll still get some good use out of it. Wife will probably go with the iPad2, but we will see :)


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