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Acer Iconia Tab A200 – what you need to know

With all this talk of a certain new tablet that was launched last night, by a little-known company with a fruity name, it’s easy to forget that other tablets are available.

One such tablet that is set to become available very soon is the Iconia Tab A200, the latest foray into the tablet market by computer giant Acer.

We’re not even going to begin to suggest a comparison between the Iconia Tab A200 and Apple’s latest tablet – the iPad-3-that’s-not-called-iPad-3.

But the Iconia Tab A200 is a decent, no-nonsense tablet that Acer is aiming squarely at all those tablet bargain hunters out there. So what do you need to know about the latest Iconia Tab?

Acer Iconia Tab A200 specs

The tablet market is still a relatively young one, and with every passing month and year manufacturers will be able to squeeze in a lot more for a lot less.

That’s just what Acer has done with the 10-inch Iconia Tab A200. Boasting a very respectable 1.5GHz dual-core processor, the Iconia runs Ice Cream Sandwich very effectively.

There is also 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory under the bonnet, as well as a front-facing camera and a microSD card slot.

What’s not included?

The specs are pretty decent, but before you rush out to buy one, it’s worth knowing that Acer has cut some corners to keep costs down.

When making the Iconia Tab, Acer carried out extensive research to find out what we actually use our tablets for. It then used the information to see what features it could exclude.

So you won’t find a rear-facing camera, as Acer claims we don’t take photos on our tablets, and there’s no HDMI port – apparently we don’t bother plugging our tablets into our TVs.

The lack of these features will put some people off, but it does mean we can expect a very competitive price when the Iconia Tab is released in the coming weeks.