Cheap tablet is cheap, but how cheap does it get?
Pictured above is the Acer Iconia A3 tablet. It looks like any other 10-inch tablets on the market, but it only costs $200! But cheap comes with compromises. The screen is only 1280 x 800 resolution, RAM is only 1GB, and the processor is from MediaTek.
Rest of the device is on par with other tablets. It has WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card slot, you know the usual combo.
Build quality is typical to what you’d expect from plastic tablets. It creaks a bit when you put pressure on it. It’s also thicker and heavier than the first-tier tablets, measuring 10mm thick and weighing 560 grams.
The display is just passable. Colors and brightness are fine, but the viewing angle and screen reflectivity are poor compared to more expensive tablets.
The Iconia A3 really reminds me of the first 10-inch Galaxy Tab from Samsung... the plastic-ness of it, and the white back cover... That tablet wash’t so bad, but that was a few years ago. This tablet feels like it's straight from 2010.
It is running Android 4.2 JellyBean with the Acer launcher on top. The overall experience is surprisingly alright for the price. Web browsing is fast, and performance is good as long as you aren't running 3D games.
There are some compatibility issues, because of the MediaTek processor, but the problematic apps are mostly limited to 3D games.
Overall, the Iconia A3 is not a terrible product. It's certainly usable, and it's very cheap. However, there are very decent 7-inch tablets in the same price range, and for just a bit more money you can get tablets with double the resolution and much better processors. Also, you can probably get an iPad 2 or 3 for around $250, which would give you a much better experience, really.
But then again, if you just want a big screen tablet for light web browsing or Netflix, maybe this device will suit you just fine.