The rig allowed for a set of internal batteries so handheld VHF DXing became possible with a commerical rig for the first time. I recall making some excellent QSOs way down into western France with this rig handheld as well as a goodly number of QTH squares on 2m SSB. The rig made an excellent driver for transverters.
The styling was distinctly military with its upright, manpack look. This was convenient for desk mounting, but not ideal to hold in one's hand.
The IC202 was a very clean rig with an excellent receiver and transmitter. To this day it is still a popular rig used to drive linears. The later IC202S had a number of improvements. Also produced were the IC602 (6m) and IC402 (70cms).