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Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-780-K610)
Amazon has established a dominant presence in the low-cost tablet market, but not everyone wants to be tied to its apps and services. The $79.99 Iconia One 7 (B1-780-K610) from Acer is an alternative, with a crisp 7-inch display, robust parental controls, and access to the Google Play store. That said, it suffers from issues with sluggishness and a profusion of bloatware, not to mention lackluster Wi-Fi range. It's a decent option if you want unrestricted access to Android apps, but Amazon's ecosystem is pretty robust, and the Fire HD 8 gets you better performance for the same price.
Design, Features, and Display
The Acer Iconia One 7 is a generic black plastic slate. Measuring 7.5 by 4.0 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and tipping the scales at 8.8 ounces, it's quite a bit lighter than the Amazon Fire 7 (7.6 by 4.5 by 0.4 inches, 10.4 ounces) and Fire HD 8 (8.4 by 5.0 by 0.4 inches, 13 ounces). That makes it easier to hold for a long period of time, but it doesn't feel quite as sturdy, which could be a concern if you're planning to give it to a child. The back is textured for a better grip, and you can always put a protective case on it.
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There's a power button and volume rocker on the right side of the tablet. The top has a 3.5mm audio jack, a micro USB charging port, and an exposed microSD card slot that worked fine with a 256GB card. One downside for media use is that are no dual front facing stereo speakers like on the Fire HD 8. Instead you're stuck with a tinny, easily muffled mono speaker on the back.
The main attraction is the 7-inch, 1,280-by-720 IPS LCD, which is fairly sharp for the price. The 210 pixels per inch (ppi) here result in a denser picture than the panel on both the Fire 7 (171ppi) and Fire HD 8 (189ppi). The screen gets quite bright and viewing angles are decent, but it will wash out if you tilt it too much.
Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. We tested the tablet on 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands in PC Labs, and recorded strong connectivity close to the router with a top speed of 56.3Mbps down. However, from a distance of 24 feet away, download speeds dropped to 17.2Mbps. At 36 feet the Wi-Fi disconnected, unlike the Fire tablets, which had no trouble holding a signal. PC Labs is full of network interference, so connectivity will likely fare better in your home, but it's worth keeping in mind, especially if your home network has some weak or dead spots.
Processor, Battery, and Camera
The Iconia One 7 is powered by a MediaTek MT8163 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, a slightly more powerful chipset than the MT8161 in the Lenovo Tab3 8. On the AnTuTu benchmark, a measure of overall system performance, the One 7 does better, scoring 36,497 compared with 25,407 on the Tab3 8. But that's only part of the story. Both slates have just 1GB of RAM, so while the One 7 performs smoothly enough for some light web browsing and watching videos, it starts chugging if you try to push it in terms of multitasking. It also can't handle demanding games without serious slowdown. You'll find the Fire HD 8 a better performer thanks to its 1.5GB of RAM.
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According to Acer, the One 7 should last for up to six hours of use, but due its limited Wi-Fi range, we were unable to complete our standard battery test in which we stream full-screen video over Wi-Fi at maximum screen brightness. There's a 2,780mAh cell under the hood, which is smaller than many phones and half the size of the Tab3 8's 4,290mAh cell (which lasted 5 hours, 27 minutes), so it seems unlikely the One 7 will best it. Both Amazon tablets last around four and a half hours, so there are no big winners in this department.
There's a 2-megapixel rear and a 0.3-megapixel front camera, both of which aren't really worth using for more than video chat. This isn't unusual for the price range. If still image quality is important to you, the Tab3 8 has a 5-megapixel rear and 2-megapixel front camera, but the pictures still won't wow.
The Iconia One 7 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The software is outdated, but without shelling out for an expensive tablet like the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3, you're not going to find a slate in this price range running Android 7.0 Nougat. The UI layer is minimal aside from the addition of Acer's custom news feed when you swipe left from the home screen. It lets you connect to various apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Opera Discover to generate content.
The one significant advantage the One 7 has over the Fire 7 and HD 8 is unrestricted access to the Google Play store. Both Amazon slates run Fire OS, a heavily customized version of Android that limits you to using Amazon's ecosystem of apps and services. It's fairly comprehensive, but it's not quite as open and far-reaching as Google Play.
The One 7 also has a Kids mode, in the form of an app called Kids Center. Launching it lets you set up a customized home screen with bright, kid-friendly colors and a set of automatically curated apps and games. Internet access can be restricted by enabling Safe mode, which blocks unapproved sites and apps. Extra Safe Mode and Kid Launcher disables the home button and locks the tablet in Kids Center even if it gets rebooted, so you can use the One 7 as a dedicated children's tablet.
In addition to Kids mode, the One 7 comes with 14 preinstalled apps and 5 shortcuts that take you to a Google Play download page. You can delete the shortcuts and uninstall half of the preloaded apps, but that still leaves you with just 7.44GB of storage out of the total 16GB. You can always use a microSD card if you need more space.
The $80 Acer Iconia One 7 is an affordable multimedia tablet that tries to take on offerings from Amazon, but falls short. Despite its fairly nice screen and ability to download apps from Google Play, the One 7 is held back by lackluster performance. The Amazon Fire HD 8 has more RAM and better Wi-Fi range. The Amazon Fire 7, meanwhile, isn't much faster, but costs $30 less. Neither has access to Google Play, but both are better values overall.
Acer Iconia One 10 (2017) review
Though high-end Android tablet options have all but died off, at the budget end there is still a niche for svelte slates.
Enter Acer, one of the most enthusiastic manufacturers of these cut-price options, with its Iconia One 10 (2017).
It has a 10.1-inch 1,200 x 1,920 screen, front-firing speakers and a £180 price tag (around $230/AU$290 but with no word on a US or Australian release) attached - but is this enough to ensure a place in your living room set-up?
- 10.1-inch 1,200 x 1,920 screen
- Two loud front-firing speakers
- 5GHz Wi-Fi for fast data speeds
The key feature of any tablet looking to succeed in a big way is its screen. While people may use smartphones in various different ways and settings, tablets are primarily used on couches – they must succeed in this one scenario.
Luckily, the screen on the Acer Iconia One 10 is big and sharp, measuring 10.1 inches across and with a resolution of 1,200 x 1,920 – which amounts to 222 pixels per inch. It’s an IPS panel with a 16:10 aspect ratio, and as such is almost perfect for widescreen viewing.
The screen is an LCD, rather than the punchier AMOLED variants, but that is to be expected at this price point - it isn't on the level of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3.
The Iconia also has another trick up its sleeve, one that many manufacturers have dropped in recent years: front-firing speakers, two of them. The beauty of these is the sound comes from the direction most useful to the average listener i.e. towards them.
These are boosted by ‘DTS-HD Premium Sound’, which appears to be a mysterious automatic-equalizer that certainly has no negative impact on the sound produced.
Lastly, the Acer features another feature that is often woefully absent from sub-£200 devices, full 802.11ac 5GHz Wi-Fi. This inclusion allows for blisteringly fast connectivity when paired with compatible routers and a reliable internet connection. It should certainly make Netflix buffering a thing of the past.
Design and display
- Two micro USB ports
- Heavy at 530g
While phones have seen a design revolution at the sub-£200 price point, tablets have not. Plastic still prevails across most devices, with only a few hints of flair here or there. The Iconia One 10 is no exception.
The rear of the device is constructed from a soft, grippy matt plastic that won’t slide from a table without notice – unlike many glass-backed slates. Acer’s logo is picked out in a glossy chrome accent that doesn’t look too tacky, and there is the generic regulatory information towards the bottom.
Our only hint at individuality comes from the odd little glossy black coin near the top, bearing the ‘Iconia’ branding and protecting the rear-facing camera. Its head slides away to reveal a microSD card slot and (oddly) a micro USB slot that doesn’t allow for charging, only data transfer.
The right side and bottom of the device are flush, the left side hosts another micro USB port that does indeed allow for charging, and the top features a power button and volume rocker.
In all, this is an unremarkable device – especially the black version – but this isn’t really an issue in itself. A ‘couchable’ device doesn’t need to win beauty awards, only to be comfortable to hold, and that it is. For those who prefer to prop their tablets up on a table, it comes with a separate 'Acer stand'.
At 9.15mm thick the Acer Iconia One 10 (2017) is slim enough to feel premium without being so thin as to feel insubstantial, but one factor that does count against it is its heft. Weighing in at 530g, this chunky monkey can put a little too much strain on the hand when used for extensive binging sessions.
The display itself is a cracker. It has a good maximum brightness, even if the lowest brightness isn’t quite low enough for a pitch-black room. As it is an IPS panel, viewing angles are very good, and there is little to no brightness drop off.
Even if it isn't quite as good as the new iPad, it still more than holds its own in the quality stakes, especially at this price point.
One criticism, though this will only matter to a few souls, is that colors are just a little too cool for our liking, with whites tending towards the blue. Luckily however, there is a built in “Bluelight Shield” from Acer which does a decent job of warming the display up in the evening to protect your beauty sleep.
For watching movies, and at this price, it is really hard to do better.
Acer Iconia One 7 B1-730
Tablet with no support for GSM voice communication, SMS, and MMS
|Technology||No cellular connectivity|
|Status||Available. Released 2014, June|
|Dimensions||8.9 mm thickness|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Size||7.0 inches, 142.1 cm2|
|Resolution||800 x 1280 pixels, 16:10 ratio (~216 ppi density)|
|OS||Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean), upgradable to 4.4.2 (KitKat)|
|Chipset||Intel Atom Z2560|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.6 GHz|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||8GB 1GB RAM|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|Non-removable Li-Ion 3700 mAh battery|
|Talk time||Up to 7 h (multimedia)|
|Colors||Red, white, black, blue, pink|
|Price||About 90 EUR|
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Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) Specs: Everything you need to know
The Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) is a new Android tablet with a cheap price and lower-end specifications. While it does not have premium features like a fingerprint reader, it is very cheap with a price tag of around 170 US dollars. Here is everything you need to know about this new tablet.
The Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) has a higher-end brother called B3-A40FHD, which was announced during Computex in June 2017. While Acer did not announce the B3-A40 in any press release yet, it popped up on Acers website and in several shops in Germany. That’s why we know everything about this tablet already.
Acer Iconia One 10 Highlights
- It’s running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.
- Acer is shipping the tablet with software features like gesture control.
- The battery is said to last up to 10 hours.
- It is very cheap with an expected price of around 170 US dollars.
Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) Design
I didn’t try out the B3-A40 yet but the design seems to be identical to the B3-A40 which I did check out at Computex. That being said, we’re not getting the best build quality here. It is certainly alright for the price but the body is completely made out of plastic.
The new Iconia One 10 has two speakers on the side of the 10.1-inch display with a low-resolution 2-megapixel front camera on the top and the Acer logo on the bottom. We’re getting a micro USB port, a microSD card slot and a 5-megapixel camera on the back.
Display and Hardware
As far as I can see the Acer Iconia One 10 B3-A40 is a decent tablet. One of its major downsides is the display though. While the 10.1-inch display is an IPS panel it only has an HD-resolution at just 1280 x 800. So we’re getting a very low pixel density though. If you’re used to a smartphone with a FullHD display than you’ll see a huge difference.
The internal hardware seems fine though. Inside runs a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. It’s the MediaTek MT8167 which does not offer the best performance but is good enough for most apps. We’re also getting 2GB of RAM and 16GB to 32GB internal storage.
According to Acer, the battery should last up to 10 hours. It comes with a capacity of 6100mAh and the 10 hours could be true under certain conditions. These Android tablets have the best battery life right now.
Other hardware features include Wifi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. It seems like no LTE 4G version is planned right now. See below for the full spec sheet.
It seems like Acer is not offering an active stylus for this device. The FHD will have an optional keyboard dock but I’m not sure if the standard B3-A40 will get one too.
|Android 7.0 Nougat|
|10.1-inch IPS with 1280 x 800|
|1.3GHz MediaTek MT8167 quad-core|
|16GB or 32GB|
|microSD up to 128GB|
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0|
|No fingerprint sensor|
|258.4mm x 167.15mm x unknown|
Android 7.0 Nougat on the B3-A40
The Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) is one of the first cheap tablets running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. That is awesome. According to the pictures, it has the same customized interface like the B3-A40FHD.
As far as I could see at Computex the custom UI seems fine. It is one that differs from vanilla Android in a major way though. There is no app drawer which means all apps are installed directly to the home screen. Obviously, you can sort them in folders.
Instead of the icon for the app drawer, Acer is giving us an Iconia button. By pressing it you get access to a couple of features like screenshots and gesture control. I didn’t try them in detail yet but my guess is you could live without them.
Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) price and country
In Germany, the Acer Iconia One 10 (B3-A40) is already on sale starting at 179 euros for the 32GB version. While it did not appear on Amazon US yet I’m pretty sure we’ll see a price tag of 169 or 179 US dollars. Like most of Acers tablets, it should be available soon in the United States, Europe and all over Asia like India, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and so on.
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