May 29, 2014
The Acer Iconia One 7 is not a tablet that you buy if you want the latest and greatest in hardware, necessarily. It’s the tablet you buy if you just want a cheap Android tablet, if your parents want something to easily check their email with. But don’t be mistaken: as a budget tablet, it does a solid job.
This Intel-powered tablet is priced at $129.99, aiming for a budget market, and the build construction shows: the 1280×800 screen is clearly of a lower grade than most high-end ones, lacking in brightness, and with muted colors. The battery life is a bit lacking, even for a tablet: expect 4 or 5 hours’ use with it. The tablet is a little on the thick side, despite all this: not to say that it’s thick, in general, it’s still light and portable, but in the relative sense compared to other tablets.
As far as specs go, the table is a 7″ 1280×800 IPS panel, with an Intel Atom Z2560, dual-core 1.6 GHz processor, a PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 3700 mAh battery, front and rear camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, micro USB port for charging, micro SD slot for storage, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB or 16 GB of storage (the unit Acer provided was 16 GB). The tablet comes running Android 4.2.2, with a planned update to KitKat later. There’s a few pre-installed apps, but nothing too onerous: an anti-virus program, some AcerCloud apps, but nothing that substantially affects the stock Android interface.
The rear camera is really just there to be there: it takes fairly unimpressive photos at 1600×1200 resolution. There’s also a front-facing camera for those applications that can use it. Again, quality-wise, it’s there. There’s a micro SD card slot, though it appears apps can’t be copied to it. Still, it’s nice to have the option for music and videos.
There’s no video out via MHL or SlimPort for the micro-USB port. The charging port is on top where the headphone port is in portrait mode, which actually isn’t a bad design: it’s definitely out of the way when charging in both landscape and portrait modes because it is as at an offset.
The system is surprisingly capable for a budget tablet: it can definitely handle web browsing, email, and many basic games without issue, and Asphalt 8 runs decently: it’s not the smoothest framerate, but it’s definitely quite playable. Some apps seem to have crashed shortly after launch, possibly because, well, Android devices do that, but the Intel processor’s x86 architecture, when most tablets are ARM-based ones, may be at fault.
Ultimately, the Acer Iconia One 7″ is, for $129.99, a solid budget tablet. I was able to check my email, browse the web, type up things in JotterPad X, and play games on it. For the non-tech-savvy looking for an affordable tablet for doing basic things, I can recommend the Acer Iconia One 7.
The Acer Iconia One 7 will be available starting in June 2014 for $129.99.