Acer is gearing up for back to school with two new budget tablets, the colorful Iconia One 7 and the voice-enabled Iconia Tab 7. TabletPCReview got a chance to try out both entry-level Android devices first hand at Acer’s press event in New York.
Truth be told, neither is all that exciting when it comes to their innards. But then again, that’s not really the point; they’re pocketbook friendly, for those that want the basics at an entry-level price.
Iconia One 7: A Cornucopia of Color
Perhaps the biggest draw for the new Iconia One 7 is its colorful design. The 7-inch tablet is available in ten different colors, ranging from vibrant hues of blue and green to more traditional black and white colorings. Adding to the playful aesthetic is the device’s textured plastic backing. The loud, sharp, tactile design greatly contrasts today’s sleeker more stylized convention, but it seems to fit the Iconia One 7’s playful mentality.
Measuring in at 0.35-inches and weighing in at 0.73 pounds, the Acer Iconia One 7 isn’t incredibly thin for a 7-inch tablet, but its light-weight design still makes it highly conducive to travel. The tactile backplate also proves a boon for portability and use, providing an easy-to-grip surface.
It features an Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core 1.6GHz processor, so the paltry 1GB of RAM is the most notable weak point for the tablet, and will likely be the cause of any performance bottlenecking. In a somewhat strange decision, the Aspire One 7 runs on Android 4.2 Jell Bean out of the box, but users wishing to upgrade to version 4.4 KitKat will be able to do so immediately upon powering up the device. There’s with up to 16GB of eMMC storage, along with a microSD card reader for adding more.
Additional features include 2MP rear-facing camera plus a 0.3MP front-facing one
While the specs certainly won’t blow users away, the relatively high-quality display is a welcomed addition given the device’s incredibly-low $130 asking price. The 7-inch 1200×800 resolution IPS display provided a sharp picture with solid color contrast. TPCR was impressed by how well the display detailed the vibrant array of blues in the sunny daytime sky overlaying the lush grassy fields in the device’s background image.
Anyone looking for a tablet aimed at productivity will find the Acer Iconia One 7 wanting. However, with its colorful design, vibrant IPS display, and easily-affordable price tag, the One 7 is shaping up to be an incredibly attractive entry-level tablet.
The device will be made available in Europe, the Middle East and Africa beginning in mid-May at a starting price of €139 (Euros). The tablet will be made available in American markets at the end of June starting at $130
Iconia Tab 7: Slick Talker
While the Iconia One 7 and the Tab 7 share a number of similarities, including the same 1200×800 IPS display, there are also stark differences contrasting the two. Where the Iconia One 7 is colorful and loud in its design, the Tab 7 opts for a more traditional build. The device is constructed of silver aluminum which runs along its curved body, parting only at the point where the device’s large camera jets out from the body.
The 5MP rear-facing camera is strangely situated on the center of it’s back plate, an orientation more akin to a smartphone than that of a tablet. And the rear-facing camera is but one of the features that likens the Tab 7 to a smartphone. The device also features on-board 3G support, providing users with access to wireless data and even the ability to make phone calls (though the device will likely be better suited for voice communication when paired with a Bluetooth device). Unfortunately TPCR was unable to test the wireless capabilities of Tab 7 during a our brief time with the device.
While the Iconia Tab 7 boasts a few spec upgrades over the One 7, it is still very much an entry-level tablet. The device features a Media Tek MT8382 quad-core 1.3GHz processor, with up to 16GB of eMMC storage and 1GB of RAM. Again similar to the One 7, the Iconia Tab 7’s limited memory supply will likely serve as the bottleneck for the device’s performance. The Iconia Tab 7 runs Android 4.4 directly out of the box.
Unlike the One 7 which relies on its colorful design to do the talking, the Tab 7 hopes that it’s innards will grab the interest of consumers, namely its on-board 3G support. It certainly is an intriguing feature for an entry-level tablet.
Acer’s Iconia Tab 7 will be made available in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa at the end of June starting at €150 (Euros). Currently Acer does not have plans to release the Iconia Tab 7 in the United States.