- Relatively attractive design
- Poor display quality
- Mediocre performance
- Terrible camera quality
Quick TakeKeep your expectations low and the budget Acer Iconia One 7 won't disappoint.
The Acer Iconia One 7 is a no-frills 7-inch Android tablet priced at just $130. It’s understandably a model aimed at someone on a budget, but would also work for those interested in picking up a secondary device intended for infrequent use. However, with underwhelming specs, mediocre performance, and a forgettable camera, this is not a power user’s tablet.
Build and Design
The Iconia One 7 doesn’t look like a $130 tablet at first glance, and its design is actually attractive for a budget-friendly model. It isn’t going to win any awards, and it won’t draw any attention ? negative or positive ? compared against other 7-inch tablets. It just blends in with the crowd, which is better than sticking out for looking cheap.
The model measures 4.72 x 7.79 x.35 inches and weighs just .71 pounds, which translates to a lightweight device that is easy to hold in one hand. The back is encased in a ribbed plastic that gives the tablet a comfortable feel, and the design etched into the plastic gives it a bit of traction. Still, its plastic build makes it feel like a cheap tablet in hand.
The 7-inch display boasts a 1280 x 800 HD resolution, which works out to a below-average 215 dpi. It isn’t going to blow anyone away, but at a $130 price point, users can’t expect Retina display quality.
Looking at the home screen, it’s hard to tell that the display quality is lacking, but once users try to stream a show or watch a movie, the poor quality becomes apparent. TabletPCRreview found that the colors looked washed out, almost like the display had a beige filter over it, when streaming content on Netflix. Text looks sharper than images, so eBooks are easy enough to read for a long period of time.
When web browsing, color representation is mediocre, but the text is easy enough to read. Basically, the One 7’s screen is good enough for comfortable reading, but this isn’t a media tablet by any means.
Display brightness is also dull, with only a slight difference between the dimmest and brightest settings. Even in a dark room on the dimmest setting, the tablet was still a bit too bright, causing some eye strain.
Buttons and Ports
A black bezel frames the display, with an Acer logo at the bottom and a front-facing .3 megapixel camera above it. Users will find the power button, volume rocker, and microSD slot on the right side of the device.
There aren’t any ports on the bottom or the left side, while the headphone jack, microphone, and microUSB port are located on the top. The location of the microUSB port on top of the Iconia One 7, instead of the bottom, makes it easy to charge the device while using it without the cord getting in the way.
The back of this model features another Acer logo, a rear-facing 2MP camera in the upper left-hand corner, and two speakers near the bottom.
We’re just getting started; page 2 of this review covers the performance of the Acer Iconia One 7.