Acer Iconia One 7

67
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
67

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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Engadget Summary

Cheap tablets are a dime a dozen, and finding ones that don't sacrifice too much in the name of keeping costs down can be challenging. Acer is a veteran in the cheap tablet game and the Iconia One 7 is yet another affordable tablet, meeting basic needs at a budget price of $130. Keep your expectations in check and you'll plenty satisfied.

When something is this cheap the first thing you pay attention to is the look and feel of the device. To Acer's credit the One 7 doesn't feel cheap, with Android Police calling it "surprisingly sturdy" and "really well put together." Computer Shopper says the design is "compact and polished," and Laptop Magazine was particularly fond of the back side, calling it "very pleasant to the touch." Inside the device is a 1.6Ghz Intel Atom processor and 1GB of RAM -- not exactly top of the line, but just enough for day-to-day activity. CNET finds it performs "just fine," handling "all the basic tasks without a hitch."

However, the issues with the Iconia One 7 are apparent just by looking at it. Not only is the bezel really big, but the display is a relatively low 1280 x 800. While this should be expected in a low price tablet, Digital Trends says "it's not terrible ... but as IPS screens go, this isn’t a good one." The battery is also mediocre, with an impressive sounding 3680mAh that in practice Computer Shopper says drained "at a faster pace than some premium-price" tablets though they also say they've "seen worse."

Overall, it's important to remember the Iconia One 7 is only $130 -- a full $100 below the Nexus 7 and over $200 cheaper than the 8-inch Galaxy Tab S. That price difference makes the low-res display and mediocre battery life a lot easier to put up with. But still, the Iconia One 7 is best suited for those who just need a tablet to stay connected to social media and email, as well as kids prone to breaking more expensive devices.

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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android

General

Type
Handheld
Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android (Jelly Bean [4.2])

Input

Keyboard
no
Predictive text
yes

Networking

WiFi (integrated)
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Media

Media playback
yes (AAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA) (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD) (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)

Sync

Sync PIM data
yes (OTA sync)

Audio

Audio / headset jack
3.5mm
Speakers
Stereo
Built-in microphone
yes

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro-USB port) (USB charging)

Hardware

Processor make
Other (Intel Atom Z2560)
CPU
1.6 GHz
RAM
1 GB
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