The Acer Iconia 7 is an under 100 dollars tablet which specifically designed for kids and low budget users. The device is only around 30 to 40 dollars more expensive than the Amazon Fire 7 and should offer you an overall better value than that system. The reason is simple, Amazon has been well known for adding so many ads into their products which some users don’t really like. If you expect to see a similar option in relatively similar price point, then you should take a look into this one. Acer is not very well known brand in this market, but they actually have some decent options now.
The hardware specification featured here is similar to Fire 7. It’s started with 7 inch HD IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB storage, and Mediatek quad core processor. This hardware configuration is considered as pretty low, but should be good enough for kids. The Lenovo Tab 4 Plus is good option if you expect more performance in the price range between 100 to 200 dollars. As for now, let’s take a look inside into this gadget and see how it works on us. That is what we are going to talk about on this article. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.
Case and Looks
So far, Acer has released three kinds of Iconia line-up included the 7 inch, 8 inch, and the 10 inch model. All of them feature a similar design with only difference in its screen size. The chase is entirely made from plastic included the front, side, and the back cover. The build quality is decent, but keep in mind the material surface is easily get scratch despite for having a nice surface finishing. I tried to place it once on my table and I see some scratches on the back as soon as I take it for later. They sell a pretty cheap plastic case for couple of dollars if you want some protection here.
The Iconia’s design does not really give a bad impression in term of design although there is almost nothing good to expect from it. Well, you cannot really complaint about for 100 dollars tech gadget. However, users can still find some decent features here. For example, they still add of micro SD slot for expanding the storage which is even not available in the latest 2018 iPad Pro 11 inch. You also find of micro USB for charging the battery and connecting of mouse and keyboard through USB OTG adapter.back to menu ↑
Display and Audio
Despite for being an affordable system, the 7 inch display featured here looks incredibly solid in my opinion. Android tablet for years have longer using of TF LCD panel instead all of them now having of IPS panel that even looks better than most of screens found in 300 dollars laptop. The same case found here where the screen looks great for reading PDF or streaming some HD movies. I only find the screen is quite reflective because it’s not fully laminated. Just make sure to increase the brightness for improving the visibility and you have no problem for having it for outdoor usage.
The most common audio support one can expect here is the single firing mono speaker. There is only one speaker used and it could go pretty loud in the maximum volume although it sounds distorted in matter of time. I have tried to play with the equalizer for improving the bass, but have no effect at all to the end result. The headphone jack port is available, so don’t be bother to listen its crappy speaker and just plug your favorite headphone. You should have more privacy to what you listen and getting more impressive sounds experience.
|Acer Iconia 7 B1 790 7 Inch||Main Specs|
|CPU||Mediatek Quad Core MT8163B 1.3 GHz|
|Graphics||Mali T720 MP2 Graphic|
|Display Size||7 Inch 1280 X 720|
|Memory||1GB DDR3 Memory|
Hardware and Software
While the specification will never promise you a good experience in gaming, the thing is working pretty well in doing some light tasks like browsing, streaming movies, or reading a PDF text. Android is built in to run even with 1GB of RAM and for this case you have no problem at all here. The Mediatek 8163 is an old processor, but already featuring of quad core CPU and 64 bit architecture. Its performance cannot be comparable with hardware nowadays, but is going to give you a decent experience for doing what you want. Gaming however is limited to some older title while newer games will demand more demanding hardware.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow is running as the main operating system. Acer includes their customization UI which looks simplistic and modern here. Unfortunately, I find couple of bloatware although it’s not as bad as you see in Fire HD tablet. Some of them cannot be deleted while couple of them free to delete here. You can try to uninstall them by doing it through the ADB which done pretty easily. There are so many good tutorials for doing it lying around the internet. Well, you can just hide the apps if are unwilling to do anything about it.back to menu ↑
I run out of couple options for a tablet in price point under 100 dollars included from the big brand names like Acer and Amazon and some other Chinese manufactures. Well, most all of them feature similar specs and design. What you really need to think about here is the users experience and after sales market support. I see both of these important things in Acer and this is the reason why I choose of Acer over its competitors. However, the choice is yours so feel free to take any consideration about it. Make sure to check our latest article and leaving some comments below for further assistance regarding the article.