Dreamt of having your very own tablet so that you’ll stop crying? Thanks to Acer for bringing up its very own 7-inch slate to be so available just for everyone: the new B1 of the Iconia series. Released lately this January and is made available to several countries already, the B1 of Acer is but a ‘cheap’ or ‘budget-friendly’ tablet ready to make people smile as they enjoy the new Jelly Bean of Android. Plus in the simple package is a reliable battery life, and all this comes in but a price of only $159 so and so. Do you think this tablet from Acer should ‘do’ for everyone who does not have a handheld slate? Let’s check it out.
For your (early) information, the Acer Iconia B1 is true to its being cheap. That said, it is acceptable and reasonable enough to have the B1 shelled in a cheap plastic case, a display with no real protective Gorilla coating but rather a ‘flexible’ plastic, and a blue streak around the edges that serve as the colored frame of the device. The device feels light though at 320grams, making it handy enough and along the way, making it feel more like it’s a budget one. Being thin does not necessarily mean thin and totally ergonomic, as the B1 actually is thick at 11.3mm, plus the thick bezels making the display look small.
Being plastic in material, it is quite a double injury to find out that there are some weak parts in the slate. What I am talking about particularly is the virtually invisible gap between the screen and the bezel, that whenever you try to press a little harder than usual especially on the edges, you will hear creaks or quirks, which are both quite disappointing. Adding to this, the rest of the materials have the said flex, making it easier to put pressure on than expected. The display itself also has its own flex that felt more like resistive than capacitive, though this is sometimes preferred when compared to those that are too slippery or sensitive.
While the Acer Iconia B1 is short with build quality, which is at least satisfactory for the said price, the tablet is nevertheless good enough with the interface. While some of the big-time tablets on the market today offers 3G/4G connectivity but without the microSD support, the Acer Iconia B1 luckily has the opposite. You’d surely love the latter because the B1 only has 8GB storage inside which users can only enjoy a fraction. Moreover, if there be any 3G or 4G feature later, I would love to learn how Acer will—and should—improve the whole system as a whole to accommodate such features. Anyhow, the B1 does at least have a single-band Wi-Fi and a Bluetooth 4.0.
It’s not really surprising also for a tablet this price and size to have a low-end set of specs. However, beware of the prejudice because I myself was surprised to find out how the B1 kept up even with the low specs. Included in the list are: a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from MediaTek, a 512MB system memory or RAM… and that’s it. As I said, the B1 is nevertheless a performer in its own way, making users enjoy the swipes, pinches, and scrolls with hardly any noticeable hiccups. Though the B1 is said to have a GPU from Imagination, I can frankly tell you ahead that the B1 is not really for games except those Angry Birds types. Multi-tasking can sometimes cause a little slowdown to the system, but at least, with all the good features of the latest Android, you’d still surely enjoy having a complete tablet experience.
Lastly, the Acer Iconia B1 is almost well done in its own way and for its own price, more if you’d learn that the B1 has a display resolution and quality at par in its expectations. Sporting a TFT multi-touch display, the Acer Iconia B1 has but a resolution of 600x1024p, and with a pixel density of 170 ppi, you’d sure know this is not really healthy for reading small texts on websites. Though the display is at least comparable to a version of the iPad or two, watching movies is not really a self-suggested feature in this 7-incher. All in all, for that seemingly enough package, the Acer Iconia B1 is a good gift item even for grandma, at least to ease them off their boredom for at least 5-10 hours a day.
Acer Iconia B1 Android Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 7,000.00
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