Acer Iconia One 7 review
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We find out what £100 gets you in an Android tablet in our Acer Iconia One 7 review. A Nexus 7 killer or a dud?
Acer Iconia One 7 review
- Very low price
- Decent viewing angle
- Decent CPU power
- Too much app bloat
- Weak display colours
- Long load times
What you can expect from a super-cheap Android tablet has changed radically over the last couple of years. A while back, cheap Android tablets used to have dreadful screens, laggy performance, and often didn’t even have basic Google services like the Google Play app store. The Acer Iconia One 7 shows how far we’ve come.
It’s not perfect, but for those on a strict budget it makes a pretty capable little family tablet and sells for as little as £90.
Acer Iconia One 7: Size and build
The Acer Iconia One 7 is a fairly small tablet, similar in size to the Nexus 7. With a plastic back and a glass front that’s nowhere near as tough as the Gorilla Glass you get on a high-end tablet, it’s not going to wow you as soon as you get your hands on the thing.
Acer has also chosen to give the Iconia One 7 an odd contoured pattern on the back, but as the actual finish is just hard plastic without the soft touch feel you get in some tablets, it still feels a little bit cheap. Even if it is grippier thanks to the patterning.
The Acer Iconia One 7 is not iPad-grade stuff, but in pure practical terms it’s actually quite good. It weighs just 340g, and is small enough to hold in one mitt unless your hands are small. It’s bigger and heavier than something like a Kindle Paperwhite, but it’d be handy to use on public transport on the way to work.
There are 16GB and 32GB models of Acer Iconia One 7, and 16GB gives you enough room for a few high-end 3D games and a handful of movies. There’s also a microSD card slot on one edge for extra storage. It’s an exposed slot that has all the grace of a spotty teenager dive-bombing in a council swimming pool but we’re glad it’s there.
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