The plastic design is not something that this tablet will knock you down with. Overall, the device has simple specs and its sub-screen evokes an early7-inch era of tablets, but Acer somewhat redeems The One 7 with on-trend budget starting price. That’s why those on a tight budget will take note of its limitations. It’s a steal if your needs are simple, such as email checking and surfing on the Internet. The Acer Iconia One 7’s plastic body looks dark and doesn’t feel very high quality, but it isn’t awful, either. It has a delicate construction quality, which could be a downside for many of you. The positive side is that it is lightweight, very small and portable at 7 inches.
The bottom has a pinhole, a Micro-USB port and a headphone jack. Speakers are on the right edge of the power button, volume rocker, and microSD card Slot. Thin bezels surround the display like a sumptuous plastic frame and help date the outline and the thin circle of the tablet.
Display and Audio
For a budget device, the 1,280×800-pixel resolution screen is decent— lower— and not worth a second thought. HD video are displayed nicely, but unfortunately, the videos lack a lively pop. The limited selection of colors is obvious when you look at rich videos, but not so much with live movies and shows. The display is pleasant to look at thanks to its good viewing angles, but the screen is extremely blinding and makes visibility difficult in bright conditions, even when the luminosity of the tablet is cranked.
The biggest attraction is the IPS LCD7-inch 1,280-by-720 that is pretty sharp at the size. The 210 pixels per inch (ppi) here gives the panel both Fire 7 (171ppi) and Fire HD 8 (189ppi) a more dense image. The display gets pretty bright and viewing angles are decent, but if you tilt it too much it will wash it out. On the right side of the tablet there is a power key and volume rocker. As for the audio, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack at the top of the tablet together with a micro USB charging port, and an exposed 256 GB microSD card slot. One drawback for entertainment is represented by the fact that there are no double-front stereo speakers. You’re trapped on the back with a tinny, easily muffled mono microphone.
- Acer Iconia B1-7A0 7" Android Tablet, 1024x600 IPS Touchscreen display, Mediatek MT8167B SoC, 1GB RAM, 16GB eMMC Storage, Android 7. 0 - Blue and White
Performance and battery life
The One 7 should last for up to six hours, according to Acer but we were not able to complete our standard battery test by streaming full-screen video over Wi-Fi at peak screen lightness due to its restricted Wi-Fi range. There is a cell of 2,780mAh under the hood, which is smaller than many phones and a quarter of the size of Tab38s 4,290mAh cell (during 5 hours, 27 minutes). Android 6.0 Marshmallow is running the Iconia One 7. The software is outdated, but you will not find a shortlist in this Android 7.0 Nougat price range without shelling it off for a costly tablet such as the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab series. Apart from the introduction of a custom news feed by Acer, the UI layer is tiny when you swipe left from the home screen. It lets you connect with different applications such as Facebook, Twitter and Opera Discover for content generation.
The main benefit of One 7 in its class over other tablets is unrestricted access to the Google Play store.
In terms of features, the Iconia One 7 has something that not all tablets in its class have. The One 7 also has a children’s mode, called the Children’s Center feature. Through launching it you can build a custom home screen with vibrant, child-friendly colors and a selection of apps and games that have been automatically selected. Enabling Safe mode which blocks unapproved sites and apps can restrict internet access. Extra Safe Mode and Kid Launcher deactivates the Home button and locks the device at the Kids Center even if rebooted, so that the One 7 is a special children’s tablet.
Should you buy the Acer Iconia One 7?
The Acer Iconia One 7 offers its users a strong and affordable Android experience. But Acer has cut some big corners with a dull screen, subpar battery life and poor cameras to get this price. The ASUS MeMO Pad HD 7 has a larger, vivid display, superior cameras, much longer battery life and lots of helpful features, for instance.
For a further $100, the Kindle Fire HDX and Google Nexus 7 provide a superior battery life and performance, so if you have a bigger budget, you can always go for a tablet with a better performance. If, on the other hand, you have basic needs, this tab is also a good choice.