Acer Iconia B1 £119
13th Feb 2014 | 10:43
Cheap tablets have rarely been this good
In addition to the update to the Iconia A1, Acer is also updating the super affordable Iconia B1, with the Iconia B1-720 Wi-Fi version and the Iconia B1-721 Wi-Fi and 3G model.
Both are already available at price points of €129 Euros and USD $130 (around GBP £105, AUD $196). There is also a cited Euro price for the 3G version at €179 (which works out around GBP £147, USD $245, AUD $272).
That slides it in below 7-inch rivals including Tesco's Hudl.
The new version of the B1 – which retains a staggeringly low price point –doubles up on the original's RAM and on-board storage at 1GB and 16GB respectively.
A microSD slot enables you to add up to 32GB of storage, while there's a micro USB port on the bottom alongside the headphone jack.
A dual-core 1.3GHz Mediatek MT6572 processor makes the device seem perfectly zippy.
Acer says the B1 is aimed squarely at young or new tablet users or at families who want an extra device for use by the kids.
We liked the textured back cover – interestingly, this is a feature that the latest version of the Nexus 7 has decided to discard. However, we find that a textured back is lot easier to hold onto than a smooth finish.
The screen is bright and clear with 10-point touch, but lacks is terms of resolution (600 x 1,024) compared to slightly more expensive 7-inch competitors like the Nexus 7. In terms of accessories, Acer has debuted a new 5.3mm-thick Bluetooth Crunch Keyboard in a soft synthetic leather cover that folds out and can also be used as a stand.
The lack of definition is a little clearer close up.
We really like the new version of the B1. And for the money it's superb and welll-designed. The only thing is that we're not too keen on the screen resolution. But then, if you're worried about that, you need to spend a little more on a tablet like the Nexus.