Acer Iconia B1

6.9/10 AVG.
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6.9/10
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The Acer Iconia B1 currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 2 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Decent specs for a basic tablet
  • Near-stock Android version
  • Low price tag

What's bad

  • Poor build quality
  • Low-end display

If you’re looking for a barebones 7-inch Android tablet, you’ll find exactly that in the Acer Iconia B1. Among its best qualities is a low price tag which you won’t see many branded tablets with similar specs. However, as Techradar’s Jamie Carter rightly points out, this means that it comes with strings attached - largely in the form of lower quality components.

Still, that doesn't mean that if you use the B1, it will disappoint in all departments. It relies on a 1.2GHz dual-core chip for processing power, comes with a front-facing VGA camera, 1GB of RAM, choices of either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage, and a built-in microSD card slot.

From this short list of specs, one can determine that the B1 is all about giving users a taste of the basic Android tablet experience. And again, if that’s exactly what you’re looking for, then the B1 will serve you quite well.

Engadget’s Dana Wollman is quick to admit that the build quality and screen on the B1 aren't nearly as nice as what you'll get on the 2012 model of the Nexus 7 tablet. And this should come as no surprise, given that the Nexus 7 is meant to be a flagship model for Google, while the B1 is nothing more than a second-string Android offering for Acer. The Taiwan-based company has a more expensive model sitting a notch above it in terms of price and performance.

The bottom line is that if you aren’t asking for much out of your Android tablet, then the B1 is right up your alley. Not to mention, Acer isn’t asking for much for it in terms of money, either. It serves all the most important tablet features in an easy-to-use and affordable package. As Katharin Byrne from Expert Reviews says, “it could be better, but it's certainly no slouch at all”.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.2 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

So, is the Acer Iconia B1-721 a price-performance gem? In short: Not really. True, its application performance is acceptable, and the communication modules perform flawlessly as well. UMTS 3G is on board alongside Bluetooth 4.0 and a relatively spacious 16 GB of internal memory. With its high maximu...

- Michael Moser , Notebookcheck
Expert Reviews

This budget tablet is very much part of Acer's B-team, but its microSD card slot is a nice addition.

- Katharine Byrne, Expert Reviews


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Screen Size
7"

The Acer Iconia B1's screen size is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a MediaTek 8317T Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
2640mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 2640 mAh battery. Acer's performance ratings are 3 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Iconia B1 Specs

Overview
Release date February 25, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean

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Secondary OS No
Processor MediaTek 8317T Dual core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8/16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 2640 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 3 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 3 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.7 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm (7.8 x 5 x 0.5 in)
Weight 340 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 262k
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density 170 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, White balance, Scene mode, Exposure
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Acer B1-710

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Critic Reviews


Notebookcheck

A solid average-quality tablet that offers a lot of good features

from Notebookcheck

So, is the Acer Iconia B1-721 a price-performance gem? In short: Not really. True, its application performance is acceptable, and the communication modules perform flawlessly as well. UMTS 3G is on board alongside Bluetooth 4.0 and a relatively spacious 16 GB of internal memory. With its high maximum brightness level, the tablet is well-suited for outdoor use...

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So, is the Acer Iconia B1-721 a price-performance gem? In short: Not really. True, its application performance is acceptable, and the communication modules perform flawlessly as well. UMTS 3G is on board alongside Bluetooth 4.0 and a relatively spacious 16 GB of internal memory. With its high maximum brightness level, the tablet is well-suited for outdoor use.

But the tablet has several disadvantages to be weighed alongside the good. Its display has a low resolution and is plagued with heavy clouding and poor color reproduction. The webcam's quality is simply miserable, and the mono speaker produces a mediocre sound. Unfortunately, the device's battery life is also disappointing -- it cannot make it through an entire workday in constant use without reconnecting to the power supply. Also, its case can be twisted rather easily.

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Expert Reviews

The screen could be better, but the Iconia B1 is no slouch when it comes to processing power

from Expert Reviews

The rest of the Iconia B1 is fairly unremarkable. Unlike its big brother, the B1 uses a standard version of Android's Jelly Bean 4.1.2, not the latest 4.2.2. This leaves the B1 feeling a little dated by comparison, and we missed features such as multiple user accounts, but it's still fine for sin...More

The rest of the Iconia B1 is fairly unremarkable. Unlike its big brother, the B1 uses a standard version of Android's Jelly Bean 4.1.2, not the latest 4.2.2. This leaves the B1 feeling a little dated by comparison, and we missed features such as multiple user accounts, but it's still fine for single users. We were able to jump straight into Google Search or use the webcam from the standby screen and sync various email accounts to the device. There's also a customisable app bar above the onscreen menu buttons that lets you access your favourite apps from any of the five home screens.

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