Hands-on: €120 Acer Iconia B1 [VIDEO]


While drowning in tech here at Mobile World Congress 2013, we got our grubby little hands on the recently announced Acer Iconia B1. In case you were wondering, the B1 stands for you have to Be One cheapass buyer to pick up something this low priced.

Priced at a rock bottom low $120 for 8GB of storage ($140 for 16GB), the Acer Iconia B1 answers the question of how low an Android device can go while still remaining usable for the most part. In our brief time with the tablet, the software felt relatively snappy for the most part, lacking only in the “butter” department when scrolling around the UI. Check out our quick hands-on video to get a better look at the outside of the device

The B1 doesn’t pack the kinda spec sheet you’d want to write home about, with barely 512MB of RAM and a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 7-inch 1,024×600 display, and a .3MP front facing camera. Still no word on US availability but unless you’re really trying to save your pennies, we can’t imagine why anyone would opt for this over an already affordable ASUS Nexus 7.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I bought my daughter one of these a few weeks ago and she loves the thing.

    Plenty of my games and other free ones run just fine on the thing. Only real issue is the screen which has some very bad viewing angles but for the price, it aint bad!

    1. That was what I was thinking. Small/cheap tablet for kids.

      Nothing wrong with that.

  2. 512MB ram? *pukes*

    While 140 is good, I’d rather have something that runs well and smooth… and possibly the chick’s phone number that’s holding the tablet.

    1. In other words, you want a Nexus 7 :)

  3. This has worse specs than the Iconia A110, which came out just last year. What the hell Acer? Who makes a newer tablet with worse specs than the older model?

    1. It is quite a bit cheaper. It was an obvious market segment to cater to.

      If you don’t like it, don’t buy it. I want to see what is possible in the 7″ space at $200-250 now. Surely we can get an open Nexus 7 type tablet with SD, video out, and full USB-OTG.

  4. i bought this as my nexus 7 developed a fault and needed something to tie me over until n7 was replaced. its ok not big on memory but if you only fill up with apps you need and basic usage it runs very well much better than some tabs at the same price (£99 in uk) overall performance does not match the N7 but hey acer got me out of a tight spot for a good price and i needed a temporary mobile device.

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