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Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) tablet: review and testing

Despite the rapidly growing market of mobile devices, a major stumbling block for most potential buyers was, is and will be the price issue. In addition to efficient and modernity of gadgets, basic criterion for selection is always the paying capacity of the consumer. Therefore, in spite of expensive advertising and aggressive marketing, a large share of the market makes low cost devices. And if we turn to the question of the three main qualities of modern gadgets, in 9 cases from 10 you will hear in response: "The functionality, compactness and, most importantly affordable price."

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

Therefore, we aimed to review the popular device. The choice fell on section of 7-inch tablet, namely a novelty from the company Acer. This manufacturer has always been famous due to the production of quite high quality at the same time and affordable products, and a new tablet Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) takes this niche. Thanks to the good functionality, practical design and more than adequate price it is everyone's favorite. So if you want to find out other advantages and possible disadvantages, then take a look at our further review.

The specs:

Producer

Acer

Model

Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

CPU

Intel Atom Z2560: 2 cores, 4 threads, L2 cache is 1 МB, 32 nm manufacturing process, frequency up to 1600 MHz

Graphics adapter

IT PowerVR SGX544MP2, up to 400 MHz 

Display

7", IPS, 1280 x 800 p (215 ppi),  Multi-touch up to 5 touches 

RAM

1 GB

Drive

8 GB

Memory card support

microSD (up to 32 GB)

Sockets for SIM-card

No

Interfaces

1 x micro-USB

1 x microSD

1 x audio mini-jack 3,5 mm

Multimedia

Speaker system

Stereo

Microphone

Stereo

FM-radio

Camera

Main

2 МP, aperture f/2.4, fixed focus, video recording in format 720p

Front

0,3 МP, aperture f/2.4, fixed focus, video recording in format 480p

Communication

Wi-Fi

802.11 b/g/n

Bluetooth

3.0

DLNA

+

IrLED

GPS/GLONASS

+/+

GSM/3G

–/–

4G LTE

Sensors

accelerometer, gyroscope

Battery capacity

lithium-pol cell 3700 mА·h

PSU

Input: 100~240 V AC at 50/60 Hz

Output: 5,35 V DC at 2 А

Dimensions 

198 x 120 x 9 mm

Weight

330 g

Color

Black

OS

Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Warranty

12 months

Producer

Acer

Packaging and content

Tablet Acer Iconia One 7 comes in a small fairly bright and very attractive box. It is made of thick high-quality cardboard and has a pleasant and informative printing.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

The front of the box has a logo of the manufacturer, device name and its image. Also here there is a collage of colorful icons and elements. The back side of the package has attached several stickers. The big one has the list of the main technical characteristics of the device, which is represented by 9 foreign languages. The smaller in addition to the full name of the tablet, and series and production date has several barcodes and data about the country of production. In our case this is China.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

The delivery set of Acer Iconia One 7 can be called as basic. It contains a charger, USB-cable and quick start guide. Wired headphones are not supplied. It is not a disadvantage, since traditionally the quality of these headphones is low, and in many cases they remain unclaimed.

Design and elements layout

Externally the tablet Acer Iconia One 7 looks quite presentable. Classic rectangular shape with rounded edges and a matt black color give the device some of efficiency and provide a sense of security. According to the design it is very difficult to say that the gadget refers to a segment of available devices and has a nice price.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

As befits a 7-inch tablet, the new product has compact dimensions (198 x 120 x 9 mm) and light weight (330 g). According to modern standards the device a little bit thick, but it allows more securely hold it without fear of drops. Also this contributes to a rough texture of the rear side of the housing. Due to the modest size of the gadget does not take up much space and easily fits in a coat pocket or a small women's purse, which is a good opportunity to take the tablet for the journey as a digital assistant or entertainment center.

In the market Acer Iconia One 7 is presented in the broadest colors: from classic black to pink glamor. Thanks to a dozen different colors any buyer can pick up the device to your taste.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

The front panel of the tablet is completely covered by a protective glass, the name of which the producer has left in a secret. It does not have oleophobic coating, but it has a good anti-glare filter. The outline of front panel has a small black border made of glossy plastic, which, except for decorative purpose is an additional protection against damage. With regard to the frames around the display, here they have average dimensions of 23 mm at the top and bottom, and 12.5 mm at the sides.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

Above the screen is the front camera lens framed with information icons. At the bottom is the manufacturer's logo. Familiar touch buttons "Back", "Home" and "Menu" are not available. They are replaced by software versions that are located right on the screen of the tablet.

The device has a rather interesting elements layout. The main controls are focused on the top and right side, while the left and lower sides are free of any buttons and connectors.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

The top of the device has: 3.5mm audio jack for headset, micro-USB port and a small microphone hole. And the right side has power button and volume rocker. Also, there is a slot for cards microSD. The keys are quite pleasant to the touch, but are low keystroke.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

Backside Acer Iconia One 7 is made of a dense and a little coarse matte black plastic. It blends in to the side faces, thereby completing the construction and appearance of the device. Due to the scaly texture the surface pretty good hides fingerprints. In addition a solid base gives extra rigidity.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

The upper left corner of the back side has main camera lens. In the center is manufacturer's logo, and under it the label of Intel. At the bottom, in parallel with the edge is long and thin multimedia speaker grille.

We should also mention the build quality. As for the budget device, it is a fairly decent level. In general, the housing is good fitted, although in some places and there are minor gaps. However, considering the cost of the device, these drawbacks are insignificant. Besides here is a good level of stiffness. Under the moderate pressure the device geometry cannot be changed, and the display has no strains or other visible artifacts.

Display

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

Tablet Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) is equipped with a 7-inch IPS-screen with a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels and pixel density at level of215 ppi.

Used matrix can boast of good detail, high contrast and good viewing angles. Of course, with a strong deviation you can notice a little saturation of the image, but on the whole picture and text are a good readable. Color rendering is also pleasing to the eye and has a regular, fairly bright colors and shades.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

As for the display backlight, it has a high level of brightness and a good range of adjustment in manual mode. This makes it easy to use the device as a sufficiently broad daylight and in low light conditions. In addition, here is a good anti-glare filter.

The integrity and safety of the screen are provided by protective glass without a designated title. However, the lack of labeling does not bother him cope well with direct responsibilities. Unfortunately, it has not oleophobic coating, so that the fingerprints are collected rather rapidly and are difficult to clean. Between the cover glass and the screen is of a small air gap, which increases the reliability of the design.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

Built-in sensor detects up to 5 simultaneous keystrokes and has good sensitivity. Delays or false operations are absent: it works quickly and accurately. Despite the lack of oleophobic coating, finger sliding on the protective glass is quite pleasant and does not cause any discomfort. But does not support for the work in gloves.

Sound

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

Model Acer Iconia One 7 is equipped with two quite good multimedia speakers that are on the back side of the case. It would seem that such an arrangement should mute the sound, but it is, on the contrary, as gives a certain amount of sound. In an accessible range are very nice present high and medium frequencies, and depending on the composition appears and a hint of bass. The only thing you can complain about is a distance between the speakers. In fact, they play the role of a stereo pair, but due to the fairly close proximity this effect is weak. The rest of the claims to the multimedia speakers are absent. Quality and volume is enough for gaming, watching movies and listening to music.

In addition the tablet is equipped with a 3.5-mm audio connector, which can connect external audio devices. In our gaming headphones Kingston HyperX Cloud sound was quite loud and very enjoyable. And thanks to the built-in equalizer it is possible to give more depth and volume.

Camera

Acer Iconia One 7 has two cameras. Unfortunately, due to low cost of device, the installed digital modules cannot boast of high specification.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

The main camera of the tablet is represented by a 2-megapixel module with an aperture of f/2.4 and fixed focus. It is capable of shooting video with a maximum resolution up to 720p at 30/s.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

The front camera supports 0.3-megapixel with an aperture of f/2.4 and a fixed focus can record video at resolutions up to 480p at 30/s.

Based on the above facts we cannot talk about about the acceptable quality of footage material. Photos and videos suffer from the same diseases: low contrast and poor detailing. The picture looks blurred and faded. And if using the main camera (using the experience, the available settings and correctly chosen lighting) you can get more or less acceptable pictures, but the front will approach only for undemanding self-portraits and video calling. The matter is a great amount of noise and low resolution, which completely destroy the entire image detail.

Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD) Acer Iconia One 7 (B1-730HD)

Software that responsible for the operation of cameras is quite plain and very succinctly. Menu has a basic set of functions, and allows fast taking photos and videos. Here you can select the camera mode, set the white balance, exposure compensation to produce, and set the timer. In general, the available options will be enough for the beginner or undemanding users.


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