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Acer Iconia B1-A71
Acer gets in on the budget tablet market

We heard some rumblings late last month that Acer was on the verge of releasing a $99 Android-based tablet for emerging markets. Well, that tablet is here, but the $99 rumored price tag is MIA.
Instead, we get the Iconia B1-A71 that features a 1.2GHz Mediatek processor, 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage space (a microSD can expand support to 32GB), and a 1024x600 display. Interestingly, the small tablet only features a 0.3MP front-facing camera and doesn't have a standard rear-shooter. The tablet doesn't even break the one-pound mark, weighing in at just 11.3 ounces.
The budget Android Jelly Bean tablet will set you back $150 bucks, but Acer still hasn’t provided a release date yet.
There is already competition in this price bracket from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but those tablets both run hacked up versions of Android (unless you install a hacked version of Android yourself). Acer may be able to carve out a niche for itself with a relatively cheap tablet that can still run the full gamut of Android apps.

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An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By quiksilvr on 1/7/2013 10:25:59 AM , Rating: 1
I couldn't imagine making the a 7" tablet more barebones than the Nexus 7.

But then again, I forgot about Acer.

RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By theapparition on 1/7/2013 10:56:29 AM , Rating: 2
How is the Nexus 7 bare bones, except for price?

Nexus 7 has modern hardware and OS, cameras on front and back, etc. This Acer is a slow, stripped model to compete with the Fire and Nook. There's a reason the headline didn't say Acer was taking on Google.

For $50, you are getting a LOT more tablet with the Nexus 7.

RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By Wolfpup on 1/7/2013 11:17:15 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, the Nexus 7 makes a lot more sense to buy, BUT I'd still recommend this any day over a (non-eInk) Nook/Kindle for people unwilling to pay $200 for some reason.

RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By quiksilvr on 1/7/2013 3:29:21 PM , Rating: 2
Barebones in the sense that it has virtually no I/O (no microSD, no HDMI, no full USB, etc.), no rear-facing camera.

I mean to say, it's as low as I would want a 7 inch tablet to go. Going lower and you'd take off too much.

RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By dbwells on 1/7/2013 5:40:44 PM , Rating: 2
Nexus 7 doesn't have a rear camera. Just sayin'...

RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By theapparition on 1/8/2013 9:30:13 AM , Rating: 2
Well I have a Nexus 7 and........crap you're right.

It's actually one of my kids tablets, and to be quiet honest I never noticed it doesn't have a rear facing camera.

RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By tviceman on 1/8/2013 11:46:38 AM , Rating: 2
Which shows just how much you and your kid are missing that rear camera.

RE: An even cheaper Nexus 7?
By nocturne on 1/8/2013 5:28:08 PM , Rating: 2
One of the major upsides is having mem card support along with a front facing cam, something which as far as I know is only available on the more expensive Samsung models. If it has gps support, no matter what the processor/mem specs are -- it's a great deal.

Motorola sucks
By jimbojimbo on 1/7/2013 11:47:19 AM , Rating: 3
So this has 512MB of RAM and can run the latest OS but Motorola told me my Droid3 can't because it only has 512MB of RAM. Suck it, Motorola.

RE: Motorola sucks
By retrospooty on 1/7/2013 12:09:29 PM , Rating: 2
I had a D3 too... It's not that JB cant be made to run on 512mb, but it doesnt run well and runs out of memory quick.

I could easily see a phone maker that deals with carriers not able to release something like that, but a low budeget crap dealer like Acer? No problem.

RE: Motorola sucks
By Samus on 1/7/2013 12:51:34 PM , Rating: 2
If Motorola wouldn't bloat up their ROMs with Motoblur and other crap, they'd be a lot smaller and run a lot faster. Using ADW launcher on my XPRT freed up 30MB of RAM alone over the stock launcher.

It's ridiculous Motorola virtually requires rooting and skimming of their ROM's to make the phones perform well. It's crap like this that makes the Nexus necessary. Samsung and HTC aren't as guilty, but still guilty. At least their launchers are flavorful and unique, but still incredibly inefficient and buggy.

Unfortunately this is the nature of Android being open source. Manufactures can make it better, or worse. Usually worse.

RE: Motorola sucks
By retrospooty on 1/7/2013 1:07:00 PM , Rating: 1
True, but I still wouldn't buy any Android device with less than 1gb RAM, not even a low budget one, not even if this was $50. Its just not enough. Even the Cyanogenmod team couldn't get it working on the Droid3 due to RAM issues regarding lack of RAM. It wasn't that it was impossible, it was that the effort required wasn't worth it, when in the end you had a device without enough memory to properly run OS4 or higher. So the end result was, they weren't going to spend any more time on something that would not have ran well.

Target Market
By Pino on 1/7/2013 8:39:22 PM , Rating: 3
You guys are also missing the point that B&N, Amazon and Google Play Store are not present on emerging markets, where Acer is very strong.

By Indigo64 on 1/7/2013 10:58:21 AM , Rating: 2
I've been hearin about 'dem newfangled 1.2 GHz displays but had never seen it mentioned on a public news site before! Color me tickled!

Kid tablets
By nafhan on 1/7/2013 2:13:24 PM , Rating: 2
Along with the Kindle Fire and Nook, there are already a number of tablets in this price range with similar specs marketed towards children. The main difference physically is bulk. The "kid friendly" tablets tend to have big rubber bumpers, more weight, and more thickness. Anyway, it shows that it's absolutely possible to make money selling tablets in that price range.

This is the first adult oriented Android tablet I've seen at this price point from a major OEM. Assuming reviews aren't terrible, I'd pick this over the non-HD Kindle Fire, if I was looking for a low cost tablet.

Why so much hate?
By Rott3nHIppi3 on 1/8/2013 11:02:51 AM , Rating: 2
For a product that's barely hit the market, I'm surprised at the number of Acer Hater posts here. I just bought my 7 yr old a "Visual Land Connect 9" for Xmas for $85 off of Amazon. Its bulky, a bit dark, and not very fast. But to her... its the shiznit and hasn't put it down since she unwrapped it. And to be honest... it works just fine; no app issues or WiFi issues or lockups or anything. I'd consider this Acer model (as an upgrade) any day considering some of the really cheap products already available.

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