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Acer Iconia Tab B1-A71 Full Specification, Features and Reviews

Acer Iconia Tab B1-A71 Full Specification, Features and Reviews

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Product Info

Brand
Model
B1-A71
Announced
January 17, 2013
Status
Available. Released 2013, January

General Product Info

Dimensions
197.4 x 128.5 x 11.3 mm (7.77 x 5.06 x 0.44 in)
Weight
320 g
Display Type
TFT capacitive touchscree
Screen Size
600 x 1024 pixels

Sound

Alert Types
N/A
Loudspeaker
Yes
Audio Jack
Yes

Network

Sim
No

Memory

Memory Card Slot
Up to 32 GB
Internal Memory
8/16 GB,
RAM
512 MB RAM

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Connectivity

GPRS
No
Edge
No
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth
Yes, v4.0
USB
Yes, microUSB v2.0

Camera

Primary
VGA, 640x480 pixels
Secondary
No
Features
Fixed Focus
Primary Video
Yes,
Secondary Video
No

Hardware Features

Chipset
MTK 8317T
CPU
Dual-core 1.2 GHz
Radio
No
GPS
Yes
Sensors
Accelerometer

Software Features

OS
Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
Messages
No
Browser
HTML5
Java
Yes
Colors
Black
Other Features
- SNS integration
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail
- YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa
- MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
- XviD/MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Predictive text input

Battery

Type
Non-removable Li-Po 2710 mAh battery (10 Wh)
Talk Time
NA
 
 
 
 

Hardware and design

The Iconia Tab B1-A71 features a 7-inch TFT display with 1024x600p resolution and 170p pixel density. It is powered by a 1.2GHz processor with 512MB RAM and comes in 8 and 16GB variants, and provides 32GB micro-SD expansion.

Connectivity features of the tablet are Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and microUSB 2.0. Other features of this tablet are VGA front camera and 2,710 mAh battery.

When it comes to design, Acer Iconia B1-A71 is not the best looking tablet out there. The bezel in the front is surrounded by a thin blue strip that looks very unpleasant to the eye. The build quality of the device seems pretty decent. On the bottom is the microUSB port, whereas the Power/Lock key and volume rocker are on the left.

Software

Acer has not customised the software in Iconia B1-A71, so you get the stock Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. This means that there is no bloated skin to slow down the operating system and ruin the user experience. However, you do get a few pre-loaded apps, like Chrome browser and other Google apps, movie editor and ebook reader. Jelly Bean ensures that you get to enjoy the capable Google Now digital voice assistant, which is highly responsive. You get an Acer Registration App in this tablet.

Camera and multimedia

In order to keep the cost down, Acer has used only a VGA front camera in the tablet, which is capable of capturing videos and images. As expected, there is a lot of noise in the images and colours are not true, but overall, it serves its purpose.

On the back is the speaker grill, which gives decent output but nothing that is worth mentioning here. The video playing experience was smooth on YouTube as well as commonly used video player apps, with no lags. This device can play 720p videos, but is not capable of handling 1080p videos smoothly.

Performance

Despite not-so-impressive specs, Acer Iconia B1-A71 gives a pretty smooth user experience, as we experienced no lags courtesy Jelly Bean, despite just 512MB RAM. The screen is decent, with good colour reproduction; and the tablet is pretty good for watching movies and reading ebooks on-the-go. What we did not like about the screen was that it is not really bright and we had to keep the brightness at 40% or higher to fully enjoy the colours; however, this is a personal choice and may differ from user to user.

Being a budget tablet, Acer Iconia B1-A71 was never expected to have all the features. Nevertheless, leaving out 3G connectivity is something we do not appreciate, as rivals like Micromax Funbook Talk and Karbonn Velox Tab 8, offer connectivity on-the-go. Another thing missing from the device is a rear camera, which is not really important in a tablet, but is still available in competing products.

Rivals

The main rivals of Acer Iconia B1-A71 are Micromax Funbook Talk, Karbonn Velox Tab 8 and HCL Me Tab U2. The first two have the main advantage of providing 3G connectivity to the user, something Acer's product cannot give; moreover, Karbonn tablet has a slightly bigger screen. Rest of the specifications remain comparable between these three devices. The tablets by Micromax and Karbonn are priced lower than Acer Iconia B1-A71.

HCL Me Tab U2 is a good tablet as well, giving the same set of features, including Google Play marketplace access and a slightly bigger battery, at Rs 5,999. However, it runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and it is not yet clear if it will be upgraded to newer versions of the OS. Acer, on the other hand, has said that it may port the Iconia B1-A71 to Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

So, you have a few good options to check out before you select your next budget tablet, though we refrain from recommending either one of them as we have not checkws them out ourselves.

Verdict

Acer Iconia B1-A71 is a capable tablet that delivers what it promises. It is perfect for enjoying music, videos, ebooks on the go, but no internet-on-the-go is something we will really miss if we buy this device. Nevertheless, those who care more about media consumption should go for this tablet, as it does that pretty well.

The manufacturer gets a few brownie points for giving international warranty with this device, making it easier to get repaired in case it encounters problems, even when you are out of the country.

 

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