Acer Iconia B1-710-L401 7.0-inch 8GB Tablet (Pure White) Review

The Acer Iconia B1-710-L401 7.0-inch 8GB Tablet (Pure White) is a budget tablet offering features and performance that go beyond those you would expect from a tablet in its class and price range.

As you would expect, an inexpensive device is always going to struggle to compete successfully with top of the range models on price, performance, or features. However, this tablet may well offer the majority of features that most people will need for their everyday tablet use, making it a very tempting device.

Acer Iconia B1-710-L401 7.0-inch 8GB Tablet (Pure White)

At its heart lies a MediaTek MT8317T System on a Chip (SoC). This dual core component features processor cores based on the Cortex-A9 architecture, running at 1.2 GHz, and includes an integrated PowerVR SGX531 GPU. It is designed for use in inexpensive, Android-based tablets and smartphones, making it an ideal choice for this device.

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The device is fitted with 1 GB of DDR3 memory, which should be sufficient to allow the installed copy of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to run reasonably well, although it may stutter a little with particularly demanding apps. Naturally, more memory is almost always a good thing, but, for routine tasks, the supplied 1 GB ought to be enough, and represents a sensible balance between price and performance.

For permanent storage of your pictures, apps and music etc., the Iconia B1-710-L401 features 8 GB of internal storage. While that is certainly enough to get you started, and there may well be many users who will never fill it all, many more will probably wish there was more storage available. Again, this is a compromise between features and price that is difficult to criticize in view of the tablet’s overall capabilities.

Fortunately, the device also features a MicroSD memory slot, that will accept cards up to 32 GB. This goes some way towards compensating for the small internal memory, although it does mean that you will need to purchase a MicroSD card if you don’t have one already.

Pros :

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 7 inches Display
  • Media Tek MT8317T 1.2 GHz Dual Core Processor
  • 1 GB RAM Memory
  • 8 GB Flash Memory
  • MicroSD Memory Slot up to 32GB
  • 3.5-hour battery life

Cons :

  • More internal memory and storage would have been nice, but not a deal breaker

The device’s 7-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixel) , LCD capacitive touch screen features 5-point multi-touch, with finger touch and image auto-rotation. It’s ideal for reading e-books, watching movies, playing games or just surfing the web and checking your email.

Of course, to surf the web you’re going to need a network connection. The device offers built-in 802.11 b/g/n WiFi for wireless networking, making it easy to get online wherever there’s a wireless hotspot.

Staying with connections to the outside world, the tablet also supports Bluetooth 4.0 for straightforward wireless connections to other Bluetooth-capable devices, including keyboards and headsets. For those connections that need a good old fashioned cable, the device also features a Micro USB 2.0 port.

The Iconia B1-710-L401 has just one front facing camera – great for selfies and video chat on Skype etc, but probably quite difficult to use to take photos of anything else. Then again, it is at least an HD webcam, unlike the front facing camera on many other budget tablets, and, in truth, you probably wouldn’t want to use a tablet as a camera anyway – that’s what smartphones and proper cameras are for!

The device measures 7.77 x 5.06 x 0.49 inches and weighs just 11.7 ounces – easy and convenient to carry around with you, whether at home, at work or on your travels. With a reported battery life of up to 3.5 hours, you’ll be easily able to catch up on your reading, watch a movie or play a game whenever and wherever the mood takes you.

Overall, Acer Iconia B1-710-L401 7.0-inch 8GB Tablet (Pure White) is an excellent choice of inexpensive tablet for routine tasks. A little more internal storage would have been nice, and perhaps a rear camera, but for everyday usage and the relatively undemanding activities that most people use their tablets for most of the time, it should be more than adequate. If you’re looking for an acceptably good tablet on a budget, perhaps for a youngster or simply to have around, this could well be the device you’ve been waiting for.

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