Acer Iconia Tab 7 A1-713 HD


Operating System Android 4.4 (Kit Kat)
Dimension (in) 4.6 x .35 x 7.6
Weight (lb) 0.65
Screen (in) 7
Resolution (px) 800 x 1280
Touchscreen IPS LCD Capacitive

Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi connectivity; Front & Rear-Facing cameras; MicroUSB port, MicroSD; Accelerometer

Battery Life 6 hrs

The tablet has a 1280 x 800 pixel panel which Acer calls "HD", but we'd call that a stretch. It's not a patch on the Nexus 7 (2013) and its 1920 x 1080 pixel panel - a model that retails for around €29 more. Not that the Acer screen looks bad, it's just not best in class, despite being a newer release. Viewing angles are decent, though, thanks to an IPS panel - although we did find reflections to be a little prominent.

Although the Iconia Tab 7 (A1-713HD) is the more premium of the two tablets announced today, it will retail at €149 next month. Despite this low price, the tablet has a mostly aluminum rear cover, although the camera juts out a large amount like a sore thumb.

A quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek T8382 processor runs the show here. It's not hugely powerful and I did notice an unfortunate bit of lag in general navigation through the Android software, but having a lower-end CPU shouldn't really stop you from doing anything. Games just might not look quite as good as they might do on another, probably more expensive, tablet.

You'll find a standard 5MP rear camera as well as fairly lacklustre 0.3MP front-facing camera - we tried both out with reasonable results although the photos did look a little soft when not taken in a well-lit area.

3G connectivity and phone capabilities mean you'll rarely be disconnected from the world, but the Iconia Tab 7 probably won't replace your phone. Still, it has some good stuff going for it, including a 5MP camera, a nice brushed aluminium finish, and a fairly good asking price.

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