Acer Iconia B1 Philippines Price 6,950, Complete Technical Specifications, In the Flesh Photos, Initial Impressions!

I've held and tested many tablets - in various price categories - in the past few months and I can honestly tell you that Acer Iconia B1 is definitely one of the best and 'most sulit' slates that you can get as of writing.

Sure, it doesn't have the high resolution and ultra crisp display of iPad 4 nor the large battery of Nexus 7 but considering everything that it offers you for just Php 6,950 (that's almost half the SRP of the most affordable Nexus 7 variant), the Taiwanese company's entry level Android tablet this year is truly worth checking out.

Not only does this 7-inch tablet have a really cute and slick design - highlighted by hip, blue lining on the sides making it look rather unique and perhaps more appealing to young and young-at-heart users - and solid construction but it also has decent technical specifications. The tablet runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system (sans any skin) with its Dual-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek MTK 8317T chipset, handles multitasking with 512 MB of RAM, and comes replete with 16 GB of internal storage that's even expandable via microSD card slot.

What I really like about it though is that it has reassuring heft and it really feels great in the hand. The back of the device looks as good as its face and Acer Iconia B1 does look far, far more expensive than it actually is. Not that it was unexpected -- because really, Acer is one of the leading and most respected electronics brands in the world and their products - especially the more recently ones - are known not only for looking good but also for being very reliable.

Another thing that's cool about it is the very smooth touch response. It doesn't have the powerful innards of Nexus 7 but actually, in terms of responsiveness to touch gestures and smoothness of screen transitions, Acer Iconia B1 - I find - performs almost as good as Google's current midrange tablet. You'll experience minimal lags and you'll definitely get that buttery smooth performance that Jelly Bean promises.

There are many rooms for improvement; For instance, it could use a bigger RAM and a clearer display. But all things considered (i.e. its price, its benchmark scores, the fact that even though its battery is rather small for a tablet, its uptime ain't so bad), Acer Iconia B1 is a very strong release. In fact, after playing with the tablet for two weeks, I can say that its design and performance are good enough to make it a TechPinas Favorite.

Last month, Acer Philippines gave me several Acer Iconia B1 units to play with and I'm thinking about giving one away so you can also experience it. Kindly share this post on Facebook and Twitter and leave a comment below about what you think about this really cool release if you want me to launch the Rafflecopter giveaway soonest.

TechPinas Tablet Technical Specs Table (TTabTST)
Name Acer Iconia B1
Type Android Tablet
Price Category Entry Level
Dimensions and Weight197.4 x 128.5 x 11.3 mm, 320 grams
Available Colors Black with Blue Lining
Operating System Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
Display 7.0 inches 600 x 1024 pixels pixels resolution, TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Processor Dual-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek MTK 8317T
RAM 512 MB
Internal Storage 16GB, expandable via microSD card slot
Camera Front-facing VGA, 640x480 pixels
Video Capture VGA
Audio and Video Playback MP3, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, XviD, MP4, H.264, H.263 player
Ports 3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB v2.0
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Sensors Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Battery Li-Po 2710 mAh battery
Uptime TBD
Announcement Philippines: March, 2013
Availability Philippines: March, 2013
Price Official SRP: Php 6,950