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Unveiled to the world at CES, the Acer Iconia B1 is Acer's play at hitting the budget tablet space. While not offering bleeding edge specs, the B1 does offer a stock Jelly Bean experience on a 7 inch tablet, which, in the UK, goes for just £99. At CES we were told to expect launch in stores at the end of January, and true to their word that seems to be the case. 

The Iconia B1 has been spotted already for sale by British supermarkets, ASDA and Sainsbury's, both at that magic £99 price point. Appealing to the casual consumer at a price point that is bordering on impulse buy could prove successful for Acer, especially over the traditional 'no-name' cheap tablets we've seen for so long at this kind of price. The Kindle Fire is a big supermarket tablet line in the UK, so it will be interesting to see how the Iconia B1 fares. It under cuts the cheapest Kindle Fire by £30 while offering a more traditional tablet experience. 

Our hands on at CES showed a little lag, and a distinctly plasticky design, but also expandable memory and that Jelly Bean experience. But it all comes down to the price, and the Iconia B1 is the first tablet from a recognizable brand to hit that magic sub-£100 price point that makes it a compelling purchase for first time tablet buyers. If you've picked one up, or thinking of doing so, be sure to jump into the comments below and share your experience. 

via Eurodroid


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Acer Iconia B1 budget tablet appears at UK supermarkets for £99


I ordered one from Sainsbury's yesterday for my 10 year old niece. It arrived this morning. I haven't had a chance to look at it, but from what I've read, coupled with the price tag, it seems ideal for kids to mess about on.

I've got a Nexus 7 and an Iconia A500 at home and my niece loves them. At her age she won't notice the smaller amount of RAM or the lower quality screen. All she cares about is playing Minecraft, Angry Birds and a host other 'tabletcentric' games. The B1 will be perfect for this.

I'm looking forward to getting my Nexus 7 back for me to use!!

Hello there,
I bought one of those (iconia b1) last week for 119 Euro and I can tell you: It's pretty good. I'm not a child (but on a low budget) and the low amount of RAM is not a problem (up to now, I want to read math articles and books on the device so I need to read big pdfs and it runs very smoothly). Big plus is also the micro-sd card slot. Only downside so far: No USB-OTH :-(

Bjoern (Essen, Germany)

I got one from ebuyer. Hard to fall out with it.

It's quick (512mb you wouldn't know), plays iplayer and all the videos I tried.

Very good wifi, doesn't drop even in the blackspots in the house.

The viewing angle is fine despite what other reviews say.

It lasted 6 hours straight out of the box and I'm training it now so should last longer.

It's light and well made not sure what "plasticy" means. It's made of plastic?

Jellybean updated straight away and is very cool.

Bluetooth, GPS - amazin!

What more do you want for £99?

In fact what more do you want?

Tip: Clean the screen with a bit of chamois leather and you'll reduce the amount of finger prints you get.

main is ok. except GPS (without wi-fi & agps) - can not lock on (outdoor open space) when standing andsignal disappears after few steps if catches it
i am not sure if it is faulty or just poor - saw that in reviews but what i have is useless - my crappy old nokia 5230 performs better

what is your experience ??