Back to basics

The Acer Iconia One 7 is an unremarkable 7-inch tablet with simple specs, but if you only have $129 to spend, it's your best bet.

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Psychedelic weave

The weaved texture on the back reminds me of smooth balding tires. It feels comfortable, but I didn't like the slippery feel of the finish.

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Left edge

One of the Acer Iconia One 7's saving graces is its microSD card slot that's expandable up to 32GB.

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Subpar screen

The 7-inch tablet's 1,280x800-pixel resolution is average, however the display has a narrow range of colors. HD images that should be vibrant and colorful look dull and lifeless.

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Glare-prone screen

The IPS LCD screen is difficult to see in bright environments. It's prone to reflective glares and its low brightness doesn't help.

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Rear speakers

The rear speakers in the back are easily blocked when holding in landscape orientation.

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Light, not so thin

The 7-inch inch tablet is lightweight, at only 0.71 pounds (320 grams), but it looks heavier thanks to its thickness.

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