Samsung's first Galaxy Tab was an exception to a slew of first generation small format tablets with sub-par hardware, and two years later the Nexus 7 proved that a quality tablet no longer needs to be expensive with a sticker price of 249 euros (around £200)
Today we are aiming even lower, and picked three tablets in the sub-£150 segment (with at least one of them costing £74). Two are from Acer and ASUS, while the third is from a less known brand, Prestigio. Acer sent us the Iconia Tab B1, ASUS Memo Pad and Prestigio the MultiPad 7.0 Prime Duo. It's an interesting collection of tablets to take a closer look at.
Let's first see what they have in common. They're all available for less than £150. The Acer Iconia Tab B1 has an SRP of £99, the Asus tablet £125 and the Prestigio, £140. They're all three 7-inch tablets with the same resolution of 1,024 x 600. An HD resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, which the Nexus 7 has, is still a bridge too far for this pricepoint.
On paper all three of these tablets could be interesting products if you're in need of an affordable 7-inch tablet. Now we'll take a closer look at each one individually, in alphabetical order, and find out how they compare in terms of performance and features.
The Iconia Tab B1 from Acer has a unique look with the blue edge that runs around the entire thing, except for the bottom left-hand corner. There's a little sticker there as well with Iconia on it. We don't find it to be the best-looking accent, but that's a matter of taste of course.
The power and volume buttons are located on the right side of the tablet. At the top there's the headphone jack and at the bottom the Micro USB port. Strangely enough it's not centered, but that of course doesn't really affect anything. The reason for this could be that it's very close to another feature using the same controller, which would be the microSD slot. It's situated right next to the Micro USB port behind a cover. The B1 only has a frontal camera, with a resolution of 0.3 MP. You can read the rest of Three 7-inch tablets previewed: Acer, ASUS and Prestigio on Hardware.info.