Earlier this month, a report from Cyber Media Research claimed that Indians prefer buying 7 inch Android tablets that are priced in the sub Rs 10,000 price range. According to the report, almost 91% of the tablets sold in Q3 2012 were running on Android operating system and 78 per cent of the tablets had 7-inch screens.
Even Apple - the global tablet market dominator entered into this segment of the market with its iPad Mini to monetize profits from the trending category.
Following on the same lines, tech vendors across the world seem to be too aggressive in launching their new 7 inch tablet offerings to attain equal benefits in the growing market.
At the CES 2013, Acer unveiled its highly anticipated Iconia B1-A71 tablet with a 7 inch display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. Just recently, the company debuted the same tablet in India carrying a price tag of Rs 7,999.
One more leading tech manufacturer is exploring the tablet segment aggressively after attaining strong foothold in the PC market. Yes! The talk is bout Chinese tech firm Lenovo. Recently the company has launched a new tablet on the Indian tech grounds, dubbed as IdeaTab A2107.
Launched in the past week itself, the dual SIM tablet is now made available for sale at a price of Rs 13,495, which is significantly lesser than its anticipated price of Rs 14,000.
Being the latest market entrants and sporting a 7 inch display with Android operating system, both Acer Iconia B1-A71 and Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 can be claimed as stiff competitors against each other to win the race on the Indian boundaries.
Hence, Gizbot has come up with an elaborated spec comparison between the two new tablets Acer Iconia B1-A71 and Lenovo IdeaTab A2107, to find out which one will be a good buying decision for you. Have a look at it below!
Dimensions & Weight: While Iconia B1-A72 carries a dimension of 197.4 x 128.5 x 11.3 mm and weighs in at 320 grams, IdeaTab A2107 measures a dimension of 192 x 122 x 11.5 mm and a weight of around 400 grams, which makes the latter quite heavy.
Display: Both the tablets fare equally on the display front with 7 inch capacitive multi-touch displays with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.
Processor: In this segment, the Acer offering comes with a 1.2GHz dual core MediaTek processor. Whereas, the Lenovo offering is equipped with a comparatively lower 1GHz Cortex A9 processor.
Operating System: When it comes to OS, Iconia B1-A71 scores an upper arm with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box as compared to IdeaTab A2107, which is flavored with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform.
Notably, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is equipped with features including Project Butter, enhanced accessibility with new APIs, support for International users with bi-directional text support, other language support, expandable and contractible notifications, resizble app widgets, live wallpaper preview, high resolution contact photos, improved Android Beam and Wi-Fi network.
Camera: In terms of camera optics, IdeaTab A2107 fares well with a 2MP rear camera and a 0.3MP front camera for video calling. On the other hand, Iconia B1 lacks a main camera while houses a 0.3MP front camera.
Storage: In this segment, the Lenovo offering scores more as it comes in three variants - 4GB/8GB/16GB internal storage, 1GB RAM and a micro SD card slot.
In comparison, the Acer tablet comes with 8GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable storage.
Connectivity: Both the tablets come with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB support. Further, IdeaTab A2107 comes with dual SIM support, hence will offer 3G connectivity, which is missing in the Aser offering.
Battery: Iconia B1-A71 is loaded with a 2,710 mAh, the Lenovo offering is powered by 3,550 mAh battery. While, the later battery is technically found to be more powerful than the former, however both the companies claim that the devices will provide up to 8 hours of battery backup. Well, that can be checked only when we receive the tablet for review.
Price: In the pricing segment, Acer has priced the tablet attractively at Rs 7,999 and Lenovo has priced its offering at Rs 13,495.
Being budget tablets from leading manufacturers, both Acer Iconia B1 and Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 have decent specifications, thereby making it tough for the consumers to choose. However, each of the two tablets offer some important specs that are lacking in the opponent.
If the concern is on a low priced tablet without any voice calling facility, the Acer tablet with a faster dual core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience could be a better option.
However, if the concern is on SIM support, better backup, a rear camera and increased storage options, the dual SIM IdeaTab A2107 should be the right choice.