Meet The £199.99 iPad 2 Rival

Dixons has cut the price of the Advent Vega Tablet PC to a jaw-dropping £199.99, a price that includes free delivery, down from £249, the price at which it is (still) sold in PC World.

The tablet became quite popular after it was found to be built using components that could match much more expensive Android tablets on the market (ed : we suspect that the sudden apparition of the £299.99 Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab might be the cause of that drop).

Like the iPad 2, it comes with a 10.1-inch WSVGA capacitive touchscreen display with a dual core system on chip (the Nvidia Tegra 2) clocked at 1GHz and 512MB RAM. It does come with only 4.5GB onboard storage, which can however be upgraded to 32GB using a microSD card (that's £27).

Its two-cell Lithium-Ion battery can power the tablet for up to 6.5 hours of video playback (compared to 10 hours for the iPad 2) and there's only one front facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Unlike the iPad 2 though, it is Flash compatible, comes with inbuilt HDMI connectivity, has a USB port, that all important microSD card reader, is in stock now, runs on Android 2.2 and has a very bustling community behind it trying to push Honeycomb on it.

And most importantly, the 32GB iPad 2 costs more than twice the Advent Vega (£479 vs £227) and will only be available (at least from Apple) by the end of April. Will Advent introduce a 3G version of the tablet? Stay tuned!