The diminutive, Android-based Acer Iconia A100 tablet has gone on sale on Amazon for £299.99; unfortunately, this is the non 3G version which costs a £100 extra.
The Iconia A100 comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra A9 system on chip with 512MB RAM, 8GB onboard storage, Bluetooth, HDMI, Android Honeycomb, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front facing one.
Like the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it does come with a 7-inch 1024x600 pixels capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, a microSD card reader, a microUSB + full USB port. Given that it costs the same as the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab (and the 3G version of the O2-locked Galaxy Tab), it will all be down to whether you can live without 3G and without the additional 8GB onboard storage.
There's the small issue with the thickness of the device which at 13.1mm is almost 50 per cent thicker than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the iPad 2, both of which sport much bigger screens.
Amazon says that it will be released on the 20th of April while Scan, another retailer, reckons it will ship on the 18th of April and Lambdatek quoting the 14th of April instead.
But HMV is still our preferred retailer for the A100 because it offers up to 29999 pureHMV points which can be exchanged for a number of free gifts and will release the tablet on the 15th of April, earlier than Amazon.