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Packard Bell iPad 2 Rival Tablet Goes On Sale

It is surprising that Packard Bell waited for so long before launching its own opponent to the iPad 2; that said, as one might have expected, it is just a repackaged version of the Acer Iconia A500.

The Taiwanese manufacturer being the owner of the brand, there are not a lot of innovations to be expected, and the tablet - the Liberty G100-16GB - is merely a red version of Acer's tablet that was launched earlier this year.

It is currently available only through Argos for £349.99 and comes with a distinctive red Bordeaux colour scheme. Like its Acer cousin, it is powered by an Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage - expandable using a microSD card slot, has a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel LED backlit screen, a front facing webcam, a rear five-megapixel camera, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a USB port and up to 11 hours battery life.

It is powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb and as one would expect from Acer, comes preloaded with a number of applications like Social Jogger, Need for Speed Shift and Let's Golf. As it stands though, it is unlikely that it will get heads turning.

The Asus Eee Pad Transformer is more affordable while the 32GB version of the Iconia A500 costs the same at Amazon. Furthermore, other similar tablets like the Hannspree Hannspad are significantly cheaper and we're not even considering the £89 HP TouchPad.