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Acer's Rival To Samsung Galaxy Tab Now Available From £259

It's a pity that the Acer Iconia Tab A100 hasn't been more widely available as this diminutive tablet would have been a great alternative to the Wi-Fi version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The tablet was unveiled earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress; its main highlights are Android 3.0 Honeycomb, a 7-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive touchscreen, a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM and 8GB onboard storage.

Other features include Bluetooth, HDMI and USB ports, a five megapixel rear camera plus a two megapixel front facing one, GPS, a microSD card slot, a 1530mAh battery which is sufficient to play video for up to five hours.

Acer has also included a few of its inhouse applications (and customised user interface) as well as some others including Skype. The tablet is available from Pixmania for £259 excluding delivery.

As for the competition, you've got big sized tablets on one side, including the Hannspree Hannspad at £150 and the Advent Vega at £199 on the other. But we have yet to see a 7-inch dual core Android-based tablet at a similar price.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.