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Packard Bell iPad 2 Rival Drops To £285

The last time we looked at the Packard Bell Liberty Tablet PC it was on sale for £350, a few weeks later and its price has already fallen to a mere £285 at PC World - using the voucher code TABLET5.

The Packard Bell Liberty Tablet PC (opens in new tab) is a clone of the Acer Iconia A500 Android tablet that was launched at Mobile World Congress last year, but costs £65 less than the Acer model.

Like the latter, it comes with a dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 1GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage (the Acer one has 32GB), a 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen with a 1280x800 pixel resolution.

The tablet also comes with a microSD slot, a USB port, bluetooth, WiFi, a mini HD port, a five megapixel rear camera and a front-facing two megapixel camera, plus Android 3.0 Honeycomb as well as two 1W speakers with Dolby Mobile and GPS.

Battery life is excellent at 11 hours but we've got our reservations regarding the weight of the device (765g) which is way higher than the Toshiba Excite AT-200.

Our sister website ITReviews (opens in new tab) delivered a rather conservative verdict when it reviewed the A500 back in June, saying that it is one of the heaviest tablets on the market and was more expensive - back then - compared with the iPad 2.

Acer also threw in some pretty useful applications including Dolby Mobile Sound, Documents To Go, and a few more.

Désiré Athow

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 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.