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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Acer Iconia Tab A500 From £279

Another tablet on the way out? Well, Tesco has cut the price of the Acer Iconia A500, an Android based tablet launched at MWC earlier this year from £399 to £279 (once you account for a £20 discount thanks to the voucher code TD-RPHX).

The deal, available here (opens in new tab), is for the 16GB Wi-Fi version of the tablet, which comes with Android 3.0 Gingerbread. Acer hasn't committed to Ice Cream Sandwich as far as we know but we see no reason why this shouldn't happen.

The tablet comes with almost the same hardware as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer and the Motorola XOOM. An Nvidia Tegra 2 SoC clocked at 1GHz, 16GB onboard storage, 1GB RAM, a 1280x800 pixel 10.1-inch capacitive touchscreen, Wi-Fi, a five megapixel rear camera, a two megapixel front facing one, a microSD card reader, an HDMI port, micro USB and up to eight hours battery life.

Tesco also sells the 32GB version of the tablet for £50 extra, but we believe that it's not worth the money as you can get a 32GB microSD card for significantly less than that.

You won't be able to get a similar configured tablet elsewhere for less. Others will either come with less memory, a smaller screen or with Honeycomb and a screen with a smaller resolution.

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.