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Bargain tablet ahoy

It's been an interminable wait, but finally, finally, it seems the Android tablet revolution is upon us. Samsung has a range of fairly nifty-looking tablets coming out packing the latest 'Honeycomb' Android software, and the Motorola Xoom is out in the UK in a couple of weeks.

What's really exciting, though, is that Android tablets aren't just getting better - they're getting cheaper. When the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the first Android tablet from a major manufacturer, debuted last year, it cost over £600 and required you get a mobile phone contract. Contrast this with the new tablet from Acer, the Iconia A100.

The Iconia has a seven-inch screen like the Galaxy Tab, and we're guessing the same 1024x600 resolution. It has a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and 512MB of RAM, a pretty respectable showing specs-wise. It's running Honeycomb, which gives it an edge on the Galaxy Tab - and that's pretty exciting, as it wasn't clear at first whether Google were even going to let manufacturers put Honeycomb on 7-inch devices.

Most exciting, though, is the price: just £300. Oh, and the fact that it'll be out in the UK in just three weeks. Before it's released anywhere else!

So if you've been thinking about getting a Galaxy Tab, we'd have to suggest you wait until reviewers get a look at the Acer and see what they make of it. Whether it's any good or not, we think there's a chance £300 will become the standard price for 7-inch Android tablets - which would make them pretty dang attractive...

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