I’ve been writing for many months that tablet computers need to be more than simply better than the iPad. The iPad has first mover advantage as well as a immense and rich app market. To compete with the iPad a tablet needs to be both better and cheaper. No one seems to have gotten that second part of the equation until now.
Acer’s Android OS 3.0 (Honeycomb) tablet has the basic specs to compete with the low-end 16GB WiFi-only iPad 2 down.
- Dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- 10.1 inch display with 1280×800 resolution (720p)
- 1GB system memory
- 16GB storage memory
- 5 megapixel rear camera
It also has a few bonus features you won’t find on the iPad 2.
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- Micro-SD memory card slot for additional storage
- HDMI video out (1080p HD output)
- USB 2.0 port. This port can be used with external drives or a keyboard
And, yes, it costs less than a comparable iPad 2: $449.99. Unfortunately, I do not think this is cheap enough to convince people to buy it instead of the iPad 2 ($499). I believe that tablet price sweet spot is $379.99. That’s the price that might cause a person to seriously consider an alternative to the iPad 2.
Acer Iconia Tab A (Acer product page)