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 Honeycomb Tablet Landing April 24 for $449.99 (Mashable)

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)

Best Buy Acer Iconia Tab A500 pre-order page