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Acer Iconia tablet undercuts Apple iPad 2 on price

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(Read caption) The Acer Iconia Tab A500 will go head to head with the iPad 2 in the tablet market.

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The Acer Iconia Tab A500 – the latest tablet to enter the already very-crowded tablet market – is now available for pre-sale at the Best Buy website. The price tag on the Iconia is $449.99, which undercuts the Apple iPad 2; you should be able to pre-order the device, which is Wi-Fi capable, at brick-and-mortar Best Buy outlets next week.

Among the niceties on the Acer Iconia: Adobe Flash Support, 16GB of flash storage, integrated GeForce graphics, the Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS, 1 GB of RAM, a pair of cameras – one of them front-facing and one of them rear-facing – and some heavy-duty gaming credentials.

"One of the tablet’s most impressive features is its ability to run and play premium HD arcade games and complex online games," Acer reps wrote in a press release this week. "The 10-point touch display and six-axis motion sensing gyro meter control provide an entertainment experience on par with the best game consoles." The Acer Iconia Tab A500 will ship with two pre-loaded games: Need for Speed: Shift and Let's Golf.

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