Acer will be introducing their first tablet computer called the Iconia. Best Buy is already taking pre-orders for the latest tablet which should be available between April 24 to 29th, 2011. What is noteworthy of this latest tablet computer is that it will be priced at $449.00 and comes with some very nice hardware that compares favorably against the Apple iPad 2.

The Acer Iconia comes with the following hardware specifications which includes a 10.1 screen, dual-core Nvidia processor at 1.0 GHz speed, 1GB RAM and 16 GB flash storage. In addition there are two cameras, one on the front at 2.0MP and a rear facing camera at 5.0MP. The system will also be using Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system and will support Adobe Flash. What is interesting about this tablet is that it will come with two pre-installed games, Need for Speed: Shift and Let’s Golf.

Outside of the pre-installed games, the specifications seem to mimic those of the Motorola Xoom and the soon to be released Toshiba tablet computer. All of these tablets will be using Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating system. So with similar hardware specifications and the same operating system, what is going to differentiate these tablets from each other and to the Apple iPad2?

The only difference I can see between all of these tablets is price. But will price alone be enough to unseat the Apple iPad2 from the number one spot? I am not sure. I recently wrote about the issues the Motorola Xoom was having with the Android software and Wi-Fi connections. I also mentioned that Android did not support, as of yet, recognizing the memory card slot and did not support 4G.

If Acer and Toshiba experience the same issues that has plagued Motorola Xoom, price then really doesn’t matter. Consumers want tablets that work and work as well as the Apple iPad does.

Comments welcome.


Source – Best Buy pre-orders

Source – The Christian Science Monitor