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Is that Motorola XOOM tablet too expensive for you with its $600 starting price? It looks like cheaper Android 3.0 tablets are just around the corner. The Acer Iconia Tab A500 features a slightly bulkier design, but nearly identical specs to the XOOM tablet. But Best Buy has announced that the Iconia Tab A500 will go on sale April 24th for just $449.99.

The Iconia Tab A500 features a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, cameras on the front and back, a six-axis gyroscope, HDMI port, microSD card slot, and a docking port. For $450 you get a WiFi model with 16GB of storage. The WiFi-only Motorola XOOM has 32GB of storage, but since both tablets have SDHC card slots, you have to ask yourself if you want to spend an extra $150 for 16GB of storage.

Best Buy will begin taking in-store pre-orders for the tablet on April 14th. You can already pre-order from BestBuy.com.

Best Buy will also offer accessories including a Bluetooth keyboard, a docking station with an infrared remote control, a case, and power adapters.

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7 replies on “Best Buy to offer Acer Iconia Tab A500 Android tablet for $450 later this month”

  1. I think it’s $50 too expensive. The Asus Transformer is $400 w/ an IPS screen, whereas this doesn’t. Asus also has a better brand.

  2. Does the WiFi-only version of the Iconia Tab sold by Best Buy have a GPS chip (e.g., SirfStar III)?

  3. Well, Best Buy will be selling a lot of non-Apple tablest pretty soon, but I’m not sure Apple will find that worked out quite the way they had hoped when they cut Best Buy off.

      1. And yet it was Apple that chose to put their ‘store within a store’ concept in Best Buy. The didn’t choose Wal-Mart, Target, K-Mart or Sears. Apple wanted Best Buy as that partner to reach people their own stores could not, but now they don’t have access to the market with a hands on experince.

        Hey, their call to do what they want, but having played their hand in this way, their next agreement will likely not include Apple being able to pull the plug so easy. Wal-mart I would guess would not put up with such nonesense.

  4. It’s a nice looking tablet. . . I just wish they would have come up with a good dock like the Asus Transformer.

    Also need to see how they are going to handle updates and upgrades for Android and just what customizations they’ve done and how locked down it is.

    Any Android device that is locked down and doesn’t allow me to install stock Android without voiding the warranty is not an Android device imo, it’s a proprietary Android device that’s just as locked down as any iOS device. . . and I’ll pass on such devices.

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