If you’re jonesing for some Honeycomb tablet action but aren’t ready to pull the trigger on the Motorola Xoom, you can head over to the Best Buy website and pick up the Acer Iconia Honeycomb tablet for a cool $449.99.
The Acer Iconia Honeycomb tablet will come with a 10.1-inch display, an aluminum metallic backing and it will be powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. This is the same chip which is powering the Xoom and the Atrix 4G, so you know it’s quite powerful and it should be able to handle the latest 3D games for Android. More importantly, it has the latest version of the software which has been optimized for the larger screens.
That price is also pretty nice, as it’s about $50 cheaper than a comparable Apple iPad 2 and you also get 16 GB of storage with the Acer device. You’ll also have the expected features like a 2-megapixel webcam in the front, a 5-megapixel camera in the back, Bluetooth 2.1, 1 GB of DDR2 memory and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.
I handled an earlier version of this tablet at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona and I liked how it felt in the hand – the brushed aluminum looked really cool and it had a nice weight to it.
Unfortunately, that version only had Android 2.2 Froyo on it with some customized Acer software. This didn’t look bad at all but it wasn’t mind-blowing and I’ve yet to take a real, good look at how it implemented Honeycomb.
The software layer could be a big deal for this feature-packed tablet because I remember the G Tablet looking like an excellent alternative to the iPad but the cruddy user experience and software layer killed most of its hopes. If you’re like Blake, you know that turned out to be a hacker’s delight but I’m hoping for more out of the box from Acer.
Any of you tempted?
[Via Best Buy]