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Acer's 7-Inch Android Tablet Will Cost $US230

We’ve known it was coming for months, but the Acer Iconia Tab A110 finally has a due date and a pricetag. It’s going on sale October 30 in the US, and it’ll only cost you $US230. That puts it squarely in Nexus 7-territory.

But what does that extra $US30 get you? Well, more. And less.

The Iconia Tab and Nexus 7 both feature Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processor, both have 8GB of built in storage, and both run the latest version of Android (Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). The Iconia has some great features that the Nexus 7 lacks, however, most notably, a microSD card slot so you can boost the device’s storage capacity an additional 32GB. It also has a microHDMI port, so you can watch your movies/play your games on a full-sized TV. Very nice.

The biggest disadvantage is the screen. The seven-inch Iconia Tab A110 only has a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, which makes for a rather paltry pixel density of 170 PPI. The Nexus 7 crams 800 x 1280 pixels into those same seven inches, bringing the pixel density up to 216 PPI. Considering that reading and watching videos are likely to be the main things you do with a tablet this size, that might just be a deal-breaker. The Nexus is also a few grams lighter than the Iconia, and it’s a bit thinner, too.

What do ye say? Are the tradeoffs a good swap? Are you still thinking Nexus, or does the Iconia Tab A110 win out? [Acer]


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