Advent Vega and Amico cheap Android tablets incoming from Dixons

Dixons is cashing in on the iPad-fired tablet market with the Advent Vega and the Advent Amico affordable Android slates.

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Tabletmania is getting out of hand in the run-up to Christmas -- now Dixons has entered the fray with two Android slates. The technology retailer is loading the Advent Vega and the Advent Amico with Android 2.1 to take on the Apple iPad.

The Advent Amico is the budget model, costing just £130. It boasts a 7-inch touchscreen -- the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Tab -- but it's the cheaper, less responsive resistive type. It has Wi-Fi and a 1.3-megapixel camera too, all in a 15mm-thick frame.

The Advent Vega is the fully featured version, as pictured above. Although that picture could be anything, as all tablets are basically identical.

The Vega sports a capacitive multi-touch 10.1-inch screen, which is a smidgeon larger than the iPad. Inside is an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor and a 1.3-megapixel camera. It offers up to 10 hours continued use, and comes with a 4GB SD memory card. The Vega will lighten your wallet by £250.

The Vega and Amico are on sale in a Dixons near you from 1 November. Let's hope Dixons has done better than Next, which has inexplicably launched a tablet -- and not a terribly good one.

What do you think of the current crop of affordable Android tablets? If you see someone with an Andy slate bought for as little as £85, are they a keen bargain-hunter able to laugh at more money than sense iPad owners, or a cheapskate wannabe?