If you’re craving some Ice Cream Sandwich goodness but can’t quite justify $399 for a new ASUS Transformer Pad 300, we feel you. Times are tough, and tablets – we freely admit – are a luxury. But if you can scrounge together about $240, you can grab a brand new Acer Iconia Tab A500, which has just been updated to Ice Cream Sandwich with a free helper app to boot. Sure, it’s not the best 10-inch Android tablet out there – but right now, it’s the best 10-inch Android tablet for $240.

The deal is going on over at eBay. Don’t worry, this isn’t somebody who picked up a shipment of tablets off the back of a truck: Acer’s selling them from their official corporate account. Shipping’s free too – something an old-school eBay user like yours truly learns to check for. Yes, the units in question are refurbished, but they also come with a 90-day¬†warranty¬†and are more than a hundred dollars off the list price, plus sixty dollars off similar refurbished tablets elsewhere.

If your memory’s rusty, the Iconia Tab A500 uses a Tegra 2 processor, a full gigabyte of memory and a 1280×800 10.1-inch display. The model on sale on eBay is just 8GB, but you can augment that with a MicroSD card. It’s also got a handy HDMI-out port. If you’re still not sure, read our review. For those of you who pull the trigger, go here to get the skinny on how to update your tablets to Android 4.0 right away.

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