Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Archos 4.3-inch, 7-inch and 10.1-inch tablets




I have seen Archos Tablets for sale intermittently, but now they are available at a major retailer. Villman Computers has four Archos Tablets on stock: A 10.1-inch model, a 4.3-inch model and a 7-inch model. In many respects they are all similar. They are all Android's running on Froyo, all powered by a 1GHz Arm Cortex A8 processors, all have capacitative screens, all support HD (720p) playback and have good connectivity and interface  options with WiFi, USB 2.0 and HDMI out, and have a front facing camera. But each provides a slightly different package for different needs.

The Archos A43 has a 4.3-inch 854 x 480 screen. It is the camcorder of the bunch and can do 720p video capture and has 16GB of flash storage plus a MicroSD card slot. The larger Archos A70 8GB sports a 7-inch  800 x 480 display and 8GB of flash memory plus a MicroSD card slot. The A70 250GB has the same 7-inch screen but storage is provided by a 250GB SATA drive. The biggest of the bunch is the A101, with a 10-inch 1024 x 600 screen and flash 16GB of storage plus a MicroSD card slot.

They provide a nice range of options, but they there is a big "but". Since none of the tablet are 3G capable, they have no SIM cards, which means no access to the Android market, at least for now. You will be limited to downloading apps from the AppsLib market.  There is a way to get the Android Market apps though. You can use Google to search for the apps you want, download them, and install them yourself. You just need an app installer app, which you can find in Appslib.

Prices:

  • Archos A43 - Php12,998
  • Archos A70 8GB - Php16,488
  • Archose A70 250GB - Php17,988
  • Archos A101 -Php19,988 
The 20K price of the 10.1-inch Archos 101 screams add 4K and buy an Apple iPad 16GB WiFi.

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