Friday, June 24, 2011

Archos 7c - Budget Android tablet

The Archos 7c  is a new low cost tablet released by the French consumer electronic company Archos.  I started with this, because based on the specification you might think they are old stocks from 2010, but it is not. It was released in other countries in April 2011, and has now landed in the Philippines.

The Archos 7c runs on Android 2.1 (Eclair) and is powered by a 800MHz Cortex A8 processor. The display is a capacitive touch screen with a 800 x 480 resolution. It has 8GB of internal storage which is expandable via a MicroSD card slot. Connectivity is provided via 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi for web browsing and downloading Android apps and USB connectivity to connect the tablet to a PC. The manufacturer promises 7 hours of battery life of video playback.

It has no cameras, no Bluetooth, no 3G, no HDMI... you get the point. This is a very basic tablet with minimal features, but it is cheap. How cheap? Php8,800. At that price we can be very forgiving about the specifications. It has a capacitative, and not a resistive screen, which is what you find on most budget tablets.

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