Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Archos and its “Fab 5” new Android tablets

Archos is releasing five brand new tablet devices all within a couple of months from now.  All five of these devices will be running on Android 2.2 Froyo OS.  All five devices are all different sizes, as well.  I haven’t had a chance to try any of these devices, but based on what you can see on their website, I am so far impressed.

Based on the overall specs of the five devices, the 7.0 and 10.1 versions all have a 1ghtz processor, and a capacitive screen.  The 2.8 to the 4.3 inch devices each use a resistive touch screen.  All five devices state some form of 3D accelerated graphics which I assume is dedicated, all of which is OpenGL.

Each device seems to be no less than 8 gigabytes of memory and up to 16 gigabytes.  This is plenty of space for most users.  However, if it isn’t, don’t fret.  They all seem to have MicroSD support so you should be able to use up to a 64gb card.  This will allow for plenty of space for music and movies.

The 2.8 to the 4.3 inch tablets all seemingly resemble phones.  I thought this was interesting, even though they do not have 3G support.  If you use Fring, Skype, or some other type of VOIP service, you should very well easily use these devices as WiFi phones.

I have played with the older Archos 5 i|t and found it a relatively good device at the time.  I wasn’t a fan of the resistive touch screen, but it did do the job.  I also was not keen on the Android 1.6 OS installed on the device.  Archos has obviously taken a look at the tablet market, and they have reviewed the Android market.  they see what users want.  They have the tools, and the desire.  They also have the devices at a relatively inexpensive price point, $350 for the 16gb 10.1.  I really do see myself getting the 70 or the 101 in the very near future.

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