Android Tablet Battle Royale: Archos VS Samsung

Posted: Oct 1 2010, 3:13pm CDT | by , Updated: Oct 2 2010, 6:33am CDT, in Shopping | Android


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Let the smackdown commence.

Samsung has a lot of marketing muscle, so it's no surprise that the Galaxy Tab has garnered as much attention as it has. Aside from basically being a giant Galaxy S, there's really nothing special about the Tab. It's made using an OS that is not optimized for that form-factor, and it won't be cheap, 599.99 euros being the current estimated price. For that, you get a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor, 7 hours of working battery life and a 7" display.

Compare that to the Archos 70 tablet. This gadget packs 8 GB of flash memory and can have a 250 GB HDD. It has a 7" display, 1 GHz Cortex A8 processor with a graphic accelerator and the ability to display 720p. The 70 packs b/g/n WiFi and a front-facing VGA camera, plus a microphone. Battery life is given as 10 hours for web surfing or 7 hours for video playback.

And the price? $275 for the 8 GB model, and $350 for the HDD model. You could buy two 70s for the price of a Tab and still come out ahead of things. OR, you could up the ante with an Archos 101.

It packs a 10.1" display, 8 or 16 GB of Flash memory and a microSD slot. The OS is Android 2.2 and the other specs are basically identical to the 70. The Archos 101 is available this fall with a recommended retail price of $299.99 (8GB) and $349.99 (16GB). Archos makes solid products, and they have more experience in the Android tablet market than anyone else. If you want a slate now but you're on the fence about the Tab, this definitely bears consideration.

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