The Archos 101 Goes on Sale
It's been a genuine pleasure to watch the Archos product line grow over the last two years. The Archos 5 (released in Sept, 09) was a crude try, its 4.8" display qualifying it as an MID more than a slate. The Archos 7 wasn't much better. That 7" display came chained to a 600 MHz processor and a dinky 128 MB of RAM.
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That was characteristic of most Archos slates until very recently. Smaller screens, weirdly bulky frames and anemic internals. Then the iPad hit. The folks at Archos paid attention to the iOS tablet's success, and they also listened to the critiques of their early generations. All this work has born fruit now, because Archos is one of two manufacturers with a dog in the Android tablet fight. And there's considerable debate about whether or not the Gal Tab sucks.
Meanwhile, the Archos 101 tablet went on sale today. It has a 10.1" display, 1 GHz processor, a Li-Polymer battery good for 10 hours of surfing or 7 of video, Android 2.1 (2.2 soon), and a kickstand. The only area where the Gal Tab has an edge is in its Hummingbird processor. Now let's look at price.
The 8 GB Archos 101 is $300. The 16 GB model is $350. So yeah- I'm thinking Advantage: Archo.
K-Mart also sells a Sylvania Android tablet that costs just under $100. It has a 7" display, Android 2.1, 6 hours of juice, 512 MB of RAM, and 2 GB of storage. There's even HDMI-out.
We'll sail out of the low-end waters now, and look at this POV Mobii tablet. It has a Tegra 2 processor and Android 2.2. There's a 10.2" display, 512 MB of RAM and a 3300 mAh battery. That's roughly $455 if you pre-order now.
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And...that's pretty much it, without resorting to Chinese slates / tons of low-end devices or going into 2011. There's some chance that Notion Ink's Adam will launch before Christmas. But I wouldn't set your heart on that.