Well yes, that’s true – the Archos 7 Home Tablet was due out next month but as per the latest news, the company have already started shipping the device. It’s a welcome relief in a season of epic slippages. Like for instance, Apple has postponed the release of its much anticipated iPad a couple of times before it finally came out. Its international debut too had to be pushed back though that has finally started shipping iPad to select European countries.
The much anticipated Adam is no where to be seen while the Slate device from HP, it seems is playing hide and seek with us. And just when there was news doing the rounds on the net that the Courier from Microsoft would make it to the market in 2011, the software giant stumps everyone by declaring the entire project has been scrapped altogether. Against the backdrop of all this, the Archos 7 Home Tablet does spring a surprise when it announces when it announced it has already started shipping the device a full one week ahead of schedule.The Archos device was available for pre-order for a last few weeks from Amazon and the official Archos site revealed it has already started selling the Tablet PC.
The Archos 7 is not one of those ‘iPad Killer‘ devices and is never in a direct competition with the iPad. At $199.99, its a full three hundred dollars less than the Apple offering and is superb in its own ways, being an exceptional media player running the Android 1.5 operating system. However, not everything about the Archos 7 Home Tablet is excellent as the device does not come with an accelerometer while its resistive touchscreen can be pretty annoying at times. Anyway, the news should bring cheer to those who have waiting for the Archos 7.
As for the device, it has a 7 inch resistive touchscreen with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution. It comes with 8 GB of storage though it can be jacked up further to 32 GB by way of the micro SDHC card. The device is good for 720p HD video playback. So if you are looking for a device that can let you watch HD videos, view photos, browse the net and check emails, the Archos 7 fits the bill perfectly.
However, the Archos 7 not having access to the Android Market does dampen things a bit. Worse, it runs on the Android 1.5, which means even it it has access to the Android Market, the apps won’t be compatible with it. The Appslib store though help things by making available the apps needed with the Archos 7.
Watch this space for more updates or the latest e-reader news.