Delays and failures are more common in the tablet segment (or perhaps in any other segment) than any other, except here is one company that has stuck to its promise of making available its device well on time (maybe even a few weeks ahead of schedule). The company is Archos and the tablet being talked about is the Archos 32, which the company proudly exclaimed is shipping right now for a cool $150.
So should you go and part with your hard earned $150 for a tablet device that many feel shouldn’t be included in the tablet family in the first place? Well there are a few reasons why it won’t be a bad buy.
First of all is of course the OS which is the latest version of Android, the 2.2 Froyo and is in fact among the very few tablets that come loaded with the latest version of the popular Android OS right from the start. Then behind the scene is the quite capable 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, while on board memory measures up to 8 GB.
Among the other things that the Archos 32 has and justifies being a sensible buy are an integrated camera at the rear that can record 720p quality videos, an internal microphone along with a built-in G-sensor. Then the tiny 3.2 inch tablet is also compliant with almost every known file format and playback them with elan, something that one can always expect from a company that has long held the benchmark for portable media players.
For connecting to the Internet, the Archos 32 comes with 802.11b/g/n WiFi along with Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
On the front is the 3.2 inch sized touchscreen having a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels, though on the downside, the touch sensitive screen does not conform to the more desirable capacitive technology.
Battery life of the device is another area where many would expect a bit more since it right now can support 24 hours of playback which come down to a fourth of it in case of video playbacks.
In any case, it isn’t a bad buy after all though its more of a Portable Media Player rather than a tablet device. However, adding phone functionality to it might have increased its appeal even more.
Sovan Mandal is the senior tablet and tech corespondent for goodereader.com. He brings a international approach to news that is not just applicable to the North American market, but also Asia, India, Europe and others. Sovy brings his own writing flavor to the website and is interested in Science Fiction, Technology and Writing. Any questions, send an email