Archos has launched its first Google Android powered tablet, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. Archos is popular for its MP3 players and compact media players and the new Tablet PC too has the same genes in that they too fundamentally seems to be a very efficient media player. The Archos 5 Internet Tablet consists of all the features which buyer would admire including great audio and video playback functions, built in FM radio tuner, and access to web media and documents stored on your local network.
The most unique characteristic of Archos 5 Interent Tablet is its operating system, which enables the user to operate multitude of Android apps. Quite innovative, Archos 5 has some of the Android applications installed along with Android Internet browser and the eBuddy instant message client. Then a few hundreds can be accessed through the AppsLib app store. In case you fine-tune a bit, you would be able to install the entire range of Android Market, allowing you to reach as many as 16,000 plus apps, which are meant for Google Android smartphones.
All the above comes without even subscribing to a mobile broadband service provider and this feature enables the Archos 5 Internet tablet to be one of the most inexpensive devices to operate Google Android. This since most of the Android Smartphones prove to be very expensive over a two-year subscription plan with costs running into a few thousand dollars. And as this device falls in price range of $250 and $500, powered by WiFi, undoubtedly it seems to be the most inexpensive web-based tablet in the market.
Archos has been kind enough to reveal some of the specs of the Archos 5 web enabled slate. So all that is known as of now is that the slate pc will include 802/11b/g/n WiFi feature. It will come along with a USB port and operates with Android 1.6 along with some custom Archos applications. It also has a 32 GB storage capacity with 800 MHz ARM Cortex-A8 CPU and 256 MB RAM.
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