Those out to buy a tablet without digging too deep into their pockets might appreciate that Archos has come up with a few more options in the budget tablet segment. Launched under the brand name Arnova, the tablet comes in two screen sizes, the conventional 7 inch and a very uncommon 8.4 inch sized tablet.
However, included as they are in the budget segment, one should be prepared to live with a few compromises. The touchscreen uses the resistive technology and has an aspect ratio of 4:3. The Archos Arnova 84, as the tablet is known in the market, runs the almost passe Google Android 2.1. Even smartphones are ditching Android 2.1 for the more advanced Android 2.2 Froyo or Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Then there is the Arnova 7 which runs Android 2.2. Also, as the name suggests, the tablet has a 7 inch resistive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 X 400 pixels.
Another limitation with the new Archos tablets is that the official Android market remains out of bounds. However, to make it up, the Arnova tablets have access to another online store where about 30,000 applications are available for download.
As of now, detailed specifications on the tablets, like their RAM strength or processor type, are not available. Sales of the Arnova 85 tablet are expected to start quite soon at a cost of £129, about $212 US or 149 Euros. For the Archos 7 the price is expected to be £99, about $163 US or 114 Euros. These tablets are additions to the existing line up of tablets from the same company like Arnova 8 and 10.
So in the end, it must be said that the cost does make the tablet definitely worth considering.
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