Those who had missed out on the grand TouchPad fire sale can rejoice. Here is another tablet that also costs the now famous price tag of $99. However, unlike the HP tablet, there are some strings attached. One would have to subscribe to three digital news app from Philadelphia Media Network to be eligible to the special price that would fetch you a brand new Archos ARNOVA 10 G2 tablet PC. Yes, the tablet in question is a 10 incher from Arnova, which in itself is a budget tablet anyway.
We have earlier mentioned PMN’s intentions of offering an Android tablet to its esteemed subscribers and this is what they have come up with. The outcome of their joint venture is a first of its kind offer available to Americans who subscribe to any the digital newspapers that PMN publishes, like The Inquirer and Daily News, would receive a heavy discount on the purchase of the ARNOVA 10 G2.
The Android tablet can be purchased for as low as $99 along with a two year subscription of the Inquier and Daily News. The combined subscription offer for the papers comes at $9.99 a month. The other option available include a one year subscription which costs $12. 9 a month though this would jack up the price of the ARNOVA 10 G2 to $129.
As far as specification of the tablet goes, the ARNOVA runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has a 10.1 inch 1024 x 600 pixel display with an integrated webcam. The tablet runs on a 1 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor and has USB host connection. The tablet comes with 4 GB of internal storage, though there also is a micro SD Card slot to add a few more gigs. Among the other features the Arnova has on offer include built-in speaker, mic, and G-sensor. The tablet weighs 1.3 pounds. The Android Market will remain off bounds.
So overall, the ARNOVA 10 G2 may not be in the same league of the TouchPad, but it does offer decent levels of performance. Those who have been looking forward to subscribing to the PMN apps now have a great option to buy an Android tablet at a cheap price.
However, the current offer is part of a pilot program with there being only 5000 units of the ARNOVA up for grabs at the moment. If the response turns out to be positive enough then Philadelphia Media Network will go for the full scale launch towards November.
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