Archos has announced a new range of budget smartphones for those of limited means—and while they may not be market leaders, they have value and stock Android going for them.
You may remember the rumors of a $99 Nexus 7 that were popping up a few months back. That never came to pass, but it looks like Archos is trying its hands at that pricepoint now with the new line of Titanium tablets, including a $119 7-incher. And it feels...OK.
Think Microsoft Surface is the only one that gets to have fun with a keyboard hidden in the tablet's cover? Hell naw, quoth Archos. The Gen10 XS Tablet is bringing some old-style clickity-clack to the tablet game. If only they'd made it, you know, work.
Archos might not be the first name you think of when it comes to tablets. But its latest offering, the 97 Carbon, seems to offer up respectable specs at the same time as being super-cheap.
While there's no shortage of child-friendly tablets, there's always been one sticking point: they're just a bit too expensive, given that they'll be dropped, slobbered on and generally abused. This Archos tablet, however, may well solve that problem.
Archos Android tablets. Typically considered also-rans, but these things do have a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and up to 250GB harddrives.
Android OS is so commonly found in cellphones and tablets that it's easy to forget its other uses. Like on a home phone?
The world's first 2.5-inch HDD intended for tablets (but also available as a standalone device) has one thing going for it: It allows Archos to release two new G9 tablets that'll each have 250GB of storage. That is a lot of room. But HDDs aren't a good component for tablets, even if they are 7mm thin. With a laptop,…
While the Archos 70 internet tablet is probably lovely, its main selling point—aside from the fact that it runs Android—appears to be that it's thin and light despite containing a 250GB HDD. It's $350 and available now. [Archos]
We've seen numerous announcements of tablet computers in recent weeks, as the R&D labs of the world push out their hastily assembled attempts at competing with Apple's game-changing iPad. But are any of them up to the job?
Rather than competing against the iPad with a single, carefully-crafted tablet, Archos is hoping one of its five new mobile devices will appeal to someone. The line ranges from 2.8" to 10.1", though the smaller devices aren't much competition.
Archos has never made bad products, but their PMPs have definitely grown less relevant over the last few years. But now? Now two Android-wielding Archos Home Tablets will each cost only about $200.
Everybody's talking about tablets, especially those single-pane capacitive touchscreen ones more specifically known as "slates." The iPad is the biggest newsmaker, but there are lots headed our way (most with built-in webcams). Here's how they measure up, spec-wise:
Archos' first Android tablet, the Archos 5, didn't quite live up to its promises,but a second leaked Android tablet from the French could prove more feature-some if realized, with a front-facing webcam and new 7-inch size.
For those of you who just can't wait for whatever tablet goodness Apple is dreaming up, the Archos 9 running Windows 7 might be the answer. But wait—is that Windows 7 Starter Edition?
I wasn't too impressed when I took a look at the Archos 5 and the guys at T3 are of the same mindset. The Archos 5 is good as a PMP, but the Android "concept just doesn't add up."
The portents have hung in the air for a while, but it's clear now that the traditional dumb PMP is dead, like a dull and rusted Swiss army knife. In their stead we'll have...smart PMPs.