With Archos’ announcement of their new line of Android tablets, there is something for the whole family. From the wee tiniest of tots to daddy man hands these Android 2.2 devices span the size range from a humble 2.8-inches all the way to an iPad challenging 10.1-inches. What they gain from a varied product line with a form factor to fit all needs they lose in their implementation of Android, however. The Android Market is absent from the lineup along with Google apps. Instead you will have to make do with Archos’ AppsLib and their own suite of mobile software.
Let’s get down to the various models. First we have the Archos 28 and 32. They feature 2.8-inch and 3-inch resistive touchscreens respectively, and pack a Cortex A8 processor at 800MHz. The 28 gets 4GB of internal storage, while the 32 will hold 8GB. The latter also gets a camera capable of 720p HD recording. The 28 goes for $100 while the 32 sets you back $150.
At $200 the Archos 43 gets a (you guessed it) 4.3-inch 854×480 resistive display, a Cortex A8 1GHz processor, and an HD-capable camera.
The Archo 70 gets a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen at 800×480 resolution, 8GB of internal storage, and the 1GHz A8 chip. It also gets HDMI output, a microSD card slot, and a front-facing camera. The tablet is geared towards media with support for a wide range of video formats and a battery providing 7 hours of playback. This one will set you back $275.
At $300, only $25 more than the 70, the Archos 101 gives you all of the same features embodied beneath a 10.1-inch 1024×600 capacitive display. You get the same video support as you would with the 70.
All tablets should be hitting shelves around October, just in time for the holiday season and a plethora of other tablets from several manufacturers. Is any one sensing a trend? Is the tablet destined to be this years big holiday gift item?