I won’t lie to you, when it comes to consumer electronics I’ve always been a sucker for a good bargain. When I reviewed the Archos 70 Internet Tablet, I was taken aback by how much that 7-inch Android slate punched well above it’s weight in terms of creating a solid user experience at a budget minded price point of just €238 or $270. Now Archos are back at it again with their new Archos Arnova 7 entry level Tablet at a staggeringly low price of $99. Little is known about the full spec details or the official release date however we do know it will include a 7-inch 800×600 resistive LCD touchscreen. The use of a resistive touchscreen is consistent with the existing 10-inch Arnova series. The Archos 70 featured a capacitive display, which provides pinch and zoom functionality and a far more advanced user interface. Resistive touchscreens can lack accuracy and sensitivity and occasionally make for a more frustrating experience but considering this thing will provide Android 2.2 Froyo and features full 720P HD video playback all for less than $100, its certainly hard to argue with the value your getting here.

Of course as one would expect from such a low cost Tablet offering, there had to be some manufacturing corners cut here and there and this is evidenced by the omission of front and rear cameras. I also wouldn’t bet on the inclusion of a HDMI port either. However USB and MicroSD expansion are present. Internal storage starts at just 4GB and the Android Market Place is unavailable so you’ll have to make do with the far smaller AppsLib. We’ll have to stay tuned for more official details from Archos with regard to processor and RAM specs and theres still no word on battery life runtime but nevertheless despite the obvious limitations this could be a great option for anyone looking for a small form factor internet browsing device that costs just 1/5 the price of an entry level iPad 2.


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