TigrDrect has the Archos 70b IT tablet for $129.97 - $30 MIR = $99.97. This is the best current price I've seen for a 1024x600 screen. It runs Honeycomb and I'm not sure if there is a way to upgrade, so that could be an issue for some. Also no rear camera. Otherwise it looks like a pretty good deal for the money.
Capacity . 8 GB* Flash Memory + Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible) Display characteristics . High resolution screen,(WSVGA) 1024 x 600 pixel, TFT LCD, 16 million colors . 7" Capacitive multitouch screen Application Framework . Android. 3.2 Honeycomb Processor . ARM cortex A8 1.2 GHz . DSP . 3D Open GL (ES 2.0) Video Playback1 . MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p, 30 fps@6Mbps) . MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 fps@8Mbps) . H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 30 fps@5Mbps) . M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution
With optional plug-in (downloadable on www.archos.com): . Cinema: MPEG-2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30 fps@10 Mbps)/ AC3 for videos using AC3 audio codec With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF Audio Playback1 . MP3 CBR & VBR . WAV (PCM/ADPCM) . AAC, AAC+ 5.13 . OGG Vorbis . FLAC
With optional software plug-in: . AC3 5.1 Photo viewer4 . JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF Subtitles . srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub formats supported Frontcam Yes Interfaces . USB slave 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP) . Micro SD (SDHC compatible) . USB Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) (adapter micro B/A sold separately) . HDMI output5 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately) Communication protocols . WiFi . Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR Miscellaneous . Built-in speakers . G-sensor . Built-in leg stand . Built-in Microphone Power source . Internal: Lithium Polymer battery . External: Power adapter/charger Scalability6 . Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated . Updates can also be downloaded at www.archos.com Dimensions & weight . 201 mm x 115 mm x 11.5 mm . (7.91. x 4.52. x 0.46.) . 330 g (11.2 oz) Minimum system requirements . Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista, XP, or higher and Windows Media Player 11 . Mac OS. X with Transfer Files application (not included) . Linux with android MTP tool (not included) . USB 2.0 interface Package includes . ARCHOS 70b internet tablet, USB cable, USB Power adapter, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice.
Interesting. I wonder how this compares to the Nook Color? Seems like this one does not have ICS (or a hack yet to upgrade), but it has a 1.2Ghz processor vs. 800Mhz.
posted: Aug. 25, 2012 @ 9:43a
I have a previous Archos player and I see Archos has not changed their business model. Basically they sell you a crippled product and want to charge you extra for multiple plug-ins to turn on basic features, like turning on wi-fi was an extra cost plug-ins and different plug-ins to allow you to use different type video and audio play playback. You are better off to buy a Google unit and get a faster and more upgradable unit. Besides the Google unit will be the same price once you buy all the plug-ins.
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