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.


Product Information:
Tech Specs

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
. 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
. AAC, AAC+ 5.13
. OGG Vorbis

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.

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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.

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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