Archos announces 7-inch Android tablet for $100

By on June 22, 2011, 12:30 PM

Archos has released the Arnova 7: a 7-inch resistive touchscreen tablet (800 x 480 resolution) running Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo). It costs a mere $100, but given that you won't be able to access the Android Market, we're not sure it's worth it.

Other specifications are scarce. We know comes with 4GB of flash memory, which is extendable via micro SDHC Slot, and that it supports 720p HD playback, but the processor and amount of RAM are unknown. The battery life is supposed to be available, but it appears to be (accidentally?) omitted: "Video playback time: up to hours" and "Music playback time: up to hours."

While we haven't reviewed this device, it's already very hard to recommend. First of all, it's not running the tablet version of Google's mobile OS, Android 3.0 or Android 3.1 (codenamed Honeycomb). To make matters worse though, it isn't even running the latest release of the smartphone version: Android 2.3 (codenamed Gingerbread).

This is part of a bigger problem that Google has with its Android operating system. The search giant has no way to enforce what version its partners choose to release their devices with. This results in a poor experience for users, and as a result their opinion of Android is not very good.

If you really want to cheap out on a tablet, wait for India's $35 version. That being said, if you're going to go with Android, we really do recommend going with some version of Android 3.x. The cheapest around seems to be the Acer Iconia Tab A100 for $350.




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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Would it be possible to install another version of Android on this, or mess around with it in other ways? I'd be willing to drop a hundred to play around with it.

Guest said:

First off I would have to caution the writer of the article to do a little more research before he starts shooting off at the mouth. Yes the device, will not have official Android Market big deal, no tablet that runs 2.2 or below can have official market access because it doesn't have cell reception. That being said, my Archos 43 has Android market access via Google, Amazon, and AppsLib (Archos apps market). Also if you are looking for a media playback device you can't go wrong with Archos. They have been doing longer than even Apple, and consistently for less money, with superior specs. For me this is the perfect device for the kids, $100 they can play plants vs Zombies, Angry Birds, etc. and not screw around with mine. When we go on road trips it works great to load up with movies, that they can watch in the car. The only thing that is really lacking in this department is the HDMI output. Otherwise it sounds perfect for a secondary/Kids tablet.

Also as far as battery life goes you can expect somewhere around:

Music playback time: up to 36 hours

Video playback time: up to 7 hours

Web surfing: up to 10 hours

Thats from the Archos web site for their Archos 70. The Arnova 7 is based off the this system, with some of the higher end things removed, like Wifi N, cameras, and bluetooth.

aj_the_kidd said:

"The search giant has no way to enforce what version its partners choose to release their devices with. This results in a poor experience for users, and as a result their opinion of Android is not very good."

Yeah i tend to think that as well, which i why people flock to Apple, its a shame really

As for this tab, i probably wouldn't even get it just to put on a custom ROM on it. But to be positive, for $100 you get a pretty decent media player, i would assume, that in its self is worth the price

princeton princeton said:

First of all, it's not running the tablet version of Google's mobile OS, Android 3.0 or Android 3.1 (codenamed Honeycomb).

Maybe because the only chipset honeycomb supports is tegra 2. I'm just going to go out on a limb but maybe that's why cheaper tablets are going with froyo/gingerbread?

aj_the_kidd said:

Princeton said:

First of all, it's not running the tablet version of Google's mobile OS, Android 3.0 or Android 3.1 (codenamed Honeycomb).

Maybe because the only chipset honeycomb supports is tegra 2. I'm just going to go out on a limb but maybe that's why cheaper tablets are going with froyo/gingerbread?

Didn't know about the tegra 2 restriction, either way for the less tech savvy folk with little cash to spend who really want a table its not a bad option, but also not the best

princeton princeton said:

aj_the_kidd said:

Princeton said:

First of all, it's not running the tablet version of Google's mobile OS, Android 3.0 or Android 3.1 (codenamed Honeycomb).

Maybe because the only chipset honeycomb supports is tegra 2. I'm just going to go out on a limb but maybe that's why cheaper tablets are going with froyo/gingerbread?

Didn't know about the tegra 2 restriction, either way for the less tech savvy folk with little cash to spend who really want a table its not a bad option, but also not the best

It'll support qualcomm cpus in its final release 3.2.

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