The Archos 70 is a 7 inch Android tablet that’s expected to run about $275 when it goes on sale in October. It’s one of five new Android tablets Archos introduced recently, and it has almost all the same features found in the $300 Archos 101. The main difference is that it’s a little smaller and has a lower resolution display, but that means it’s also more portable and fits more comfortably in your hand.
The Archos 70 has a 1GHz ARM Cortex8 processor with support for 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics and 720p HD video playback. It has a 7 inch, 800 x 480 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, while the Archos 101 has a 10.1 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel screen.
The tablet comes with 8G of internal flash storage or a 250GB hard drive. There’s also a micro SD card slot for extra storage.The Archos 70 includes 802.11b/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1 and HDMI output. It has a built in microphone, kick stand, front-facing VGA camera, speakers, and a G-sensor.
The Archos 70 measures 7.91″ x 4.49″ x 0.43″ and weighs just 11 ounces if you get the version with flash storage. THe hard drive model is a little thicker at 0.55″ and weighs 14 ounces.
I personally find the 7 inch form factor to be a little better for reading eBooks, playing games, or performing most other activities than the 10 inch model. The on-screen keyboard is also a little easier to use since you can stretch your thumbs across the tablet in landscape mode on a 7 inch tablet. On the other hand, the Archos 101 does have a higher resolution display than the Archos 70, so if you want extra pixels you might have to spend the extra $25 to get a larger model… or look elsewhere for your Android tablet needs.
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