The Archos 70 and Archos 101 may not be the cheapest 7 and 10 inch Android tablets on the market — you can find a number of less expensive models from China, including the WiiPad Slim Plus which I’m giving away. But good luck finding another sub-$300 tablet from a Western company with a 1GHz processor, capacitive touchscreen display, superb codec support, and an ultrathin case.
Engadget’s Joanna Stern has posted a detailed review covering both the Archos 70 and 101, and she seems to be pretty impressed (if not necessarily blown away by) the performance for each device. But she was underwhelmed by the cheap plastic case design and the display’s poor viewing angles.
Both tablets should be available for purchase in the US soon. Right now you can pick up an Archos 70 with a 250GB hard drive for $349, but a cheaper model with an 8GB SSD should be available soon, as well as the Archos 101 10 inch model.