If you’re still scrambling for some last minute shopping, you may want to rush off to the nearest Archos retailer. Last Tuesday, the company announced that they will be putting their Google Android Honeycomb tablet 70b at a suggested price of only $199. This is the very first Honeycomb tablet being sold at a price less than the typical $200 mark. Moreover, other tablets that are priced below this margin still carry the earlier versions of Android.

Even with this price for a Honeycomb tablet, it may be hard for Archos to see their sales improving. Considering that these devices had a poor report this year, users may want to find something more powerful. One of the issues people had with the Honeycomb is the interface of the OS which was not entirely spot on. As such, Google succumbed to debuting their most recent OS, the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

But if you’re just looking for a gift under $200, you can make use of this opportunity and get the device. Apart from using Android 3.2, you also get improved specifications such as:

  • 1024 X 600 capacitive touchscreen resolution
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 1.2 GHz processor

Another option is to get the new Amazon Kindle Fire, which boasts of a powerful dual-core processor. For just about the same price, you can get the almost similar specifications with the Archos 70b. However, the Archos 70b has a webcam and a microphone. On the other hand, the benefit of getting the Kindle Fire is that it makes use of a more intuitive user interface as well as an impressive ecosystem for different types of media files.

Still, the Archos 70b is not a bad option for those looking for a low-cost tablet that’s already equipped with Android 3.2 interface. After all, Archos is among the earliest tablet makers.


[Source: Giga Om]

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