May 6, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
The Archos 5 tablet wasn’t much of a hit stateside, but the Archos 7 hopes to do better on both sides of the Atlantic. Archos has announced that its 7-inch web tablet will retail for $199.99 and begin shipping to customers next month.
So what do you get for your $200? A 7-inch touchscreen with 800×480 resolution, 600 MHz processor, 4GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, USB port, seven hours of video playback/44 hours of music, and access to Archos’ AppsLib library. Of course, you won’t get the full Android Market experience because Archos isn’t certified by Google, but you can get a limited selection through AppsLib and pre-installed apps for chat (eBuddy), ereader (Aldiko), radio (Deezer), and news (DailyPaper).
Of course there are some negatives that may keep some people away. The Archos 7 runs a custom version of Android 1.6, will be incompatible with a number of apps because of hardware issues, and comes from a line of devices that have disappointing responsiveness. Let’s hope Archos gets it right this time.