It’s tablet mania at the moment, and another new chap with an incredibly reasonable price tag is the Archos 97 Carbon.
The official Archos site is offering the 97 Carbon for £229.99, £30 more than the 16GB Asus Nexus 7, though it has a few bonus features that might be of interest to Jimmy Tablet Buyer.
The Archos 97 Carbon is the first in the Archos Elements range, "combining performance and affordability in a Google certified tablet".
Archos 97 Carbon specs include a 9.7in 1024 x 768 display (with IPS for angled viewing), 16GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, GPS, 1GB of RAM, a modest 1GHz single-core processor, 2MP rear camera, WVGA front shooter, and Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Phew.
Had enough yet? The Archos 97 Carbon also has stereo speakers, HDMI video out, a full-size USB port, and a microSD slot.
So, the Archos 97 Carbon is arguably better and worse than the Asus Nexus 7, the latter essentially having a faster processor (quad-core Tegra 3), and a higher resolution on a smaller screen yielding a much higher PPI.
Interesting. I smell an Archos 97 Carbon vs Asus Nexus 7 feature coming on…