Android-based Archos 7c tablet to start shipping; $219.99

Android-based Archos 7c tablet to start shipping; $219.99

Summary: A much more budget-friendly Android-based tablet is slated to start shipping, although the Archos 7c stretches the boundaries of the term "tablet."

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A much more budget-friendly Android-based tablet is slated to start shipping, although the Archos 7c stretches the boundaries of the term "tablet."

Not to be confused with the Archos 70c e-book reader, the Archos 7c runs on Android 2.1 (Eclair) with a Cortex A8 processor. It's definitely a step-up above a basic portable media player, such as the Aluratek Cinepal. Both machines support 720p HD video playback and 7-inch displays.

However, the Archos 7c has a capacitive touch screen (800 x 480 resolution) and 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi for Internet browsing and downloading Android apps. Additional noteworthy specs include 8GB of storage space, a microSD/SDHC card slot, and USB connectivity. Don't expect this tablet to compete with recent releases like the Motorola Xoom or the LG G-Slate. This is a very basic slate with minimal features, but at least it's cheap.

Although the product page still has a "Notify Me" button attached to this product, the Archos 7c is expected to ship this week in the U.S. for $219.99 a pop.

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    GoPower
  • Cheap no quality knockoff

    The 1st Archos was garbage. This looks WORST.

    Not only does it have crappy a display, it has an OS that is 3 revisions behind the most current version and it is NOT a tablet but an iPod Touch wannabe.

    Or are we claiming now that the iPod Touch is a tablet?
    wackoae
    • RE: Android-based Archos 7c tablet to start shipping; $219.99

      @wackoae Are we claiming that we mean to say "WORST" instead of "worse"?
      Joe Davola
  • Archos used to make a lot of pretty intense products

    From mp3 players with harddrives to media players 100gb with 7inch screens - most before apple. But Archos is not known for build quality or ease of use in their software. Additionally I experienced lots of issues with technical support, which ultimately has led me to not buy their products. Still a cheap android tab might be ok.
    DS-Solutions
  • Buyer beware

    Had three different Archos devices - all turned out to be crap build quality and absolutely no support

    Save your money - buy anything but Archos
    archangel9999
    • Not crap

      @archangel9999 - I have an Archos 24c https://store.archos.com/archos-vision-p-5009.html that I carry around all night at work and hike with etc. Other then over-sensitive touch zones it's not crap and decent enough for the price at New Egg.

      Got that rating, right? Not crap......all portable media devices suck each in their own way. This one does not suck as badly as many others I've used.
      SubgeniusD