CES 2012: Archos Adding Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to Its Affordable G9 Tablets

Tablets now rule the market, and it can be a task to look for the right one. Price and options are a major factor in the purchase of one, and who knows, maybe what we saw during CES may help you on the quest for a new tablet.

Archos offers Android-based tablets for customers who want a good tablet, but don’t want to spend a whole lot of money. Two tablets we checked out were the Archos 101 G9 Tablet and 80 G9 tablets. Both tablets are currently available on the market using 3.2 Honeycomb OS and will be upgraded to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich via Wi-fi when available.

The Archos 80 G9 has an 8" screen, 1024 x 768 pixel display, with 8GB built in memory - $254 (16GB also available)

Tablet Specs: 

  • WXGA TFT LCD 8.0″ Multi-Touch Display
  •  Standard version: OMAP™ 4 smart multi-core ARM CORTEX A9 at 1GHz / Turbo version: OMAP™ 4 smart multi-core ARM CORTEX A9 from 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz (at start of 2012).
  • 3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)
  • Internal up to 250GB Hard Drive Storage
  • MicroSD Slot (SDHC Compatible)
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS & USB 2.0 Port and will updated to 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich via Wi-fi update)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n & Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (3G card sold separately)
  • Video Playback Up to 1080i/30p
  • Built-in: HDMI Output, GPS, G-Sensor & Compass
  • Supports Video, Audio, Photo & Subtitles: • MPEG-4 HD (up to 1080p) • MPEG-42 ([email protected] AVI, up to DVD resolution) • H.264 HD ([email protected], up to [email protected] fps and 1080i/[email protected] fps)
  • With optional plug-in • Cinema: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1)
  • With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF
  • Integrated Speaker, Mic & 720p Webcam
  • Music playback time: up to 36 hrs / Video playback time: up to 7 hrs / Internet navigation time: up to 10 hrs

While the Archos 101 G9 has a 10.1 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel display, it features nearly all the same specs and is available in 8GBs and 16GBs version. It ranges from $312 to $352. The 101 G9 has no 3G out of box, but with a usb adapter, you can purchase before buying the appropriate card.

I watched about 5 minutes of YouTube and a few minutess of Twtich.tv live streaming and enjoyed the video and sound from the tablet. The only downfall I could find at the time I played with the 101 G9 is the lower quality camera and slightly slower speed.

$200-$350 will net you a nice tablet if you choose “no contract needed.” With the power of Android powering this tablet, you can’t go wrong with either the 8″ or 10.1″. No go feed your Angry Bird addiction.

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