Archos 101 G9 Tablet – Big Bang, Little Bucks

Archos 101 G9 Tablet
Archos 101 G9 Tablet – Not bad for an under $400 Android tablet. Not bad at all.

News flash! The last thing the world needs is yet another entry-level, me-too Android tablet. But that hasn’t stopped adventurous tech companies from trying to carve out a space in this highly competitive market.

The low-end side of this market is especially cutthroat. Manufacturers of low-cost full-size tablets (roughly, those under $400) must cut corners to meet certain price points. Several, for example, run older versions of the Android OS, such as 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread), rather than the 3.xversion (Honeycomb) or 4.x version (Ice Cream Sandwich). Others skimp on construction material, encasing the tablet in a cheap-feeling plastic chassis, or by using inexpensive, lower-quality thin-film-transistor (TFT) LCDs, instead of the much more capable in-plane switching (IPS) displays that premium tablets such as the Apple iPad 2 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 use. Other cost-trimming practices include substituting inexpensive, slower processors, cutting back on system memory, and providing minimal storage. When comparing low-cost tablets to one another—and to their higher-priced competitors—we determine which options and features were stripped out to hit their price targets and then decide whether those compromises still result in a good product for the price.

See the review at Computer Shopper.


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