Archos 7 tablet offers Android on the cheap

CNET's Donald Bell gives the low down on his experience with the Archos 7 Home Tablet running the Google Android OS.

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The tablet wars have begun, although not exactly with a bang.

The Archos 7 Home Tablet has plenty going for it: a big 7-inch screen; broad audio and video format support; MicroSDHC memory expansion; and a low price of $199.

Ultimately, though, you get what you pay for. For a device that's all screen, the screen ain't that hot. The Android 1.5 OS is stale and stripped down, and the app store is more like a mini mart.

Still, the Archos 7 Home Tablet isn't half bad, given the price. And since Archos is the first manufacturer to deliver an Android tablet, it's not like we can point you to many other options, unless you have $500 to drop on the upcoming Dell Streak .

Read CNET's full review of the Archos 7 Home Tablet .

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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