Archos 70b internet tablet is a decent tablet. For people who definitely want an 7″ tablet, it is a good buy. For 180EUR(we are talking here about the retailers price, not RRP; it is now even avilable as low as 161 on Amazon, check the links below) you get all the stuff you may need. It has got Honeycomb 3.2, bluetooth, HDMI etc. The camera is decent, the speakers are even more decent and the design is great. It didn’t get scratched during our test, it rebooted only once(probably due to our test app incompatibility) and even RAM was not a big problem. You can hold it with one hand, it has decent battery life, you can watch a movie with two people(we mean, the viewing angles are reasonably good) and it works…
…However, it works slower than 80 G9. The 80 G9 packs two times faster dual-core processor which can play 1080p, GPS, mirroring HDMI and has a nicer and a bigger screen. Not to forget, it is upgradeable to Android 4.0 and it is compatible with 3G stick. It is only 20EUR more expensive. However, it has its own disadvantages – the speaker is not placed great, it is heavier and not everybody will like the design. And it is not portable, that’s why some people want 7″ for entertainment on the go.
Entertainment on the go, that’s what Archos was always good in. Like all the G9 models, the 70b IT comes with AVOS. It lended some features from the Gen8 devices, like the GPS bluetooth tethering and has received the Gen9 ones too. Most 720p files you throw to it are played, there is support for FLAC files and 70b can be used as a DLNA server. It has an amazing files app too.
If we look further, there are much more tablets at the same pricepoint. Amazon Kindle Fire is fast, has an amazing screen and you get all the amazon stuff. However, the biggest disadvantage is the lack of Google certification and apps, it is locked down to Amazon. When you use it, it feels like you are somewhere in a jail. It doesn’t have a home button(yes, it doesn’t even have a software home button), volume buttons, microSD slot and bluetooth, either. So, it is actually not a tablet, but a tablet with a handicap. For 199$… The Asus Memo 370T sounds interesting, but its release date is still unknown.
Like we already said, the 70b IT is a decent tablet, but it is not really up to date when it comes to performance and Android version is also becoming outdated. The choice is up to you – wait for Archos element tablets to come with even lower price tag, get a tablet with a handicap, get the 80G9 with ICS, or just get the 70b IT and enjoy it. 😉