Archos doesn’t like shooting single bullets, so their launch of Android devices couldn’t include just small media players. An Android tablet seemed very much called for, and that’s what the $350 7-inch Archos 70 Internet Tablet is. With 8GB of flash memory, a 250GB hard-drive and an 800 x 480 capacitive multitouch screen, it’s no revolution in the land of tablets, but Archos is taking a step in the right direction by mostly letting go of proprietary ports and connectors, and the Android Marketplace, making this a platform more open towards whatever configuration you have in mind for it.
Running Android 2.2 on a 1GHz ARM Cortez A8 processor, it gets graphics acceleration through an OpenGL ES 2.0 card, and remains slim enough to measure in at 0.43 inches thin and weigh in at 11oz. The front-facing VGA camera doesn’t add much weight, and connectivity happens through 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and, of course, Bluetooth.