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Archos Offering 9.7" Gingerbread Tablet for $229.99 USD

Looking for a decent tablet that won't break the bank? Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire packs plenty of Android punch for the buck once you ditch the bookshelf launcher. But if you're looking for something larger that doesn't jump into the $300 and $400 range, Archos has launched the Arnova 9 G2 budget tablet here in the States for as low as $229.99 USD.

Released overseas last month, the Archos Arnova 9 G2 features a 1024 x 768 pixel capacitive multitouch screen with IPS, an ARM Cortex-A8 single core SoC clocked at 1 GHz, and 4 GB of internal storage (Arnova says 8 GB). There's also a microSD card slot for adding 32 GB of extra storage space (as it really needs it), 802.11 b/g connectivity, and a battery that supposedly offers up to six hours while watching videos, four times that when listening to music with the screen off.

Also thrown into the mix is a USB 2.0 port for connecting keyboards, mice, external drives and other gadgets. The tablet will sport Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" right out of the box, meaning it's highly doubtful users will have access to Google's suite of applications like Google Maps and Android Market. Instead, owners will simply have access to the AppsLib market instead. Additional specs include a front-facing camera for video calling, built-in speakers, a microphone, G-sensor and more.

"Thanks to the range of document, slideshow and spreadsheet editors available to download on AppsLib, you Arnova 9 G2 can be your mobile work station; you may never need your laptop ever again," Arnova reports. "With the integrated microSD card reader you can transfer files easily or even plug in a USB flash drive in the USB host slot / via the USB host cable."

Arnova states that the tablet is also fully compatible with the Archos G9 3G Stick, allowing users to slip in their data sim card into the stick (which is provided by their wireless carrier), plug it into the tablet, and experience 3G connectivity.

Currently PC Richard & Son is selling the Arnova 9 G2 for $229.99 (opens in new tab), and B&H is selling the tablet for a pricier $249.99 (opens in new tab). The Arnova 9 G2 measures 9.4 x 7.2 x 0.4-inches and weighs 1.4 pounds.

Kevin started taking PCs apart in the 90s when Quake was on the way and his PC lacked the required components. Since then, he’s loved all things PC-related and cool gadgets ranging from the New Nintendo 3DS to Android tablets. He is currently a contributor at Digital Trends, writing about everything from computers to how-to content on Windows and Macs to reviews of the latest laptops from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more. 

  • Plasmid

    On a serious note why do people need tablets? Seems to me more of a luxury than a necessity.
  • neon871
    Tom I can get Arnova by Archos 501904 10 G2 Android Tablet - Android 2.3, 10.1" 1024 x 600 capacitive touch-screen display, 4GB, 802.11 b/g WiFi, micro SD, USB 2.0, G-sensor, 720p camera for $189.99 with same spec's only in 10.1" screen. Kevin Parrish - you need to do your home work before posting your troll news.
  • razor512
    How much RAM does it have.

    Most apps will still use only a single core, but a lack of RAM is one of the biggest flaws in lower cost tablets. Android really needs 1GB RAM.

    Anyway, tablets are useful for very basic computing but is not worth it once you get into the netbook style pricing.

    (netbooks are faster and offer more functionality and cost less than most tablets)

    For me, the only reason why I have a tablet is because I was lucky enough to get a HP touchpad during the sale. (while it is not as functional as a laptop, it does run android ICS, and webos 3 though I use webos 3 mostly and have been using my other android devices less and less. The webos UI just makes the android UI feel inefficient due to the amount of work needed to perform the same tasks. (if they were to make a proper emulator for android apps (since both OS are linux based, I would completely switch to webos 3, and possibly look for a way to either port the webos UI to my android devices, or port webos over to it)
  • rebel1280
    Toms, i visit this site daily in the morning as part of my daily tasks at work haha and though i appreciate you guys showing us a very inexpensive large screen tablet, this one is junk. Its cheap for a reason, do your readers a favor and remove this posting. Don't think we are not smart enough to research what you post up to be a good product. How bout comparing all the Archos tablets to determine which is the best to get as they are all pretty cheap..eerrr inexpensive.
  • kawininjazx
    Why buy this crap? Tegra 2 Acer 7" is $250, and the Acer and Lenovo 10" Tegra 2 is around $280. Not to mention the Tegra 3 Asus 7" should be $250.
  • randomstar
    pretty much had me at the 1024x768 resolution. maybe some of you missed that? dont compare it to the 600 and 720 devices you guys keep throwing up against it. the speed is enough, memory is enough, the resolution means you dont have to scroll so frikkin much to navigate a page..
  • dthx
    I wonder how hard and how many times you have to punch the icons on the screen before the tablet reacts... (that's just based on my experience with every Archos device I tested in shops).
    I'd like to be proven wrong, but the crap Archos sells is generally by no mean better than the dirt cheap no name chinese ipad mimicks that you can find for half the price of an Archos tab on doubtful websites...
  • sliem
    I had an archos once, it was good but screen is not quite as responsive as my iPod touch. I returned it because the usb port stopped working.