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The Archos 7 has a ridiculous amount of memory. There are two options 160 GB or 320 GB. Most tablets have up to maybe 32 GB, at the upper end 64 GB but unlikely. Archos claims that the 7 will also have up to 39 hours of battery life, most tablets between 8 and 10 hours. It has access to streaming web content and televisions. The 7 runs on the Android operating system from Google. It can play videos back in HD videos. It comes with built-in microphone, speakers and leg stands.
– 7 inch screen
– 39 hours of battery life
– 160 GB or 320 GB
– HD video playback
– Streaming web and TV
DENVER, CO – November 18, 2008 – ARCHOS announced today the availability of the highly-anticipated ARCHOS 7 Internet Media Tablet (IMT), featuring a sleek new design, high resolution touch-screen, and the ultra-fast speeds of a PC for an unparalleled Internet browsing and media experience on a handheld device.
With two different capacity options – 160GB and 320GB – the ARCHOS 7 offers the largest hard drives of any handheld player and enough space to hold up to 300 full-length movies, thousands of songs, or millions of photos. The ARCHOS 7 is the only 7-inch handheld tablet equipped with PC-like performance and the world’s first implementation of the ARM® Cortex™ superscalar microprocessor. Additional new features include a new email application, redesigned user interface, high-definition (HD) video playback, and an integrated multimedia platform that uses a WiFi for extremely fast Web access anytime, anywhere. The Archos 7 will boost up to 39 hours of battery life.
“When designing the ARCHOS 7 we wanted to develop the ultimate travel companion for commuters, on-the-go families and savvy travelers who need immediate and uncompromised access to the Internet, email, their digital media and favorite TV shows to stay connected and entertained anywhere and everywhere.” said Henri Crohas, ARCHOS founder and CEO. “With impressive hard drive capacities and multiple ways to access and enjoy content, the ARCHOS 7 is sure to be your portable media travel companion of choice.”
Uncompromised Web Browsing
• Fastest Web Experience
: New processing power, free Web browser, and full-page viewing without scrolling left to right make the ARCHOS 7 the best Web viewing portable.
• Integrated Flash 9 video support
: Provides access to favorite TV shows, online video sites, popular Web TV and radio stations, and thousands of widgets like weather, sports scores or a calculator.
• Email Application
: Consumers can manage multiple accounts, easily view, send and receive their email, synchronize contacts, and store attachments, all using a wide touch-screen QWERTY keyboard.
• MSN Web Messenger
: Consumers can stay connected with their friends at all times.
Easiest Access to Content
• Streaming Web TV and Radio
: Free plug-in lets users stream thousands of Web TV channels and more than 10,000 radio stations directly to the ARCHOS 7.
• Anywhere Entertainment
: Consumers can enjoy favorite videos, music and photos directly on the IMT, listen to tunes while surfing the Web or checking email, transfer photos from digital camera, and make customized slideshows to share with friends.
• The ARCHOS Media Club
: Offers the latest online content such as movies, TV shows, music, and games from a range of providers. With one-touch access from the home screen, users can download content for rent or purchase directly onto the Tablet.
True TV Experience at Home or Anywhere
• TV Recording & Program Guide
: With the optional DVR station accessory and integrated TV Program Guide, the ARCHOS 7 offers a fast and easy way to schedule, record and playback favorite TV programs and movies directly on the Tablet or TV. With the optional HD plug-in, users can also enjoy HD playback of movies.
• Internet on TV
: When connected to the DVR station, the ARCHOS 7 give users access to the Internet, music collections, photos, and their PC through wireless streaming from the PC to the comfort of their couch.
Personalize with Exclusive Plug-Ins and Accessories
The ARCHOS 7 provides personalization through optional plug-ins and accessories:
:The web browser and Web TV and radio come free upon registration of the device. More optional plug-ins will be available: 3.5G connectivity, high-definition video (720p resolution), Cinema and Video Podcast.
: DVR Station, Mini-Dock, Removable Battery, Helmet Cam, and more. All accessories and plug-ins can be purchased or downloaded from the Archos store on the device and at www.archos.com.
Pricing and Availability
The ARCHOS 7 IMTs are available now at Circuit City, Amazon.com and Archos.com. Pricing is $449.99 for the 160GB model and $549.99 for the 320GB model. Order information and customer support details are available at www.archos.com.
ARCHOS introduced the hard-drive-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000, and since that time has revolutionized consumer electronics devices. The company introduced the portable video player in 2003 and was the first to bring TV recording, wireless and touch screens to the portable media player. Now, ARCHOS introduces Internet Media Tablets, offering consumers uncompromised access to the Internet, movies, photos, video, music and television anytime, anywhere. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is quoted on Compartment B of Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. More information is available online at www.archos.com.
Digital Trend’s Tablet Buying Tips:
At the moment tablet battery life ranges between 7 and 10 hours, with the iPad 2 leading the pack at over 10 hours. As a rule of thumb you’ll want to at least make sure the tablet will last you through the day, so consider what your average usage might in a day be before purchasing a tablet.
What are tablets?
Tablets are small touch computers meant for a broad array of tasks. Though some are marketed for specific purposes, tablets are meant to be good at a number of things including e-book reading. Though Microsoft failed to get stylus tablet PCs to take off eight years ago, Apple reinvented the category this year. Thanks to the overnight success of the iPad, tablets have begun to pop up everywhere. Modern tablets usually have a full-color LCD touchscreen measuring between seven and 10 inches diagonally, are great at video and Web-related tasks like e-mail, can install applications, and run on smartphone operating systems. Due to a lack of a physical keyboard, these devices are better for consuming entertainment than creating it. The Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, and HP Slate make up the first generation of touch tablets. If you have a strong hankering to browse the web, stream movies & TV, check your email, download apps, play Angry Birds, or look at anything in color, a tablet is probably best for you.
Apple’s App Store is more robust at this point than Google’s Android Market, and has more apps customized for larger tablet screens. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to search for a few apps that you consider high priority.
How portable does your tablet need to be? How large do you want your screen? The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen, while the iPad has a much larger 9.7-inch screen. With tablets, the choice is more crucial, because size is the only thing that separates them from smartphones like the iPhone and Droid. Some reviewers have argued that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab is too small, and isn’t usable for many tasks above those that 3- or 4-inch smartphones already perform competently. Steve Jobs made the same argument when explaining why Apple chose a 9.7-inch screen size. Our advice: The best way to settle on size is to visit a nearby AT&T or Verizon store and try out both devices for yourself.