There is probably no such thing as a perfect tablet: no matter how well it is designed or made, there will be people complaining about how its size or form factor does not fit their hand size. Archos’s solution? Release five tablets with varying screen sizes.
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A tablet, regardless of how well-designed it is, is bound to attract some form of criticism about its size, and for good reason . As long as people have different expectations of how big a tablet is supposed to be with regards to a user’s hand size, the idea of a universal-sized tablet is probably nothing more than wishful thinking.
However, it seemed that Archos has came up with a novel idea to address that issue: to release an entire lineup of tablets with varying sizes. And that is just what it has done with its latest range of Android-based tablets, which run the gamut from being small enough to pass off as smartphones, to having sizes capable of rivaling netbooks. Here is a quick run-down of Archos’s latest lineup:
Probably the best way to describe the Archos 28 Internet Tablet will be to imagine it as smartphone sans the mobile phone-related features. With a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen, the Archos 28 is certainly small enough to pass off as an Android smartphone instead of a tablet device.
That being said, the hardware powering the Archos 28 is no slouch. An ARM Cortex A8 processor clocked at 800MHz provides sufficient power for the device’s multimedia features, with onboard Flash memory providing 2GB or 4GB of storage space, and WiFi connectivity completes the package.
Last but definitely not least, the Archos 28 does not have a built-in camera. Technically, it means that you are free to sneak it into your NS camp by simply passing it off as a smartphone (Android is a smartphone OS anyway). Just don’t blame us if you get caught for trying to do so.
Like the Archos 28, the Archos 32 also sports a very smartphone-esque form factor, but the difference lies in the specs.
Instead of a 2.8-inch touchscreen, the Archos 32 has a slightly bigger display at 3.2 inches, is capable of HD video playback and comes with a built-in camcorder which can record at up to 720p. In addition to WiFi, the Archos 32 also features built-in Bluetooth connectivity, and the maximum storage size has also been increased to 8GB.
Unlike the aforementioned Archos 28 and Archos 32, the Archos 43’s larger size resembles a PDA more than a smartphone, but is still small enough to fit easily in one’s palm for convenience.
Specs-wise, the Archos 43 boasts a more powerful ARM Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1GHz, a 4.3-inch touchscreen capable of a resolution of 854 x 480 and a kickstand for added convenience in viewing videos, with most of the other hardware being extremely similar to the Archos 32.