I hate to be the Negative Nancy or the Debbie Downer here. Mostly because I hate those disgustingly cute terms for "pessimistic". However, the ARCHOS 97 Carbon tablet arrives at a particularly rough time. Today, ARCHOS' newest tablet is available via the company's web store. ARCHOS has a history of being the leader in inexpensive tablets. Unfortunately, with the advent of the Nexus 7, the competition just got a lot stiffer.
Take a look at the spec list for the 97 Carbon:
- 1GHz single-core ARM Cortex A8 processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 21.8 ounces
- 0.45" thick
- 9.7" IPS display
- 16GB of internal flash memory
- microSD card slot
- Google app access, including the Play Store
- Android 4.0
Yes, you read that right. In this $250 tablet, it's a single core processor running the ICS-themed show. No word yet on if ARCHOS will be updating the slate to Jelly Bean. Now, in this tablet's defense, it does have a few things the Nexus 7 doesn't: a larger display, a micro-SD card slot, and a full USB port. That being said, the specs more closely match the phones from two years ago than the tablets of today. When I last looked at an ARCHOS tablet, I felt that it was decent for the price, though largely because it didn't try to add on to the stock Google experience. Now, you can get a tablet with the same amount of built-in storage and four (or five) times the processing cores, not to mention the assurance of speedy updates directly from Google for the exact same price (or $50 less if you want the 8GB version). Suddenly ARCHOS tablets are looking a lot more expensive for what you get from them.
So, what do you guys think? Is it worth trading a Tegra 3 processor for a single-core to get a micro-SD card slot and a full USB port?