If you want in on the Android tablet revolution, but still want change from £100, Arnova will have you covered as they prepare to launch two cut price Android tablets this summer in the form of the Arnova 7 and Arnova 84.
In something of a trend-bucking move, we feel that the cheaper of the two tablets, the £99 Arnova 7 tablet, is the more covetable bit of kit. It may have a smaller screen size at 7 inches, but it features Android version Froyo as oppossed to the Arnova 84’s ageing 2.1 Eclair build. That’s not to say there aren’t some serious concessions being made here to hit that price point. Firstly, it’s got a finicky resistive screen, while the quoted “30,000 downloadable apps” mean it doesn’t appear to have Android Market support. Wi-Fi is built in as standard though.
The Arnova 84 ups the screen size to 8.4 inches, as well as pushing the price up to £129. Apart from the OS downgrade, it’s more or less the same tablet as the Arnova 7, including that resistive-style screen.
These won’t bother the Honeycomb touting big-boys such as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 or the Motorola Xoom, but those on a tight budget may find some joy here.
The Arnova 7 and the Arnova 84 will be available from Comet and Asda this June.
By Gerald Lynch | May 27th, 2011