That being said, Amazon recently announced the kindle fire. At only $199, it is a really compelling price point, even approaching impulse buying or Christmas gift buying territory. It comes in $100 less than the original Archos price, and even beats the current sale price on Amazon. So how do the Archos 70 Internet Tablet and Kindle fire compare?
Unfortunately, I don't have a Kindle fire handy to test one out, so I will rely solely on specs (which never tell the whole truth).
The reported dimensions of the Archos 70 IT are:
- 7.91” tall x 4.49” wide x .43 thick at 11 oz
- 7.5" x 4.7" x .45" thick at 14.6 ounces
Archos: 1 Ghz ARM Single Core
Kindle fire: Texas Instruments Dual Core
Winner: Kindle fire
Archos: front facing low resolution camera
Kindle fire: none
Winner: Archos 70
Archos: Relatively stock Android 2.2 Froyo
Kindle fire: Android 2.3 Gingerbread with heavy customization
Winner: Purely a guess, but I think the Kindle fire is going to win this hands down, especially with a dual core processor pushing things behind the scenes.
Archos: Based off of real experience, I am lucky to get about 3.5 hours of video time
Kindle fire: Claims 7.5 hours. (based on prior experience with the standard Kindle, vs Amazon's claims, I would say that they are probably going to be pretty accurate)
Winner: Another guess, but I think the Kindle fire will win with battery life.
Archos: MicroSD slot
Kindle fire: none, but has cloud storage
Winner: Archos, I just don't see "cloud storage" as counting, since you can do it already with various apps or ftp anyhow with other devices, and you are completely dependent on having internet available, (not good for flyers).
Amazon Kindle fire: No
Kindle fire: No
If this were simply up to specs, I would say this is a very close battle with the Archos possibly taking the win. However, my experience with the Archos is that it is a bit too laggy for the everyday user, and that the non-modified Android 2.2 interface is just not a pleasant experience on a tablet of any size. As a technical person who likes to mod gadgets, I think the kindle fire has more potential, if and when it gets rooted, but the Archos already has a year's worth of hackery behind it. As a gift to a non-technical person, I think the choice would definitely be the Amazon Kindle fire.