More and more decent (e.g. with capacitive multi-touch screen, decent processor…) and cost-effective android tablets are hitting the market such as Archos Gen8 Series.
It might be difficult to obtain Archos 70 in some countries in Asia. But not is all lost as product such as the WellcoM WePad A800 are available in Thailand (and probably other countries). This tablet based on Qualcomm MSM7227 @ 600 Mhz runs on Android 2.2. The device comes with 512 MB DDR RAM, 512 MB Rom, a 7″ multi-touch capacitive touch screen (800 x 480) , Wifi, Bluetooth, 2G/3G network support. I discovered this product in a shop in Chiang Mai yesterday. I tried it a bit, it was very smooth and responsive. It sells for 15900 Baht (530 USD / 383 Euros) with a free bluetooth headset.
The following videos (In Thai only) reviews the device. The reviewers runs a lot of benchmark to show the performance of this tablet (similar to Motorola Droid). The video is 3 months old and at the time it ran Android 2.1, so the performance might better now. He also demo’ed several games including a 3D racing game using the G-sensor. He also showed a book reader (feedbooks) and finally played a youtube video.
In the second video, the reviewer test the web browser by visiting some Thai website and playing with the multi-touch zoom. He then tries the back camera (3MPixel – auto-focus) and the picture gallery (a bit sluggish). He then goes back to the book reader to check the visibility outside which seems fine. Finally he tries to use the device to make calls.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.