Archos 97 Carbon tablet detailed further, looks good to go
Every day, there is bound to be news of a new tablet in the pipeline, and most of the time, these would be of the Android operating system variety. After all, the iPad from Apple gets a refresh once a year or so, and Windows 8 has yet to make a splash despite the Microsoft Surface tablet looking good when it was previewed earlier this year. Having said that, the latest tablet from the Android camp would be the Archos 97 Carbon, where it will certainly turn heads thanks to the brushed aluminum casing, not to mention having it come in a relatively svelte form factor that measures just 11.5mm thin and weighing all of 620 grams.
In addition, the Archos 97 Carbon will also come with a 9.7″ IPS display at 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, letting your eyeballs enjoy a decent viewing experience along with others thanks to the amazing viewing angles that accompany the display. Not only that, there are front facing as well as back cameras thrown into the mix, allowing you to perform video calls on it while capturing precious moments that should not be forgotten on your tablet wherever you are. It will not replace a dedicated digital camera, but is ideal for moments when you want to capture something impromptu.
In terms of storage, you get 16GB of internal memory, and if that is not enough for you, you can always expand it thanks to the microSD memory card slot, although there is also the option of plugging in a USB flash drive thanks to the full-sized USB host port. I know that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was just released recently with the Google Nexus 7 tablet, but the Archos 97 Carbon is not too far behind with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, although it would be nice to hear from Archos that a Jelly Bean update is on the way. Perhaps another time, no?
Since the Archos 97 Carbon is a Google certified device, it will allow you to access the entire gamut of Google designed Android apps, regardless of whether it is to keep in contact over Gmail, Google Talk and Google+ (with multi-user video calling), planning your next trip with Google Maps, or simply to access your content on the 5GB of free cloud storage thanks to Google Drive. With an asking price of $249.99, the Archos 97 Carbon does seem to be a decent purchase.