Maemo might be evolving into MeeGo, but it's going by a circuitous route that takes in some Archos 5 play along the way, albeit unofficially. A group of Archos tinkerers have been persuading Maemo (in its Mer form) to run on both the Archos 5 Internet Tablet (usually found running Android) and the Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet, and while it's not a perfect implementation it does at least function.
Video demos after the cut
Given the Archos 7 Home Tablet has been lurking around on Amazon since the beginning of April, it comes as no surprise to hear the French company officially announcing it; still, we'll happily accept a firm shipping date. Priced at $199.99 for the 8GB version of the 7-inch Android-based slate, Amazon say we can expect it from May 17th.
Archos had already spilled the beans on their plans to flesh out the Internet Tablet range this coming summer, but the company's recent travels to China have outed a few new tidbits along the way. Apparently Generation 8 of the Archos Internet Tablet range will consist of six new models, with screen sizes ranging from 3- to 10-inches and prices from $100 to $350.
We're expecting it to launch imminently, in Europe at least, but while we wait for the Archos 7 Home Tablet to finally arrive we can at least entertain ourselves with the freshly-published FCC report. They've done their usual hack-job on the Android-based slate, with external and internal photos together with the full (if sparse) user manual to browse through.
Archos promised we could expect the Archos 7 Home Tablet - announced back at CeBIT 2010 - sometime in April 2010, but it looks like the 7-inch touchscreen slate could be arriving in tandem with the iPad. German retailer Redcoon.de reckon they'll have the Archos 7 HT in stock in a week's time, though it's the slightly more expensive 8GB model rather than the €149 ($203) entry-level 2GB version.
Archos have got around to updating their Archos 9 PC Tablet with the promised 1.2GHz Intel Atom Z515 processor, boosting performance slightly over the original 1.1GHz chip. Now available to order for $549.99 at the company's US store, it's unclear whether Archos have changed any other of the specifications - we're hoping for a faster hard-drive, frankly - since the spec page still details the older model.
Archos' attempts at traditional notebook/netbook form-factors hasn't exactly been a runaway success so far, but they could have better luck with the new Archos A13PS. Set to go on sale in April 2010, the A13PS distinguishes itself by using Intel's D510 processor, more commonly found in nettops than notebooks.
While fanboi debates rage just as strongly as they ever did, in general gadgets across the board are better designed, better constructed and better performing than we could've hoped for five or so years ago. That's why it's so nice to find a real humdinger of a review for Archos' 1 Vision PMP, an MP3 player that anythingbutipod describe as having "bad build quality, awkward design, peculiar button placements, an undeniably unnecessary power switch, somewhat peculiar menus and an extra features set that might as well not have been there."