Low Priced Archos Android Handhelds

If you don’t already own a phone that runs Google’s Android operating system, yet would like to try it out, there will be several options available for you this fall to buy low priced handhelds running Android. Archos, who to my knowledge is the first company to actually sell tablets running Android, has announced an entire line of new Android tablets that they say will be available this fall. The devices have different sizes, starting with the smallest having a 2.8 inch screen and the largest having a 10 inch screen. I personally have difficulty considering devices that have smaller than 7 inch screens a tablet, but that is really not important. What is important is that the 2.8 inch, 3.2 inch, and 4.3 inch devices range in price from $99 to $149, making them very affordable for someone who doesn’t need a phone but would like to run Android apps.

Slashgear has a bunch of pictures and video of the Archos 43 if you are interested in checking out these devices. One word of caution though is that these smaller handhelds have resistive touchscreens rather than the capacitive screens on the iPod Touch and Android phones, which means that the screen will not be as responsive nor support multitouch. The handhelds do have fairly good processors and a large amount of storage which can make them ideal as media players.

If you are willing to spend a little less than $300 and can live with larger devices, you may want to consider Archos 70 (7 inch screen) or Archos 101 (10.1 inch screen) both of which have capacitive screens and large amounts of storage. If they deliver as promised, these might be the hot devices for this coming Christmas.