Carphone Warehouse Drops Price Of Samsung Galaxy Tab Rival To £145

Those who missed out on the HP TouchPad deal could have a look at the Arnova 7c G2 tablet from French company Archos, which costs £145.

While the tablet only comes with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a 800x480 pixel resolution, it does include a 3G embedded modem and is powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread (thus able to play Flash files and work as a hotspot).

Other features include a Qualcomm MSM7227 SoC clocked at 600MHz (like the ZTE Blade and the HTC Wildfire), 256MB RAM, a front-facing camera, a USB port, a Lithium battery, a microSD card slot (with a 4GB card included) and Wi-Fi.

Archos unfortunately relies on its own Appslib application store rather than Google's Android Market, which is a disappointment.

You should be able to make phone calls by using applications such as Skype or Fring. At less than half the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3G, it may be worth a look, although Kogan's £119 tablet could prove to be a better buy thanks to a faster SoC, HDMI port and native access to Android Market.

There's also the Hannspree Hannspad tablet which is much faster, has more onboard memory and a much better screen but comes with an older version of Android, no 3G and is much bigger as well.