iPad Rival Alert : Archos 10 G2 For £139

The Archos 10 G2 is now available from high street retailer HMV for only £139, half the suggested retail price, with nearly 14,000 purehmv points thown in.

The tablet which was released only a couple of months ago, shares a number of features with Apple's iPad tablet.

Both of them are based on a Cortex-A8 chipset (Arnova's one is clocked at 1GHz), 256MB RAM and has a 10.1-inch capacitive multitouch screen.

In addition, the Arnova 10 G2 comes with a micro USB port, a microSDHC card reader, Wi-Fi, a camera that can record 720p footage and Archos' own AppsLib library.

At 540g, it is not very heavy and its 12mm thickness means that it matches that of the smaller Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Given how cheap microSD cards are, it would make sense to buy a couple for the tablet to increase the internal capacity to 24GB or 40GB. The Archos 10 G2 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Archos' own proprietary user interface and App store (AppsLib).

There are not many rivals at this price, especially one with a capacitive touchscreen. The Amazon Kindle fire is likely to cost significantly more and the Advent Vega, which comes with a dual core Tegra 2, is on sale for almost £200.

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