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Asda Drops Price Of Arnova 8 Tablet To £99

Although it's definitely not an iPad 2 slayer, the Arnova 8 from French company, Archos, comes with a few interesting features at a very competitive price.

At £99, the Arnova 8 costs around a quarter of what you'd have to shell out for the cheapest iPad 2. But comparing the two tablets is a futile exercise because of the performance and feature gap between the two.

The Arnova 8 has a Rockchip 2818 SoC clocked at 666MHz with an 8-inch resistive screen and a SVGA (800x600) resolution, 4GB onboard storage extendable to 36GB via a 32GB microSD card and running Android 2.1 Eclair.

The tablet carries a maximum battery life of 5.5 hours and up to 25 hours payback. There's Wi-Fi and even a USB port but that's basically it. The resistive screen will be a turn off for the majority of customers and so will the lack of access to the official Android Market (replaced by Archos' own AppsLib store).

Fortunately, there's a custom firmware known as Kasty that provides Android market access to the Arnova 8 and solves a few of the screen issues owners have noted.

There are however better tablets, albeit a tad more expensive. The Kogan tablet for example comes with a smaller 7-inch screen, a 1Ghz Hummingbird SoC, 512MB RAM, a microHDMI port and much more.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.