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Philly Bundles iPad 2 Rival Tablet With News Subscription

The Philadelphia Media Network has launched a new subscription scheme which offers an Android-based tablet to its news app customers for a significantly reduced price.

The tablet is an entry-level Archos Arnova 10 G2 which hasn't yet been released in the UK. It comes with a 10.1-inch 1024x600 pixel capacitive toucshcreen, a 1GHz Cortex A8 based SoC, 4GB onboard storage, 512MB RAM, a front facing VGA camera, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread, the Philadelphia Inquirer app plus the Daily News digital edition.

PMN says that the tablet will cost only $99 when purchased with a two year subscription to either the Inquirer or the Daily News; these cost $9.99 per month or a combined cost of $12.99 per month.

The publisher has also managed to get Main Line Health, Comcast Corporation, and Wells Fargo as launch sponsors to subsidise the price of the tablet.

The Arnova tablet comes with Arnova's own Appslib Android market replacement as well as Amazon's App Store, OfficeSuite and a coupon code that gives free music, books and online cloud storage to users. According to Philly.com, only 5000 tablets are available for what it calls "an unprecedented beta offer".

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.