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A Mini iPad 2 Replacement? Arnova 7-inch Tablet Now Available From £120

If you don't have the budget to buy a £400 iPad 2, then the Arnova G2 appears to be a reasonable alternative provided you can live with the Android operating system.

HMV is currently selling (opens in new tab) the tablet for a mere £120 which is less than half the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab and £40 less than the 10-inch Hannspree Hannspad.

It is powered by a TI OMAP SoC clocked at 1GHz, a similar model to the original iPad, comes with 512MB RAM and 8GB onboard storage.

Its 7-inch capacitive touchscreen has a 800x480 pixel resolution, a microUSB port, an SD card reader, Wi-Fi, Android OS 2.3 Gingerbread and up to six hours video playback time.

Archos uses its own Appslib app store rather than Google's own Android Market, although there are shortcuts that will allow you to bypass the former.

At 12mm thick and weighing only 370g, it should be a great companion for those looking for a portable yet capable portable media player. It's a pity though, that it doesn't come with any camera, 3G compatibility or an HDMI port.

Another alternative is the Agora 7-inch tablet PC which comes with a similar specification except for - less onboard storage, a front -facing camera and an HDMI out port.

Désiré Athow

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 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.