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iPad 2 Rival Alert : Archos 80 G9 Down to £171

Although the Archos 80 G9 is physically smaller than the iPad 2 tablet and costs less than half the price of the 16GB model, it does share a few features with Apple's device.

Both have a 1024x768 pixel capacitive touchscreen, though the Archos model is an 8-inch one while Apple's is a 9.7-inch one (the Archos model costs £171 at Currys (opens in new tab))

They both have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a dual core Cortex-A9 SoC clocked at 1GHz and 512MB RAM. The iPad 2 has two cameras while the Archos only has one and half the onboard storage compared to Apple's device.

But then, the smaller tablet comes with a microSD card slot, USB, a kick stand, built in GPS and is powered by Android 3.2 Honeycomb (with an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich likely to happen).

Archos says that the 80 G9 has enough juice to last up to seven hours (video playback) and 10 hours surfing the net.

At 465g and measuring 11.7mm thick, the tablet is just as thick and as heavy as its rivals but its when it comes to value for money that it excels.

There are a few tablets at this price point with a capacitive touchscreen, like the newly announced Kogan 8-inch tablet, but they don't come with a dual core SoC or with Honeycomb.

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.