French manufacturer Archos has almost always been in the shadows of its illustrious rivals, Samsung and Apple amongst others. However, like the "Gaulois" in Asterix, they never give up when it comes to try and compete against much bigger opponents.
Viewed from this perspective, the Archos 80 Cobalt makes sense. This tablet was launched earlier this year and costs less than half its original selling price. It is a refurbished unit from Tesco Outlet (on eBay), costs £82 and comes with one year warranty.
When it comes to specs, it aims to compete with Apple's iPad Mini. As such it has an 8in 1,024 x 768 display with a dual-core SoC, the now famous Rockchip RK3066 model clocked at 1.6GHz, with a quad-core GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, a microSD card slot, Android 4.0 ICS, a front 2-megapixel camera and a rear 0.3-megapixel one and a microUSB port.
The Archos 80 is essentially a smaller version of the Apple iPad 2 tablet but costs less than a quarter of the price. Note that it weighs a mere 470g and is 11,5mm thick.