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10-inch tablet battle: Archos 101 G9 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. Apple iPad 2 [TABLE]

While the sub-9-inchers tablets are fighting over in the other post, over here is a match between the high-rollers – the 10″ tablets. The newcomer, the Archos 101 G9 tablet, is the main interest here as it takes on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Apple iPad 2. While those two stick to 1GHz dual-core CPUs, the Archos shoots for the top with two 1.5GHz cores.

The Archos 101 G9 is also offering an unusual 250GB HDD version, but that adds quite a bit of thickness and weight and, I’m guessing, is a real battery drain. Still, the 101 G9 has some goodies like (gasp!) a standard USB port plus a miniHDMI port, while both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 use a proprietary port. Despite boasting such impressive specs, the Archos 101 G9 is surprisingly modest in price.

Okay, that’s enough to set the mood, here’s what you came for – the table:

 
Archos 101 G9
Samsung
Galaxy Tab 10.1
Apple
iPad 2
Flash version HDD version
OS
Android Honeycomb
Android Honeycomb
iOS 4.3
Display
10.1-inch
LCD
10.1-inch
PLS LCD
9.7-inch
LED-backlit IPS LCD
Resolution
1280 x 800
1280 x 800
1024 x 768

Height
Width
Thickness

276.0mm
167.3mm
12.6mm
276.0mm
167.3mm
15.6mm
256.6mm
172.9mm
8.6mm
241.2mm
185.7mm
8.8mm
Weight
649 grams
755 grams
595 grams
601 grams
Processor
1.5 GHz dual-core
Cortex-A9 OMAP4
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
1Ghz dual-core
Cortex-A9 processor
Storage
16GB
250GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
16GB / 32GB / 64GB
microSD
Yes
No
No
No
Front camera
0.7 MP
720p video
2.0MP
0.3MP VGA
Rear camera
No
3.0MP Auto-Focus with
LED Flash (720p)
0.7MP Fixed-Focus
720p video
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
802.11 a/b/g/n
Network
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA
850, 900, 1900, 2100
EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
USB
Standard USB 2.0, Host
USB 2.0, Host with adapter
USB 2.0, host with Adapter)
HDMI
miniHDMI
HDMI (via adapted)
HDMI (via adapter)
Bluetooth
2.1 + EDR
2.1 + EDR
2.1 + EDR
Battery
???
6800 mAh
25Wh
(~6750mAh @ 3.7V)
Price
(Wi-Fi only)
$349 (16GB)
$??? (250GB)
$499 (16GB)
$599 (32GB)
$??? (64GB)
$499 (16GB)
$599 (32GB)
$699 (64GB)
Price
(Wi-Fi+3G)
$399 (16GB)
$??? (250GB)
$??? (16GB)
$??? (32GB)
$??? (64GB)
$629 (16GB)
$729 (32GB)
$829 (64GB)
Availability
September
Currently available,
Wi-Fi + 3G in August
Currently available
Sensors
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Ambient Light Sensor
Kick stand
Yes
No
No
Video codecs
MP4 / DivX / Xvid / H.264 / H.263 / MKV / WMV 9 / MPEG2
MP4 / DivX / Xvid / H.264 / H.263 / MKV / WMV 9 / MPEG2
H.264

The Archos 101 G9 looks pretty good. We don’t know a few things about it though – like RAM amount or battery capacity. But if you can wait until September, the 101 G9 will be one of the best tablets in terms of bang for the buck.

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