First released in Europe on March 18, the 13.3″ Android tablet Archos FamilyPad 2 have at last been released in the US too. Available for order from $375.
With a 13.3-inch screen – another one of the ‘new’ screen sizes up for trial on tablets this year, this is a tablet that certainly makes an impression, compared to the most common tablet sizes in the 7- to 10-inch range. It’s like placing four Nexus 7’s next to one another.
Fortunately though, the price is not equally multiplied. Officially the MSRP is only $299, but it seems the earliest buyers might have to fork out $375 to get the FamilyPad 2 in the US at the moment. Still a value for money though.
Depending on your needs, this could can be a very useful tablet around the home. It’s got a 10-point multitouch screen like all good tablets, so it could be a fun tablet for social gaming or any other social activities one might get out of it.
For its price, the specs are surprisingly good. With a dual-core A9 processor at 1.6 GHz, and a quad-core Mali 400 MP4 graphics processor, it will give you a feeling of having a high-end performing tablet.
To cut cost, Archos is selling this tablet with 8 GB of on board memory, but with microSD card support up to 64GB, this is actually a welcome way to cut down on costs in my opinion. Tablet manufacturers typically charge $100 more for a 32GB tablet than a 16GB tablet, but on tablets with microSD support, one can get a much better value for money, considering that a 64 GB microSD card only costs a little over $50. Instant unlimited memory upgrade for a fraction of the cost in other words. Besides, it makes transferring movies and other kinds of files much easier from one device to another.
– Tom Bowen