Android-based Archos 7 Home Tablet Now Has a Ship Date

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I’ve been waiting for an affordable Android tablet for a long time. So, I pre-ordered the $200 Archos 7 Home Tablet as soon as I learned about it last month. Unfortunately, neither Archos nor Amazon (my source of the pre-order) provided any estimated availability date at that time. A bit of the mystery surrounding this information was lifted a few hours ago when I read this in an automated Amazon order information update email message:

Estimated arrival date: May 28 2010 – June 04 2010

Amazon’s product page for the device now notes that: This item will be released on May 17, 2010. Eleven days seems like a long time to take to deliver something these days. With a bit of luck, I should have this Android-powered tablet with a 7-inch display within a month or so (maybe less).

Earlier I wondered if the Archos 7 would let me install apps on it. Amazon’s product page states:

since the ARCHOS 7 is an Android-based system, you can customize your home tablet by downloading your favorite applications. Choose from thousands available in the Android Market. You can also access a large variety of free and purchasable applications directly from the AppsLib store. These apps are sorted by genre, ratings and date to help you find the one you want.

The Archos 7’s display resolution is only 800×480. This is the same as the Motorola Droid despite the significant difference in screen size. On the bright side, this also means that there shouldn’t be any app display scaling issues. I’m really looking forward to using Android’s blazing fast browser and 3rd party apps like Seesmic for Android on my Archos 7. Stay tuned.