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Archos Carbon 97 Goes on Sale, a Budget Friendly 9.7-inch ICS-Powered Tablet

If anyone was looking for an alternative to the Nexus 7, then this might be a good choice. The Archos Carbon 97 is a 9.7″ tablet, running Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. It is powered by a single-core 1GHz processor and has 16GB of internal storage that is also expandable via microSD to 48GB. Unlike the Nexus 7, the Carbon 97 includes a back-facing camera and features a mini-HDMI port for connecting to your HDTV.  

For the price of $250, it’s not a bad little package. No word on if it will ever see Jelly Bean, but it’s good to live in a world of options. If you were thinking about picking one up, here is a discount code that will take off $20 making it a grand total of just $230. “MAC45Z


Does anyone actual need/want a cheap alternative to the Nexus 7? Hard to compete with one of the best Android tablets ever made.

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  • theraskell

    Archos leaves their customers in the dust too. No update support what-so-ever. I have a 5 internet tablet and they left it on 1.6. Not even a 2.2 update. So stupid. I loved their devices but they really don’t care about support. Drives me nuts.

  • Tyler Chappell

    This is an absolutely horrible product in comparison to a Nexus 7 (or any other Android tablet at that price). What is wrong with Archos? They actually deserve to be sued by Apple for this horrible device, as it certainly looks more like an iPad than any of the Galaxy Tabs! Pathetic. I can only imagine the disappointment on the faces of the 3 or so people that would waste their money on this junk.

  • feztheforeigner

    “single-core 1GHz processor”

    Compared to the five-core Nexus 7 for the same or less price and you just lost me…

  • Jason Dingle

    The 1st tablet or tablet like device I ever bought was and archos 7….never never again.

  • tech247

    Had an Archos device once. Never again….

  • lovehate

    At least it has hdmi out,way to go.google.but single core I guess I’ll keep waiting

    • EvanTheGamer

      Don’t delay; buy a Google 16GB Nexus 7 today!!

  • I bought the 2 Archos 80 G9 for $125 each, one had a OMAP4430 the other had a OMAP4460 .DUAL core. With that said i think that should be the going price for this being that it has a slightly larger screen.. and yes the 4460 was a very nice find in there. That tablet was originally $250 with a better processor.. is this the time warp dance?

  • Knlegend1

    Very slow day!!

  • Viciousking1914

    I just shared this post with a friend at work and she’s in love….granted she doens’t know or care too much about internal specs…she wanted the USB, bigger screen, and surprisingly the rear camera. I let her play with my Nexus7 and she wasn’t sold…shame on her

  • George264

    I bet it took 100$ to make the tablet. The remaining money they earn, they pay tech sites to advertise it.

  • json405

    April fools day has come early in DL.

  • Phil

    I so wish they would announce the google 10 inch tab already. I know the moment I order the nex7 the 10 will be announced I really want a 10 inch tab

    • EvanTheGamer

      Let’s hope not for at least 6 months. lol

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    I remember when Archos used to make you pay for a browser (Opera) to use the internet on their device. That always stuck with me, so I still think they should eat a big bucket of dicks.

  • c4v3man

    9.7″ XGA Screen… Uh-oh, Looks like an iPad clone… Don’t worry, Judge Koh will ban the sale of these in the US, so you won’t have to worry about buying one anyways.

  • Michael_NM

    The archeologists at Archos discovered some ancient processors, Carbon-dated them and voila… we have this tablet. It should be named Artifact. 🙂

  • Asuriyan

    I applaud the attempt to talk it up- probably more hype than it’ll get from Archos!

    There is something to be said about the ~10in. form factor, especially for remote desktop and such, but for that price you could get a used Xoom and every accessory you could ever want. Or, you know, an N7.

  • Ugh, on screen volume controls?! DO NOT WANT.

  • Harold Goldner

    Oh, I dunno, Nexus 7 lacks: (1) hdmi out; (2) removable storage. Those alone are deal killers for me even with multiple cores and Jelly Bean.

    • My thoughts exactly. Those who need more local storage would be happy with this device. Sure, the single core would turn lots off, but it’s Archos lol

      • EvanTheGamer

        A single core tab is a joke though, regardless of hdmi out. Just my opinion.

        Sent from my far superior Nexus 7.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          *With Detached screen* . . . lol . . . Okay I’m done…. getting mine replaced

          • EvanTheGamer

            Yes…this is true…but haven’t had any issues with mine though. Guess it’s just the luck of the draw.

        • Try not to confuse me with someone who is going to actually try and defend or justify a single core tablet. Moving on…

          • EvanTheGamer

            Fair enough.

          • 🙂 Going back to playing that Jazz game lol

          • EvanTheGamer

            Ahh…yeah, downloaded it a bit ago…and wow, such a fun little game. Sort of reminds me of Braid(not graphically speaking of course, but because you collect things). In Braid, you collect puzzle pieces, and then you begin to assemble jigsaw puzzles. It’s such a brilliant and fun game!

            Now I’m wondering…when will we see Braid on Android? Also Limbo.

          • LIMBO!

          • EvanTheGamer

            YES! Limbo would be exceptionally awesome on Android! It can’t be “if” but “when” it’ll make its eventful arrival on Android!

            Come on Playdead, make it happen yo!

    • EvanTheGamer

      This made me laugh. You are missing out on one of the greatest Android tabs on the bloody planet. Your loss, friend.

      • Harold Goldner

        And you, friend, don’t understand the reason for multiple devices, like multiple ice cream flavors. (1) I don’t like small tablets; I need closer to a 10″ tablet for my needs; I would never consider a Kindle or this Nexus simply due to its display; (2) Archos, like MSI, makes cheap, decent products with good specs and offers value for the price; I would never spend the ridiculous sums Apple wants for an ipod; (3) I want HDMI out; Nexus can’t do that; I want removable storage for when I can’t stream, Nexus can’t do that. So I should just give up on what I want because you and other fanboys think the Nexus is so great? I don’t think so.

        • Booyah

          Single core =/= good specs

          Unlocked and rooted my N7, downloaded Stickmount and voila, 64GB more storage with a flash drive. Booyah.

          • EvanTheGamer

            Nice tip dude! Gonna buy one of them special usb cables through Amazon and try that app out.

          • JB

            You are the awesome! The non-expandable storage was the only reason I haven’t gotten a N7. Granted I’d still prefer a SD slot but for $150 less than the next Tegra3, it’ll do.

        • Tyler Chappell

          So the fact that the screen on the Nexus 7 is vastly superior than this one is a drawback to you just because its 2.7″ smaller? And this is not a cheap, decent product, it’s just a cheap product, period. The GalaxyTab 2 7.0 is a cheap, decent tablet, but not this.

    • r0lct

      So you would buy the Archos then?

  • mustbepbs

    So let me get this straight:

    DL says that this piece of crap tablet is not a bad package at $250, yet knocks the Incredible 4G LTE as being subpar and a crap device?


    • No no, not a cheap alternative TO the Nexus 7. A cheap ALTERNATIVE to the Nexus 7. If that makes sense lol

      • mustbepbs

        Yeah the realm of alternatives is pretty vast. Seems strange to include the best device on the market in the sentence, though. Especially when it seems like you’re comparing the two.

  • MKader17

    How much did Archos pay you to run this article?

  • EvanTheGamer

    OR pay a little more and buy a far superior Nexus 7!! Come on…this tab is a complete f’n joke compared to the N7. Or any other tab that’s at least dual core.

    Sent from my far superior Nexus 7.

    • moelsen8

      or you could also even pay a little less and buy a far superior Nexus 7!! 🙂

      well said though.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Oh right….the lesser but definitely not forgotten 8gb Nexus 7! Haha…yes!

        • moelsen8

          not that I would consider the 8gb either, but in the name of being cheap, it’s far superior in that aspect too haha.

          these aren’t going to sell until they’re $50 at big lots. poor archos.. some really bad timing for these.

          • michael arazan

            Really the only thing worth while is the hdmi out, its nice to be able to use this to watch movies and videos straight to an hd tv.

    • jeesung

      N7 has good specs for me except screen size. i’m on the fence about keeping mine.

      • Tyler Chappell

        I don’t understand all these people that complain about the screen size when its the same resolution as all the 10.1″ tablets except the Acer A700 and the Asus TF700. Unless you plan on buying one of those two, it’s silly to say that the 7″ screen size it what makes it not good enough for you.

        • jeesung

          Resolution and screen real estate are two completely different things. Just because it has the resolution of a 10in screen doesn’t mean you can display as much and have it be as usable.

          It’s like a 720p screen on a 4in phone. It may make text and graphics sharper, but you’re not going to display as much as on a 720p 7in tablet and still be usable.

          IMy g/F’s iPad2 is very comfortable to use and displays more on the screen at one time. Not sure how it’s resolution compares to the N7 exactly.

          Of course, YMMV

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Did you just say SINGLE CORE?… Not even 2 Cores? . . . I don’t even know if it’s worth $250 right now.

    • New_Guy

      I can help you…it’s not =)

    • Tyler Chappell

      It’s worth much closer to $150 when you consider the scam that is the Nook Color, 800MHz single-core for $169, lmao.

    • Raven

      This is exactly the killer here. I am stilled miffed that my Nexus 7 does not have HDMI out or a MicroSD slot, which does make this device have potential, but not with a SINGLE core processor. My venerable dual core 7″ Acer A100 running ICS is still a better alternative to this new tablet from Archos and I only paid $190 for it on Black Friday.

  • derek connolly

    Single core at 1 ghz? they still use that?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Where they do that at? My OG EVO says hi.

  • JB

    I got a Lenovo K1 with dual core tegra brand new for $250 last December. I can’t get the N7 because I need more than 16gb of local storage but this is hardly a good deal.

  • tyguy829

    uhh did you miss the 1ghz SINGLE core processor? no thanks! what is this? 2010? and 1024×768 resolution? Why in hell would anybody pay $50 more to downgrade from a tegra 3 to single core, and to a lower resolution screen spread over 9.7″ vs 7″ in exchange for a rear facing camera that no one uses. This may actually sell fewer units than the nexus q!

  • AlexKCMO

    Single Core? Why when you can get a Nexus 7?

    • hkklife

      1. 4:3 ratio screen is better for one-handed use and e-book reading (and arguably web browsing)

      2. Expandable storage

      3. HDMI output

      4. A rear camera

      If this thing ONLY had a dual-core CPU it would be a LOT more competitive for the price. Lenovo just introduced a similarly-spec’d tablet that is $120 higher MSRP.

      • AlexKCMO

        1) Ummm… What? No, just no. Where do you get the idea 4:3 is better for one handed use? Every review I’ve read says the N7 is the kind of single handed use (perfect porn tab?) e-Book reading is much better on a 16:9 ratio. Landscape lets you see [PAGE]|[PAGE] and portrait lets you see [PAGE]. How is 4:3 better for anything?

        2) I’ll give you that…. but you’re forgetting… single core.

        3) Honestly, I’ve used it once. Nice to have, not as great or as useful as you’d think. Maybe if my TF101 could properly handle MKVs I’d use it more.

        4) It’s a tablet… who the hell cares?

        • EvanTheGamer

          He’s on drugs…and not the good kind either.

  • Andrew

    It has always been about choice