If you are still mulling over just which tablet you should purchase (other than the iPad, of course) for your loved one this coming Christmas, perhaps you might want to consider the plethora of Android-powered options. For example, tablets running on the Android operating system are dime a dozen, so just which model should you pick up? I would say hold your horses until September 20th rolls around – Archos will be introducing their new G9 Android tablet which intends to merge both speed and affordability in a single device.

Sporting an 8″ form factor, Archos will be the first manufacturer in the market that rolls out a dual-core, Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet that will not go beyond the $300 price point – making all of you out there smile, I suppose.

Couple that with an OMAP 4 processor with an ARM Cortex dual-core A9 at 1GHz, there is yet another model for you to consider if your need is speed. Going for $399, there is the Archos G9 “Turbo” edition that will run on an OMAP 4 1.5GHz dual-core processor, delivering up to 50% more raw computational power over other 1GHz competitors. Bear in mind that clock speed is not the be all and end all of things, but it does help somewhat where serious number crunching is required.

All Archos G9 tablets will also be able to access the Android Market (hello, Angry Birds!), leaving you with a choice of more than 250,000 apps to install on your tablet, regardless of whether they are games, news, tools or widgets. Since Android’s the name of the game here, expect a suite of Google mobile applications to keep the G9 company such as Google Talk with video chat, Gmail, Youtube, Google Maps with Street View and Navigation (beta) and Google Calendar.

You will also be able to choose from whether you want flash storage within, or a 250GB hard drive to stash away your data, thanks to the Seagate Momentus Thin hard drive that has a dedicated 4GB flash caching system.

Any takers for the Archos G9?

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