It might be because we’re spoiled, or due to a hard to contest recent evolution of the tablet décor, but we’ve come to expect a lot from even the cheapest slates around. So when Archos detailed the spanking new 90, 97 and 101 Neon, we couldn’t help but feel… let down.
Come on, Archos, you can do much better. Think back to the 80 Xenon. Or 80 and 97 Titanium. Now those were some solid budget entries. The 90 Neon? Total crap. Pardon my French, but 800 x 480 pixels resolution is no longer acceptable on a 4-inch phone, let alone a 9-inch tab.
Yet it’s exactly what Archos brings to the table. For shame! And the worst thing is the rest of the features are not quite as horrendous. They’re not high-end material, don’t get me wrong, but we’ve seen a lot worse than Android 4.2, quad-core 1.4 GHz CPU and 1 GB RAM.
Moving on, the 101 Neon ups both the screen size and resolution ante, however it’s still a violent blast from the past. 10.1-inch 1,024 x 600 panel? Forget about it, Archos. Unless you plan to sell these for like $50 a pop.
As for the 97 Neon, it’s decent only by comparison, as it sports a 9.7-inch 1,024 x 768 pix res display, 1.6 GHz quad-core chip and the same Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and 1 GB RAM found across the board. Oh, how much you’ve fallen, Archos.