Today, Archos announced a new tablet from their Arnova family line-up. It’s the Arnova FamilyPad which is 13.3-inches with (ICS) Ice Cream Sandwich. Archos are saying that it will be update to Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean. But why wait! The Arnova FamilyPad comes with a 12800×800 HD display, so it should look great for Netflix and YouTube. The idea of the FamilyPad is for the whole family to gather around and play games, watch movies, and more together.
As far as specs go, here’s a brief run-down of what the Arnova FamilyPad is packing:
- 13.3-inch 1280×800 HD Display
- 1GHz ARM Cortex Processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8GB internal storage; expandable to 32GB via micro SD
- Micro USB and HDMI out connectivity
- 2MP camera on the front and back
- Pricing £274.99, available in the UK starting next month
A full spec is available at the link below
Here’s what the Arnova FamilyPad can do:
- Share the web Thanks to its 13.3 inch (34 cm) screen the ARNOVA FamilyPad is perfect for sharing your tablet experience. Browse the web together as a family for when you do your online shopping or look up that Wikipedia article as a group.
- Email video chat
The ARNOVA FamilyPad includes a 720p front facing webcam as well as its back camera. Perfect for video chatting with the whole family together.
- Play together
With its big screen, the ARNOVA FamilyPad is a perfect device to play together. Whether it’s from the dozens of multi-player games available to download or simply to play an interactive board game, the ARNOVA FamilyPad can get you playing together as a family.The FamilyPad brings a new meaning to family game night and recreates the traditional board game into a digital game that provides a complete interactive experience for the entire family. With its 10x Multitouch screen, families can play games with up to four people at time for a real game board experience. The FamilyPad features thousands of various games to choose from including a range of pre-installed games selected by ARNOVA for an instant out of the box gaming experience.
- Perfect for sharing movies and pictures
Family members can load all their HD videos, pictures or movies on this tablet for a high quality 1080P HD resolution viewing experience. The FamilyPad features a special embedded animated slide show functions that make pictures come alive for an entertaining slide show on a 34cm screen.
- Organise the family
Family members can use the FamilyPad as a complete family organiser by placing it on display in the kitchen, living room or common area. In addition, they can keep connected with friends and family anytime through social networking and chat applications. It also allows configuration of a variety of email accounts for each family member, access to newspapers, sport news, financial information, traffic updates, weather forecasts and more. The FamilyPad is the perfect size.
The Arnova FamilyPad is a great choices for a family tablet that everyone can use, and the quick stand is included, not an extra item to buy. With the addition of Multi-user support in Android 4.2, it’s hard to recommend this over the Nexus 10. Especially when comparing the specs of both devices. There’s no doubt that the Nexus 10 wins the battle in specs, but as far as a family tablet, that’s something you’d have to decide for yourself.
For the price, it’s not that bad of a price. In the UK it’ll cost you £274.99. Is anyone planning on picking up the Archos 13.3-inch FamilyPad next month when it becomes available? Carphone Warehouse Wi-Fi stores did stock both Archos and Arnova tablets but, they are not showing any on their website. Now I’m presuming that they will stock the Arnova 13.3-inch FamilyPad, but no official news yet on who will actually stock the device. Anybody on your Christmas list going to be receiving this on Christmas morning? Let us know in the comments.