Feeds

Ten... Apple iPad Mini alternatives

Picks for the fruit-phobic fondleslab fancier

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Archos 80XS

RH Numbers

To all intents and purposes, this is an Archos 101SX that’s been put in the tumble drier and shrunk by 30 per cent. The 80SX uses the same clever and low-cost coverboard solution to keeping your tablet’s screen protected when in transit and providing a keyboard/stand when in use. Powered by a 1.6GHz Rockchip RK 3066 dual-core processor with 1GB Ram and running Android 4.1, there’s nothing flaccid or dated inside, and like the iPad Mini, the 8in, 1024 x 768 screen has a magazine and e-book friendly 4:3 aspect ratio.

Archos 80XS

The two parts of the 80XS hold together through the miracle of magnetism and though not the sturdiest of devices you’d have to be wholesale clot to break it. Usefully even when the two parts are mated together, the end result only weighs 600g and measures less than 13mm front-to-back. With 8GB of storage, a Micro SD slot for more and a price anticipated to be below £200 there is a lot to like about the 80XS.

Rating 75%
Price TBC
Info Archos

Barnes & Noble Nook HD

RH Numbers

It has taken American book wallah Barnes & Noble quite a while to let us Brits have some Nooky, but now it has - and the results are rather impressive. The Nook HD packs the highest resolution screen of any 7in tablet: 1440 x 900. At 315g, it’s also the lightest. That's 25g less than the Nexus 7 and 80g less than the Kindle Fire HD, and only 7g more than the iPad Mini. Grunt comes courtesy of a 1.3GHz dual-core OMAP 4470 CPU with 1GB of Ram which, if no Tegra 3-worrier, still keeps everything skipping along very nicely and smoothly.

Barnes and Noble Nook HD

Running the show is a massively modified version of Android 4.0 but, as with the Kindle, there’s no Google Play or Google apps, just B&N’s own rather small app selection and its huge book, magazine, film and TV show offerings. No music store, either, though you can load your own MP3 files. Even easier for the technically illiterate to use than the Kindle, and blessed with very handy User Profiles so different family members can all use the same gadget, the one major omission is a webcam though you do get Micro SD storage expansion.

Rating 80%
Price £159 (8GB), £189 (16GB)
Info Barnes & Noble

The essential guide to IT transformation

Next page: Google Nexus 7

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Advanced data protection for your virtualized environments
Find a natural fit for optimizing protection for the often resource-constrained data protection process found in virtual environments.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.