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3G Dongle on ARCHOS G9 tablets could be a game changer [Opinion]

June 24, 2011 | by Charles West



Normally when ARCHOS comes up in the news I just ignore it, but with the company’s latest tablet endeavor my thoughts have changed. The electronics company has two impressive tablets on par for a September launch. The G9 Honeycomb tablets will come in 8.0-inch, with a 1024 x 768 resolution, and 10.1-inch, with a 1280 x 800 resolution, both versions running Texas Instrument chips. Besides its stellar price the eye catching feature may be the 250 GB Seagate HDD. Honestly, I don’t believe the Seagate HDD is the biggest innovation — it’s the 3G dongle.

I know, some of you Android pros out there are already aware that any usb stick can be used in Android host mode if the tablets usb port is enabled to allow the data connection. I’ve been simply baffled as to why all tablet makers have yet to do what ARCHOS is doing with its dongle offering. Ever since Apple announced the iPad in 3G and WiFi, tablet makers have just followed suit – selling their tablets the Apple way making your only upgrade to 3G path that of going out and buying an entirely new device. With ARCHOS approach, 3G data will be made cheaper due to the company offering a $49 Pay-As-You-Go Plan for data connection (details on pricing have yet to be announced).

If ARCHOS gets this right, they without a doubt will be taking the lead on an easier 3G path with half the cost. But even if ARCHOS does a half baked job with its G9 series, the hope is more tablet manufacturers follow suit. If the manufacturers follow suit consumers will be able to buy tablets from wherever he or she sees fit — totally independent of carriers. This will leave the flexibility for consumers to be able to switch or choose a carrier later by only buying the dongles and avoiding the fate of over paying hundreds of dollars for a carrier 3G enabled tablet.

We at Androinica wish we can get our hands on one of these bad boys, but we’ll have to wait until September for ARCHOS to release them to the masses. What is your take on the G9 Honeycomb tablets? Do you feel like me when I say all tablets should feature a 3G dongle? Would you give these tablets a test run?