"Dollar-for-dollar, one of the best low-end tablets."5.0 starson by ToddC55
Pros: * Dual-core processor
* Android Honeycomb 3.2
* Full access to Android apps marketplace
* Full flash support
* High-res 1024 x 768 screen, 8" (not 7")
Cons: I agree that the placement of volume buttons is not ideal. And the camera resolution is not great (but also not terrible). But these seem minor.
Summary: Yes, some of the better $500 tabs have some superior features. But I would take this one and $200 in my pocket any day. Any other tablet < $300 fails on some of the features delivered with the Archos 80-- either they are running older OS (2.x), or they only have 4MB RAM or less, or they lack acces to the full Android market (Kindle Fire, Nook Tab), thus are more of a glorified e-reader, for close to the same price. This one truly hits the sweet spot. I'm just surprised it's not more widely available. But I got mine, so I'm good.