8 Androids that don’t do calls

Here are eight ways Android is thinking outside the (phone) box:

Archos 5 32GB Internet Tablet with Android
What it does: A multimedia player that also plays high-def TV, surfs the Internet, includes GPS and can support many other Android applications.On its own, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet device requires Wi-Fi to connect to the Internet, but it can also link to a Bluetooth equipped 3.5G phone. List price $369.95

SmartDevices SmartQ V5 MID 1080P Player
A multimedia player that supports Wi-Fi, BlueTooth and can also connect to cellular service providers with an optional card. Not only can you play YouTube and listen to music, but the device also lets you read and edit documents in Microsoft Word/Excel, OpenOffice, RTF, HTML or TXT formats. List price $150.00

Ramos W7 “Blue Magic” MID
A MID with a bigger emphasis on the Internet, complete with a 4.8 inch touchscreen display which connects via Wi-Fi. The device caused some stir in the fall thanks to its Android-specific 600MHz Rockchip CPU. List price $200-$400.

eviGroup’s MID Wallet
A 5-inch touchscreen MID that includes a Webcam, Wi-Fi and integrated 3G. This device has been talked about for months and was initially supposed to ship in January, but as of press time, still didn’t seem to be available. Beyond a few basic hardware specs, details on what the device will do to distinguish itself are a bit sketchy. At one time, it was thought it would use an x86 processor and be capable of running XP, but latest word is that it will use ARM chipsets.

Aspire One D250 Model 1613
A version of Acer’s popular Aspire Netbook that runs Android on an Intel Atom processor with a 10-inch display. Weighs in at less than 3 pounds. This netbook dual-boots into Android or Windows XP. List price less than $350 on Amazon.

Menq EasyPC E790
A netbook from a company famous for making inexpensive netbooks. Sports a 7-inch 800 by 480 display and a Samsung ARM9. Word is that Menq is planning on selling this puppy for a mere $80, wow.  Although it’s not available yet, it will likely be sold through retail outlets. It is also supposed to be able to dual-boot Windows CE and Android.

Compaq AirLife 100
A tablet that is, in some ways, almost a phone. The Compaq AirLife 100 features a 10.1-inch touchscreen, and an almost full-sized keyboard, as well as Wi-Fi, GPS, a Webcam and integrated 3G.

Camangi WebStation
The tablet computer features 7-inch touchscreen panel, Wi-Fi enabled, GPS navigation built-in, microSD reader and you can easily browse the web and check email with GMail. Camangi WebStation is powered by Android 1.5, and boasts a 5-hours of operation time on one charge. List price $399