Archos' 101 G9 and 80 G9 tablets don't have Ice Cream Sandwich just yet (and won't really qualify as high-end tablets even when they do), but they're scheduled to be updated in the first week of February, and we got to take a look at one of the tablets running the new operating system. When it arrives, Android 4.0 will be virtually unmolested on the G9 tablets — the music and video apps are customized a bit, and there are a couple of developer options left in the menus, but for the most part it's straight Ice Cream Sandwich. The version we used on the tablet was a very early one, running Android 4.0.1 instead of the 4.0.3 that will ship in February, but it's still a taste of what 4.0 will look like. Which, frankly, is a lot like Honeycomb, just with a few tweaks (and hopefully some big performance improvements). Still, at $229 for the 8-inch 80 G9 and $299 for the 10.1-inch 101 G9, it's one of the best ways to get Ice Cream Sandwich right now — though that's not saying much just yet.
TC Sottek contributed to this story.