By Andrew Williams
Reviewed: 21 Mar 2011
Archos have been making tablets (or PMPs) for years, before the iPad was even a glint in Steve Jobs' eye. I've liked their ideals, they've been going somewhere nobody else really had, but their products just didn't quite manage to tempt me into a purchase; there's always been something about them that's held me back either with the software or the hardware.Here we are now firmly into the world of the tablet, and I'm sad to say they've been lept over by Apple (and soon HP, RIM & many other Google Android devices). I'd love to fly the flag for Europe (Archos are French), but they just haven't been able to keep up, let alone take the lead with all their years of experience. Like the article says, now isn't the time to buy a tablet, come Autumn when it's a better time I'll give their next tablet a chance and hope for the best, but unless they can raise their game, I'll be looking past them yet again.
Reviews of these devices just glaze over the fact that installing Android Market (and the other Google closed apps) is actually against the license of said programs. This is effectively software piracy, not unlike claiming that installing a pirate copy of Microsoft Office is fine because the computer came with Windows.CyanogenMod already got in legal trouble with Google in the past and were forced to remove these apps from their distribution.Google is probably just tolerating it while illegal usage numbers are low, but surely companies cannot depend on this method being around for very long, including the possibility of Google activating their remote delete and removing the lot.
I think the problem with this device is that the 16:9 aspect ratio and 1024x600 resolution, makes for a good video playing device but not so good at browsing. 600 pixels isn't a lot of vertical space in landscape mode and I'm guessing it's useless in portrait mode. If it serves no purpose in portrait mode, you might as well get a netbook with the same resolution and higher specification for only slightly more cost (and with a keyboard, trackpad, built-in screen cover and adjustable screen stand to boot).
Have one of these as i wanted to try an Android tablet without to much of an outlay.Maybe Andrew had a dodgy unit or is just a fruit fanboi ;-) because i find it performs very well and the touchscreen is fine with just the right amount of sensitivity.The connectivity options are excellent, had both a 16GB MicroSD card in and also a 16GB USB flash drive.There are a large number of accessories including a leather case with a keyboard which turns it into an android netbook.Installed a matt screen protector on it from Folix, would not recommend this as its a nightmare to get it installed without any dust underneath and the matt finish makes the display very grainy and reflections are as bad as a glossy screen when outside. The touch sensitivity though was only slighlty less.I would give the design and performance an extra mark and agree with the overall mark of 7.With a bit of work Archos could nail this as an iPad alternative or an alternative to any tablet because it is different.
Whilst it's nice to see something that dares to be different, in reality I can't see this form factor catching on. Surely Honeycomb is the minimum spec for a 2011 Android based tablet?
"An acquired taste, it demands some nerve if you're going to take it on a morning commute stuffed full of iPad users"Are they really that common? I've seen loads of kindles but its quite rare to encounter an ipad on way to work... maybe they're just too bulky?
@GT I find it depends a lot on the train line you're on. Loads of iPads and Kindles on my current commute! Probably fewer iPads on buses too I'd guess.
I thought the screen wasnt very bright and crisp. and when I had 6 aps open for more than 20 minutes I got a low memory warning. welcome to 1992. Matt~ http://www.webmatic247.com
i had the archos 101 for 3 months and these are the problems i observed :
- device freezes sudenly ( even after full reinitialization )- battery takes 4 days or more to fully charge- keyboard hard to use because of the time between typing a character and appearing on the screen- camera has horrible imaging quality- after installing some apps it became extremely slow .... impossible to use- operating system become unstable after using youtube ( even after full reinitialization )- non-responsive touch screen ( really exasperating )- grid lines in screen - high glossy screen , is hard to see anything with or without light ( the viewing angle is too narrow )- sometimes unit reboot by itself - bad memory configuration , with 256 mb will never work fine ( is like having a pc i7 with 1gb ram ).
bad engineering design, it can be a good toy for a children under 3 years old .... i lost 373 bucks
je peux pas voir les vedio ni les telecharger comment faire
Are really comparing a 150 pounds tablet against a 300-400 pounds iPad?
Your comments about it totally discredit your review.
there is problem about read arabic language??
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