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Archos G9 80

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Summary

Key Features

  • 16GB internal memory
  • 8in 1024x768 display
  • Android 3.2 Honeycomb OS (at release)
  • miniHDMI output
  • 1.5GHz dual-core CPU
  • Manufacturer: Archos
  • Review Price: £199.00

Archos already has several generations of Android tablets under its belt, but the latest G9 range sounds like by far the best of the lot. The 8-inch Archos G9 80 is the model closest to Apple's iPad 2 in design, thanks to its 4:3 aspect ratio, but at just £199 it costs half the price of that most famous of tablets. We take a closer look ahead of our full review.

Archos G9 80

Until now, Archos's tablets have received something of a lukewarm response. They traded-in too many features to reach a low price point, and none of them even featured the Android Market app store. Archos is trying very hard to turn things around though, as the Archos G9 series packs-in a frankly astonishing range of features considering the price.

The Archos G9 80 is the smallest of the G9 range, sporting an 8in, 1024x768-pixel screen. This is an unusual form factor for Android tablets, which thus far have tended to stick with 7in or 10.1in sizes. The tasty-sounding £199 model features 16GB of flash memory, but there'll also be a 250GB hard drive version. Archos didn't tell us the price of this model, but judging by the larger G9 101 tablet's numbers, it'll retail for around £349.

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The non-widescreen 4:3 screen ratio - the same seen in Apple's iPad - makes the 80 very pleasant to hold. While not ideal for movie-watching, as you'll either have to chop off the ends of the screen or deal with black bars above and below the picture, it feels more compact than a wider device like the original Archos 101 (and not just because its screen is 2in smaller).

The most significant budget cut is evident has soon as you pick up the Archos G9 80 though - its body is clad in plastic like the budget Arnova model. While there's still a metal skeleton within, this plastic outer ensures this tablet has none of the high-end feel of pricier alternatives like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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There are remarkably few cut-price bits elsewhere though. Perhaps the most impressive high-end feature of all is the 1.5GHz dual-core processor, trumping all current Android tablets - in pure numbers terms at least. In use, the Android Honeycomb operating system didn't feel quite as snappy as we'd seen it in previous tablets like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, but it was nevertheless slick - and the software wasn't final either. Our demo G9 80 ran version 3.1, but the retail edition will hit the shelves with 3.2 come September.

Unlike the previous Archos 70, the G9 80 comes with the full Android Market on-board, a huge step up from Archos's older models. There are plenty more improvements to suggest this could be the best sub-£200 tablet yet too.

Please learn English

June 30, 2011, 7:39 pm

Er, the 'TrustedReviews says...' section refers to the G9 101 and not the G9 80.

Andrew_TR

June 30, 2011, 7:41 pm

Thanks for the tip off. We noticed this earlier (not quite sure how it happened) and changed the article, but it takes a little while to update on the site.

Ian Loynes

July 1, 2011, 2:22 am

Sounds interesting, but I have been using the Kogan Agora 7" non 3G tablet for a week or so now, which costs £125. I think it is great and if the Archos is good value, then the Kogan is fab irrespective of price.
TrustedReviews news item introduced me the this tablet several months ago so, I hope TrustedReviews will be reviewing this soon.

Andrew_TR

July 1, 2011, 1:19 pm

Lucky devil! We're still waiting for our Kogan tablet review sample. The review should be up soon.

Arctic Fox

July 3, 2011, 10:11 am

I have to admit that I am no fan of this form factor. If I want it to go in my pocket then a 7-incher is the way to go and if one wants a larger screen then their new 10 inch is what one should be looking at - IMO.

Chrispynutt

July 3, 2011, 3:10 pm

Arctic Fox: That's the weird thing is I think there is a split in the market between those like myself that see 7" as the ideal size and those that prefer it to the larger 10" size. I've always preferred the American size magazines (Nat Geo) over the larger UK format stuff (Your Sinclair, etc), but not necessarily the content. Therefore it's nice now that everyone can get a size to fit their likes.

Everyone: It's great that Archos is catering to those that cling on to their iPod Classics as they can finally get a smart device that can store all of their audio uncompressed. If Archos partnered with Fiio to use the USB socket for an external amp they could have several niches to themselves.

Arctic Fox

July 4, 2011, 5:48 am

Regarding the Kogan Agora 7'' I note that a large number of the reviews/previews of it I have seen so far slaughter it, first and foremost for (they claim) poor screen response and (they claim) *very* poor battery life.

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