Reviews and Problems with Archos 2 8 internet tablet
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Great Concept but--------
3 July 2013
Summary: If you want a portable media player this thing is great. Just drag and drop from your pc to the device. No drama, no complex media convertions. It just plays the files. Other stuff it is ok. The browser is difficult but will work. I haven't had connectibity problems that others have reported. I use a fixed IP with it and that may help. Apps? No complaints. I know it's not the latest and greatest but---I wanted a decent media player.
Summary: This is OK. The resistive screen really is poor, in that it is hard to control and type on. Overall the OS is good but you would not want to do surfing on this and even the music play back is hard to control. Also this has no internal speaker. OK but not having a capacitive screen was much worse than I expected.
It's okay, but will take a lot of time to figure out!
19 May 2012
Summary: I'm so glad I didn't pay full price for this item, only $34.00 from the Amazon Warehouse! The Archos 28 is small and relatively thin. It can support many different apps (mainly games) and plays mp3's and various video files. It comes with Youtube built it but it's not worth using as the device consistently loses it's wifi signal. This isn't the case for other apps like tunein radio and audible, those work fine.
Summary: I an still learning this. It is small. I wish I had gotten one a little bigger. It's not bad for my first tablet. Just wish it had paper instructions, instead of having to look them up online.
Summary: the network indicator always displays 1 bar, no matter how close I am to the router, but I seem to be able to pick up the signal just fine from all around my small apartment and even a ways out the door. Possibly just a 2.2 bug (it had an earlier firmware on it when I got it which didn't do this) The music app archos provides is quite decent, while in my experience, the one for video is absolutely worthless.
Pros: It's cheap and has very little competition. Getting the full marketplace on it is not at all challenging. I've been impressed with the product so far. It is mostly functional and remains the cheapest android device I've come across with near-reasonable specs, especially in this form factor. The resistive touch screen / typing (at least the actual keyboard) is shockingly not much of a problem at all, and I have decent sized hands.
Cons: Archos didn't really think this one through. For example: those permanent software buttons are a bit too close to your virtual keyboard when you flip it on it's side to type. You will find yourself getting irritated quite fast at the fact you'll inevitably hit the home button while trying to do something. I expect one can eventually get used to this though, as it slightly helps just to flip it so the bottom of the device is in your left hand instead of your right. *Th...
Summary: If you are looking for a full featured android tablet, opt for one of the bigger units. But if you are looking for something the size of a cell phone that plays movies, music, and as a bonus allows you to surf the web and run android apps then I think you are definitely getting what you pay for. I bought this as a Mp3/Mp4 player replacement and also enjoy using it to web surf and chat on ebuddy.
Think of it as an mp3 player that can (just barely) also work as a (tiny) tablet
Ghasu Mari, Amazon
6 December 2010
Summary: The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of the A28 is that it REALLY REALLY lacks some RAM to work as a tablet. Basic functions like playing mp3 and looking at the calendar / contacts work smoothly. However, when you expect it to do more - surf the web seamlessly or watch a simple video it is either barely able to keep up or it simply hangs. The screen could do with better resolution. Such a tiny screen with such poor resolution makes web surfing a pain.
Summary: I'm impressed - and deceived. The first thing I wanted to do was read books on it while travelling. Having got appslib working with the kind help of ArchosFans, the Aldiko reader I downloaded was fine - until I switched apps. It doesn't remember the book you were reading, let alone your place in it. Further, when I let the battery go flat (around a week of non-use), Aldiko was no longer there on restart. I don't know if that's an error on my part or intrinsic.