Summary: Let's just call it like it is: Archos doesn't have a history of making good tablets. I have fond memories of my Jukebox MP3 player from years ago, but more recently the company's produced a slew of tablets that just didn't measure up. So when I first sat down with Craig TerBlanche, Director of Marketing at Archos, we immediately got to the point.
Pros: Good-looking design, Coverboard is handy, and included, Price is right
Cons: Significant build quality issues, Gets really dirty and scuffed, Strange software and performance quirks
Excerpt: Archos 101 XS is a super-thin tablet, part of Archos eXtra Slim series. It sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixels touchscreen, Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB of built-in storage and a memory card slot. In addition, it will come a magnetic cover that doubles as a keyboard dock, allowing for faster typing.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Conclusion: For $399, what you are getting is a tablet that does not promise you the moon while still being capable enough to not to leave you stranded and frustrated. It can be considered the best tablet you can buy for less than $400, with equal measure of style and substance to add to its appeal. With the Coverboard also included, the 101 XS will also be helpful to those who have to type a lot.
Conclusion: Recent announcements have seen Archos add several new devices to their cannon however the Archos 101 XS is the companies flagship device for the moment. Taking tips from the previous two models of the 101 Archos have kitted this device out with they best specs they could pack for the money, combined with a superior build quality the Archos 101 XS looks to be a viable alternative for those who like to shake off the norm and carry something just that little bit different.
Summary: The Archos 101 XS offers good bang for the buck and does not sacrifice the look for the price.In fact, it is the most stylish 10-inch tablet under $400 we have seen. The tablet+keyboard combo offers one of the best solution for mobile productivity in an Android tablet. The virtual keyboard could be better, however, since the Coverboard can always be attached to the tablet, that feature might become less important.
Excerpt: When we reviewed the Archos G9 tablet last year we were quite impressed, giving it a Silver Award. Now the follow-up is in our hands, in the form of the Archos 101 XS. The Android tablet comes complete with a keyboard dock and is available for £275.
Conclusion: This device presents a rather interesting - and certainly unique - offering to the Android tablet universe. Compared to the ASUS Transformer Prime with keyboard dock , this device doesn't quite seem as high quality a final product - but it's a lot less expensive at the same time at $399, dock included.
Archos 101 XS – Transformer Prime rival arrives but can it compete?
23 November 2012
Excerpt: Archos knew it needed to do something a little different with the Archos 101 XS – the company’s latest 10.1 Android 4.0-toting tablet. The tablet game has changed so much in the last year that to get yourself noticed and sway users away from purchasing an iPad you need to offer something a little extra.
Archos 101 XS Review: Too Many Compromises In A Suddenly Competitive Budget Market
6 September 2012
Excerpt: "Unique" is the name of the game with the Archos 101 XS. Just about every design decision goes against the status quo. Most tablets are made out of aluminum or plastic, but Archos went with stainless steel and a plastic rim. It's a tablet-laptop hybrid, but there's no hinge, everything is held together with a kickstand and some magnets. The included keyboard dock also doubles as a magnetic cover.
Conclusion: We love what Archos was trying to do with the Archos 101 XS. It’s a huge leap forward for a company otherwise known for cheap efforts rather than affordable ones. But the keyboard’s a tad too small to be helpful, and it’s still lacking the build and screen quality of Asus’ much cheaper Google Nexus 7 slate.
Pros: At just 8mm, the Archos 101 XS is a razor thin Android tablet. But it doesn’t feel cheap like its predecessors, which suffered from nasty creaks that even caused the screen to blur when you held them. That’s thanks to a slick metal frame with a white finish that feels almost as polished as an iPad chassis - though not quite. The keyboard cover protects the screen well, and can be dropped down and prised off with ease thanks to magnet guides. Archos’ common sense appro...
Cons: Those video playback skills are fine and dandy if the Archos 101 XS is plugged into a TV, but count for little on the slate itself when the screen’s so unpleasant to look at. While the 1280x800 resolution is standard on most Android tablets, the colours are washed out and poor, and even ramped up to the max, it’s so dim you’ll be squinting like Mr Magoo. And while the thin keyboard cover sounds great, in practice, the keys are maddeningly tiny. Propping up the tablet ...