Archos 101 XS Review: Too Many Compromises In A Suddenly Competitive Budget Market
27 August 2013
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.
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.
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...
Conclusion: Last year we were definitely impressed by the Archos 101 G9, so much so that we gave it the Silver Award. The same honours won't be bestowed upon the 101 XS. Archos has not managed to update the hardware enough during the past year to keep up with the competition.
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...
Excerpt: Archos 101 XS Android Tablet (Gen 10) Review As tablets have become more and more popular a significant number of users have looked to use them as more than just content consumption devices. Certainly the majority of people like to surf...
Conclusion: As the market stands as of this writing (in late August 2012), we think one of the above alternatives makes more sense than the Archos 101 XS at $399. By the time it’s available in the United States in November, however, perhaps it will sell for less.
Pros: Impressive benchmark performance, Keyboard dock, included in price, also works as a hard cover, Loud speakers, Good port selection, Pleasingly slim
Cons: Pricey given current competition, Weak battery life, Keyboard dock feels flimsy, No rear camera
Excerpt: 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.
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
Summary: Watch out, folks. Archos is looking to make a blast in the Android tablet market with their new Gen10 lineup of devices. The first to debut is the 101 XS . While it’s a 10.1″ tablet, featuring Ice Cream Sandwich and a pretty beefed up OMAP 4470 processor, it looks to be a direct competitor to ASUS’...