Summary: We purchased this tablet for my wife's parents who are in their mid-80's and never owned a computer before. It was easy for them to learn, it is easy to use, the screen size is just right, and it has been working flawlessly for the past 8 months. The unit's memory and storage capacity are adequate to store documents and pictures. Adding apps is a breeze. Battery life is as advertised.
Great tablet if you can't, or don't want to, spend a lot for an ipad.
6 March 2012
Summary: I bought this tablet three months ago because I wanted something for ebooks, internet and sharing images of my products. To give you a fair review of this product I have broken it down into several sections that I feel are important for others to take into consideration before making a purchase. Apps Store: In order to access the Archos Appslib (pre-installed) you must create an account and tether your Paypal account to it.
Summary: For a 10.1" tablet, it's thinner and lighter than a similarly sized IPad. The battery life is about the same and the 1ghz processor does keep up with others in its class. The capacitive touch screen is sensitive, the screen is bright (warning: does NOT have a WIDE viewing angle), and the speakers are really good for something this size.
Summary: I got this last week. So far, no problems with the device as far as actually working. There is a little lag at times after pressing an icon, but not much. It is very fast, especially since I haven't loaded it up with useless junk. I'm not a gamer, and watching movies on something like this seems kind of pointless since I have a 55" 3D Tv. As for a book-reader, NO thanks. I want books that I can pass along, and don't depend on batteries.
Summary: I got this for Mom so she could read books. I figured for a little more she could also cruise the web and check her email without leaving her couch. Of course she's addicted to mahjong and solitaire now. I've used it to watch movies and it worked very well for that. It's not an iPad, but for the price, you can't beat it.
Pros: Price. Screen size. USB port. Kickstand. Angry Birds is cool on a 10" screen.
Cons: Periodically I have to recalibrate the screen. Sometimes it locks up. Not too bad, but gets an egg.
Summary: I bought this tablet as a graduation gift for my wife. One of the first things I noted was the need to modify. I essentially rooted the tabled to make it properly sync with the tablet and the phone android markets. The apps and market available for it as it came were quite limited. However, once I did this, it has been great. My wife loves it. Works great with Netflix, youtube, flash items, great app availability.
Summary: This is not an iPad! It does not try to be an iPad. If you want an iPad buy one. This device is replacing an iPod Touch 2G. There are plenty of apps and games for this device after you install Google Market. Market was easier to install than to get the Archos Apps Lib working. You can expand the memory on this device to 32GB. Has support for my external hard drive. Has a front facing camera for Skype.
Pros: Price I picked up an open box for $199.00. Excellent Multimedia Player. Decent web browser. Froyo 2.2 Flash support. Plenty of ports micro usb, full size usb, mini hdmi, and micro SDHC slot. Easy to add Google and A*z#n App Store. Excellent battery life.
Cons: Froyo 2.2 not Gingerbread, 256MB ram every so often you need to kill background apps.
Summary: First know that I support portables at a major northeastern university for a living including IPads, IPad 2, Motorola Xooms and this model Archos for faculty and staff that are provided to me by the institution so my experience level is extremely high. Each of these devices is available to me at all times and the Archos is the one most often in my possession when I leave the office or home primarily because of its weight and size combined with the fact that at this price...
Pros: Best value in a tablet, by far! Great battery life. Light weight - kick stand is awesome and usable feature. Surprisingly rugged; Having dropped it a few times with no substantial damage I realized that for what it costs it wouldn't matter much even if there had been. Although not unique to the Archos, being able to stream media files from Samba/windows shares on my media server is fantastic: plugged in some speakers used this device as a jukebox at daughter's graduat...
Cons: Light weight is a plus but some might think it feels cheap and couldn't be faulted. The materials used in construction are less substantial than most of competition but it's a trade-off for the low price and light weight.