Conclusion: The consumer electronics market is brutal and the trend is toward apps and ease of use. The Archos 5 Internet Tablet has the apps part down, but ease of use isn't quite there compared to the brain dead easy iPod Touch and iPhone. It's not that Android is hard to use; in fact it's easy and more customizable than Apple's products.
Pros: Very good video playback performance.
Cons: Bulky, missing Google Maps and Google YouTube player.
Conclusion: At $200, much can be forgiven of the Archos 7 Home Tablet, since it offers such a large touch screen, HD video, Web access, free apps, and a lot more. But make no mistake, with an unpolished interface and a less-than-responsive touch screen, there's a lot to forgive.
Pros: Affordable. Sleek, compact design. Android-based OS provides means scores of free apps. Built-in kickstand. User-adjustable EQ.
Cons: Poor screen sensitivity. On-screen typing is difficult. Music and video players could be improved.
Excerpt: Archos 7 Home Tablet is a 7-inch, Wi-Fi-only Android 2.1 running tablet. It comes with a 600MHz processor, stereo speakers, Bluetooth and 8GB of internal memory, which is further expandable with microSD cards.
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
Excerpt: We have to give Archos credit for being the first to market with a 100 percent Android tablet and at a price ($199) that’s within reach for most people. If you’re looking for an iPad killer, the Archos 7 Home Tablet misses the mark, but it’s not without its redeeming qualities.
Excerpt: Archos has carved a name for itself in the mainstream MID market. With the success of their Archos 5 Internet Tablet , Archos is in the driver’s seat when it comes to ultra-portable mobile internet devices. So what happens when the Archos decides to grow a little? Well, if the Archos 9 PC Tablet is any indication, it’s usually bad news. According to this hands-on preview by Crave , the Archos 7 Home Tablet is keeping that trend alive.
Excerpt: Joanna Stern from Engadget has come out with her long awaited Archos 7 Home Tablet review. You may recall last week that there was some confusion after Crave reported that the Archos 7 was 100% Android . If true, that meant that many of the video formats commonly associated with Archos tablets couldn’t be played.
Summary: The $199 Archos 7 Home Tablet is not a case of “you get what you pay for.” That’s because we’d expect even a cheap Android-powered slate to recognize our touch input most of the time and to offer a larger selection of apps. Yes, this device has a bigger screen than the smaller and pricier Archos 5, and it’s a decent media player (if you bring your own content). But the finicky display, sluggish performance, and dearth of apps add up to lackluster experience.
Pros: Large screen, Excellent video playback, Good audio quality, Preloaded with several multimedia codecs,
Cons: Finicky touchscreen, Sluggish performance, Runs hot, Few multimedia content options, No Flash support, Lacks Google Maps,
Excerpt: Archos’ latest tablet is designed to reside at home – hence its name. Archos probably pictures you picking it up, having a quick browse over Wi-Fi then watching some video, possibly because it’s heard of this thing called the Apple iPad.
Excerpt: The Archos 7 Home Tablet is the latest Android device to roll off the assembly line of the French company, bringing with it 7-inches of touchscreen love. This time Archos is pushing the device as a "home tablet", a third screen for entertainment, meaning you don't have to fire up your laptop to check your emails or head online.
Pros: Price, large screen, microSD card expansion slot for memory
Cons: Poor finish to screen, poor materials used in construction, lack of access to all the benefits of Android, AppsLib seems buggy, no volume controls, can't charge via Micro-USB