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.
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: 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?
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 .
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.
Conclusion: What we have in the Archos 7 is a device that feels like it has been engineered to a price. And that's the scary thing about the Archos 7: the price is biggest plus point. The fact that it runs Android isn't such a benefit as you don't get to experience what the rest of the Android world takes for...
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