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: 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 Archos 7 Home Tablet isn't going to amaze you with its specs or features, but its low price and core Android features--Web, e-mail, media playback--make it a workable iPad alternative.
Pros: The Archos 7 Home Tablet delivers a large screen, slim design, microSDHC-based memory expansion, and a familiar Android operating system, all for an unbeatable price.
Cons: Its resistive touch screen is clunky, the processor is sluggish, storage is skimpy, and basic buttons for home screen and volume control are missing. There's no support for Adobe Flash, Bluetooth, GPS, video output, accelerometer, digital compass, and multitouch, and previous Archos tablet accessories are incompatible. App support is hit or miss--mostly miss.
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.
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 granted: those freedoms are denied, unless you are happy to hunt out new apps, something the average customer won't want to do.
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