Summary: First, some background: I purchased this tablet as an experiment to see whether I might want to invest in a better one later, or whether I need the power of a regular tablet computer. I'm primarily displaying books that have *lots* of graphics, and scrolling and/or page turns have to be fast. I normally use my netbook for this, but it doesn't open flat, and thus can't sit on a music stand.
Summary: I'm now satisfied with my Archo's 7 Home tablet. After many hours reading helps and hints on the Archo's 7 Home Tablet Forum and installing some of the programs they advise downloading to beef up the weak and clumsy operating system, I got my android tablet just where I want it. Sept 15, 2010 Archo's posted new firmare that makes the touch keypad a little easier to work with, but you still need a stylus to get best results.
Summary: 1. Touch Screen *** This is a touch screen ONLY device, the only hardware button is the power button. The touchscreen does however have good response for a restive (sp) screen. It is perfect for page turnswipes and taps. Initial configuration is a little finicky though, it took two tries to get calibrated. 2. Storage **** Ok, so this is an 8gb device, but you can only read ebooks off of Android sd card, which makes no sense to me.
Summary: Edit 20110314: I no longer recommend this to anyone. This product is Version 1 running Android 1.5. The new 7HT is Version 2 running Android 2.1. [...] The 7HT is the fourth Archos product I've owned. Aside from the Gen 1 Jukebox, 5IMT amd 5IT, I purchased three 7HTs. Two as gifts for friends. Both my friends are technical types, not your average Home Owner to whom Archos markets the 7HT. Personally, I am very pleased with the 7HT. It does everything I wanted it to do.
Summary: Yea, so I figure what the hell...$200 for an android tablet! I'll just go down the list: Cons: * Not the most responsive screen * Not full Google experience (no Market, Maps, etc) * Ability to work with tether to phone via wifi was nonexistant...it wouldn't see the SSID (this is a big con for me) * No accelerometer (would make things easier when using it as an ebook reader * No youtube (although apparently someone has been able to get the Skyfire browser on it) *...
Summary: Mainly, I bought this tablet as an ebook reader as well as a news reader with my morning breakfast and commute. However, I had another immediate need for a tablet for a long trip -- otherwise I would have waited for a device running Android 2.1 or 2.2 with a faster processor. I had considered the Kindle, but it seemed too limited for such an expensive device.
Summary: The low price justified this purchase as a Music server, i.e. something to store and play music via the PA system of a cafe. The screen is a nasty resistive type rather than the newer more sensitive capacitive type. The Android (Eclair) version looks and feels very old compare to current versions, and you can only download apps from the Archos Appslib site. You cannot access the Play store...
Summary: OK, first the good. For a fairly low price you get a portable video player and basic web browser; and its modest 8GB capacity can be increased by micro SD cards. That's pretty much all I wanted, so I can't complain too much about its faults - but it does have quite a lot of those... It doesn't play any flash or moving images on the net. So, no iPlayer or YouTube. It's pretty slow at reading PDFs and I've yet to find a serviceable PDF app.
Summary: Wanted this for my car as a Video play back for the kids ,which it did great ,and the upgraded software made it ok.But the original software is useless had to mess about the get it to work properly.No flash was the last nail in the coffin ,and it was sent back to Amazon.
Summary: well i have had mine since christmas and use it to watch any films i have downloaded i have since learned this does not play any flash videos as does not have flash and you cannot install it so if i wanna watch u tibe i player ect....