Great idea but very poor implementation and NO SUPPORT
Rocky Balboa, Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: The main problems with this tablet are the following: 1) Difficult touch detection when using a screen protector. Very inconsistent. 2) Sound volume is ridiculously low and audio quality shoddy. 3) Slow to get going when coming back from sleep, usually due to updating synchs etc. that otherwise are instantaneous on an android phone. 4) Cannot install apps onto the memory card...Like pre-Android 4.1 update, although it is at least Android 4.1. Odd.
Summary: I did not buy this on amazon, Found it cheaper with free shipping on a different website. I have to say that this thing is huge. And very heavy. holding it with one hand becomes tiresome after a short while. I had encountered several issues with it: Screen viewing angle was terrible. While keeping tablet pointed straight at my eyes, the dark text and areas cannot be seen. Had to keep it tilted at my chest in order to see the screen properly.
Summary: Rediculously slow. I was replacing a 7 year old laptop with this tablet and the old laptop is faster. Graphics are fair to middling. You Tube videos buffer and jump. This thing is OK for checking Facebook if you don't mind waiting for pictures to load. You definitely can't run two programs at once or try to switch back and forth between two tabs in chrome. Spend the extra money on a faster tablet.
Summary: I just bought one of these off newegg. Man was I excited to take this baby out of the box. It's huge! Looked nice build, screen was clear. But after going thru start (choose not to install 3rd party programs) it was glitchy as hell. It's like there was a ghost pushing on the screen, then it would lock up. It has potential if it worked. I checked updates on android, already up to date. Check the firmware at FamilyPad, already up to date (January 2013).
Summary: For all the good features that Archos added to this tablet, they missed the boat when they put such a slow processor in this. The tablet locks up for several minutes when you wake it, everything runs slow and is always stuttering & freezing up. The resolution is way to low for such a large screen. I bought it to read magazines on but the fonts end up unreadably blocky. I ended up just giving it to a friend's kids.
Iffy. You really have to want a 13" and be willing to put up with the lag and lack of sharpness.
Mike Schinkel, Amazon
3 December 2013
Summary: I purchased the Archos FamilyPad 2 because it was 13" and because it was only ~$300. I guess I should have known better; it lags constantly, but then I might just be comparing to my 3rd gen iPad. The screen is also very pixelated. However I still use it occasionally. It's nice when I'm trying to read an article or PDF about programming and want to see more code on the page than I can see at the same time with my iPad and yet I still want to sit on the couch and not in...