Summary: For the longest time I have been looking for an item where I can play older video games and Android games with the usage of analog joystick and buttons. I love playing games on my phone but when it comes to games with touch screen gaming I become frustrated. That is until I found the Archos Themed 8 GB Tablet - 7" - ARM Cortex A9 1.60 GHz and I must say I was pretty impressed with its capabilities such as the ability to surf the web, obtains apps from Google Play, and...
Good horsepower for emulators but mediocre controls and poor battery life
Lon J. Seidman "lon@ lon.tv", Amazon
6 February 2014
Summary: I picked this up to see how it compares to the new GCW Zero, an open source handheld designed to play retro video games. The Archos Gamepad costs the same but has a lot more processing power under the hood and a much larger screen. The Archos does a nice job emulating even newer consoles. Dreamcast emulation is smooth, and more modern arcade games run nicely as well. The old retro favorites from the 8 and 16 bit era also run quite nicely.
Summary: As with many tables confusion rules if this is the gamepad 2 it is getting good reviews. Same problem with nexus 7 is it a 1 or two? does it download from google play store ok? would it be ok for a 8 and six year old?
Summary: With this tablets internal hardware I figured that it would be a good candidate for Android development; since this tablets internals are pretty close to high end cell phones this makes it ideal for testing. Now for the down and dirty; the Archos Gamepad has some pretty bad software issues that need to be overcome. The version of Android that ships with the device is stable but has a number of features that are lacking.
it is a nice product that could have been game changer
16 June 2013
Summary: pros: - gaming tablet with physical controls - button mapping software is really good - price is good - build quality and finish is good, nice box and manuals as well. - sleek and light weight - no in game lags. cons: - poor battery life (around 2 hours) - bad wifi module (on pc I get 3mbps downspeed but on tablet it goes no more than 700kbps) - very lowspeed storage memory. Mutlitasking is a pain.
Summary: They are charging $305.00. Everywhere else, $180.00. Don't get ripped off, don't buy it from this reseller. Battery life not so great and internal memory is definitely thin. But joysticks make action games MUCH better than screen interface.
Summary: You would think that when Archos came up with the idea to build a tablet designed to play games, they would have thought to put in a battery that would last more than 2 hours when playing GAMES! You can search Google for reviews on this device and see that it has gotten absolutely hammered for the poor battery life. Here's the cut and dry of it. You will NOT get more than 2 hours of life out of this device if you plan on using it to play games.
Stay away. Many Issues, bad advertising, Terrible Customer Services
looking0around, Phone Arena
11 March 2013
Excerpt: I was really looking forward to the Gamepad. Was severely disappointed when I found, all the games I'd previously played/liked seemed to be "unavailable" on the tablet from the playstore. I was able to look over this and even the terrible battery life. Then there was the freezing issue. I should've sent it back within the first week of getting. Archos has me running around hoops trying to get them to fix the tablet(thats still in warranty).
Pros: lightweight, small, buttons is handy for gaming
Cons: short battery life, low gaming choice on google playstore, awful customer service(don't buy from archos), Common freezing issues, just STAY AWAY :/