Archos 7 Home Tablet – Tablet – Android – 8 GB – 7″ TFT ( 800 x 480 ) – microSD slot – Wi-Fi

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Archos 7 Home Tablet - Tablet - Android - 8 GB - 7" TFT ( 800 x 480 ) - microSD slot - Wi-Fi

Archos 7 Home Tablet - Tablet - Android - 8 GB - 7" TFT ( 800 x 480 ) - microSD slot - Wi-Fi

Product Description

800 x 480 WVGA Display – 128 MB RAM – Android 2.1

This is my first tablet and my first Archos product. First, while it wasn’t listed on the Amazon page – this is the second version of the Archos 7 Home Tablet. It runs Android 2.1 – Eclair, as opposed to the first version of the tablet which runs Android Cupcake.

This tablet, unlike its predecessor, has an accelerometer, which was a welcome feature. The accelerometer is usable in most screens, but is disable when using the e-reader and in the desktop. The screen is much nicer than I was expecting. The resolution is quite excellent at this price point. It isn’t going to match the iPhone 4, but videos are gorgeous and Internet surfing is crystal clear and easy to read. In my opinion, the 7″ screen is perfect. The tablet is lightweight enough to be comfortable to hold, but feels solid in my hands. The back of the tablet feels as though it is metal, although I’m certain it’s plastic. The screen is not flush with the bezel, which is less than optimal, but it stops being an issue when actually using the tablet for any length of time.

The touchscreen is still a resistive screen, which is understandable at this price point. While not as snappy or responsive as a capacitive screen, I’ve found it plenty responsive for my uses. For the occasional extra tap or two, I was glad to save the extra 300 to 400 dollars that it would have cost me for an iPad or capacitive Android tablet. You will get the best response if you use your fingernail instead of the pads of your fingers. As the screen isn’t capacitive, it also is not multitouch, so there is no pinch to zoom. On the bottom right of any given browsing screen, however, there is a zoom in and out button, which were the perfect antidote.

There is a kickstand which is a phenomenal addition. I can pop the kickstand out and comfortably watch movies – a feature I’m sure will come in handy during flights.

The Android interface is, as expected, a joy to use. I had no issues with the in-house software save one exception – the included browser does not render Flash. I installed Skyfire browser for when I need to use flash, and I haven’t experienced problems since then. Everything is customizable on this tablet, including the notification tone. The e-reader is quite nice, although I suspect I will continue to use hard copy books.

The battery life is advertised at 7 hours for video and 10 hours for web surfing. At full bright display with the WiFi on, I would estimate about 8-9 hours of usage, which is impressive even if it doesn’t hit Archos’ estimation.

As far as the bad: The Android Market is not installed on this tablet. There are workarounds if you are tech savvy, but I have not utilized them yet. There is an app in the AppLibs market – that is included with the tablet – called APKSHare. I have gotten many applications from there, as well as “SlideME” which you can download directly to the device. While it isn’t going to run every Android application, I have found these more than sufficient.

The speakers are ok, but not great. They get loud for some videos and games, but quiet for others. I haven’t found this to be a huge problem, but it might be a dealbreaker for some.

The biggest downside to this tablet (beside the resistive screen) is the processor. The tablet will occasionally stutter when using applications, or when flipping through screens. It hasn’t been a huge problem for me, but it could be a major annoyance if you are trying to run many applications at once.

Frankly, at this price point, this tablet is an excellent buy, even with the downsides. The battery life is great, the screen is gorgeous, and the Android interface is Eclair as opposed to the previously installed Cupcake. It will run many different video files, including the ever so popular avi, will run flash in the right browser, and is pretty darned customizable. If you’re looking for a sub $200 tablet, and you’re not expecting it to be an iPad or Galaxy Tab, this is what you want.

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Archos
  • Model: ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet V2
  • Display Size: 7 inches
  • Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
  • Width: 8 inches

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 1.6 x 0.2 inches ; 13.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 poundsĀ 
  • ASIN: B004H1X3OS
  • Item model number: ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet V2

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