|Archos 7 8GB 7" Home Tablet with Android Black|
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|Archos Arnova G2 7 8GB, Wi-Fi, 7in - Black|
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|The Archos 7 Tablet is a 7-inch tablet that runs on Android 1.5 Cupcake (first version). It can also run on the Android 2.1 Froyo operating system. This Archos tablet is powered by a Rockchip ARM 9 CPU, which enhances its performance. Featuring 128 MB RAM, this tablet ensures quick process times. The Archos 7 Tablet’s 7-inch TFT LCD screen has a resolution of 800x480, giving you a vibrant display. This Android 7-inch tablet comes with a microSD slot that can be used to expand storage capacity by up to 32 GB. Slim and lightweight, this Archos tablet snugly fits into your bag.|
|Model||7 Home Tablet|
|UPC||0690590516731, 690590515215, 690590515219, 690590517806|
|Display Size||7in (17.78 cm)|
|Hard Drive Capacity||8 GB|
|Supported File Types||AVI, FLAC, H.264, MKV, MOV, MP3, MP4, MPEG-4, OGG, WAV, WMA|
|Processor Type||Cortex A8|
|Processor Speed||1 GHz|
|Bus Speed||600 MHz|
|Display and Screen|
|Display Tech||TFT Active Matrix LCD|
|Display Max. Resolution||800 x 480|
|Display Color Support||16M colors|
|Touch Screen Technology||Multi-Touch|
|Connections and Expandability|
|Networking Type||Integrated Wireless LAN|
|Expansion Ports||USB 2.0|
|Wireless capabilities||WLAN 802.11b, WLAN 802.11g|
|Audio Input||Integrated Microphone, Microphone|
|Height||4.2in (10.7 cm)|
|Width||8in (20.3 cm)|
|Depth||0.5in (1.2 cm)|
|Weight||0.8lb (0.37 kg)|
|Battery Technology||Lithium polymer|
|Battery Run Time||Up to 6 hours|
|Additional Technical Informations|
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.
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.
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.
Average review score based on 28 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
Archos is a good company and its MP3 players and most of its products are great but NOT Archos 7 Tablet. And you are probably reading this review because you really wanted to buy this one because it’s cheap and you are thinking instead of that iPad this one is a better buy. It’s NOT! It is probably one of the worst Tablets in the market, and yes, you’ll find it really cheap in eBay.
The resistive touch screen is a pain and it often fails to respond. At times the touch screen is so resistive you have to touch again and again, and scrolling will make you think about that iPad. Since its not capacitive touch screen you can’t pinch and zoom the display.
Operating System Freeze
This tablet is good for practicing your patience, as the Android Operating System freezes a lot. It has Android 1.5 as an operating system which is pretty old as the earliest release.
WiFi is Practically Useless
This is one of my biggest complaint. Archos 7 tablet proudly acknowledges WiFi support but it take ages to open a page. One of the slowest WiFi ever, Archos 7 is always slow no matter how close you are to the fastest router. It does have an 802.11b/g but either it crash or take a long time to load even the google page.
Absence of Android Market
Since Archos 7 is not a phone you won’t find Android Market in this tablet. Instead it has AppsLib which is the application market place for Android tablets. Worse, you won’t find many good Android Market applications in AppsLib even the popular ones.
Since the Operating System is Android 1.5, there is no Flash support so forget about the major video sharing sites like Youtube.
Micro USB Port
It has a Micro USB Port, so get an adapter for it, which is not that easy.
Good Video Player
The video playback is quite good – the colour is really good and the 800 x 480 TFT display sometimes looks as brilliant as HD display
Archos 7 has stereo speakers, but it’s just okay and you might need to use that earphones to have a better audio experience.
The applications include alarm clock, Aldiko eBook reader, photo viewer, photo frame, eBuddy (mobile and web messenger), Cine Showtime (application for movie theater search), Daily Paper (Newspapers around the world) which are quite good. There is also a sound recorder, music player and video player.
So…. the verdict is?
So my opinion is, this is not an iPad and if you really want a tablet go for either iPad or a tablet with an operating system which is not a lesser version than Android 2.7 (Gingerbread) – Android version 3 (Honeycomb) is the ideal choice.
It’s definitely cheaper than most other tablets but it comes with a heavy price (no pun intended), you have to suffer it at the cost of (no pun intended again) smooth running , decent applications and not to mention connectivity.
If you simply want a video and audio player with a 7 inch screen, or a Digital Photo Frame, then go for it, at your own risk though. As I said Archos is a good brand and most of their products are great, yet, this one is a wimp from the Archos family… So don’t get disappointed.
Good Video Playback
Decent Audio Playback
7 Hours Video Playback time (I haven’t tested though)
Really Slow Tablet
No Integrated PDF Reader
No Android Menu Button
No Flash Support
No Cellular Ability
WiFi is practically useless
Insensitive Touch Screen
Old Android 1.5 OS
I purchased this tablet after buying a ePad from China, which doesn't work well.
I was told that the Archos tablet had 2.1(Eclair),but it doesn't it's 1.5(Cupcake).
Cupcake is old but there is alot of apps that still install.
The device is not bad as I payed only $100 for it with a free case.
The tablet has good battery life as opposed to the ePad I had before,which has only 1 hour of battery life with wifi. I get 2 to 3 hours usage from the Archos' battery,even with wifi enabled. I was shocked to find out that the tablet lacks Google Market,but the Appslib store and downloadable Slideme market have good enough apps for me. Mind you Appslib needed a good update.
I even found a working Youtube app. Although the ads say it has Youtube it doesn't out the box. But on the web you can find a working app of Youtube.
Another thing that shocked me is you can not add alot of apps to the device. It only has 24mb of internal RAM for apps sadly in Cupcake. This I hate.I added only my fave apps to the device anyway.
And lastly another thing I hate is the device will freeze up from time to time if you use more than one app at a time ,even though it has a 600mhz processor.
It is similar to my old Nokia 770 Internet Tablet I had. It had a 400mhz processor and 128 of RAM and 2 gigs of storage. The Archos has 8 gigs of space and 256mb of RAM.
So it is faster.
My other ePad has a 600mhz Via processor and 256 of RAM. About the same.
The battery has died on my ePad though and I have to use it plugged into the power.
Touch screen on the Archos tablet is not too bad,but you have to force it at times. Although if you use a fingernail it is better. It lacks multi-touch but I hardly use that anyway. It lacks a webcam for video chat but does allow for audio chat.
All in all,the Archos is not bad. It has a decent music player,Aldiko ebook reader is ok,video player is ok,and if that isn't enough there are custom Roms with more RAM and even Market.
For the price it is a stable device.
If you can live with the occasional freeze up and only a small amount of apps ,than it is ok.
I highly recommend using a custom Rom with the tablet.
I think I made a wise decission buying this.
I got a better tablet than my old Nokia 770 and it has better battery than my ePad.
Still this is not a iPad. Down the road I will get a used iPad. But for now this suits me fine.
Unit was like new.
Updated firmware easily. Download of android apps to use was also easy.
Read books, watch movies, listen to music (speakers are nice)
touch screen can be a bit twitchy at times but so is my samsung phone. Overall this is a very nice product and a good entry into the Android scene.
Well it won't set any speed record on the web but it a nice tablet for the price
What you get with this device is a very good ebook reader and one of the best looking video playback screen I've seen for this price range. With only Android 2.1 you are limted as for apps but a lot are workable on this device. It is not the best for most games....too slow. If you buy this,buy it for what it is not what you think you can make it. Go to the Archos forum for lots of tips but some push this little tablet too far. The Amazon app store Android Slideme add a lot to what you will get out of this device. Here are a few must have Google services app,(comes with gmail,maps,voice and more),Tunein Radio,Kindleand the Dophin HD browser.
Is just like an android phone, except without no signal. I love the product, great to enjoy watching videos, listen to music, search the web, view pictures and play games.