132 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great device for someone with some tech know how!
I've had this device for 6 days and I've been very pleased with all aspects of it. I did a lot of research before buying and it has met all of my expectations. Best for those who already have some experience with the Android operating system.
Here is what I like:
It makes an excellent e-reader. I can use books from Barnes and Noble, Borders,...
Published on December 2, 2010 by Chad Hensley
191 of 208 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Descent for the Price but NEEDS SOME BIG improvements
I've wanted a tablet for a while now but the price of what was out there discouraged me from buying anything. I bought this tablet as a Christmas gift to my wife but I had to test it out for a couple of weeks to make sure it worked and that it was worth the money to keep it. If you want to get right to the Pros & Cons see below. Bottom line I still think the device is...
Published on December 27, 2010 by Keith M. Thompson
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132 of 139 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great device for someone with some tech know how!,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)I've had this device for 6 days and I've been very pleased with all aspects of it. I did a lot of research before buying and it has met all of my expectations. Best for those who already have some experience with the Android operating system.
Here is what I like:
It makes an excellent e-reader. I can use books from Barnes and Noble, Borders, Amazon, Google and my local library. It is a great PDF document reader and works great for comics as well.
It is very good internet browser. Flash capability isn't perfect yet, but having it in even a limited capacity opens up a lot more of the internet. I've been an iPod Touch/iPhone user for several years and I really like this device. The internet experience is superior.
Google integration. If you use Gmail and google apps, Android offers better capabilities than iOS devices. (Note, this does require a hack, but it is very easy to do).
Expandability. MicroSD, HDMI, USB. Archos doesn't control what I can and cannot do with this device.
Video playback. Excellent playback of local, network and internet video.
Form factor. I've played with an iPad and it's a fun device, but I like the size/weight of this device a lot better. It is more practical and easy to take with me. Much easier to hold for long periods of time when reading.
Battery life. Not iPad levels, but still very good.
What I don't like:
Future ability to upgrade. By only putting in 256MB of RAM, they have limited the ability of this device to Android 2.2, which means I will probably want the 2011 version, instead of upgrading this one. (I think they planned this)
Hacking is necessary. Because of limitations that Google puts on Android currently, it is necessary to hack the device to access it's full potential. This will ultimately damage the ability of new/inexperienced users to enjoy their Archos tablets.
Overall, I love this device and if you have used Android or if you are willing to do some research on websites like archosfans.com, you will love it as well!
191 of 208 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Descent for the Price but NEEDS SOME BIG improvements,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)I've wanted a tablet for a while now but the price of what was out there discouraged me from buying anything. I bought this tablet as a Christmas gift to my wife but I had to test it out for a couple of weeks to make sure it worked and that it was worth the money to keep it. If you want to get right to the Pros & Cons see below. Bottom line I still think the device is pretty descent overall but there are three large issues for me. 1. Bluetooth tethering does not work at all & Archos doesn't want to do anything to help me trouble-shoot. I will say that most of the time my wife is likely to have wi-fi whereever she would whip this out but that's besides the point 2. Dispite 8GB of internal storage the device only allows 256MB for app installation. this is still a problem even when developers allow their apps to be installed on SD and only a few apps have this feature enabled, and 3. finally I think the tech support is really really sub-par.
I've work in IT for 13 years and I've supported enterprise applications from Microsoft and RIM BlackBerry and everything in between, and I've spoken to tech support for companies of all sizes and Archos is one of the worse I've ever "tried" to get support from. At least they do reply to my tech support tickets but what good is that if they don't try to resolve your problems or they give you this simple one sentence responses like they only know a few English words. Honestly if it wasn't for the affordable price-point I would not recommend this tablet. Out of all of the more affordable Android tablets available now, this is probably the best out there. I think if you are a tech saavy person, then this could definitely be the tablet for you. if you are a regular user and don't have a lot of experience with side-loading apps, and doing tweaks outside of the normal support channel then you probably need to buy an iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Tab since they are more polished and have more User-friendly Interfaces.
- perfect price-point for the spec's your getting for this Android tablet. Since the iPad is way too expensive and the Samsung Galaxy Tab is over-priced, even though its better than the iPad, this price-point is perfect for most working people. Seriously, who can justify buying a $500-$900 tablet and then pay a monthly data plan on top of that for another 2 years???
- bluetooth tethering (if it worked - see cons), capacitive touch screen, est 7-8 hours of battery life (6 hours in real-world usage), 1GHz CPU
- Android 2.2 Froyo update is now available and with that comes all of the pros of the Android OS, which is complete customizability, really fast browser with flash, gmail apps (gmail, browser, etc)
- Full flash 10.1 support for web
- Very Thing & light (thinner & ligther than the iPad & the Samsung Galaxy Tab)
- supports all major video & audio formats
- great accelerometer
- microSD expansion up 32GB
- has stock Android so there are no proprietary skins that unecessarily delay deploying new Android updates when they become available.
- front-facing camera for video chat (full disclosure, I have not gotten the video chat feature to work. I have been able to connect up with a video call but the video was not coming through. I still need to trouble-shoot that. I tried it with OovoO video client not the built in Fring because I never got Fring working).
- user community support forums (archosfans.com) is the best thing out there for support. XDA developers site has a lot of stuff going on for these gen8 Archos tablets. Tech support has not proven to be fruitful at all.
- tech support has not proven to be good at all. In fact I've been getting these one sentence responses from tech support with no real attempt to address or fix my concerns. Their support is sub-standard in my opinion and I wonder if their support people actually understand English as they have very simple and single sentence repsonses to my questions.
- BLUETOOTH TETHERING DOES NOT WORK. Despite what they state in their tech spec's bluetooth tether does not work with BlackBerry phones (BB Bold 9700) or any phones that I can determine from reading the support forums. I think some users have hacked their phones to get it to work but with no support from their tech support. When I emailed their tech support to provide me a list of compatible cell phones they they have successfully tested bluetooth tethering with, they told me,"we don't provide any compatibility lists because bluetooth tethering involves 3rd party hardware" I thought he was joking. So does wi-fi connections but it still works when I turn it on without a problem. I'm very upset about that because one of the main reasons I bought the phone is because my wife would be able to extend Internet to the device whle she's out and about."
- 802.11n doesn't work. Even after this latest firmware release for their Gen 8 tablets, 802.11n does not work. My tablet only connects a 54Mbps which is 802.11g speeds. The fact that they advertise 802.11n for their device pisses me off because it doesn't connect at 802.11n speeds at all. It's false advertising and they should be forced to take 802.11n off their spec's page if they can't get it to work.
- No Full Android Market built-in. I knew this upfront before I bought mine so I was aware of this and this was not a problem to me. Archos has put their own android market on the device and supposedly it's the largest 3rd-party Android markets out there with 10K+ apps but even that's BS. There is an easy hack to put the full Android Market on the device.
- Device has some instability issues but it seems like the more I use it the more stable it becomes. I don't know what that's about. I definitely think that will a couple more firmware updates Archos can work out the kinks and the larger bugs in the software-hardware integration. Also the more you use Android & understand the nuiances of the OS, you'll experience problems less & less.
- Dispite 8GB of internal storage the device only allocates 256MB for applications. This is apparently a Google Android limitation but since Archos is the OEM, they should have allocated more memory to application installs. It makes no sense that I have this device and I'm getting low space status msgs when I have 6GB+ of available internal storage and 4GB of available space of microSDHC storage. This is big issue to me because this is no better than my Moto Cliq phone I use. I hope that Archos will see how many users are complaining about this and fix this witha furture firmware update. You can get around this a "little" by moving those applications that support it to SD or internal memory.
58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A Froyo tablet for under $400 that is worth paying for,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)I am writing my review on my 70IT...this tablet, overall, is fantastic. The capacitive touch screen is very responsive and stock applications run fast and are well designed.
Capacitive touch screen
7inch is good for thumb typing.
Froyo (Android 2.2)
1 ghz cpu AND graphics accelerator
Built in Wifi and Bluetooth
Excellent video and audio playback with a wide range of supported formats
Excellent support forum available
Can load full android market onto the device (see forum)
Very good gsensor
Front facing camera for video chatting
Support for tethering a cell phone so no need for an extra contract
Supports adding on gps via bluetooth
Stream music and video from your media server
Flash player 10 support (download free from market)
HDMI out to TV
Comes with USB cable so you can tranfer files from you computer
Default music and video player is well designed and easy to use.
Good battery life...I watched a full movie from an 80% charge and still had 30%+ battery remaining.
*[EDIT] As of Firmware 2.0.71 (Android 2.2.1) you can select between three different levels of performance to adjust your batter usage. A nice addition so that you can lower your cpu speed to conserve battery life if you take your Archos on the go!
[EDIT: CPU under clocked at 800mhz at the time of this review.] - REMOVED FROM CONS LIST *]
Flash is laggy right now but Archos is promising a fix for this, so not too big of a deal.
Appslib preloaded has a poor selection of apps and games, but you can install the full market place very easily.
Have to pay about $20 extra dollars to get codecs pack if you want to watch videos of certain formats. I was unable to play a video with AAC audio without this codec in the default player
No built-in GPS (but could add this with an external bluetooth GPS device)
No built-in compass
Device tends to get slower the more applications you install.
Not much reserved for system storage so you aren't going to be installing 100's of application like they claim. I think it's about 500MB of the 8GB that is reserved for system storage. Fortunately, it does let you move many applications (that support it) to the internal storage.
USB doesn't provide enough power for an external hard drive on the 70 but on the 101 it does.
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's All About The Price,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)I own the Archos 70 Internet Tablet with Android 2.2 Froyo installed.
I am going to start by listing the three things I hate about this tablet.
1. It only has 256 megabytes of RAM. It really should have 512 megabytes of RAM. (And I would have paid a little more to get twice the RAM.)
2. It does not come with the Android Marketplace App or Google Apps pre-installed. (So, with each update, you have to rely on others to create the Google Apps .apk that you can hunt down and manually install. I did it, of course, but it is a little pain in the butt. And, not all the apps show up in the Marketplace.)
3. It is a fingerprint magnet like you wouldn't believe. The bezel around the screen absorbs oil from your skin like crazy. Keep a wiping cloth handy at all times.
OK, now to the good. I paid just over $250 for this tablet direct from Archos, and at that price, I am satisfied where I give the device 4 out of 5 stars. I like the size and weight (as I found the iPad to be too heavy when holding it for a long time). Battery life is good. The screen is excellent for Internet, email, and video.
Android 2.2 Froyo runs well on my tablet, and I am happy to have Adobe Flash (although not every single Flash Website works...and if you encounter a chat box that runs on Flash, like Chatango, the keyboard does not respond, you cannot chat).
Bottom line: If you want a very good and reasonably-priced 7" WiFi-only tablet right now, the Archos 70 is the one to get. (If you don't need one right now, it is expected there will be many more tablets offered in 2011...and they will have more RAM and a more powerful processor. And yes, I know, they will be more expensive.)
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best color eBook reader as of now + Most cost effective Android tablet,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)I recently purchased NookColor, but then when I heard Archos just released this one at a similar price point as NookColor, I thought it doesn't make sense not to switch. At the very least, you can just install the Nook app on this device, and it will do everything that NookColor does, plus much more. (i.e. other eBook readers like Kindle, better browser, games, Android market...etc)... Also, it's much lighter and thinner than NookColor. So from this point of view, I am very happy with the purchase. The capacitive touch screen works very well (although it misses my touch once in a while especially when tablet is busy), and the battery lasts very long (~ 10 hrs dimmed screen w/o wifi, just reading books) My biggest issue is that the wifi connectivity sometimes drops, and so i have to restart the wifi, but it might be my problem as I haven't heard other people complaining about this particular issue. It does have front facing camera, but it's sluggish and resolution is not that great. This doesn't concern me as I never need to use camera.
Like other reviewers mentioned, I wished it had more RAM, easier tethering with AT&T, higher resolution like Galaxy Tab...etc, but then it won't be priced below $300. So overall, I think Archos 70 is currently the most cost effective 7" Android tablet in the market and an excellent color eBook reader. I even sold my Kindle reader as I started using this as an eBook reader, so I recouped half of its price already!
update (12/20/2010) - I still LOVE this device. I just installed the latest firmware update(2.0.71), and this resolved my wifi issue, which was actually known issue for people who use WPA2/AES encryption. The update also resolved the slow SMB connectivity for shared network storage! Now I can reliably stream Terabytes of movies and songs from my Windows shared drive! Amazon also just updated its Kinlde app for Android, and reading books on this device is pleasure! It's much faster and easier to navigate than Kindle 3 device, and I can now read book in dark without having to attach those cumbersome eBook light. By the way, people say reading on LCD gives you loss of sleep and eye strain...etc, but I think it's a myth. Just dim the backlight until your eyes get comfortable while you read, and it actually helps you fall a sleep at night. Also, I am not sure if this was due to this firmware update, but now I got the tethering work from my AT&T windows smart phone (motorola q9h) over bluetooth!! Now I can connect to internet outside my house!! I am very impressed so far with this device and quick software/firmware update from Archos.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, I've had a proper introduction to ARCHOS & Android OS!!,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)I waited until I had about a month of testing this little creature out before I wrote a review about it. Now I am ready to write the review.
First, let me state that I am *VERY* grateful to those that wrote their reviews with tips and / or advice in other reviews I have read on other sites that see the ARCHOS 7o. For example, one reviewer wrote that the VERY first thing I should do after charging the ARCHOS up completely & powering up was download the ARCHOS updates! Indeed that as very helpful I think in getting other things to install correctly like Flash & the Google apps. Now before this ARCHOS, I had a ARCHOS 5 32gb. for a couple of days before I realized this was not the unit I needed. Prior to that I had some sort of a Pandigial critter that I could not update past either 1.5 or 1.6 Android OS I worked with for a day before it died.
I think that really think that I have / had minimal experience with Android OS.
I realize most folks that write the reviews for an Android based tablet say that you should not buy an Android based tablet if you have no prior Android OS experience. I thought about that before I bought my ARCHOS 7o (and the prior two tablets that were Android OS purchases) then it sorta dawned on me if I went along with the advice of not buying an Android without Android experience, then HOW am I going to learn Android unless I buy it & try it?!!?!
I think the advice should be it is OK to buy Android, just do not compare it exactly the same as you would an iPhone or iPad. Remember Android is different. You need to be patient & willing to learn.
If you are willing & able to do this, there is no reason you should not try Android!!!
For the most part, things have been fairly easy for me. This is because Android pioneers & gurus make things easier by sharing their know how & advice on how to easily add the Android items you want to make your very own one of a kind, custom tablet.
I found great advice on how to easily get Flash in & Google apps. That is not to say that everything has been super-easy either. On the third day I had it, I went to sleep holding the ARCHOS in my hands, & somehow accidentally deleted EVERYTHING in it. I had a good time putting everything back in there. (insert sarcasm here). I did not manage to get my ARCHOS owners guide back into the unit. I have to go online to read it. (I think the owners manual was available offline before my big delete) I was proud of myself that I got everything else back in it within two and a half hours working alone considering I know little about Android.
The unit is nice, & feels pretty substantial for it's size. As others have mentioned, it is a fingerprint magnet. I can not imagine how awful the screen would be without the screen protector I bought for it. The screen is nice, bright, & very responsive to the lightest of touches at times a bit too light (like when I fell asleep holding it & deleted everything in the ARCHOS).
I have not been able to tether my phone & the ARCHOS 7o together. I have tried a couple of free programs for tethering & I am still unable to have success with connecting the phone & ARCHOS for internet access. Now whether that is due to the fact that they are two different operating systems (iPhone 3GS & ARCHOS android) or that I am not using the proper technique, I am not sure. After being unsuccessful three times in trying to do so, I stopped but I will continue to try tethering.
Mostly the majority of places I go & having wireless Internet available at home, tethering is not a vital feature right at this time. However, I have heard others that have the ARCHOS 7o & ARCHOS 101's have written in their reviews they are unsuccessful in tethering also, so it could be the ARCHOS program that is problematic.
I find the ARCHOS to be quick in accessing websites & or programs. I also understand why it is so important to be able to get into the Google apps. site & be able to download the apps available at their website. There are just so many apps. at Google that are not available at other app. sites.
I find that I get about three hours of online surf time with the ARCHOS on battery operation starting with 95 to 100% battery. I have the settings of 55 to 60 % battery brightness, 10 minute screen timeout, and the wireless internet setting turned "on". I have read other reviews that state the 8GB unit has better battery life than the 250GB units. I have the 8GB unit, & I did not pick the 8GB because I was looking for longer battery life or because the 8GB was less expensive than the 250 GB, but because the 8GB has a microSD card slot, & the 250GB ARCHOS 7o model does NOT have the microSD card slot.
Mostly because the majority of places I go & home having wireless Internet available, tethering is not a vital feature.
I am really pleased with this unit with Flash installed & have been surprised at how many of the same programs offered in Android at Google Apps & Apps lib that I am familiar with because they were / are available for Apple at the iTunes store. That is very nice. Then there are other programs I have never seen at the Apple iTunes store that are available at the aforementioned sites that I think "well that would be a GREAT app. for the iPhone!" but it is unavailable for the iPhone!!
This unit does have a camera installed. You would almost miss it if you were not looking for it. It does an adequate job, but it will never be mistaken for an EOS either.
I feel anyone buying this unit should buy a couple of extra microSD cards (this unit will accept up to a 32GB microSD card) or have a few ready for ARCHOS to use.
If you want a stylus to use, you will have to buy one. There is no place to slide a stylus into in the ARCHOS 7o 8GB & there was not one included in my factory sealed box.
Also, you might consider purchasing a USB adapter for the ARCHOS so a regular sized USB item can be plugged in. I bought one for my unit at a nominal price at another website, for around $5 shipped.
Again I will say a couple of screen protectors should be purchased for the ARCHOS as it picks up more finger prints than a Wal Mart glass display case during Christmas season on a Saturday.
The only negatives I feel I have found thus far with the unit besides not having a full sized USB adapter & the fact it is was too easy to wipe out the entire ARCHOS factory setup during a nap is the placement of the volume key on the side of the unit where the on-off switch is. Easy to accidentally change the settings to something different than the volume you had the unit set at. Can be a bit jarring!
The leg on the back of the ARCHOS that makes the tablet stand at a great angle for viewing video is handy. You do not want to be rough handling the leg. I feel it would be easy to break off if not paying attention.
But even with these issues (in my opinion) on the ARCHOS 7o 8GB tablet, none of them, even if they are all added up are "deal breakers" to me. This little tablet gives A LOT of "bang for the buck". You can buy TWO of these at MSRP for the price of ONE of the iPAD 2's.
With the current state of the economy, I find myself thinking about price & value more often. The ARCHOS has a great value & price. It does almost everything I can think of that I want a tablet to do!
This unit is worth a try for a new Android user if you are willing to approach the tablet knowing it is not the same as an iPad, be patient with the Android system if it is new or unfamiliar to you. I am by no means a computer guru or wiz. But I am doing really well with this tablet thanks to the great help that is available on the net.
There are a lot of sites, such as ARCHOSfans.com that will tell you how to get the google apps site loaded in & download flash 10. My advice is charge the unit completely. As soon as you turn it on, download your updates & then do an Internet search for google apps or go to the afore mentioned site & download google apps, (there are a lot of amazing, FREE apps. there) Then download flash. Download desired applications. Voila! Your custom ARCHOS 7o tablet!!
Enjoy the tablet & the extra $250 + you saved by picking an ARCHOS 7o!!
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best value 7 inch tablet anywhere,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)Disclosure: I have owned Archos devices from gen 5. I currently have two gen 7 tablets, the 5 IT with Android 1.6 and for gen 8 I have the Archos 101 IT and the 70 IT with 8 GB listed here. This is the second generation Android tablet produced by Archos and what I wish the previous generation had been. Some reviews here list problems or issues with this device and some reviews have minor detail issues or focus on pointless details (CPU speed limiting in this present release is less of an issue than perceived speed when using and with less RAM the chief result is that switching programs uses more CPU cycles so a recently used app might take longer to load). Frankly getting into technical discussions of minutia that require the kind of understanding I have as a programmer seems like a sure way to turn off people considering whether they should buy a tablet. So I won't go there.
The previous generation Archos tablet was to my knowledge the first ever commercial Android tablet. It had real problems at launch but over a few months became a very good stable product. This tablet by comparison has very minor imperfections, most of which will go away rather quickly... except the finger prints. I don't know why they didn't use the brushed metal they did with the A101. Compared to previous generation devices the stereo speakers work great and have good sound if you are not in a loud area. Bluetooth headphones work good with video without loading it down. Even though this doesn't have the crappy GPS like the gen 7 it does allow you to use external GPS and navigating is awesome with GPS 2 Bluetooth V2 on my phone supplying the GPS.
What this tablet has that other tablets don't is a company that will follow through. I bought a Samsung Vibrant phone July 15 with an August Froyo update that went month to month to today where I have a custom ROM with a leaked build but no official Froyo. Samsung claims to be the biggest Android phone maker now and they say they will update their $650 Galaxy Tab to Gingerbread. Yeah. Archos released the A70 and promised an update by the end of November and sure enough they released Froyo Nov 30th. You can go to [...] and get the Market hack as well as answers to questions. You can count on at least reasonable service through phone or email support, sometimes very good service. I have had to RMA one gen 7 device. Compared to new and cheaper tablets or Chinese tablets... Do the math. Save $50 and as my grandfather used to say "repent in leisure".
Compared to larger or smaller tablets the A70 is ideal for being out and about. It fits in a jacket pocket, cargo pocket or other places. It is also small enough to be rather light, but compared to a phone it is huge. It is small next to the A101 but while the A101 is 30% lighter than an iPad (that makes a difference after a few minutes holding it) the A70 is feather weight next to the A101.
If you have never had a tablet before perhaps you have had an Android super phone. I remain impressed I can view web pages on my 4 inch screen but it becomes work even if pinch to zoom is easy if you have to constantly tap, pinch and scroll to see what would be a single click on a PC. The larger screen of the A70 (and A101) bring a level of luxury. If you have never had a tablet consider this. Do you carry your laptop everywhere and have it on your lap or nearby when watching TV? Can you fire it up in the morning and look at it several times an hour with some 30 minute periods of use and still have juice without plugging it in at dinner? Can you take your laptop to the bathroom or to the grocery store? Can you whip it out of your pocket to show someone some pictures or a video clip you shot? What if you could use Twitter and Facebook apps anywhere any time and explore another 100,000 apps?
Is this tablet perfect? No. But even people who complain about it bitterly for whatever reason continue to hang around the forum and continue to be sucked in by it's warm glow. What Archos has done is put together one of the best possible user experience packages, but to get everything out of it you may have to do 15 minutes of geeking on it. If we wanted to talk tech specs I could list other devices that might look better on paper and then show you horrible reviews and an outpouring of consumer regret. Even people saying they hate something about these tablets land on a net positive. I say don't get lost in little things you could find to complain about, unless you just feel complaining is what makes life worth living. I think enjoying what I want when I want makes life worth living and if that happens to be on the internet than this tablet is a must have!
People qualify this tablet as a good device for the money, as if they have to apologize for it being cheap. Compared to the Galaxy Tab there is little I could want and a number of things I like better on the Archos. Compared to the iPad? Don't get me started. I was thinking I'd get a Galaxy Tab but got an A70 and A101 for less. Next year I'll buy new tablets because I'm a gadget whore, but I'll still have this one. In any case even if I give it away I think $0.75 a day is worth the pleasure of this device.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archos 70,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)Does everything I need it to do with only a few exceptions.
Here's what it does well:
1. E-reader (with software: Beamreader PDF, Nook reader software, Kindle, and Aldiko)
2. Plays pretty much every video file I throw at it (with Rockplayer from the Android market)
3. I can read my digital graphic novels (CBR files, with ACV- Android Comic Viewer)
4. GOOD web browsing
5. Games are more fun on the bigger screen than with my Android phone
6. Speakers are loud and perfect for playing media through
7. Built in slideshow software and kickstand make it a good photo frame while it is charging
8. I easily installed Gmail/Google Market (gapps4archos2.apk) by downloading a quick patch from the net
9. battery is decent, especially while being used offline to play videos
10. HDMI output comes in handy
11. super thin & lightweight compared to all other tablets
12. unit is not bloated out with laggy software. vanilla android
13. having a camera facing in is a nice feature, though i have yet to use it for anything productive
15. 2.2 updated right out of the box, does a decent job of playing flash
16. WiFi connects quickly
17. Easier to type on and allows me to be more productive than my phone
18. bright and clear LCD display when viewed straight on
what it could do BETTER (or needs to be changed):
1. only has 256 mb RAM so it gets sluggish and tends to freeze after being used for a while
2. I'm not sure how this will pan out but it has 8gb internal memory. I use an SDcard for media storage, but the settings shows i already have only 270 mb left for application storage. I am thinking that may be an error, but we will see
3. will NOT bluetooth tether with my phone for internet (Samsung Fascinate) (see no. 4)
4. I emailed Archos about some of the issues/questions I have and they have YET to reply to me to even let me know if they are working on a solution. It's been almost a week. their website says 2 days
5. WILL NOT charge via USB, only supplied DC charger which is bulky and a pain in the butt to carry around (unsure of how to charge through the car, and Archos has yet to answer this question- no. 4).
6. No GPS. It is not completely necessary to have this, but Archos has put GPS on some of their other tablets and it would have been nice to see it on this one.
7. bad viewing angles, must view straight on
8.Chincy and frail feel to the body, including a plastic and weak kickstand which puts the screen at a poor angle for viewing and makes unit vulnerable to being knocked over while it is in use
9. very reflective screen and the entire front of the unit is a fingerprint magnet
10. Camera is pixelated, kind of blurry, and laggy
11. For some reason, I can not install Swype (may be an issue with the software, not the phone)
12. unit is aesthetically dull and unappealing
13. wish I had bought the 250 gb version but it wasnt on Amazon when I ordered this one.
All in all, I am satisfied, mainly because it does do so much despite of its failings and it was a good price. It is definitely a better value than the outlandishly priced Galaxy tablet and Ipad.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Archos 70 is not perfect but well worth the cost...,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)I have an iPad and the Archos 70. I bought them both around the same time to test for work and to look into designing a mobile app for my company. After thoroughly testing both devices, I find myself using the Archos almost exclusively. The iPad is definitely more responsive and it's a better designed device from a purely aesthetic point of view; but the Archos 70 does what it does well and is more comfortable to hold and use for long periods. I hold it for hours at a time and use it to browse the Internet while watching TV at night. I can stick it in my pocket when I need to. It's easier to type on because you can two hand it just like you do your phone. I really like the 7" form factor and I like my Archos 70.
I knew going in that the Archos device wouldn't be a top of the line product like the iPad is. But for the price, it looked very good. I ordered mine from Archos the first day they were released and received a discount that covered my choice of next day air delivery. I didn't receive any notices of shipment from Archos so I was somewhat concerned that I wasn't going to get it when expected but it was waiting for me when I got home. I've been in love with it ever since; that was over two months ago.
Mine was initially loaded with Android 2.1 and a promise of a soon to be released upgrade to 2.2 (I should mention that I'm an Android phone user as well. I have a Nexus One phone which I'm extremely happy with.); my phone has 2.2 loaded so I was anxious to get it on the Archos 70 as well. There were several benefits in the 2.2 upgrade for my phone but the main one I was looking forward to for the Archos was the ability to load Adobe Flash Player.
Well, we didn't get the 2.2 upgrade as quickly as first promised but it was only a few weeks late. By then, I had my apps loaded and my Archos setup the way I wanted it and everything worked very well. After the upgrade to Android 2.2, I was disappointed to find that a few of the apps that I've grown accustomed to using regularly no longer work (I get force close messages on those apps). With that said, I only had one major app that broke and that was TouchDown by NitroDesk (the 3rd party Exchange e-mail app I use). I contacted NitroDesk about it and they now have a fix for the issue in the current beta release of the software; so I will survive! :-)
All in all, the Archos 70 is a very good buy. But it's not perfect. It's a little under-powered when compared to the high-end Android phones on the market today; the 1 GHz ARM Cortex CPU and 256 MB of RAM just doesn't compare to a 1 GHz Snapdragon CPU with 512 MB of RAM. Consequently, scrolling on the Archos and changing screens will seem a little sluggish (not really sluggish but not as smooth) to you if you're used to using a phone with the better specs. But, be aware, it's only slightly slower; it's still very usable and for the price, it's worth every penny.
As others have mentioned, you don't get the Android Market by default on the Archos devices. This is actually not Archos' fault; Google has a policy currently in place that basically prevents devices that aren't 3G capable from coming preloaded with Market. However, the AppsLib market that does come pre-installed usually has a free app that can be used to load Google's market on the device; it only takes about a minute or so. Also, now you can use Amazon's App Store on the device too. You will notice that not all apps that are available for your phone will show up as available for the tablet; I believe that's because the Market doesn't show you the apps which are known not to be compatible with your device. But the bulk of the apps are there and work just fine. I think as more Android tablets hit stores and you see more recognized names putting out products, Google will have to modify their stance on Market. If not, use Amazon instead. Google's logic is broken anyway. They deny Market to non-3G devices because they are an advertising company and the Market is part of their advertising architecture; consequently, if a device is not always connected to the Internet, they don't see the benefit of providing the Market and apps to that device. But their assumption that the device isn't always connected to the Internet is flawed. People buy these tablets because they have wireless access almost everywhere they go and consequently these devices are connected almost as much as the ones with 3G. Google should definitely reconsider this policy and I think they'll have to. People really don't use these WiFi tablets much when they're not connected; Google should wake up.
The Archos 70 is designed as an Internet tablet and that is something it does very well. That's primarily what I use my tablet for, browsing the Internet. I used to use my laptop for casual browsing while watching TV but when I got my Nexus One and before that on my old Windows Mobile phones, I stopped using my laptop just to look stuff up and started using my phone instead because the laptop is more inconvenient for just looking up stuff on the Internet. The tablet gives me the best of both worlds, a large screen and a light handheld device to use on the Internet. I use it a lot.
I don't use it to listen to music but it does that very well too. Android uses Amazon's MP3 store to shop for and download music but you can also get music from other online stores if you prefer. You can also copy your existing media files to the device using a USB cable and Windows Media player or alternately, Windows Explorer.
As far as the device goes, it has the expected standard headset jack for music and video playback but it also has built-in stereo speakers that are loud and sound particularly good for a mobile device. It also has TV output features that allow you to plug it into a TV and use as a player (I haven't tested this feature yet but it may come in handy while traveling).
I guess the last thing I'll mention is the built-in kickstand. That's a nice feature. If you've ever used tablets that don't have a kickstand, you'll understand why. Oh, and I read some of the reviews claiming that the Archos 70 was made of cheap plastic. I'd have to disagree; it's actually a combination of brushed metal and plastic but the plastic parts feel very high quality to me. Yeah, it doesn't feel quite as solid as say, an iPad (with it's heavy glass and metal body), but it feels very well made to me and I'll take the Archos' lightweight design over the heavy iPad any day.
I forgot to mention the battery life... I don't know if the Archos lives up to their claim of 7 hours for video but mine either does or comes close to the 10 hour web browsing claim. That's primarily what I do with mine and it works great for that.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Archos 70 Internet Tablet Review,
This review is from: Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black) (Personal Computers)I purchased this for myself over an iPad. There were a number of things I needed to consider since I am on the road a lot as well as an independent film maker. I do love the iPad but there are things about it that could not be overcome. I'll list just the Archos attributes here and from my chair, they are clearly not optional requirements.
I need the ability to showcase my work in a board room or in a one on one meeting. The Archos provides an HDMI output and film or movie file formats of .wmv, .avi, .mpeg, .mov.. basically all the necessary formats that I personally require. The built quality is fairly nice and I've seen many folks complain about it being a finger print magnet. To date I've not seen a device that isn't, however the good thing about the Archos, it's very easily cleaned with a soft lint free cloth. I have a Nook Color that requires dampness to get it clean and it never looks new. One good wipe down on the Archos, looks fresh. The durability, you need a CASE. This is not the best build quality available by a long shot but it's light weight, you just can't beat it. One good drop and it's a goner, so get a case.
Micro SD.. Enough said.
With the 8 gig version; I had gone back and fourth with the 8 gig over the 250 gig.. I think I would rather have the superior battery life and SD than to have mechanics in my unit. The reason for that is 3 fold.. Weight, No Moving Parts, Battery Life. Adding a hard drive I'm sure will destroy battery life because it's going to draw more power.
The Screen is Very Nice. I have a Nook Color also and that is a real pleasure to read. The Nook application for Android, at best is about 85%. Still readable, still nice but it's not exceptional as a nook color. It is nearly the exact same size as the Nook Color also and makes for a fantastic reader. Just not as crisp as I believe it could be. I would have paid more for a Nook Color like screen which is the same manufacturer as the iPad.
CONS: The Android Marketplace was not pre-installed. I am a new android user. I've never had a phone nor a device which uses it. But I do have 20 years in IT and have access to the internet. I was able to go through the appslib and find the Androidapps market place, install it and now have most of what I need.
No Feature rich Office Apps. Now, being a new user, this just may be due to some oversight, but I've not found an Android app that I can use on the go with my office suite. I'm still looking...
Slow transfer to Micro SD. When loading some project films, under 2-3 gigs, I have to use my sound device for larger files. I put the Micro SD in my recorder which acts as a hard drive, dump my data and then just insert into the Archos. Works well but that's just Micro SD for the most part. I know with the iPad, it takes twice as long to sync the same amount of data. Who knows the reasons..
The Kick Stand is not strong. I like it, I love it. I would rather it have some kind of rubber grommet on the bottom lip that would prevent the unit from sliding and sturdy up the stand. This way, when you're using the stand, it won't slide, causing you to press harder bending the stand. I think it will be just a matter of time before it breaks.
Overall, this is a great product for the price and for what you get. All aspects of this unit, I don't think Anyone would a real negative thing they could honestly say about it. There are cons, but they are well outweighed by what you get. If you're looking for a Netflix type option, don't look here. Currently Netflix is having problems with DRM and security on Android applications and Microsoft isn't allowing Silverlight on other OS's in great abundance. Not sure what to make of it yet so holding out for more info on that.
Hope this review helps you in making your decision. The other reviews greatly helped mine and I would also recommend doing a Google search in the video tab for Archos 70 Internet Tablet Reviews. There's lots of information out there. Cheers!
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