|Screen Size||7 inches|
|Screen Resolution||800 x 480|
|Max Screen Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|Processor||1 GHz 8803 CORTEX A8|
|RAM||256 MB SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||8 GB|
|Graphics Coprocessor||3D OpenGL ES 2.0|
|Chipset Brand||Khronos Group|
|Wireless Type||802.11 B/G, 802.11bgn, 802.11B|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||10 hours|
Archos 70 - 8 GB Internet Tablet (Black)
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- Android 2.2 , ARM Cortex-A8 1 GHz
- 8 GB integrated
- 7" TFT - Multi-Touch, 800 x 480
- WiFi 802.11b/g/n, front facing camera
- 10.6 oz
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Redefine the way you’ll be browsing the web and enjoying HD multimedia with your ARCHOS 70 internet tablet. At home and on the go, you will always have a good reason to use and show this beautiful “window to another world”. With the latest version of Android, enjoy fast web surfing and all your favorite applications, including games with 3D graphic acceleration (rendered with its 3D hardware accelerator) or a soothing eBook viewer. All the functions of a computer: your apps, the Internet, video chat, your photos, music and videos actually fit inside your bag or your briefcase.
Redefine the way you browse the web and enjoy HD multimedia with an ARCHOS 70 internet tablet. With the latest version of Android, enjoy fast web surfing and all your favorite applications, including games with 3D graphic acceleration, all your favorite media, an eBook viewer, and more. All the functions of a computer: your apps, the Internet, video chat, your photos, music and videos actually fit inside your bag or your briefcase.
All the functions of a computer in a slim, Android tablet. Click to enlarge.
Best ARCHOS Design Yet
Slim and Light
The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet is just .43 inch thick, and weighs 11 ounces (the 250GB hard drive model isn't much bigger). It's easy to fit in your handbag or your briefcase.
You can comfortably enjoy your movies or TV shows using the leg stand to prop up the player on your lap or table.
The wide seven-inch touchscreen, combined with a g-sensor for automatically switching landscape and portrait views, lets you experience fantastic viewing quality. The 800 x 480 pixel high-resolution display is plenty sharp, for enjoying the details. In addition to the HD resolution, the 16:9 aspect ratio is great for widescreen format video.
Android is the application framework developed by Google for connected mobile devices, coming with a full pack of connected apps, such as a web browser and email application. The five home screens of the Android user interface allow advanced personalization: icons can be placed, moved, or erased with just a flick of a finger. Thanks to the home screen widgets, users can instantly access their favorite applications.
Grab all your favorite applications with the latest version of Android.
Exclusive applications for music, video, and photos.
Android on TV
Basically, this is what you see on your product screen, but ten times bigger. With its TV output, the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet displays every Android sceen on your wide screen TV. You can then browse your files or surf the Internet from your couch, not to mention enjoying some immersive 3D games.
Want to be connected anywhere? Grab your mobile phone equipped with a data connection and Bluetooth technology, pair it up to your ARCHOS 70 internet tablet via Bluetooth (or even USB cable), and enjoy easy access to the Internet on your device anytime and anywhere. No need to pay an extra fee when you already have a data service plan. (Note: may not be authorized by your mobile phone operator or may require a special data plan option. Please refer to your contract.)
Unique Android Multimedia Applications
On top of Android's standard offerings, ARCHOS offers its own exclusive applications for music, video, and photos. Get smooth browsing through your album covers and widgets on the home screen to give instant access to your media. Make your own music playlists, browse your songs and music by favorites, or by files recently played or added.
ARCHOS also makes your life easier by supporting audio and video formats beyond the standards supported by Android. It can even display subtitles and alternate audio tracks, all you have to do is drag, drop, and play.
Other ARCHOS offerings include an internet-connected Photo application with 3D transitions, and the ability to sync your pictures with your Facebook, Picasa or Flickr accounts.
Portable HD Video Playback
The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet has a monster seven-inch touchscreen, for movies and TV shows in HD quality.
Share Your Pictures
Open the new Gallery application and show your latest vacation to your friends, or even share them via a wireless network.
A PC in Your Pocket
Connect the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet to your Wi-Fi network and you will be able to do just about everything that you do on your home PC, wherever you are. You will be able to surf the full web, not a scaled-down mobile version of the Internet thanks to Flash 10 support, which let you access to all your favorite websites.
Surf the full web, not a scaled-down mobile version.
Enjoy 3D games, complete with graphics acceleration and a speedy processor.
Display web pages quickly and at full 800 x 480 pixels with a high-speed processor running at 1 GHz. The browsing experience is made even more intuitive with the Android browser. Tap a part of the text that you're interested in and the display will be automatically resized to the paragraph you want to read.
You can also easily check your emails with the Android email client, which gives you the ability to manage all your email accounts (Gmail, Yahoo!, etc).
3D Graphics Accelerator
The ARCHOS 70 internet tablet feature a graphics accelerator (3D OpenGL ES 2.0) to exploit Android 3D capabilities such as 3D games, animated interface with live wallpapers and transitions effects. You will be also able to enjoy the Android interface on your TV screen via the HDMI output. Discover a new way to play games on TV, as your device becomes your gamepad.
All your searches are done in a simple tap on the Google search bar, which can be placed anywhere on one of the five screens of the Android interface.
Just tap the Appslib icon on the home screen of the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet to immediately discover a large choice of Android apps to download for the widest variety of needs you might have.
Want to check the weather, the latest news, your social network account or read ebooks? Simply select the app and it will be available in a couple of seconds.
Additionally, this product has a superfast CPU with OpenGL 3D graphic acceleration and a g-sensor to offer you excellent performance for playing the latest 3D games found on the Appslib.
What's in the Box
ARCHOS 70 Internet Tablet (8GB), Earphones, USB Cable, Power Adapter, Quick Start Guide, Legal and Safety Notice
Top customer reviews
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!!
However, I bought it mainly for its Bluetooth keyboard linking, because I write for a living, ride a bike and often work at coffee shops, and needed something small to haul around. The Archos had been working okay, despite the frustration of having to try several times before I can get its Bluetooth linked to the keyboard--lots of starting/stopping/even restarting before it'll work. Still, not so bad, tolerable for a new OS, been through that more than once and have some patience...
EXCEPT now, with the latest update (April 24 or 25), when I use my brand-new Apple bluetooth keyboard with the Archos, keys somehow stick and I get a gazillion Ts or Ls or whatever it sticks on, or it starts erasing and won't stop. Today it tried to erase an entire article I'd spent two hours writing--had to frantically turn it off to stop it. Same thing happens on Evernote, QuickOffice, notepad... It's definitely not the keyboard, as it doesn't happen with my iPad or with a laptop. It's some software screwup with Android, or with the Android versions of all these different apps (unlikely). Archos/Android are working slowly toward greatness, but sometimes the wait is a little frustrating. In the case of the keyboard stickies, the problem is, for me, huge. I can no longer trust it for its main purpose. Definitely can't take it to Europe in June, as I planned and which was another big reason I got it in the first place. iPad with keyboard is a little bulky for a backpack trip, and 7" was perfect. But I can't trust it. That's extremely frustrating. Extremely.
I want to love this thing. The size is perfect--which is why I got this after already having an iPad. I'm very disappointed in Apple/Jobs for having this divine sense of certainty that only THEIR size tablet is the RIGHT size--for multitudes of us out here, a 7-inch tablet is a godsend. I want the smallest reasonable-sized screen possible for bike trips to my coffee shop-second office, hiking, just overall packing light. For me, 7" is the sweet spot for screen, size and weight. But the Archos keeps fouling up a little here, a little there...if it was just a music/movie/web machine, I'd love it, even with pages closing abruptly and apps dying, which happens pretty much daily. I should note that I have the regular Android Store on this thing, so some of the apps I get have not been "okayed" by Archos. I suppose the drops are the reason they're not on the OK list.
So, I love the size and weight and most of the functions, but as a writing tool it has let me down completely, so now I'm back to carrying the bulkier iPad around. iPad has everything almost perfectly on-target, except for the size and weight, thin as it is. I can absolutely rely on the iPad to do what it promises to do (I'd give a lesser-used body part for a 7-inch iPad). I want so much to feel the same trust for my little Archos. Hopefully, they'll iron these things out and I can go back to the mini-world that I've...almost...grown to love. Wow--they almost had an Apple guy jump over to Android. Until this. Grrr.