|Screen Size||17.78 centimeters|
|Screen Resolution||800 x 480|
|Max Screen Resolution||800 x 480 pixels|
|Processor||600 MHz ARM 610|
|RAM||128 MB SDRAM|
|Hard Drive||8 GB|
|Wireless Type||802.11B, 802.11G|
|Number of USB 2.0 Ports||1|
|Average Battery Life (in hours)||7 hours|
Archos 7 8GB Home Tablet with Android (Black)
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ARCHOS now introduces a new large-screen Android-based tablet, the ARCHOS 7 home tablet. This new product is specially designed to enhance the digital lifestyle in the home. The ARCHOS 7 home tablet bridges the gap between the smartphone and the desktop PC to provide constant access to the web, customization through Android Apps, and multimedia content - all in a large-screen format. This new device testifies to ARCHOS' strategy of offering innovative electronic products with extremely competitive pricing.
ARCHOS' new ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet bridges the gap between the smartphone and the desktop PC, providing constant access to the web, customization through Android Apps, and delivery of multimedia content--all in a seven-inch widescreen format. Access the information you need, such as news, weather, or local business info. Enjoy your favorite movie clips or watch some YouTube videos for a quick entertainment fix. Or just kick back and listen to some music. With built-in Wi-Fi, quick and easy file transfer, and up to 7 hours video/44 hours music on a single charge, this affordable tablet will keep you entertained--and connected--all day long.
Bridging the gap between the smartphone and the desktop PC. Click to enlarge.
Enjoy your favorite flicks on a brilliant seven-inch widescreen.
Share your photos with family and friends.
With an ultra-portable design, it's not just a home tablet.
Multimedia MasterWith its wide, high-resolution screen (800 x 480), the ARCHOS 7 home tablet is the perfect device for enjoying and sharing your multimedia content. 8 gigabytes of on-board flash memory gives you room for up to 7 full-length movies, 80,000 photos, or 4,000 songs, and the micro SDHC slot lets you swap in memory cards with even more content. The Lithium Polymer battery provides up to 7 hours of video or 42 hours of audio on a single charge.
Videos, Photos and Music
Whether you want to watch videos, share photos, or listen to your favorite music, the device supports an impressive number of file formats.
You have the ability to watch videos in the most popular formats, even in HD (720p). H.264, MPEG-4, and Realvideo codecs are supported, with AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, and FLV file formats. You can also share your favorite videos with your friends on your TV screen using the composite video output (cable sold separately).
Upload your pictures directly to the device through the USB connection or the micro SDHC slot. You can view and share all of your pictures on the brilliant 7-inch screen or play them to your television, as with movies. Combine your favorite photos with your favorite songs and play a slideshow for your friends and family. JPEG, BMP, and GIF images supported.
The ARCHOS 7 home tablet also allows you to store your favorite songs and create your playlists, with up to 40 hours of music. And unlike a lot of the players out there, it lets you enjoy all kinds of different formats, with support for MP3, WMA (non-protected), WAV, APE, OGG, FLAC, and AAC files.
Enjoy a selection of pre-installed applications ready for use straight out of the box. Also, since the ARCHOS 7 is an Android-based system, you can customize your home tablet by downloading your favorite applications. Choose from thousands available in the Android Market. You can also access a large variety of free and purchasable applications directly from the AppsLib store. These apps are sorted by genre, ratings and date to help you find the one you want.
Constant CompanionThe ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet is the epitome of the everyday device, with features to suit your whole family's daily needs.
Fast & Easy Access to the Latest News
Use the web browser or the many applications available on the AppsLib store to keep you informed of the latest news. Access your favorite newspapers, sports or financial information directly from the home tablet.
Save Time by Consulting Instant Information Services
The ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet offers easy access to information services, such as weather and local business directories. You can also configure different services to appear as live widgets on the home screen, for an always-on view of the information that matters most.
Who Needs a PC?
Use the USB host connection to connect a mouse, keyboard, or external mass storage device so you can surf the web or access your office documents easily and quickly. With the home tablet you won't even need to fire up the home PC.
And with its slim form factor--just 12 mm thick and weighing in at 350 g (0.8 Ibs)--the ARCHOS 7 home tablet is extremely portable.
Stay ConnectedThe ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet keeps you up to date on all your web destinations, emails, and social networking sites.
Fast & Convenient Web Surfing
With an 800 pixel wide resolution and a seven-inch screen, you can comfortably surf the web. No need to zoom in and out, since the web pages are fully displayed on the ARCHOS screen. In addition, the Wifi connection (802.11 b/g) gives you the ability to enjoy the Internet in every room of your home (or head down to the coffee shop).
Social Networking & Chat Applications
Thanks to the social networking and chat applications, this new tablet lets you stay in touch with your family and friends all day long. With its comfortable virtual keyboard, it's a breeze to write messages on the ARCHOS 7 home tablet.
Once connected to a Wifi network, the ARCHOS 7 home tablet lets you manage your emails whenever you want. You can configure a variety of email accounts, giving each member of the family quick and easy access to their own messages.
What's in the BoxARCHOS 7 home tablet, standard USB cable (micro B/A), power adapter, user guide, legal and safety notice.
Top Customer Reviews
The 7HT is the fourth Archos product I've owned. Aside from the Gen 1 Jukebox, 5IMT amd 5IT, I purchased three 7HTs. Two as gifts for friends. Both my friends are technical types, not your average Home Owner to whom Archos markets the 7HT.
Personally, I am very pleased with the 7HT. It does everything I wanted it to do. However, I'm a retired techie and I found workarounds for flaws which would hamper the average Home Owner. I'm also a moderator on the ArchoFans Support Forum and focus on the 7HT forum.
As delivered the Archos 7HT cannot create new folders. This flaw prevents using the 7HT as a Digital Photo Frame with the supplied App - Photo Frame. Photo Frame treats folders as "albums" for displaying slideshows.
--Workaround: Install an App like ES File Explorer which can create new folders.
--Conclusion: Works fine for me now.
Archos provides the Aldiko eReader. I downloaded two books before I installed an 8G microSDHC card. After I installed the 8G card Aldiko "lost" the books I downloaded previously.
--Workaround: Don't use Aldiko before you install a microSDHC card.
--Conclusion: Works fine now and I have over 100 epub formatted eBooks in Aldiko now.
The Archos 7HT has an Unexpected Wake from Suspend every two hours. I had a drop from 81% battery charge to 18% after 4 hours and 36 minutes when I had the Screen Timeout set to Never.
--Workaround: Installed FastBright app to switch to a minimum 5% screen brightness and set the Screen Timeout to 1 minute. With these settings I've experienced only a 3% to 5% battery decrease.
--Conclusion: Works ok now. Only a firmware update will eliminate the Unexpected Wake from Suspend.
Out of the box Video playback did not work for all the videos I tried which did play on my PC under VLC and on my Archos 5IT. Some folks at the ArchoFans forum have no problems and others have plenty of video problems.
--Workaround: Convert videos via a PC program. I've found one group of settings which work and am still searching for more.
--Conclusion: Works ok for me since I'm more interested in eReading and less in video playback.
The 7HT does not support video out despite what you may read at Amazon or elsewhere.
A USB adapter, micro A male to A Female, is required to use the 7HT as a USB Host for thumb drives, USB keyboards, mice, and powered USB hubs. These adapters are difficult to find as not even Amazon has any. The USB receptacle on the 7HT is micro AB and the supplied USB cable is micro B for USB client mode.
Out of the box the 7HT has no support for WiFi file copies. An App like ES File Explorer provides this.
I doubt if Archos will provide additional firmware updates to correct the "flaws" I mentioned above. They outsourced the Android development and are working on the new Gen 8 software.
Note 5: (Update 20100923)
In mid-September Archos did update the firmware. While I've seen no corrections for the "flaws" AF forum members and I have found the touchscreen to be more responsive and satisfying.
If you're an average Home Owner and want the 7HT to "work" out of the box, I'm afraid you will be disappointed. If you have a gadget or Android or techie background the 7HT should work for you and at $200 is a great value. I recommend you join a forum like ArchoFans to get the most from your 7HT. For example, recently one of our ArchosFans members got the Google Android Market working on the 7HT.
-It is smaller and almost half the weight. This makes it comfortable to hold and view with one hand, which is difficult with the iPad. I plan to hold on to it and watch videos while stationary biking at the gym, which would be difficult with a bigger tablet.
-The screen is matte. It has much less glare than the iPad.
-I use it mainly to watch videos. In this capacity, it excels, supporting more video formats than the iPad, and coming in a widescreen format instead of 4x3.
-It does most things as well or nearly as well as the iPad. Aldiko is a great ebook reader, you can download Swype to make typing super fast, videos and music play great, etc.
-It plays youtube and flash videos if you use the Skyfire browser.
Of course, there are drawbacks. I wouldn't give it a low rating though because it's missing features that only come with $500 tablets.
-The screen is resistive, and occasionally doesn't register your tap. This improves with time, if you turn on the click-on-tap sound setting.
-The Android marketplace doesn't work from the device. To get apps beyond the basic ones, you must either install another marketplace (like Slideme) or search around the web.
-The chip is supposedly slower to lower the pricepoint. I haven't noticed this much.
So for a student, or younger working type without much cash, this is an insane buy. Tons of tablets will be coming out this year, but this one works perfectly fine and may still be cheaper than anything else coming out for a long time. 7 inches is a perfect size right in between small phones and big iPads, and I've enjoyed using it in various situations during the week I've owned one.
Android 1.5 seems to work very well on this system, at least relative to their prior OS. It's not as fast or as smooth or perhaps as stable as an iPad's OS, but in my opinion it's a small sacrifice to save $300+ (to upgrade to an iPad). One of the best features of this device is its use as a book reader. Literally within 15 minutes, I had downloaded an .EPUB file from Barnes and Noble's website to my desktop and then copied to the Archos mounted on my PC. The preinstalled book application, Alkido, was able to easily import the file and within minutes I was reading. HOWEVER, the only .EPUB files you can view through any Android based ebook readers are ones without DRM (digital rights management). The samples from B&N do not include DRM. The actual books when purchased, however, do. This means you CANNOT USE THIS TABLET CURRENTLY TO READ ANY .EPUB BOOKS DOWNLOADED FROM SITES LIKE BARNES AND NOBLES. There are thousands on non-DRM books available for free which are easily accessed within the Alkido application, however, and this is enough for me.
The screen size on the Archos is just about perfect. The iPad is too big, the iPod/iPhone too small, this is just right for videos, web surfing, and certain book reading. Speaking of web surfing, the interface is a little awkward at first, but you get used to it. It's also maybe a tad slow surfing the web, though the appslib and slideme android application browers run fine.
The video and audio playback seem to work well too, though I haven't tested any 720p media. The one final thing I want to mention here is the touch screen -- it's not close to the quality of the iPad, which I have used fairly extensively. It's crucial to carefully calibrate it at startup or you may have typing issues.
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