Internet Tablet Review
Tablets - ARCHOS 70 & ARCHOS 101
ARCHOS Internet Media Tablet Review
ARCHOS Internet Tablet is definitely not one of the better known
tablets out there in the market today, but it is definitely under rated
and not as well known as it should be.
This small device is
definitely showing some beef in places that were previously unexpected
and only ever seen in big market names that are currently competing in
today's consumer market.
It is of course another Android
operated tablet that gives you access to the application framework that
was developed by Google.
It comes with a full pack of
applications that allow the tablet to be used for just about anything
you can think of. It has home screen widgets that give you access to
all your favorite apps and the flick of a finger and you can customize
just about every aspect of your user experience.
Internet Tablet is definitely one to consider as your next possibility
should you be looking for a compact tablet style multi-media device.
hugely popular versions are the ARCHOS 70 and the 101, and
them compare surprisingly well with a lot of the tablets that are
currently available on the market.
As a benchmark, most of
the tablet designs are compared to the iPad as Apple is considered by
many to be the first
company to release such a concept out into the market. The response was
so big that many other manufacturers began following suit.
Today, it seems that it appears to be a race to see who can add the
most features and make their device perform better.
have a patented plastic overmolding process that allows them to
manufacture their tablets with much smaller and lighter dimensions than
many of its competitors.
It is 21% lighter than the closest competitor,
the Galaxy Tab made by Samsung and it is 16% thinner than the galaxy as
well. Thus it weighs in at a meager 300g's and an almost scaring 10mm
The ARCHOS 70 has a 7 inch screen, the same as the
galaxy but the resolution is lower. The 800x480 pixel display still
gives you good quality images and even offers you viewing in high
definition. In comparison ARCHOS 101 display is increased to 10.1
inches and boasts the same 1024x600 resolution as the Galaxy tab does,
but with the benefit of the bigger display area.
The ARCHOS Internet Tablet 101 is slightly bigger in size and heavier in size, but it is still
smaller and lighter than the famed iPad.
processor for this tablet is the same as the Galaxy, running a 1GHz ARM
Cortex A8 processor coupled with graphics acceleration. It has the
similar processing capabilities as the galaxy and doesn't hold back
while viewing videos or streaming live from YouTube for example.
main downfall for the ARCHOS Internet Tablet is that it doesn't have a slot for a
sim card. This essentially means that you are limited to connecting at
Wi-Fi spots when you have the device on its own, but you still have the
option to connect it up to a cellphone and use the data carrier through
Your phone would then act as a modem for the tab and
you would have full connectivity as long as you have signal from a
cellular network. Obviously, the speed of data transfer is limited to
whatever your cellphone can handle, but that won't be a serious setback.
you are unable to connect to the net, you can always stream directly
off from your PC. You can connect wirelessly or via USB and the files
will stream directly from your computer to your internet tab. It has
the capability of working the other way too.
You can also
connect it to a monitor or TV and stream the files so they can be
viewed on a bigger screen. The internal apps that come standard with
the device feature the regular music, video and photo applications that
have been tailored to improve your multimedia experience on this
The ARCHOS Internet Tablet supports a far wider variety of video
and music formats that go beyond the normal scope of any android
operating system. This allows for less complication when viewing other
formats that don't usually get played by particular operating system.
biggest feature is the ability to dual boot with multiple operating
systems. In other words you can have the standard Android system and
run Linux Angstrom at the same time. What this essentially means for
the end user is that any application can be used on the device. You can
also erase the Android system and work on a completely different one,
With the Angstrom operating system installed
you can then open up to a whole host of new apps made by open source
developers, meaning it's free and versatile. The user can couple the
device to accessories like a keyboard or additional monitor so that you
can type quicker or view everything on a bigger screen. The accessories
can be coupled via Bluetooth, USB and Wi-Fi.
Internet Tablet also has flash 10 capabilities, making the viewing of
Flash websites far quicker and less glitch than some of the
counterparts available on the market. All of these features give the
internet tab a small advantage over some of the bigger market players
like the Apple iPad.
The device has a built in accelerometer
called a "g-sensor" so the screen flips when you rotate between
landscape and portrait. It also comes in handy when playing games on
it. The Open GL graphics acceleration adds to the enhancement of any 3D
They also have an OfficeSuit application
that allows you access to word and excel based application on the
device and it is compatible with Microsoft's Office applications as
well. You can then move your office to tablet and have full access to
work related documents.
At the time of this article the ARCHOS
Internet Tablet comes standard with 8GB flash memory but is also
available in a 250GB hard drive version which is slightly heavier for
obvious reasons. The battery life is similar to the Galaxy and handles
about 6 hours with regular usage.
Overall, it's a uniquely
positioned product that offers a wide scope of uses and applications.
It a cheaper alternative to its cellular counterparts, and still has
the wider capabilities in terms of multi-media.
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