Monday, May 24, 2010

Archos 7 Home Tablet

The 7-inch tablet/MID sports a resistive 800 x 480 WVGA display, and should run the Android 1.5platform.The single-touch screen is responsive for a resistive tablet and accurately responds to finger touches.The Archos 7's is powered with a600MHz ARM 9 processor and 128 MB of RAM. The tablet packs 8GB of space, but the Micro SD slot supports up to 32GB cards.

Archos 7 shares DNA with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. The brushed metal back cover of the device feels comfortable in hand, and though it's plastic at the core it's still rather sturdy.on the build quality scale it isn't as rock-solid as the aluminum iPad. it comes with akickstand. A skinny plastic stand can be pulled out of the back of the tablet to prop it up on a tablet or desk
it weighs less than a pound 13.7 ounces. It's actually closer in size and weight to the 10.2-ounce and .36-inch Amazon Kindle. The speakers flanking the display are actually quite loud. Archos preloads five apps – eBuddy, Aldiko, ColorNote, DailyNote, and Deeze. There's no Gmail, YouTube and other applications like eesmic, Slacker, Pandora,Facebook are missing.
It has a power switch and micro SD card slot along the top edge, and headphone / composite video out and mini USB sockets on the right side. There's a circular opening on the front of the tablet that's just a placeholder. In the box, Archos includes a pair of pretty crappy earbuds, a standard mini USB to USB cable, and an AC adapter.

The 7 doesn't have an accelerometer, and even worse not a software utility or hardware switch for switching the orientation of the screen. The default browser was quick to load sites and was easy enough to navigate using the resistive touchscreen.

The browser itself was sluggish and videos were quite laggy even when connected to a very strong WiFi signal. Speaking of video playback, as a personal media player the Archos 7 does a stand-up job. With H.264, Realvideo, and MPEG-4 codecs it supports .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mov, and .flv files. A 720p clip played back smoothly with no audio or video sync issues.

It has a resistive touchscreen and is 0.5-inches thick, lacks an accelerometer, and doesn't have access to the Android Market.Most apps take four to five seconds to open, but moving through menus isn't sluggish.The operating system supports running multiple applications and processes in the background.

It has a brushed metal cover that’s comfortable and a sturdy plastic frame. The 7-inch size fits nicely in your hands and its light weight (13.7 oz.) makes it easy to read, hold and use for long periods of time. Stern even compares the feel and use of it to the Kindle more than the iPad. The matte display is nice for viewing and the speakers are more than capable of producing a nice, full sound. Internet browsing is fast and the battery life lasts almost 7 hours while playing video.

Archos 7 Home Tablet costs $199.
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