Archos have just gotten official concerning their new tablets, the Archos 7 Home Tablet and Archos 8 Home Tablet. Both machines are based on Google’s Android OS, running on an ARM 9 processor clocked at 600MHz.
The Archos 7 Home Tablet features a 7 inch touchscreen display, and it comes with either 2GB or 8GB of built in storage, there is also WiFi, a USB port and it comes with a battery that is designed to give you up to forty four hours of audio playback and up to seven hours of video playback.
The Archos 8 Home Tablet, it has a larger, 8-inch touchscreen and is also 12mm thick; however the weight shifts up slightly, to under 400g. It is billed as being designed primarily for surfing the Internet, accessing web services and video playback whilst also serving as a digital picture frame. The 8 comes in a design more reminiscent of a digital photo frame. Think of it as a family resource, the company suggests, kept in the kitchen and used for web browsing, video playback, music output, social networking and, operating as a dynamic picture frame.
The Home Tablets will be available in Europe first in April, starting at â‚¬149 ($203). No word on a North American release date or price yet.
Review December 2010
Archos 7 & Archos 8 Home Tablets Review on Cnet
“The good: The Archos 7 Home Tablet delivers a large screen, slim design, microSDHC-based memory expansion, and a familiar Android operating system, all for an unbeatable price.
The bad: Its resistive touch screen is clunky, the processor is sluggish, storage is skimpy, and basic buttons for home screen and volume control are missing. There’s no support for Adobe Flash, Bluetooth, GPS, video output, accelerometer, digital compass, and multitouch, and previous Archos tablet accessories are incompatible. App support is hit or miss–mostly miss.”
Archos 7 & Archos 8 Home Tablets Review on Laptopmag
” At $199, this slate costs less than half the price of the Apple iPad. So what are you giving up? The Archos 7 doesnâ€™t support Flash, it lacks a webcam, and the Android Market is off limits. On the other hand, this device provides an inexpensive way to browse the web and check e-mail, and it supports a ton of media formats for playback. The kickstand is also a nice perk. Is the Archos 7 worth a look, or do you have to set your expectations too low?”
Archos 7 & Archos 8 Home Tablets review on PCWorld
“The Archos 7 performs a set of core tasks reasonably well, and comes at very reasonable price of $199. On the other hand, the touchscreen is hard to operate, and you canâ€™t buy new apps at the Android Market. Many Android smartphones in the same price range (with contract) perform much better and can access better apps, although the Archos 7 does bring a larger screen. People who want a low-priced Android tablet now may be happy with the purchase. However, I canâ€™t help thinking that youâ€™d be able to get more for your buck from the spate of new Android tablets that will hitting the shelves in the coming months.”
Archos 7 & Archos 8 Home Tablets on Engadget
“The Archos 7 Home Tablet: ’tis really a story of you get what you pay for. We knew that the lack of an accelerometer, capacitive screen and access to the Android Market would be major downers, and, well, they were. Obviously, those things would jack up the price, and though the Archos 7 does some things decently, like play onboard videos and display e-books, for $199 we still wish it did more for the price, or was even cheaper. And depending on what you’re looking for, you’re hard earned cash may be better spent an iPod Touch, Sony Dash, or a Kindle or Nook. But look, if you’re desperate to get your hands on a larger screen Android tablet and have $200 saved, the Archos 7 Home Tablet is really your only option at the moment, though we’re hopeful that some of its soon-to-arrive competitors will impress us more.”