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5 out of 5 eggs Incredibly awesome tablet, Great pocket computer! 06/01/2011

This review is from: Archos - 43 Internet Tablet - 16GB Running Google ANDROID + Wi-Fi (501578)

Pros:

This is an excellent tablet/pocket computer for the price. For $200, this device gives great media playback, a ton of mobile apps, a nice pocket computer, and plenty more features if you're willing to dig in and install the developer firmware.

LCD - The LCD is very high resolution (854x480) and text and graphics both look very crisp and clear. The color is good and the backlight has a great brightness range for different usage environments. The touchscreen isn't that bad either.

System- The ARM Cortex processor runs at 1GHz and has 256MB of RAM. This means that it can run multiple apps, live wallpapers, and 3D games well. The processor is a TI OMAP3630 which also includes a PowerVR SGX OpenGL 2.0 graphics processor. It also features HDMI out and USB host capabilities (I have ordered a cord but have not tested these yet).

Connectivity - It has WiFi N and Bluetooth wireless interfaces. I use the Bluetooth to connect it to my car to play music.

Cons:

The one thing that everyone seems to be mentioning is the touchscreen. Yes, it is resistive and no it does not have multi-touch. For some apps this can be annoying, but the resistive screen is quite nice as far as resistive screens go. Also, it allows you to use a stylus for more precise tapping and also drawing/writing on the screen.

The Android Market is a non-issue as well. It is not included by default, but it is available in several places and once installed works perfectly. The ArcTools package in AppsLib will install it as will any other .apk package found online for the Marketplace. The Market is also included in unofficial OS images like UrukDroid.

Other Thoughts:

As a long-time Linux user, one thing I found particularly interesting about this device is the ability to dual-boot a Linux operating system. The developer firmware is easy to install and provides a basic Linux environment called Angstrom. You can replace the (fairly limited) Angstrom environment with Debian and have a full Linux desktop on the device. Support is still limited but improving.

I bought this to replace my old Dell Axim X50v as nothing supports Windows Mobile 6.x anymore. It is a nice improvement over the Axim without having to pay for a data plan or other expensive services.

The audio quality is also very good in this tablet. I haven't listened to many other players, but with a good set of headphones this will provide a great sound. When running Linux I found that it has a Wolfson audio controller.

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  • Jay H.
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month


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