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5 out of 5 eggs Great hacker-friendly tablet 12/01/2011

This review is from: Archos - 101 Internet Tablet - 8GB Running Google ANDROID + Wi-Fi (501590)


* Great screen resolution
* Bluetooth + wifi for maximum connectivity (later firmwares even allow you to tether your tablet to your cell phone for internet access!)
* Well supported hardware makes development a breeze!
* Full USB port allows tablet to server as USB host device (with software mod)
* Easy "iPad-like" touch screen is painless to interface with
* Sturdy kick-stand
* Good battery life, even under heavy use


* Live wallpapers (which seem to be all the rage) are somewhat of a resource hog
* Camera is grainy, low-resolution. Please note that this is a front-facing cam which Android 2.2 does not always allow apps to access
* Comes with 2.2 when most devices these days have 2.3
* Archos probably will not release Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) for gen 8 devices like this. But this is more speculation than fact, they might after all...
* Screen is somewhat dim compared to most devices, even at full brightness. This could present visibility issues under direct light

Other Thoughts:

* Updated to fw 2.4.80
* Installed UrukDroid 1.6RC4 (upgraded from 1.5) - please note that this involves installing the Special Developer Edition firmware from Archos, which voids your warranty
* The default market, Appslib, is somewhat out of date but contains a ton of apps for tablets. Install Arctools from Appslib to get access to the Google Marketplace, for the most bleeding edge software

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