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Archos - 70 Internet Tablet - 8GB Running Google ANDROID + Wi-Fi (501582)
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5 out of 5 eggs I got what I paid for 09/21/2011

This review is from: Archos - 70 Internet Tablet - 8GB Running Google ANDROID + Wi-Fi (501582)

Pros: - Inexpensive Android 2.2 tablet
- Very responsive
- Plays Flash/Netflix though you may need to kill some background processes/free some ram to optimize performance
- Excellent e-reader--Aldiko app has hundreds of free classics and Gutenberg Project/Internet Archive (and alike) have thousands of free worthy eBooks/PDFs
- Very light--less than half a pound, not having to hold and read stuff on an iPad while walking around on campus
- Fits in one palm

Cons: - Only Bluetooth GPS--not all Bluetooth GPS devices are compatible
- Small ram (256mb) but you can work with it and be smart using App Killer or Advanced Task Killer (free on Market)
- No Market pre-installed but an easy-fix by downloading the apk file
- Flash quality may not always be the best, but it's enough to see and enjoy.
- Not all game apps work on this tablet so research the compatibilities (not a huge loss for me when I'm more interested in its emulator capabilities which btw PSX/SNES work perfectly--look up PhoneJoy if you want a custom-made bluetooth dual analog stick controller)

Other Thoughts: First of all, I encourage you to think about what you WANT out of a tablet. Do some research and watch some youtube product reviews. Don't just settle for a tablet with nice tag or go for 'immediate results.'

Although I plan to buy an iPad3, I wanted a tablet that just 'does the job'--lightweight, not having to carry my books around the university, no need for 3G when I'm often on campus with free wifi, access to thousands of free books pretty much justifies the price, not having to worry as much (if it were a nicer tablet) about leaving it in the car or getting it damaged.

There's been some complaints on Droid forums and alike about the Archos 70 tablet losing performance. In most cases, the issue is the RAM but usually managed by killing the background processes using App Killer/Advanced Task Killer (you can close the background processes using System Monitor, but they'll eventually open themselves again--the issue is the Android, not the Tablet)

Small issues but manageable

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