Archos 101 G9 Turbo
A tablet with 10 inch display
Asking yourself why you want to buy a tablet and for what purpose you will use it should be done by everybody. There are many gadgets that promise you the world and fall short of that, disappointing many buyers. All the reviews we ever read stated that the iPad was that kind of tablet that would never let you down. Over-exaggeration of a product’s qualities leaves us cold, since there are many unknown tablet manufacturers that produce the same good quality gadgets at a cheaper price. Archos is one of them and, after unleashing the 80 G9 version and others, the company decided to bring another one to the hoards of buyers, the $419 101 G9 Turbo.
1280 x 800 pixels resolution
After seeing enough tablets to last us for a lifetime, the Archos 101 G9 Turbo comes as somewhat of a blessing with its unassuming design that doesn’t get lost in superfluous details meant to take your eyes prisoners so that you won’t see what a crappy performance the gadget offers. The material is solid and that’s what really counts, in the end, not to forget that the comfort felt when holding this tablet is extraordinary. The 10.1″ capacitive LCD TFT display is responsive and will leave a powerful impression on you; the 1280 x 800 pixels of res offered the standard beauty colors-wise, images showed even the most hidden detail and brightness reached ideal levels. It’s kinda hard to get great viewing angles on today’s devices, but the ones on the 101 G9 Turbo are an exception.
1.5GHz OMAP 4 dual core processor
The Archos 101 G9 Turbo couldn’t have exceeded expectations more in our tests with the inclusion of an Android 3.2 OS that worked wonders and, surprise surprise, finally came with the Android Market. The latter enabled us to get all kinds of time-wasters, such as: 3D games, apps and many more. And, speaking of games, fanatics among our readers will be able, if they buy this tablet, to play titles like Angry Birds Rio or Dungeon Defenders. The CPU in use is a 1.5GHz OMAP 4 with dual cores that, even though not as slow moving as a 1GHz, makes multitasking quite a piece of cake if you don’t throw too many tasks at it.
Some of the built-in tools provided us with nice entertainment options; the video and music ones, in particular, helped us see info about a certain movie and handle music in our own way. But watching films solely on the product can be boring, so Archos thought of allowing users to connect the 101 G9 Turbo to Windows shares and stream content from there.
WiFi and 3G access
Another way of spending time in a productive manner is browsing the Internet, an operation that is possible via Wi-Fi, a 3G USB dongle and Bluetooth; the dongle, we noticed, was compatible with our laptop. However, we mourned the absence of a USB port and storage space was not at all enough; so, if you want to install large games, transfer chunky files and such, you’ll need a better memory-endowed tablet.
What we heard when we listened to music or watched a movie was of a decent quality, but we recommend getting a pair of headphones for making the most of what you’re experiencing. Photos aren’t much to talk about. The battery provided us with 5 hours 30 minutes of life when we used the tablet in our daily activities.
The conclusion of review at the end of this test ? The Archos 101 G9 Turbo qualifies as a must-have gadget, despite its minor annoyances.
|Table form Factor||Slate|
|Processor Type||OMAP 4|
|Processor Speed||1.5 GHz|
|Processor Core||Dual-core (2 Core)|
|Operating System||Android 3.2|
|Processor Manufacturer||Texas Instruments|
|Flash Memory Capacity||8 GB|
|Product Type||Tablet Computer|
|Optical Drive Type||No|
|Screen Size||25.7 cm (10.1″)|
|Screen Resolution||1280 x 800|
|Display Screen Type||Active Matrix TFT Colour LCD|
|Memory Card Reader||Yes|
|Bluetooth Standard||Bluetooth 2.1|
|Wi-Fi Standard||IEEE 802.11b/g/n|
|Weight (Approximate)||649 g|