Archos 101 XS
The $400 Archos 101 XS is part of the company’s GN XS series. This model could have been a great tablet. But as the company is not as skilled in this field as its main rivals, the model we tested and are about to review today didn’t steal our hearts.
A thin 10.1 inch Android tablet
The Archos 101 XS is 1.4 pounds heavy and 0.31″ thin. The screen is a 10.1″ affair and it has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. Android’s 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system. The CPU has a clock speed of 1.5GHz. RAM is 1GB and flash memory is 16GB.
Features and other niceties are made of a gyroscope, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, an accelerometer, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and a digital compass.
The slate that this gadget delivers should sit on a surface that offers stability. Otherwise you risk destroying it. There is also a coverboard included. This addition does not have enough space to make it easy to use. And you get no touchpad, if you can imagine that. It was a con for us. But both the slate and the coverboard turn into a nice combination. This makes the 101 XS portable. Compared to what other tablets bring along with their coverboard, the one on this model delivers just one microUSB connection.
If there is no touchpad, then there is a cam on the device’s front side. But it’s as if it wasn’t there. Because the quality of the photos we took with this camera was not something to boast about.
We kind of had no expectations from this gadget in terms of its display. And sure enough, we were proven right: it featured no way to protect itself from fingerprints. Also, the sensitivity it offers is not the best one. We touched our fingers to its surface and the screen did not give a fast feedback. Then we wrote this review on the tablet’s coverboard. It wasn’t an altogether unpleasant experience. But since there is no palm rest, we quickly became rather frustrated with it. Also, the buttons needed more than one touch to spring to life and produce an effect. On top of that, you aren’t given that much space to use.
In the battery department, test results did not show a splendid battery life. This gadget did not last more than 3 hours.
Very good experience in games
Playing games is a nice experience. But before choosing a title, make sure to set the pixels of that game as high up as they can. Otherwise, you will be offered a forgettable session. Other, more expensive, tablets should deliver the same quality. Once you are set, the device is going to offer plenty of smoothness whatever game you choose to play alone or with friends. And there is a Video application to take advantage of. If there was plenty of light to go around, then image quality looked pretty bad. If the light conditions are poorer, image quality is better when you watch something from an off angle. So it’s a hit or miss sometimes.
Compared to past experiences, working with this OS is not as slow. Well, at least not when doing other activities than playing a game. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system used on this model is going to be replaced by the 5th version in the near future.
The Archos 101 XS had almost every potential to turn into a good tablet. But its many cons cannot make you concentrate on its few pros.