A new tablet PC
On the IT market, big brand in the field are competing to release newer and smarter gadgets that keep people busy and entertained. One of this gadgets is a tablet PC called Archos 70. Every where you go these days, you always happen to see a waving hand on a wide display. And however much you would dislike this, you will definitely find yourself someday doing the same thing. The market is full now of ever smarter and ever faster tablets, each one with a different blending of specifications that meet the users’ needs.
A8 1GHz ARM processor
Archos 70 as well comes to meet peoples’ needs, presenting itself as a tablet PC of only 4.3 inches thick and 0.66 pounds. With these measures, it is very comfortable to hold in one hand, practically making reading “near at hand”. The look however is not that posh, as we would expect from a tablet, that glossy black surface totally lacks this model, which also makes it more resistant. it has a metal look, although it is made of plastic, with different colors combined that don’t match, on the edges and on the rear cover, resulting in a totally unattractive look.
The Archos 70 tablet it is powered by a A8 1GHz ARM Cortex processor and it also has a 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 accelerator that make 720p trailers plays just fine, and games deliver enjoyable experience in our test.
250GB hard drive
However, we did observe some sense of sluggishness at times, while playing and also while navigating in the menu. During the game we played on this tablet for our test we didn’t encounter any lags and everything worked smoothly, so we couldn’t say exactly what causes it delay at times. Anyhow, while examining the menu, we discovered that we could get the processor running at 1GHz by selecting the Overdrive option in Power Management and thus eliminating any chance of delay, but increasing the power loss.
The Archos 70 is equipped with a 250 GB hard drive and a flash memory of 8GB and 16GB options. It also has many ports, well put up in-line on sides, including a mini- USB, a mini- HDMI, 3.5mm headphone jacks and a microSD card slot.
Weak VGA camera
An interesting thing about this tablet is that there actually no navigation buttons and everything is done by touch. Archos has a permanent panel with the buttons for Search, Home, Back and Settings.
The apps that it offers are as well varied, including eBuddy for the chat, Touiter for Twitter and Aldiko for reading. As a drawback, it doesn’t feature preloaded Google applications as other reviewed tablets do, and neither Market.
The VGA camera of Archos 70 is a serious drawback, as the pictures we have taken showed no good quality at all, with grainy and sometimes blurry images. This issue also appears with Archos 101, so it’s for sure a problem that did not get their attention.
A good thing on the other hand is that you can display media from Archos 70 on your TV of computer, thanks to the HDMI port, which is not something exclusive to Archos, but it is a useful feature. And while talking about good features, there was another thing that got our attention, namely the codec support Archos offers. This tablet, as well as the 101 model, offer support for AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV and not only.
While reviewing the product, we were somewhat disappointed by the fact that it has no 3G, GPS or SIM card capability for outdoors internet and also by the menu arrangement, which is in alphabetical order. No matter how unimportant this may seem, having to go through things you don’t use that often it may seem at some point time wasting, but of course doesn’t necessarily apply for all of us.
In the main, the drawbacks we found during our test performed for this review don’t form a strong reason for not buying this Archos 70. It has it’s pros and cons, but it is of good use and capacitive.
|Display characteristics||– Capacitive multitouch screen|
|– High resolution screen, WVGA 800 x 480 pixels, 7” TFT LCD, 16 million colors|
|Product capacity||– Hard Drive Disk Serie : Hard Drive: 250 GB**** Hard Drive|
|– Flash Serie: 8 GB**** flash memory + Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)|
|Operating system||– Android 2.2 Froyo7|
|Processor||– Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0|
|– ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP|
|Video Playback1||– MPEG-42 ([email protected] AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 [email protected])|
|– M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution|
|– H.264 HD ([email protected] up to 720p, 30 [email protected])|
|– MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p, 30 [email protected])|
|Audio Playback1||– WAV (PCM/ADPCM)|
|– OGG Vorbis|
|– AAC, AAC+ 5.13|
|– MP3 CBR & VBR|
|Subtitles||Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions|
|Photo viewer4||JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF|
|Pre-installed applications||– Aldiko, Ebuddy, Wikipedia, Avecomics, HubKap, Deezer, Mewbox, Raging Thunderlite (a 3D car demo game), WordNewspaper, Touiteur, Fring|
|Interfaces||– Micro SD (SDHC compatible) on flash version|
|– HDMI output5 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)|
|– USB Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) (adapter micro B/A sold separately)|
|– USB 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)|
|Communication protocols||– Bluetooth 2.1 EDR|
|– WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)|
|Miscellaneous||– Built-in leg stand|
|– Built-in Microphone|
|– Built-in speakers|
|– Front VGA Camera|
|Battery life||– Video playback time6: up to 7 hours|
|– Music playback time6: up to 36 hours|
|– Web surfing6: up to 10 hours|
|Power source||– External: Power adapter/charger|
|– Internal: Lithium Polymer battery|
|Scalability||– Updates can also be downloaded for free|
|– Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated|
|Dimensions & weight||– ARCHOS 70 internet tablet Flash series: 201 x 114 x 10 mm – 300 grams / (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.43 – 11 oz)|
|Minimum system requirements||– Mac|
|– USB 2.0 interface|
|– Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher|