Archos 80 G9


A HD tablet at a good price

A lot of manufacturers are in a frenzy to create and release their new products before the competition does. Tablets and smartphones are the main heroes in this war of gadgets that is getting messier by the minute. Archos wanted a piece of the action too, and so they released their $299 80 G9 creation into the world earlier this year to prove they are still alive and kicking. Did the gadget leave a powerful impression in test on us or not? We’ll let our review do the talking.

Weak viewing angles

Looks is definitely not this product’s strong point. With its plastic chassis the Archos 80 G9 will leave you yearning for something more that won’t appear. Looking at the body we expected to hold the tablet easily and comfortably, but in reality we didn’t and the edge on the bottom was rough enough to make the 80 G9 painful to hold. The lock/reset and volume buttons were something we had to watch out for every time we used the gadget in its landscape mode, because this position made it easy to accidentally press them. However, Archos deciding to add 1 miniHDMI port and a kickstand was a very good move in our opinion.Archos-80-G9

When analyzing the screen we saw it had 8 inches and a resolution of 1.024 x 768 pixels. The display is of a capacitive style and features an MVA panel that, because it’s not the usual IPS one sported by Asus and Apple tablets, doesn’t have the same great quality viewing angles. To exemplify this, when we held the gadget in the landscape mode we had trouble watching images from the right and bottom sides. Not even brightness is something to look forward to and we consider the display of the Archos 80 G9 as one of the most dim ever in our tests.

Powered by Android 3.2.46

As for the software nesting in this tablet, Android 3.2.46 is the operating system, features include a calibration tool and an accelerometer, there’s an Android Market for downloading applications, users can employ the gadget as a media player and so on. The CPU is, unlike Honeycomb OSs, a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4 with two cores and it doesn’t score the usual lightning fast speed of Nvidia’s Tegra 2 processor, but that’s not to say that overall performance is miserable, because it isn’t. Of course there is some sluggishness here and there, but that’s about all.

Fast and pleasant navigation

Working with applications, the Internet and navigation through files felt pleasant and fast. You don’t have to worry too much about speaker quality: it’s fairly good with loud volume. That is, until you place the gadget down flat and sounds come out muffled.

You’ll be on cloud 9 when you’ll find that the Archos 80 G9 is the first ever tablet to offer users the capability of playing back 1080p content without displaying errors or any other problems. The built-in camera is quite strong and apt to snap nice stills and shoot viewable videos; 720p playback of videos is also possible. A USB cable to recharge the battery is a useful option and the one coming with the Archos 80 G9, except the position you have to adopt for it in order to make it work right, proves our point.

Review conclusion

At the end of this review we can say that the Archos 80 G9 is one of the cheapest tablets to grace shops. It makes good use of the Honeycomb OS, the 1080p video capability, battery life and the included kickstand. Taking away from this gadget becoming better seen is the way the keys for lock/reset and volume were placed, the design and the bad angles for viewing.

Technical specifications

Display Size8 inches
ProcessorTexas Instruments Cortex A9 OMAP4
Operating SystemGoogle Android 3.0 or higher
CPU Speed1 GHz
Display Resolution1028 x 768 pixels
Picture FormatsJPEG, PNG, GIF
Music Playback FormatsAAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG
Video FormatsAVI, MPEG4, MPEG2, H.264
Networking Options802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n
Email AccessDedicated email app
Flash supportYes
Web BrowserYes
Camera1 front-facing
Internal storage8 GB
Total weight1.06 lb
Battery Type SupportedRechargeable
Dimensions8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches