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Archos 101 Internet Tablet 16GB 10.1" Android Tablet (501594) PC Notebook

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16GB, 10.1" Archos 101 Android Tablet Computer


I love the design of this tablet, it's screen is a nice size (it's also capacitive) and it's very light and easy to hold. Although it doesn't have 3G connectivity, it does have WIFI, which means you can buy MIFI and use it anywhere, not just at WIFI hotspots. I use mine as an e-reader, I use the free Sipdroid app to make phone calls via VOIP (I already had a paid VOIP service before I bought this tablet), I've got Quick Office installed and easily work on MS documents with my bluetooth keyboard. The fact that its OS is Android, means that there's a fair amount of free apps available. Unlike Apple iPads, there many ports--USB, mini USB,and a mini SD card slot. It has a low resolution, 1.3 megapixel front web cam. There's only a single processor, but it's a 1GB Arm that performs well with current Android apps. Unfortunately, Archos only put in 256 MB of RAM for applications, far too little. Archos has done a poor job on enforcing Quality Control at the Chinese factory where these are made. As a result, hardware failures seem all too frequently. (Personally, I returned my first unit the first month I owned it due to a failed USB port and a failed speaker.). At the time I bought this unit last December, there weren't many Android tablets available and this one stood out as a decent product. Now, as more Android tablets are arriving at the market, this model isn't going to continue to be a good value because its hardware isn't robust enough to handle newer releases of the Android operating system. Archos has also raised the price, rather than lower it. For someone buying now, I'd say buy an Android tablet with a dual core processor and 1 GB of RAM for applicatioins, not the Archos 101.

Libby, MT


Archos 101 Internet Tablet 16GB 10.1" Android Tablet (501594) PC Notebook

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