Archos 70 (8GB) – Low priced tablet

Archos 70 has a seven inch capacitive touch screen and it does have some qualities in its favor. The LCD has a resolution of 800×480 pixels and photos and movies look great on it. The details are crisp with well balanced color. Viewing angles aren’t really great but they are not that bad either. I have seen some worse LCDs than this. The manufacturer should have used matte finish on this display for resisting the smudges and the glare. But then for a low price of $270, it is pretty acceptable.

For the software, the Archos 70 is an Android 2.2 gadget and it doesn’t have any of the Google’s proprietary apps like Maps, Gmail and Android Marketplace. You do get stock Android 2.2 Web browser and e-mail app with the Archos’ remixed versions of Android photo viewer and music and video player.

The manufacturer is offering AppsLib which is an app store and it isn’t the best I have ever seen. Going inside made me think that I was in a flea market. It has plenty of knockoffs and it feels like the games are made hastily. You won’t find any brand names here either.

The hardware features here are more interesting. There is no GPS or cellular connection but you still get Bluetooth, and 802.11n Wi-Fi for connectivity. There is also one mini HDMI port which mirrors the onscreen view to TV. This is great for playing the video content or showing off the Web sites.

Not all of the specs on the Archos 70 are impressive. I was disappointed by the front facing camera. You can shoot video and stills but the quality is awful. The biggest advantage of this is that you can use it with the video chat apps like Fring (Fring is an optional download offered for free).

Archos 70 doesn’t have full support for Adobe Flash 10 and this is another disappointment. Web browsing experience is not the same without Flash and it gets really frustrating at times.

That said, I think that the Archos 70 is a really good tablet in a lot of ways. Under the hood, there is 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU (which is clocked down to 800MHz out of the box), and for improved performance in gaming, there is 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphic acceleration. The experience is not the same as that on other tablets. For instance, the screen isn’t as responsive as the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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