I had read mixed reviews online of this product here and on-line. This was to be my first tablet and I didn't want to have anything too cheap or too fancy. I mean, what's the point in spending $600 on a tablet that will be obsolete a year later? The Archos 7o Media Tablet fills this niche nicely. This is also the first time I've ever worked with Android and was concerned over going with this older OS (Froyo), when Honeycomb just came out. Just to be sure I went to my local Wal-Mart after buying this unit and bought and tried out an Acer a100 7" Honeycomb tablet with a dual core processor. It was more than $100 over the cost of the Archos. It also was much heavier, complicated to use, would not connect with anything Bluetooth except stereo headphones without a mic., had about a 5 hour battery life, and had speakers nowhere near as good as the Archos. The Acer quickly went back to the store!
This thing is amazingly light. It's no problem to hold in one hand. While some view this as "flimsy" it can also mean that you're not going to get tired holding it up if used as an eReader. I did the firmware update and then followed the workaround described in the Q&A section on this site to get the full Android Market. Wow!
The Archos has an astounding amount of battery life, and while Honeycomb seemed to overcomplicate matters, Froyo made everything simple and reliable to do. If you have a 7" Tablet are you really going to be doing that much "multi-tasking" anyway? The speakers are on the side of the screen and deliver clear sound that can be turned up loud enough that you (or others) won't have to strain to hear it. There are easy to use controls on the sides of the unit, and I was able to quickly pair it with my Bluetooth cell phone to set up a 3G hotspot if I have no WI-FI available. The display is great, and I added a 16GB micro SD card to up my memory. The screen is responsive, but does get smudged with fingerprints over time. Those that complain of this need to realize that this is going to happen with EVERY tablet you touch with your hands.
It comes with a 1 year warranty, which is more than enough before I'll probably want something else. Until such time the Archos has more than met my expectations. The only CON to the matter was trying to get assistance over a question from Archos. I went to their website and they listed an incorrect phone number for customer assistance. When I finally was able to find the correct number the customer assistant seemed dismissive and uninterested the entire conversation. But considering what I saved compared with other tablets and readers, I'll give them a pass on this one.
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