ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet Review
If you’ve been looking for a budget-priced tablet that runs Android, you may want to consider the ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet, a 7-inch touch screen device priced at $199 and available to consumers starting May 17.
The ARCHOS 7 attempts to combine the best of a smart phone with some of the features of a desktop PC by providing immediate access to the web and multimedia content in a screen format that is easier to read than a tiny cell phone screen. The device can be used to browse the internet, read and send email, chat, watch an HD movie, listen to music, do photo sharing, and utilize Android apps. The ARCHOS 7 also has a handy built-in stand to prop it up easel-style on a table or desk. You can play music for up to 42 hours, or watch video for up to 7 hours, without recharging.
The ARCHOS 7 is a lightweight device that weighs less than 14 ounces, and at only a half inch thick it is easy to hold and handle. Features include a power switch, micro SD card slot, headphone slot, and USB sockets. One drawback may be the resistive touch screen, which requires a firmer touch than the new capacitive screens featured on most Android phones, which react to the electrical charge from the user’s skin. Another drawback is the ARCHOS 7's lack of access to Android apps, since only custom apps from AppLabs will be available at the ARCHOS store. The ability to extend the device to 8 GB memory might be of great appeal to users who need it.
There is some speculation that the ARCHOS 7 and its companion ARHCOS 8 might prove to be strong competitors to Apple’s iPad. It’s a bit difficult to compare the two devices, but if you’re on a budget and shopping for a tablet device, the ARCHOS 7 is worth a second look.