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Archos 7 Review




The 7-inch version of the Archos Tablet has very few differences compared to the Archos 5 we reviewed before. See the review of the Archos 7 after the jump.

I suggest reading our Archos 5 Review first before you continue to read on this one to get a better perspective.

Aside from the obvious increase in screen real-estate, the Archos 7 didn’t really add anything much on the Android tablet line for Archos. In fact, some of the nice features that the Archos 5 had were absent from the Archos 7. One of them is the ability to be hooked up to the Archos DVR Station so you can project the screen to a bigger display via HDMI.

The Archos 7 comes in a nice 7-inch LCD display but like the 5-inch model, the brightness is good but the contrast levels aren’t that great — it’s a bit washed out when set to full brightness which makes it almost unviewable in the outdoors or against bright light sources.

The display resolution is 800×480 pixels which is good for web browsing although you will have to use a stylus to navigate the resistive screen. As such, don’t expect any sort of multi-touch with this one.

Archos 7 Home Tablet
7″ TFT LCD @ 800×480 pixels
ARM Cortex A8 @ 600 MHz (main CPU)
32 bit DSP @ 430 MHz (additional processor)
128MB DDR RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g
USB 2.0
3.5mm audio jack
Android 1.5

The tablet is pre-installed with version 1.5 of the Android OS but there’s no Android Market in sight (the unit I got had an alternative app downloader though). There seems to be no hope in having the Android OS upgraded considering the amount of buint-in RAM on this unit (128MB only). The system feels a little slow already at its current state.

As usual, the kickstand at the back allows you to position the tablet for better viewing angle when playing videos or music. The unit has an 8GB built-in storage but that can be extended by adding a microSD on the provided slot.

Battery life is decent and can do a couple of full-length movies. The unit tends to heat up on prolonged usage though.

When I learned that the suggested retail price of the Archos 7 is just Php11,500 despite the fact that it’s got a bigger form factor than the Archos 5 (with SRP of Php15,500), it got me a bit curious. So far, the Archos 7 is the cheapest Android-based tablet I’ve seen.

It’s got the basic features you’d expect from a tablet device (multimedia and connectivity) and the price point is something that could interest a lot of people looking to try a tablet PC for the first time. Don’t expect a lot from it though.

Note: For inquiries or orders, contact the Archos Official Philippines Distributor (Vincent Uy @ 0917.3050828).



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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26 Responses

  1. jay says:

    more information please Sir Abe, specs, pros. cons etc, thanks and more reviews to come :-)

  2. yuga says:

    Sorry, I prematurely posted the review. It’s not yet done.

  3. BrianB says:

    Can’t compete with iPad at all?

  4. iamreya says:

    @abeolandres sir, ano po magandang netbook under 25k? thanks!

  5. Mike B. says:

    “So far, the Archos 7 is the cheapest Android-based tablet I’ve seen.”

    – what about the iPED? :P

  6. Shifty says:

    sir yuga, where can i buy this Archos 7?? is it a mall price? (P11,500)

  7. lawreas says:

    I dont know if u can technically consider the iped, kasi like chinaphones, hindi malinaw kung sino ang OEM ng mga to. at maraming versions na iba iba.. if not only bec. of the OS limitation, this would be a practical buy, especially if compared with the clones.

  8. Marc Tolentino says:

    Hi, saan po makakabili ng ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet here in the philippines? Saan Mall?

  9. Marc Tolentino says:

    where can i buy this Archos 7??

  10. Wakocoke says:

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/08/31/archos-unleashes-five-five-new-android-froyo-tablets-we-go-h/

    sir may bago na ulit ang archos! archos 101 featuring a 10.1″ screen and froyo for only $300! worth waiting :))

  11. Iso says:

    Sir have you tried shooting tethered with your canon SLRs with this device?

  12. Ark says:

    @All
    I want to ask if the Archos7 can support for Remote viewing for iPCamera over the internet? :-)

  13. Beadfreak says:

    Call VTech Ventures 09173050828 look for Vincent Uy they are the official distributor of Archos here in the Philippines.

  14. gregmedina says:

    any store i can buy one of this?

  15. mike says:

    I just notice it does not have removable battery.

    This is expensive for 11,000. This is way a lot better

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtImCRzZ_-g&feature=player_embedded

    only 8500 pesos and comes with removable battery.

  16. gregmedina says:

    @mike is the witstech a81e available in the philippines? as you said its only 8500 pesos

  17. rodel says:

    GOT AN INFO THAT THIS IS AVAILABLE AT GAMESTOP OUTLETS. FROM WHAT I GOOGLED, THEY HAVE BRANCHES AT TRINOMA AND PARK SQUARE

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  19. Peter Aldwin says:

    Ask ko lang kung merong Service Center ang Archos sa makati? thanks

  20. techihunt says:

    If you’re desperate to get your hands on a larger screen Android tablet and have 11,500 saved, the Archos 7 Home Tablet is absolutely your only choice at this time, although we are hopeful that some of its soon-to-arrive competition will impress us more.

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