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Archos 101 XS review

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6.5/10
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The Archos 101 XS currently has an Informr score of 6.5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 12 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Designed to be good not just for entertainment but also for productivity, the Archos 101 XS brings several interesting hardware and software features to the table. For something so sleek, it offers a decent list of hardware specs. And its usefulness can be stretched even further with a compatible keyboard that is included in every package.

The default operating system on this particular Archos tablet is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 1.5GHz dual-core ARMCortex A9 CPU handles processing duties and 1GB RAM makes sure that there aren’t any issues when it comes to multi-tasking. Internal storage is capped at 16GB but this can be easily expanded with the use of microSD cards.

As far as wireless features are concerned, it has GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. And it offers up to 5 hours of non-stop Web surfing with Wi-Fi on. Viewing web pages should be an enjoyable experience on the 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel resolution touchscreen display.

The main feature of note is its ability to pair with a hardware keyboard and turn it into a full-fledged mobile computer. It’s not a new concept, but it’s good to see other manufacturers trying to do their own version of such a useful concept. Unfortunately, most reviewers lament that the experience of actually using the 101 XS and keyboard combo is quite disappointing.

The bottom-line here is that for just a little more cash, you can get another tablet that offers a much superior typing experience or save yourself some money and get a different model paired with a Bluetooth keyboard instead.

Need to Know: Archos 101 XS

1. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is pre-installed as standard. (The Good)

2. Included keyboard dock makes it easy to do productive tasks on the go. (The Good)

3. 10.1-inch display quality is sub-par when compared with screens from other tablet models. (The Bad)

4. Actual keyboard usage shows that performance is dismal. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.5 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Pro

The Archos 101 XS is a tricky tablet to assess then. On the one hand the screen isn't bright, the build is plasticky and the keyboard is poor. On the other, the price is reasonable, it's powerful and very light. Rather than a direct competitor to the Transformer Pad 300, then, it's best to view this...

- Mike Jennings, PC Pro
Android Police

The 101 XS is just full of quirks. The touchscreen flakes out and starts touching itself if you press too hard, it takes forever to wake up, and the ports are in the wrong spots. The keyboard is flat, and you can't angle the screen to your liking. The screen is grainy-looking, and covered in grippy...

- Ron Amadeo, Android Police
Good E-Reader

What you are getting here is a tablet that does not promise you the moon while still being capable enough to not to leave you stranded and frustrated. It can well be adjudged the best tablet you can buy for less than $400 with equal measure of style and substance to add to its appeal. With the Cover...

- Sovan Mandal, Good E-Reader
Pocket-lint

We know how important desirability is to consumers. Although the Archos 101 XS is smart, is it going to be desirable enough to for the £299 asking price? For a 10-inch tablet, the price is pretty good, but it’s only £30 cheaper than an iPad 2 and those sell like hot cakes. It's al...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
TrustedReviews

Once, Archos was pretty much the main player in the media tablet game. Even as recently as the Archos 5 tablet, there simply wasn’t that much competition, and even less that offered the French company’s extensive native media playback. However, in these days of affordable yet powerful A...

- Ardjuna Seghers, TrustedReviews


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Archos 101 XS's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.5 GHz

There is a Dual-core Cortext A9 1.5 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
6800mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 6800 mAh battery. Archos's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

101 XS Specs

Overview
Release date September 20, 2012
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core Cortext A9 1.5 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 6800 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Aluminium
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.0 x 27.2 x 0.8 cm (6.7 x 10.7 x 0.3 in)
Weight 600 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Unknown
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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PC Pro

The poor integrated keyboard and plasticky build taint the experience

from PC Pro

The Archos 101 XS is a tricky tablet to assess then. On the one hand the screen isn't bright, the build is plasticky and the keyboard is poor. On the other, the price is reasonable, it's powerful and very light. Rather than a direct competitor to the Transformer Pad 300, then, it's best to view t...More

The Archos 101 XS is a tricky tablet to assess then. On the one hand the screen isn't bright, the build is plasticky and the keyboard is poor. On the other, the price is reasonable, it's powerful and very light. Rather than a direct competitor to the Transformer Pad 300, then, it's best to view this tablet as a good quality budget 10.1incher, with the bonus of a free cover and keyboard. In that light, it isn't bad at all.

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Android Police

The screen is grainy-looking but it has good performance

from Android Police

The 101 XS is just full of quirks. The touchscreen flakes out and starts touching itself if you press too hard, it takes forever to wake up, and the ports are in the wrong spots. The keyboard is flat, and you can't angle the screen to your liking. The screen is grainy-looking, and covered in grippy plastic. It looks and feels worse than just about every other tablet display out there....

More

The 101 XS is just full of quirks. The touchscreen flakes out and starts touching itself if you press too hard, it takes forever to wake up, and the ports are in the wrong spots. The keyboard is flat, and you can't angle the screen to your liking. The screen is grainy-looking, and covered in grippy plastic. It looks and feels worse than just about every other tablet display out there.

It is only $400 for a tablet and keyboard, though. You also don't have to put up with a half-baked skin.

But you've got other options. You could pay $100 more for a TF300 with the keyboard attachment. The Transformer has a glass touch screen, a better IPS LCD panel, a larger battery, a more ergonomic keyboard, and Jelly Bean. For me, it's worth the extra cash just for a more useable keyboard and touchscreen. If that's too expensive for you, maybe it's time to look at a Nexus 7 and Bluetooth keyboard.

That's really the problem I have with this device, line up good Android tablets by price, and this is stuck between the N7 and TF300. I'd rather have either one of those over the 101 XS. It's also hard to justify a purchase of this with "I need a keyboard" when the the keyboard isn't any good. When you're shopping on a budget, there's a sweet spot for price vs. performance, and this isn't it.

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Good E-Reader

A tablet that does not promise you the moon while still being capable enough to not to leave you stranded and frustrated

from Good E-Reader

What you are getting here is a tablet that does not promise you the moon while still being capable enough to not to leave you stranded and frustrated. It can well be adjudged the best tablet you can buy for less than $400 with equal measure of style and substance to add to its appeal. With the Coverboard also included, the 101 XS will also be a boon to those who have to type a lot....

More

What you are getting here is a tablet that does not promise you the moon while still being capable enough to not to leave you stranded and frustrated. It can well be adjudged the best tablet you can buy for less than $400 with equal measure of style and substance to add to its appeal. With the Coverboard also included, the 101 XS will also be a boon to those who have to type a lot.

In the end, mediocrity is perhaps the best word to describe the 101 XS which in itself comes as a nice little surprise from Archos that we have known so far as makers of what can be said as middle tier tablet device that are neither too good or too bad. The quality of materials used is better than the stuff that we have grown used to from Archos though definitely not up to the standards that a Samsung or Sony products have come to be known for. The 101 also sports slightly outdated specs and the only thing going for it is the Coverboard that comes at no extra cost and a promised Jelly Bean update. Whether those can propel its makers in the big league remains to be seen though we have got to wait till November (the tablet is released then) to find out if things pan out that way.

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Pocket-lint

An innovative tablet from Archos that offers good value for money

from Pocket-lint

We know how important desirability is to consumers. Although the Archos 101 XS is smart, is it going to be desirable enough to for the £299 asking price? For a 10-inch tablet, the price is pretty good, but it’s only £30 cheaper than an iPad 2 and those sell like hot cakes.

It's also £100 more expensive than the Google Nexus 7, the darling of Android tablets, the flagship device for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s a fair difference in price....

More

We know how important desirability is to consumers. Although the Archos 101 XS is smart, is it going to be desirable enough to for the £299 asking price? For a 10-inch tablet, the price is pretty good, but it’s only £30 cheaper than an iPad 2 and those sell like hot cakes.

It's also £100 more expensive than the Google Nexus 7, the darling of Android tablets, the flagship device for Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That’s a fair difference in price.

When it comes to challenging something like the Asus Transformer line, the Archos looks favourable when it comes to price. It's certainly a more compact offering, but the Tranformer keyboard is more substantial. If this is what you want, try them both.

What the Archos 101 XS brings then is a credible alternative to what's out there. If you're looking for a lightweight tablet and want a keyboard for working on your travels, then it's well worth a look. We've been pleasantly surprised by what Archos has done here, as it works in that role.

But we're also slightly confused by the push towards productivity. Archos is traditionally about entertainment - entertainment your way. And here the company seems to want to do work your way too.

In truth, the Android tablet market is littered with options. The Archos model is innovative and good value, but you might find a Bluetooth keyboard would make many of the other models more desirable.

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TrustedReviews

A decent budget tablet if you’re after something that lets you type ‘properly’

from TrustedReviews

Once, Archos was pretty much the main player in the media tablet game. Even as recently as the Archos 5 tablet, there simply wasn’t that much competition, and even less that offered the French company’s extensive native media playback.

However, in these days of affordable yet powerful Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7, another bog-standard Archos G9 simply wasn’t going to cut it. Good thing that Archos is kicking things up a notch with the Gen 10 101 XS then....

More

Once, Archos was pretty much the main player in the media tablet game. Even as recently as the Archos 5 tablet, there simply wasn’t that much competition, and even less that offered the French company’s extensive native media playback.

However, in these days of affordable yet powerful Android tablets like the Google Nexus 7, another bog-standard Archos G9 simply wasn’t going to cut it. Good thing that Archos is kicking things up a notch with the Gen 10 101 XS then.

The Archos 101 XS will only be available in white, with metal insets at the back and on the keyboard base. It’s a fairly slim and sleek tablet, though we do think the predominantly white finish makes it look a little toy-like, and it doesn’t do the perceptions of its size any favours.

The keyboard dock, or Cover Board as Archos calls it, uses a slightly odd system to attach. First you need to put up a small support, then the 101 XS slides into a magnetic lock. The magnet used is incredibly strong, so much so that you can lift the ensemble by its board/base/dock without the tablet falling off.

Typing on the keyboard is an average experience. The small keys have a decent amount of travel and feedback considering the space they have to work with, but layout isn’t ideal, especially the tiny right-shift key next to the ‘up’ cursor.

Archos 101 XS is currently running the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android, but an update to Jelly Bean is in the wings and should be making its way to the 101xs before the end of the year.

Archos seems to have created a decent budget tablet if you’re after something that lets you type ‘properly’.

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Laptop Magazine

Offers snappy performance and comes with a keyboard for an affordable price

from Laptop Magazine

At $399, it's nice that Archos is essentially adding a keyboard for the same price as a 10-inch Android tablet alone. This device also offers good performance and a sleeker design than previous Archos tablets. However, this slate has some issues that prevent it from earning a higher rating, inclu...More

At $399, it's nice that Archos is essentially adding a keyboard for the same price as a 10-inch Android tablet alone. This device also offers good performance and a sleeker design than previous Archos tablets. However, this slate has some issues that prevent it from earning a higher rating, including the poorly placed webcam and tinny speaker. Plus, propping the slate on the keyboard is awkward.

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SlashGear

This device presents a rather interesting – and certainly unique – offering to the Android tablet universe

from SlashGear

This device presents a rather interesting – and certainly unique – offering to the Android tablet universe. Compared to the ASUS Transformer Prime with keyboard dock, this device doesn’t quite seem as high quality a final product – but it’s a lot less expensive at the same time at $399, dock included. We’re also thinking about how this device is currently set for a November release: this doesn’t bode well for a tablet that’s already slightly behind the times for specifications when compared to devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, for example....

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This device presents a rather interesting – and certainly unique – offering to the Android tablet universe. Compared to the ASUS Transformer Prime with keyboard dock, this device doesn’t quite seem as high quality a final product – but it’s a lot less expensive at the same time at $399, dock included. We’re also thinking about how this device is currently set for a November release: this doesn’t bode well for a tablet that’s already slightly behind the times for specifications when compared to devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, for example.

If the Archos 101 XS is released in November sporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and essentially the same build we’re seeing here, it might be worth $399. It’s still a slightly surprising combination though now that the 7-inch wave is upon us.

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Android Community

Those on a budget should enjoy this tablet/keyboard combo

from Android Community

Archos has certainly brought a new approach to the world of Android tablets when you consider the included coverboard keyboard. That aside this is a pretty generic budget tablet. The price could be lower, but considering you get 16GB of internal storage and the coverboard all for the low price of $399 it isn’t bad. The Transformer Prime certainly costs a bit more, especially after you add in the keyboard for another $149....

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Archos has certainly brought a new approach to the world of Android tablets when you consider the included coverboard keyboard. That aside this is a pretty generic budget tablet. The price could be lower, but considering you get 16GB of internal storage and the coverboard all for the low price of $399 it isn’t bad. The Transformer Prime certainly costs a bit more, especially after you add in the keyboard for another $149.

Perhaps a better comparison would be with the more budget aimed Transformer Pad TF300, but then again you’ll be spending more once you buy the keyboard. For those that think the Nexus 7 is too small but a Transformer costs a bit much, this could be a good compromise. The only problem is Archos isn’t releasing this to the US until November — so that rules out any back-to-school sales.

The Archos 101 XS tablet with included coverboard keyboard will hit Europe next month, and we can expect it to arrive stateside early November for $399. Hopefully by then it will be shipping with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In closing: it might not offer the best build quality, or be the prettiest from the pack but it certainly is a step in the right direction for Archos. We enjoyed the overall design and direction they chose with this device.

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Mashable

It all looks and feels pretty sleek — until you start using it

from Mashable

As a regular ol’ tablet, the Archos performed just average. The 1,280 x 800 screen is unremarkable, but apps ran quickly and competently, and the touchscreen if fast and fluid. That’s par for the course these days on Android, but it’s good to see Archos has caught up with the rest of the crowd, at least spec-wise....

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As a regular ol’ tablet, the Archos performed just average. The 1,280 x 800 screen is unremarkable, but apps ran quickly and competently, and the touchscreen if fast and fluid. That’s par for the course these days on Android, but it’s good to see Archos has caught up with the rest of the crowd, at least spec-wise.

The speaker, however, is horrible, sounding tinny and hollow. The iPad’s no Bose surround sound system, but it sounds like singing angels compared to the Gen10.

I feel bad for Archos since it clearly has high hopes for the Gen10, but what should be its standout feature, the keyboard, is instead an albatross. The tablet simply isn’t worth the $399 retail price on its own, and its keyboard — as cool as those magnets are — will have users tossing it out windows in frustration.

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Engadget

Innovative design but cheap build quality and short battery life

from Engadget

Sure, we docked the Archos 101 XS for a few key issues -- the uncomfortable keyboard being the primary one -- but you know us: we only gripe because we love. The fact is we got a bit starry-eyed when we first met this tablet. The Coverboard design is smart, even if the plastic feels cheap, and we can't give Archos enough kudos for taking the keyboard beyond accessory status to an important part of the device. The layout isn't the most ergonomically sound, which defeats the purpose of having a built-in keyboard in the first place, but we hope the company can refine this concept to get better results....

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Sure, we docked the Archos 101 XS for a few key issues -- the uncomfortable keyboard being the primary one -- but you know us: we only gripe because we love. The fact is we got a bit starry-eyed when we first met this tablet. The Coverboard design is smart, even if the plastic feels cheap, and we can't give Archos enough kudos for taking the keyboard beyond accessory status to an important part of the device. The layout isn't the most ergonomically sound, which defeats the purpose of having a built-in keyboard in the first place, but we hope the company can refine this concept to get better results.

Is that an endorsement of any kind? Not exactly. If you have a $400 tablet budget, there's a wealth of smarter choices out there and many comparably priced options provide better performance and a superior display to the 101 XS. For the time being, we'd say if you want a productivity-minded slate, the best option is still to buy a Bluetooth keyboard case.

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