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Archos Arnova 9 G3 review

4/10 AVG.

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There aren’t that many tablets like the Archos Arnova 9 G3. It comes in the 10-inch form factor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for less than half the price of many high-end Android tablets. It features decent hardware features, too. So, is all of that enough to elevate it to a higher level than most of its competition?

The 9 G3 tablet design takes into account not just form, but function as well. So don’t worry about it looking rather bland when you first see it. It’s made to be handled comfortably with two hands, and you really can’t get much better. Inside its 12.5mm thick casing lies a 9.7-inch 1024x768 IPS touchscreen display, a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU, and 1GBRAM. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, up to 8GB storage, a microUSB port, support for microSD cards, and a front-facing camera.

While it lacks a few features that may seem essential, such as Bluetooth connectivity and HDMI-out, it is fully capable of providing a standard Android user experience. Except for one thing: it also lacks the Google Play store, which means that it won’t be easy to install apps as with most other tablets on the market today. The Arnova 9 G3 is still usable despite this fact. But if you intend to use your tablet with the thousands of freely available and paid applications that are available exclusively through Google Play, then that’s a major letdown and probably a showstopper.

Need to Know: Archos 9 G3

1. Default operating system is Android 4.0 ICS. (The Good)

2. Built-in touchscreen display uses IPS technology and supports HD content. (The Good)

3. Lacks Google Play. (The Bad)

4. Thick and heavy yet lacks certain features such as a main camera at the back. (The Bad)

Operating system
1 GHz
Screen Size

What the Critics Are Saying...

Tech Advisor

The Arnova 9 G3 could have been a decent low-cost tablet for general use, but the lack of the Google Play store is a big stumbling block. We like the ability to connect USB flash drives for movies and music but it's not enough to make up for the lack of decent apps.

- Martyn Casserly, Tech Advisor

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Screen Size

The Archos Arnova 9 G3's screen size is 9.7 inches with x pixels resolution.

1 GHz

There is a Cortext A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

There is a front-facing camera with resolution.
4/8 GB

Internal memory is 4/8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

Arnova 9 G3 Specs

Release date May 31, 2012
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Cortext A8 1 GHz
Internal Storage 4/8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 23.9 x 18.4 x 1.2 cm (9.4 x 7.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 630 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 9.7 inches
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
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Main Camera
Dual lens
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
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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