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Archos GamePad review

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5/10
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The Archos GamePad currently has an Informr score of 5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

The ARCHOS GamePad is a tablet specifically designed for playing games complete with two shoulder buttons, four directional pads and dual joysticks. At first glance, the size of the screen, 7”, might seem too unwieldy for comfortable gaming, however it is ergonomically designed for easy holding.

Users can also easily map out the controls thanks to the GamePad’s game-mapping tool. This tool allows users to set a physical button or slide pad to control any part of the touch screen simply by dragging a virtual button anywhere on the screen and then assigning a physical button press to it. Pressing the physical button will respond in the same way as touching that part of the screen. The tool works with every game though its value will vary for each game, unfortunately. This means that users will most likely have to map out the buttons for each game.

In terms of hardware, the GamePad comes equipped with 1.6 GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex A9, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory and an expandable microSD slot. There’s also an HDMI port for people interested in hooking the GamePad up to their television.

Despite the promise that the GamePad has, there are some serious issues with the tablet. With so much competition in the handheld gaming market, it doesn’t really stand above the crowd. The display has poor viewing angles and a relatively low resolution when compared to other tablets like the Nexus 7 and iPad. Perhaps the biggest issue with the tablet is its poor battery life. Clocking in at a little over 2 hours, it’s difficult to call the GamePad a truly portable gaming device. The final nail in GamePad’s coffin is that some of the more popular Android apps, like Grand Theft Auto, are not compatible with the tablet.

For $180, casual Android gamers can get a better gaming experience on other tablets. For a dedicated, portable gaming device, players can spend a few more dollars and purchase a Nintendo 3DS or PS Vita.

The Good: Affordable price, ergonomic control and HDMI port to hook up to a TV.

The Bad: Poor battery life (only 2 hours of gameplay), poor display resolution, poor viewing angles.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.6 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Consumer Reports

The Archos GamePad is a good idea that isn't implemented particularly well. It's a fairly bare-bones tablet without a lot of bells and whistles. If you're a hardcore gamer, for a little more money you could pick up a Nintendo 3DS or Sony PlayStation Vita, which are dedicated gaming devices. For casu...

- Matt Ferretti, Consumer Reports
Android Central

I was impressed with the ergonomics of the GamePad, enough to make me ignore the very “cheap” feeling materials it’s made out of. The device was designed for you to be hunched over with your wrists bent, hammering away at any of the awesome Android games that are out there. The sha...

- Jerry Hildenbrand, Android Central
Expert Reviews

At £120, the Gamepad’s reasonably priced for an Android tablet and cheaper than dedicated gaming handhelds from either Sony or Nintendo. However, the lack of games with full controller support and limited button customisation options make it more of a novelty than a bargain tablet. The g...

- Tom Morgan, Expert Reviews
Wired

Ultimately, your enjoyment of the GamePad depends a lot on the kinds of games you like to play. For platformers, fighting games, arcade shooters, and sports sims, it’s outstanding. For first-person shooters and racing games, it can be frustrating.But don’t forget, too, it’s also a full-featured Andr...

- Rick Broida, Wired
Digital Versus

Sometimes even the best of ideas can be difficult to put into practice. Even with something that sounds great on paper, the results can be disappointing. And so, the Archos GamePad misses the mark. Asus should never have relied so heavily on cutting costs with the components, as this just makes for...

- Romain Thuret , Digital Versus


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Screen Size
7"

The Archos GamePad's screen size is 7 inches with 1024 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.6 GHz

There is a ARM CORTEXTM dual-core A9 1.6 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system (OS).

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

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

Battery
Unknown

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

Archos GamePad Specs

Overview
Release date December 6, 2012
Regions available USA, United Kindom
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

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Secondary OS No
Processor ARM CORTEXTM dual-core A9 1.6 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual
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 Plastic
Colors Gray
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.7 x 22.9 x 1.5 cm (4.6 x 9 x 0.6 in)
Weight 330 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1024 x 600 pixels
Pixel density 170 pixels
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
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 Unknown
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 No
WiFi 802.11
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, 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, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
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 No
Apps No
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments - Features two analog thumb-sticks and 12 facial buttons and 2 shoulder buttons giving you full control for your games.
- Map any virtual controlled game.
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Critic Reviews


Consumer Reports

A good idea with so-so results

from Consumer Reports

The Archos GamePad is a good idea that isn't implemented particularly well. It's a fairly bare-bones tablet without a lot of bells and whistles. If you're a hardcore gamer, for a little more money you could pick up a Nintendo 3DS or Sony PlayStation Vita, which are dedicated gaming devices. For c...More

The Archos GamePad is a good idea that isn't implemented particularly well. It's a fairly bare-bones tablet without a lot of bells and whistles. If you're a hardcore gamer, for a little more money you could pick up a Nintendo 3DS or Sony PlayStation Vita, which are dedicated gaming devices. For casual gamers, there are plenty of Android tablets on the market that will give you a better experience, and you can always add physical gaming controls by picking up a controller for your tablet or smartphone.

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Android Central

Extremely poor battery life

from Android Central

I was impressed with the ergonomics of the GamePad, enough to make me ignore the very “cheap” feeling materials it’s made out of. The device was designed for you to be hunched over with your wrists bent, hammering away at any of the awesome Android games that are out there. The shape, lightness, and most importantly the layout of the controls are almost perfect for this....

More

I was impressed with the ergonomics of the GamePad, enough to make me ignore the very “cheap” feeling materials it’s made out of. The device was designed for you to be hunched over with your wrists bent, hammering away at any of the awesome Android games that are out there. The shape, lightness, and most importantly the layout of the controls are almost perfect for this.

I was less impressed with the screen’s low resolution and hideous viewing angle, and the overall performance of the tablet itself. Decent gaming controls, and a nicely done app to map them to their on-screen counterparts are quickly outweighed by sluggish performance, a bad screen, and dreadful battery life.

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Expert Reviews

An Android tablet built just for gaming, which unfortunately falls short of the mark

from Expert Reviews

At £120, the Gamepad’s reasonably priced for an Android tablet and cheaper than dedicated gaming handhelds from either Sony or Nintendo. However, the lack of games with full controller support and limited button customisation options make it more of a novelty than a bargain tablet. Th...More

At £120, the Gamepad’s reasonably priced for an Android tablet and cheaper than dedicated gaming handhelds from either Sony or Nintendo. However, the lack of games with full controller support and limited button customisation options make it more of a novelty than a bargain tablet. The general build quality, poor screen and average performance make it a sub-par tablet.

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Wired

Delivers a terrific gaming experience, but only with certain kinds of games

from Wired

Ultimately, your enjoyment of the GamePad depends a lot on the kinds of games you like to play. For platformers, fighting games, arcade shooters, and sports sims, it’s outstanding. For first-person shooters and racing games, it can be frustrating.

But don’t forget, too, it’s also a fu...More

Ultimately, your enjoyment of the GamePad depends a lot on the kinds of games you like to play. For platformers, fighting games, arcade shooters, and sports sims, it’s outstanding. For first-person shooters and racing games, it can be frustrating.

But don’t forget, too, it’s also a full-featured Android tablet capable of everything from Chrome to Kindle to Netflix. The screen might not compare with some of the latest HD models from Apple and Amazon, but this is still an undeniably impressive entertainment console — especially for the price.

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Digital Versus

Analogue sticks haven't been designed very well

from Digital Versus

Sometimes even the best of ideas can be difficult to put into practice. Even with something that sounds great on paper, the results can be disappointing. And so, the Archos GamePad misses the mark. Asus should never have relied so heavily on cutting costs with the components, as this just makes f...More

Sometimes even the best of ideas can be difficult to put into practice. Even with something that sounds great on paper, the results can be disappointing. And so, the Archos GamePad misses the mark. Asus should never have relied so heavily on cutting costs with the components, as this just makes for a product that doesn't handle particularly well and which has a terrible battery life.

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T3

There are just too many issues with it

from T3

The Archos GamePad had so much going for it. The affordable price, a design well suited for handheld gaming and great TV mode support but there are just too many issues with it.

The game compatibility issues along with the manic mapping situation for many games and some awful analogue stick...More

The Archos GamePad had so much going for it. The affordable price, a design well suited for handheld gaming and great TV mode support but there are just too many issues with it.

The game compatibility issues along with the manic mapping situation for many games and some awful analogue sticks means it’s a major let down overall. We posed the question as to whether it was a PS Vita or 3DS challenger and we can emphatically say that ithe answer is a big ‘no’ for the Archos GamePad.

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ITProPortal

The physical controls on the GamePad are very disappointing

from ITProPortal

Once again Archos is leading the way with a new type of mobile device. The GamePad leverages on the ever-improving Android gaming market by offering users real, physical controls with which to play. The idea is sound, even brilliant, but unfortunately the product itself isn’t.

The physical controls on the GamePad are very disappointing, and using them is often more frustrating that using the touchscreen. And although the button mapping app is good, it can’t deal with many of the touchscreen specific controls favoured by some games....

More

Once again Archos is leading the way with a new type of mobile device. The GamePad leverages on the ever-improving Android gaming market by offering users real, physical controls with which to play. The idea is sound, even brilliant, but unfortunately the product itself isn’t.

The physical controls on the GamePad are very disappointing, and using them is often more frustrating that using the touchscreen. And although the button mapping app is good, it can’t deal with many of the touchscreen specific controls favoured by some games.

Unfortunately for Archos, Nvidia has come along and shown how this should be done with the launch of its Shield device, which makes the GamePad look like an even less attractive proposition.

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Coolsmartphone

The internal memory basically ruins the device

from Coolsmartphone

Overall the Archos Gamepad felt like an Engineering sample from a manufacturer, the initial software had no end of bugs revolving around the buttons and the mapping software. Archos have issued updates to fix most of these problems, but one big horrific problem still exists. You try and play a ga...More

Overall the Archos Gamepad felt like an Engineering sample from a manufacturer, the initial software had no end of bugs revolving around the buttons and the mapping software. Archos have issued updates to fix most of these problems, but one big horrific problem still exists. You try and play a game using the controls for more than an hour and then check your battery level. You’ll be lucky to have much left at all. Normal touchscreen games don’t drain the battery as much, but that kind of defeats the object.

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Cnet

A bitter disappointment for Android joystick junkies

from Cnet

Given the rapid rise in the quality of Android games, the time is certainly right for a device of this kind -- something with a big screen that could be used for proper gaming as well as all the other cool stuff you usually do on a tablet. Somewhere along the line though, the Archos GamePad went from being a neat idea to a car-crash....

More

Given the rapid rise in the quality of Android games, the time is certainly right for a device of this kind -- something with a big screen that could be used for proper gaming as well as all the other cool stuff you usually do on a tablet. Somewhere along the line though, the Archos GamePad went from being a neat idea to a car-crash.

The controls are awkward and uncomfortable, the screen is of poor quality and the battery life is so bad you can't even take it out of the house for a day before it starts gasping for air.

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Eurogamer

An excellent concept let down by a brutally poor implementation

from Eurogamer

There's definitely room in the market for a gaming-focused tablet - the intense interest surrounding the announcement of the Archos GamePad proves as much. This device had the potential to be something truly special, and at £129.99 it could have made in-roads into the valuable sectors currently being ruthlessly patrolled by the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita....

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There's definitely room in the market for a gaming-focused tablet - the intense interest surrounding the announcement of the Archos GamePad proves as much. This device had the potential to be something truly special, and at £129.99 it could have made in-roads into the valuable sectors currently being ruthlessly patrolled by the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita.

Sadly, Archos' execution is depressingly slapdash, and very little care has been taken when it comes to the design of the much-hyped physical controls. It's a moot point, however; even if the interface been perfect, that wouldn't have totally overcome the other significant issues which impact the GamePad's performance. The battery life is terrible, the screen poor and the software buggy and frustrating to use on a regular basis. To make matters worse, the system is incompatible with many key Android games, robbing the product of its USP.

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