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Archos GamePad review

5/10 AVG.

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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 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
1.6 GHz
Screen Size

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

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

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

1.6 GHz

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


The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

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

Internal memory is 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.

Archos GamePad Specs

Release date December 6, 2012
Regions available USA, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor ARM CORTEXTM dual-core A9 1.6 GHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible 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 x pixels
Pixel density 170 pixels
Size 7 inches
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
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
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, AAC+, AAC, 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
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games No
Apps No
Included Software / Apps -
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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