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Archos 7 Home Tablet review

5.2/10 AVG.
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5.2/10
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The Archos 7 Home Tablet currently has an Informr score of 5.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
600 MHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Magazine

At $200, much can be forgiven of the Archos 7 Home Tablet, since it offers such a large touch screen, HD video, Web access, free apps, and a lot more. But make no mistake, with an unpolished interface and a less-than-responsive touch screen, there's a lot to forgive. The Archos 7 is a fair deal&mdas...

- Tim Gideon, PC Magazine
PCWorld

The Archos 7 performs a set of core tasks reasonably well, and comes at very reasonable price of $199. On the other hand, the touchscreen is hard to operate, and you can’t buy new apps at the Android Market. Many Android smartphones in the same price range (with contract) perform much better a...

- Mark Sullivan , PCWorld
Wired

Stripped to its absolute basics, the Archos 7 Home Tablet is for the user who expects the bare minimum from his gadgetry. This isn’t a smartphone without the phone — it’s a smartphone without the phone or the smart. Nothing in the tablet takes advantage of the features that even ba...

- Christopher Null, Wired
Pocket-lint

What we have in the Archos 7 is a device that feels like it has been engineered to a price. And that's the scary thing about the Archos 7: the price is biggest plus point. The fact that it runs Android isn't such a benefit as you don't get to experience what the rest of the Android world takes for g...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
Laptop Magazine

The $199 Archos 7 Home Tablet is not a case of “you get what you pay for.” That’s because we’d expect even a cheap Android-powered slate to recognize our touch input most of the time and to offer a larger selection of apps. Yes, this device has a bigger screen than the sma...

- K.T. Bradford, Laptop Magazine


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Screen Size
7"

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

Processor
600 MHz

There is a 9 600 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
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's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

7 Home Tablet Specs

Overview
Release date June 15, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor 9 600 MHz
Internal Storage 8 GB
RAM 128 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
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 Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 20.3 x 10.7 x 1.2 cm (8 x 4.2 x 0.5 in)
Weight 388 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 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Resistive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
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 No
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
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
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 Yes
TV Out No
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
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, RealVideo, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, RealVideo, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, JPG
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


PC Magazine

Buy the Archos 7 Home Tablet at your own risk

from PC Magazine

At $200, much can be forgiven of the Archos 7 Home Tablet, since it offers such a large touch screen, HD video, Web access, free apps, and a lot more. But make no mistake, with an unpolished interface and a less-than-responsive touch screen, there's a lot to forgive. The Archos 7 is a fair deal&m...More

At $200, much can be forgiven of the Archos 7 Home Tablet, since it offers such a large touch screen, HD video, Web access, free apps, and a lot more. But make no mistake, with an unpolished interface and a less-than-responsive touch screen, there's a lot to forgive. The Archos 7 is a fair deal—but don't say I didn't warn you about that finicky screen.

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PCWorld

A good choice for someone who's eager to have a tablet with a big screen, but has limited budget

from PCWorld

The Archos 7 performs a set of core tasks reasonably well, and comes at very reasonable price of $199. On the other hand, the touchscreen is hard to operate, and you can’t buy new apps at the Android Market. Many Android smartphones in the same price range (with contract) perform much bette...More

The Archos 7 performs a set of core tasks reasonably well, and comes at very reasonable price of $199. On the other hand, the touchscreen is hard to operate, and you can’t buy new apps at the Android Market. Many Android smartphones in the same price range (with contract) perform much better and can access better apps, although the Archos 7 does bring a larger screen.People who want a low-priced Android tablet now may be happy with the purchase.

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Wired

The Archos 7 Home Tablet is really cheap but you should think more than twice before buying one

from Wired

Stripped to its absolute basics, the Archos 7 Home Tablet is for the user who expects the bare minimum from his gadgetry. This isn’t a smartphone without the phone — it’s a smartphone without the phone or the smart. Nothing in the tablet takes advantage of the features that even basic Android devices on the market provide. Without multitouch, GPS, an accelerometer, or even a Home button, the use case for the Archos 7 can be frustrating...

More

Stripped to its absolute basics, the Archos 7 Home Tablet is for the user who expects the bare minimum from his gadgetry. This isn’t a smartphone without the phone — it’s a smartphone without the phone or the smart. Nothing in the tablet takes advantage of the features that even basic Android devices on the market provide. Without multitouch, GPS, an accelerometer, or even a Home button, the use case for the Archos 7 can be frustrating.

But hey, it’s 200 bucks. If nothing else, that’s extremely cheap for a device with a screen this large. Admittedly the Archos 7 doesn’t do much, but at least it doesn’t pretend to be magical.

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Pocket-lint

Archos made sure that this device wouldn’t be worth more than its cheap price

from Pocket-lint

What we have in the Archos 7 is a device that feels like it has been engineered to a price. And that's the scary thing about the Archos 7: the price is biggest plus point. The fact that it runs Android isn't such a benefit as you don't get to experience what the rest of the Android world takes fo...More

What we have in the Archos 7 is a device that feels like it has been engineered to a price. And that's the scary thing about the Archos 7: the price is biggest plus point. The fact that it runs Android isn't such a benefit as you don't get to experience what the rest of the Android world takes for granted: those freedoms are denied, unless you are happy to hunt out new apps, something the average customer won't want to do.
We can accept the build not being that exciting and at this price, we'll even forgive the screen, which really doesn't sell the device as well as it should. We find ourselves scratching our head over small design points that make the Archos 7 less user-friendly, like needing a separate charger and not having a volume control - simple things that detract from the everyday experience.
So you have to see the Archos 7 Home Tablet for what it is. Given the right source, it is a capable video player and the freedom to expand the memory via microSDHC is welcomed and this makes it really easy to add content. The browser is good enough to quickly look something up online.
But an all-round entertainment device it is not and we didn't find the Archos 7 to be quite as compelling as we hoped.

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Laptop Magazine

It should have been sold cheaper with its really poor performance

from Laptop Magazine

The $199 Archos 7 Home Tablet is not a case of “you get what you pay for.” That’s because we’d expect even a cheap Android-powered slate to recognize our touch input most of the time and to offer a larger selection of apps. Yes, this device has a bigger screen than the...More

The $199 Archos 7 Home Tablet is not a case of “you get what you pay for.” That’s because we’d expect even a cheap Android-powered slate to recognize our touch input most of the time and to offer a larger selection of apps. Yes, this device has a bigger screen than the smaller and pricier Archos 5, and it’s a decent media player (if you bring your own content). But the finicky display, sluggish performance, and dearth of apps add up to lackluster experience. Some will be tempted by the low cost of entry, but we say save your money for the iPad or wait for more compelling Android tablets to hit the market.

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CNET

Not an iPad killer but still worth buying especially with its low price

from CNET

We have to give Archos credit for being the first to market with a 100 percent Android tablet and at a price that's within reach for most people. If you're looking for an iPad killer, the Archos 7 Home Tablet misses the mark, but it's not without its redeeming qualities.

The Archos 7...More

We have to give Archos credit for being the first to market with a 100 percent Android tablet and at a price that's within reach for most people. If you're looking for an iPad killer, the Archos 7 Home Tablet misses the mark, but it's not without its redeeming qualities.

The Archos 7 Home Tablet isn't going to amaze you with its specs or features, but its low price and core Android features--Web, e-mail, media playback--make it a workable iPad alternative.

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Engadget

The Archos 7 Home Tablet gives you exactly what you pay for

from Engadget

The Archos 7 Home Tablet: 'tis really a story of you get what you pay for. We knew that the lack of an accelerometer, capacitive screen and access to the Android Market would be major downers, and, well, they were. Obviously, those things would jack up the price, and though the Archos 7 does some things decently, like play onboard videos and display e-books, for $199 we still wish it did more for the price, or was even cheaper...

More

The Archos 7 Home Tablet: 'tis really a story of you get what you pay for. We knew that the lack of an accelerometer, capacitive screen and access to the Android Market would be major downers, and, well, they were. Obviously, those things would jack up the price, and though the Archos 7 does some things decently, like play onboard videos and display e-books, for $199 we still wish it did more for the price, or was even cheaper.

If you're desperate to get your hands on a large screen Android tablet and have $200 saved, the Archos 7 Home Tablet is really your only option at the moment, though we're hopeful that some of its soon-to-arrive competitors will impress us more.

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