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conclusion:Pass on it

65 March 24th 2014 2:05 pm

The original GamePad was a huge disappointment, so Archos made some changes to the GamePad 2 -- unfortunately, they're still not enough to make it a desirable product. The GamePad 2's display resolution is just 1280 x 800, but Expert Reviews says "text and images still look reasonably sharp." However, while that might be acceptable on most tablets, the GamePad 2 is designed for gaming, and TechRadar notes that "in-game ... it's not always such a smooth experience." The controls have improved slightly over those of the original GamePad, but game support still isn't great and Trusted Reviews says "you need to assign the buttons as the game is running," which less than ideal. One thing the GamePad 2 does get right this time the is battery life, and T3 says they were able to get "seven hours in practice." If you're considering the GamePad 2 over a Vita or 3DS XL you'll be left wanting, as the game libraries are not even remotely on the same level. And if you are really interested in Android gaming, you should consider the NVIDIA Shield instead, or even forgo physical buttons and just buy yourself a Nexus 7.

Critic reviews

6.6
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    6.0
  • Graphics
    6.2
  • Battery life
    7.7
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.1
  • Durability
    6.9

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7.0
PC Advisor Jan 23, 2014

It's almost as if the Archos GamePad 2 is fighting against itself in terms of its branding, as if we were looking at this tablet as a purely budget tablet, it's be hard not to be impressed with the good IPS screen, storage options, HDMI out, and quad-core processor with 2GB RAM.

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8.0
Digital Versus Jan 29, 2014

The Archos GamePad 2 may not qualify as an irreproachable tablet in the classic sense, but as a tablet-console it's excellent. The fruit of serious efforts with the software and hardware, it's worth checking out for any gamers who want an affordable portable multimedia device.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Dec 11, 2013

The Archos GamePad 2 is big improvement on the first GamePad in many ways but game support and the frustrating mapping button means the search for a great Android gaming tablet goes on.

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6.0
T3 Nov 22, 2013

The second GamePad from Archos is a massive improvement ... The game controls are great, there are welcome features like microSD card support, and it doubles up as a very capable Android tablet. However, the game support is weak right now, and Modern Combat 4 is a poor showcase for the machine.

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6.0
TechRadar Dec 24, 2013

At its high price point and with few Android games really challenging the likes of blockbusters on other, more established, consoles, the Archos GamePad 2 isn't value for money.

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First Looks

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Pocket-Lint Oct 29, 2013

The Gamepad 2 is improved on all levels with faster innards, better screen, upgraded buttons and sticks plus even a better personalised control system. All that and the price is still pretty low.

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TechRadar Oct 29, 2013

The GamePad 2 has come a long way from the first, and Archos deserves credit for listening to the feedback. That said, we think it could struggle at its launch cost, which asks a premium price for non-premium games.

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T3 Oct 30, 2013

With an improved display, bigger battery and a great partnership with one of the behemoths of mobile gaming, the Archos GamePad 2 is looking a much better proposition than the original.

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TrustedReviews Oct 30, 2013

The Archos GamePad 2 is clearly much better than its predecessor. It looks better, feels much more like a serious product than an opportunistic toy ... The form of the GamePad is still questionable ... But if you love the idea of what’s on offer here, the GamePad 2 probably won’t disappoint.

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The Verge Oct 9, 2013

For gamers, the thumbsticks on GamePad 2 are now more precise, and buttons are now clickier — an admittedly small improvement the company says results in a better gaming experience.

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Expert Reviews Oct 29, 2013

Archos has addressed almost all of our criticisms of the original Gamepad with its successor, leaving us with a very positive first impression.

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