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Hands-on with Archos' two iPad lookalike tablets, the Archos Platinum 97 and 80

Ben Gilbert, @RealBenGilbert
January 8, 2013
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What to make of two Archos-branded tablets that look almost exactly like Apple's ubiquitous iPad and iPad Mini? We weren't quite sure, honestly, but after spending some brief time with both Archos' Platinum 97 and 80, it's easy to understand why Archos went with that look -- the two Android tablets are beautiful, simple, and sleek. But looks only go so far, and when we actually spent some time using the device, we were a bit less impressed. While the 9.7 and 8-inch IPS touchscreens are perfectly serviceable, the physical buttons on each device feels junky and unresponsive. It's not for a lack of power: both tablets feature a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and an unnamed "eight core GPU," pushing 2048 x 1536 resolution on the 97 and 1024 x 768 on the 80 Platinum. Jumping from application to application was quick and slick, but we couldn't help but remain disappointed by a power button that chose to work only sometimes and some relatively low-grade front- and rear-facing cameras: just 2MP apiece. Of course, we'll reserve our full judgment until the Archos Platinum line arrives at retail in March (and in our hands); the Platinum 97 runs $329, while the 80 costs $199.

Gallery: Archos Platinum line tablets @ CES 2013 | 18 Photos

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