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80
pfalcao
Have it for almost 2 years now. Has a full USB port which is a must.Just needs...read more
70
Icyykit
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
90
xDeepS
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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80
pfalcao
08.19.12
Have it for almost 2 years now. Has a full USB port which is a must.Just needs a new firmware to get a more recent version of Android, which you can get from www.archosfans.com
 
70
Icyykit
04.16.12
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
 
90
xDeepS
05.15.11
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
unraveledideas
03.10.11
This device was purchased as a hold over until tablets start to get a little better. For $300 you can't ask for anything better. In fact I think this is a heckuva deal at $300. I'd be hesitant to pay $450 plus for it though, thankfully you don't have to. Overall everything is pretty well thought out and works well. There are some typical problems with a lack of apps for Android tablets, but overall most work well. I just wish they would have upgraded the materials a touch. Everything might have received a point higher if the build quality was just a bit better.
 
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dignan17
01.07.11
*some of the following is from a comment I posted* Please, stay away from the Archos 101. This is a terrible, terrible device. I'm just going to start off with the deal-breaker: the screen on this thing is the worst I've seen on any consumer electronics device. It was simply unusable. The problem was that if I looked at it straight-on in landscape mode (like the photo in this GDGT entry), the top edge of the screen would have a different contrast/color saturation than the bottom edge. Additionally, as you tilt the display back and forth, this effect changes throughout the display and just looks awful. Where this became the biggest problem was when you tried to do anything in portrait mode. Because of this inconsistency across the screen, your eyes effectively see two different images because neither sees the same color on something like an icon. I'm not kidding, if you look at an icon in portrait mode that's to the left edge of the screen, you get this weird (and uneasy) effect of looking at two different things from the same view. I tried reading comics like this, and started getting headaches and an uneasy stomach. It wasn't fun to say the least. I owned my 101 for about 15 days before returning it, and in that time I only bothered playing with it for about a total of 4 hours, which is impressive considering how awful the screen is. In that time I didn't have the greatest impression of the device. Here are some other negative points: First, one thing that drew me to the 101 was what I perceived to be plain vanilla Android, but without the Google proprietary apps and with a little mojo from Archos for media stuff and their market. I don't know what it was, but it simply didn't feel like the real Android experience. Example: in Android, when you have the app drawer open, you can long-press on an app's icon, the drawer closes, and you can drag the icon where you want on the home screen. On the 101, there is NO long-press on the app drawer, it just instantly launches the app. Instead you have to long-press the home screen, press shortcut, applications, etc. It's annoying, and indicates that at the very least Archos has put their own launcher on there, possibly in order to be able to put more icons on the home screen than Android allows. Still, it seems like it wasn't written very well... Other negatives... Well, one evening, after a full charge, I played with the tablet for about 30 minutes before bed, browsing the web and other basic stuff. When I woke up the next morning, the 101 was completely dead. Pressing power wouldn't even begin the boot and fail, it just wouldn't do a thing, and I had to charge it again. I don't know if this would have been the usual, but it shouldn't happen and I returned it before I could find out. Everyone in the Archos community states how easy it is to simply slap the official Android App Market on the 101 and have a real Android experience, complete with the official GMail client. I guess it was sort of easy, but finding the correct apk and upgrading the tablet its self to the point where you can use the apk is not straightforward. And afterwards you still can't install protected apps. The 101 was speedy enough at some points, then in others it would be oddly slow and unresponsive... The only real positive I have to say about the 101 is its storage capabilities. It has the MicroSD slot, sure, but it also has a full USB port, to which you can attach a portable hard disk for more storage than any other device on the market. This is great for trips where you can carry around a ton of video on an external drive, and be able to use the device with or without it. The combination of 16GB of internal memory, an SD slot for mostly permanent additional storage, and the temporary nature of external drive storage really was the best of all possible worlds. Sadly, this is clearly not enough to make me live with a screen that literally makes me want to throw up. So yes, in the end it went back to the store, and I'm out return shipping [and possibly a restocking fee, which will really piss me off - I won't be ordering from Tiger Direct anymore]. The thing is, I'm saddened by my experience. I've been a long-time proponent of Archos, and have had at least three of their devices over the last eight years. They've pioneered much of the portable device space (they had the first portable MP3 recorder and the first portable video players, of which I had both). In the past, their devices have usually had some feature drawback, like slow hardware or poor software UIs, but they were always drawbacks I could live with. When it came to the 101, and a screen this terrible, it's just not something you can live with. Sorry, Archos. This will be the last time I trust you. The single selling point for this device is its low price. Do not let that fool you. ** My overall rating does not match an average of my above scores. That is because I have weighted my overall rating to match my assessment of the screen, which is such a problem that none of the other aspects of the device matter...because you can't see them... **