Archos GamePad

45
Global
Score
45

A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful.

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Engadget Summary

Taking a 7-inch Android tablet and adding dedicated gaming controls sounds like a great idea, given the sheer number of Android games available, and the challenge of playing some of them using a touch interface. Unfortunately, the Archos GamePad fails at this idea about as spectacularly as possible. As Eurogamer puts it, "the Archos GamePad's physical controls are uncomfortable to use and badly designed - so much so that they might as well not even be present." The problem is exacerbated by Archos' software, which attempts to map onscreen controls to physical ones, and, which, according to Eurogamer, "rarely works properly." IT Pro Portal also sees the potential in the GamePad, but says "the overall experience is disappointing at best and downright frustrating at worst." If you're a dedicated Android gamer and must have physical controls, you can always rig up a third-party controller like the Power A Moga or Fructel Gametel -- or wait for a more promising integrated option, like Nvidia's Project Shield.

from $119.95+

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Users

9
 

Breakdown

Display
5.0
Durability
6.0
Design and form factor
5.0
Ease of use
5.2
Storage capacity
6.7
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Specs

GamePad

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
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Specs

GamePad

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
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