Archos GamePad

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45
Global
Score
A poor product that's more likely to be frustrating than useful.
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.

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5.2
Average Critic Score

Features

5.0
 

Portability (size / weight)

7.5
 

Display

5.0
 

Durability

6.0
 

Design and form factor

5.0
 

Ease of use

5.2
 

Storage capacity

6.7
 

Battery life

3.2
 

How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

87
 

User

80
 

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82

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Critic

82
 

User

67
 
74

Engadget

74
 

Critic

73
 

User

80
 
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How It Stacks Up

82

Engadget

82
 

Critic

87
 

User

80
 

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82

Engadget

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Critic

82
 

User

67
 
74

Engadget

74
 

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73
 

User

80
 
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