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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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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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Battery life

32
 

Features

50
 

Portability (size / weight)

75
 

Display

50
 

Durability

60
 

Design and form factor

50
 

Ease of use

52
 

Storage capacity

67
 

How It Stacks Up

82

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82
 

Critic

88
 

User

83
 

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80
 

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90
 
74

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74
 

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74
 

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81
 
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82
 

Critic

88
 

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83
 

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