65
Global
Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
65

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

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The original GamePad was a huge disappointment, so Archos made some changes to the GamePad 2 -- unfortunately, they're still not enough to make it a desirable product. The GamePad 2's display resolution is just 1280 x 800, but Expert Reviews says "text and images still look reasonably sharp." However, while that might be acceptable on most tablets, the GamePad 2 is designed for gaming, and TechRadar notes that "in-game ... it's not always such a smooth experience." The controls have improved slightly over those of the original GamePad, but game support still isn't great and Trusted Reviews says "you need to assign the buttons as the game is running," which less than ideal. One thing the GamePad 2 does get right this time the is battery life, and T3 says they were able to get "seven hours in practice." If you're considering the GamePad 2 over a Vita or 3DS XL you'll be left wanting, as the game libraries are not even remotely on the same level. And if you are really interested in Android gaming, you should consider the NVIDIA Shield instead, or even forgo physical buttons and just buy yourself a Nexus 7.

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Model

Key Specs

Game format
Downloadable
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick
Online features
Store, Browser

General

Game format
Downloadable

Display

Secondary display
no

Controls / accessories

Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick (2)

Sound

Speakers
Stereo
Audio jack
3.5mm

Media playback

Photo viewer
yes (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG)
Audio playback
yes (AAC, FLAC, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA)
Video playback
yes (AVI, DivX, h.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, XviD)

Networking / online service

WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Online features
Store, Browser
Downloadable content
Games, Game updates, TV shows, Movies, Music

Storage

Internal storage
yes (8 GB)
Memory card support
yes (microSD)

Hardware

CPU speed
1.6 GHz
System RAM
2048 MB

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-polymer)
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