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The Archos 7 Android tablet is a wifi device, designed for internet surfing, music and videos.
As well as 8gb memory it has an SD card slot for further expansion.
Typically being Archos it has proprietary charging sockets but also excellent build quality.

Android market is not installed, but easy rooting and installing of all google apps including market is available from archosfans.com , where alot of other information and a wiki is available.

I think this is an absolute bargain for the usage and capability. For my money, for value, it blows the wifi only ipad out of the water and also the cheap flood of Android tablets coming from China. Note it is made to be good value, so don't expect Apple type build, on the other hand its just as well built, if not better, then the Dell Streak (which is a different market due to 3G, but also much more expensive with smaller screen).

I have bought one for browsing around the house and for videos for flights.

Anyway I hope you guys like this deal, which is at least £50 less then any other deal on these and £30 cheaper then the new 2gb version.

Anyone with prejudice against Archos or Android, thats fine, but remember to mark this as value by what it offers and what it says on the Tin. User feedback for this new device seems pretty good so far .....

Lastly note that it can be a USB host (with a special cable), i.e. you can plug in USB storage.
Finally, it even has a built in leg for a desktop stand - fancy that Apple!

Archos info here:
http://www.archos.com/products/ht/archos_7/index.html?country=gb&lang=en

Achos fans forum here:
http://forum.archosfans.com/viewforum.php?f=59

all the best!
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#1
seems a good deal - will it be upgradeable to Android 2.2?
#2
I was considering getting one, but read it has a resistive screen, and I could never go back to one of those.
#3
It's a very good price comparatively speaking, but a poor product. It may be Android based but there's no access to Android Marketplace apps and won't benefit from updates to the OS. Has poor reviews all over, but you get what you paid for, and you won't pay much. No vote either way.
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I'm tempted to vote cold just for the use of "WOW"
;)
#5
Pokey
It's a very good price comparatively speaking, but a poor product. It may be Android based but there's no access to Android Marketplace apps and won't benefit from updates to the OS. Has poor reviews all over, but you get what you paid for, and you won't pay much. No vote either way.


Actually, all android apps can be installed, including market

How do you define poor product ?
This seems to be a well built reliable product. It may not do many things, but it has not been priced at £500 .....
#6
Would this be any good for kids just wanting to surf the net, watch youtube vids and play music though?
#7
cdm22
I'm tempted to vote cold just for the use of "WOW"
;)

taken out
don't be so touchy :)
#8
As the OP says. WOW!

Amazing price for a top quality Android tablet. Will certain have to place this on my to buy list.

I must point out that Dell with its Snapdragon processor is going to be better than this. The Archos uses a 600Mhz Cortex A8 Processor. This means it could run Flash 10.1 at VGA resolution.

Voted Hot
#9
blueladd
Would this be any good for kids just wanting to surf the net, watch youtube vids and play music though?


definitely. Some youtube videos might not play due to incompatability, but surfing and music are pretty good.
#10
Good price. Reviews said the touchscreen is sluggish and Archos have limited Android downloads.

One review here.
http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/13/archos-7-home-tablet-review/
#11
Sin_of_nature
Good price. Reviews said the touchscreen is sluggish and Archos have limited Android downloads.


only using the Archos app system.

you can install android Market and get full access to all Android apps
#12
colonel
cdm22
I'm tempted to vote cold just for the use of "WOW";)
taken outdon't be so touchy :)

Well there was a smiley face after the sentence to show I was joking but like many other things they don't seem to be working on this site! ;-)
#13
Hi,

There may be a work around but the review above states:

Our bigger issue with the Android implementation is the lack of access to the Market. Yes, because of Google's restrictions the 7 doesn't have access the 50,000 apps designed for the operating system. Instead Archos has gone and created its own AppsLib store, which only has 1,000 approved apps at the moment. Even if Archos does plan to add 2,000 paid apps by the end of June, that's still a lot of missing apps! And to say the selection is lacking is an understatement. Some of our favorites were missing, including Seesmic, Slacker, Pandora, and Facebook. And though Archos preloads five apps – eBuddy, Aldiko, ColorNote, DailyNote, and Deezer -- there's no Gmail and YouTube, and obviously those aren't in the AppsLib store either. What does this all mean? It means you have to go out of your way to get your favorite apps on to the device. We managed to wrangle up Facebook, Seesmic, and Opera Mobile from AndroidFreeware.com. We also got Skyfire and Slacker by heading to their respective sites and grabbing them from there. But, yes, it's incredibly frustrating to have to go searching for the apps / .apks around the net, and it's even more frustrating is when they don't work quite right.


colonel
Sin_of_nature
Good price. Reviews said the touchscreen is sluggish and Archos have limited Android downloads.


only using the Archos app system.

you can install android Market and get full access to all Android apps
#14
all the apps you mention below are installable easily (see archosfans.com)

yes they are not included out of the box, but there is a licensing charge to google, so you are effectively getting a reduction in the device cost but still with the ability to easily install them.
seems like a win-win to me.

I think also the reviews are unfair. Archos is marketing this as a web browser and video/music device. The fact you can have access to all the normal Android stuff is a bonus at the price.



Sin_of_nature
Hi,

There may be a work around but the review above states:

Our bigger issue with the Android implementation is the lack of access to the Market. Yes, because of Google's restrictions the 7 doesn't have access the 50,000 apps designed for the operating system. Instead Archos has gone and created its own AppsLib store, which only has 1,000 approved apps at the moment. Even if Archos does plan to add 2,000 paid apps by the end of June, that's still a lot of missing apps! And to say the selection is lacking is an understatement. Some of our favorites were missing, including Seesmic, Slacker, Pandora, and Facebook. And though Archos preloads five apps – eBuddy, Aldiko, ColorNote, DailyNote, and Deezer -- there's no Gmail and YouTube, and obviously those aren't in the AppsLib store either. What does this all mean? It means you have to go out of your way to get your favorite apps on to the device. We managed to wrangle up Facebook, Seesmic, and Opera Mobile from AndroidFreeware.com. We also got Skyfire and Slacker by heading to their respective sites and grabbing them from there. But, yes, it's incredibly frustrating to have to go searching for the apps / .apks around the net, and it's even more frustrating is when they don't work quite right.


colonel
Sin_of_nature
Good price. Reviews said the touchscreen is sluggish and Archos have limited Android downloads.

only using the Archos app system.

you can install android Market and get full access to all Android apps
#15
Not saying it aint a nice device, it looks good. Probably give it a miss, more down to the sluggish touchscreen more than anything. The video in the review mentions you have to push really hard and just watching her, you could see what they ment.
#16
Found a review from cnet
The bottom line: The Archos 7 Home Tablet isn't going to amaze you with its specs or features, but its low price and core Android features--Web, e-mail, media playback--make it a workable iPad alternative.
#17
two questions; what's the battery life like and can it be updated to Android 2.2 ?
#18
Its gonna be one of those things that you end up selling cos its really not that good.. think about it...
#19
Unlikely. According to review:

In reality, the fact that the tablet runs an outdated Android 1.5 operating system will probably mean very little to the average consumer, but for us techies it means knowing that the software doesn't include quick search, the advanced battery usage indicator, multitouch support (not that it matters on this device) and a bunch of other recent additions. Archos can always push a firmware update to the device, but these firmware updates will not be able to administer an Android OS update. Sorry. That's really all we can say for this unfortunate reality.


forcedv
two questions; what's the battery life like and can it be updated to Android 2.2 ?
#20
Battery life seems not bad:

"If there's one thing we're content with on the performance side of things it'd be the battery life. On a video rundown test the Archos lasted for six hours and 45 minutes, with brightness set at 50 percent and WiFi on. That's not too shabby, and you can expect to get at least a few hours more of normal usage."

forcedv
two questions; what's the battery life like and can it be updated to Android 2.2 ?
#21
What about 720p MKV playback ?

is it smooth ?
#22
thanks, ordered
#23
According to review (again):

"We did try out Skyfire so we could actually play some YouTube videos, but the browser itself was sluggish and videos were quite laggy even when connected to a very strong WiFi signal. Speaking of video playback, as a personal media player the Archos 7 does a stand-up job. With H.264, Realvideo, and MPEG-4 codecs it supports .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mov, and .flv files. A 720p clip of Up in the Air played back smoothly with no audio or video sync issues. And after you're done watching a video on the device, it also makes a decent e-reader with the Aldiko software – the app, though it takes a few seconds to open, defaults to a vertical orientation and on-screen swipes turn the pages."

forcedv
What about 720p MKV playback ?

is it smooth ?
#24
Very cheap, but I don't need one. Voted hot :)
#25
Sin_of_nature you are only quoting from one review

pocket-lint says on video playback:
"there's no denying that playing back your video files on the Archos 7 is good. It supports a range of common formats - AVI, MPEG4, MKV, MOV and FLV - although in our test files we found the normal codec oddities – MPEG4's that didn't play, FLV as audio only, etc. We did get it to play 720p MPEG4 files"

The device has had firmware updates since then

most people seem to be using Opera and not skyfire BTW


Sin_of_nature
According to review (again):

"We did try out Skyfire so we could actually play some YouTube videos, but the browser itself was sluggish and videos were quite laggy even when connected to a very strong WiFi signal. Speaking of video playback, as a personal media player the Archos 7 does a stand-up job. With H.264, Realvideo, and MPEG-4 codecs it supports .avi, .mp4, .mkv, .mov, and .flv files. A 720p clip of Up in the Air played back smoothly with no audio or video sync issues. And after you're done watching a video on the device, it also makes a decent e-reader with the Aldiko software – the app, though it takes a few seconds to open, defaults to a vertical orientation and on-screen swipes turn the pages."

forcedv
What about 720p MKV playback ?

is it smooth ?
#26
Try to remember that primarily this is a media device. It you are looking for some fantastic app running device then get a HTC desire or iphone or something.

This is a portable media player with added android functionality. If you mainly want a device for watching high quality video on the move get this, if not there is probably a better device out there for you.

What other portable media devices around this size can play you 5-6 hours of high quality video without needing a charge.
#27
Any spec?
#28
#29
Review:

Touchy feely: The Archos 7 uses older, less responsive technology for its touchscreen than the iPad

If there was ever any doubt about whether there was a market for a multimedia tablet, the announcement earlier this week that Apple had sold more than 2m iPads in its first two months on sale would seem to have settled the argument.

The iPad’s success should also have been good news for the raft of competing tablets, many of which were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January. But only a few of these rivals have actually made it to market.

EDITOR’S CHOICE
More from Paul Taylor - May-13.An insight into the 4G future - May-27.Headsets for easy listening - May-20.Battle of the smartphones - May-13.Online all the time, anywhere - Apr-29.Good value in black and white - Apr-22..I have been testing one of them – the Archos 7 Home Tablet – for the past week. Paris-based Archos has actually been producing multimedia tablets that have been well-received, especially in Europe, for years. But as has happened before (with the iPod and the iPhone) Apple’s entry into a market tends to redefine it and establish its device as a benchmark against which others are judged.

So how does the Google Android-powered and WiFi enabled Archos device, which went on sale in Europe last month for €149 (£129 in the UK) and in the US this week for $199, stack up against its illustrious rival? Is it a worthy challenger or just a poor man’s substitute?

The most immediately noticeable differences between the iPad and the Archos are size, shape, weight and feel. The Archos 7 is the shape of a business envelope and measures 0.5 inches thick but is altogether much smaller and lighter than the iPad – it weighs 13.7 ounces compared with the iPad’s 1.5lb. The Archos 7 is also a lot cheaper than the iPad (which costs from $499, £429 and €479).

Its matt-black metallic case is sleek and elegant, although lacks the rock solid feel of the iPad’s aluminium enclosure. I also found the slide power-on switch on the top edge of the device small, sharp and rather uncomfortable to operate.

A small circular opening on the front right side of the screen bezel looks like it is designed for a video camera but is filled in with a bit of black plastic – a pity because that would have been another advantage over the iPad.

That said, it does come with one feature that the iPad should have: a foldaway kickstand that can be swung out from the back to keep the device upright while watching video clips or movies.

The verdict
Archos 7 Home Tablet

Pros: Low price, convenient size, lightweight, good battery life, runs Android OS.

Cons: Older-style touchscreen, limited apps for download.
..The device also does some things that the iPad cannot – for example, it can run Flash-based video clips, its 8Gb (Gigabyte) of internal flash memory storage can be expanded by up to 32Gb using a plug-in Micro SD card and it comes with a USB port that can be used to easily import files from a PC.

As its name implies, the Archos 7 is built round a seven-inch touchscreen and is designed to be held horizontally in both hands using your thumbs for typing on the on-screen virtual keyboard. While the 800x400 pixel screen is both bright and clear, one of my main complaints is that the older (and lower-cost) resistive technology it uses is not as responsive as that of the iPad and most current smartphones.

Once I calibrated the screen (by taping on X’s that pop up during the initial set-up) it worked well, but anyone who has become familiar with most smartphones will share my disappointment with it. While it would certainly have increased the cost of the device to use better screen technology, most consumers would be happy to pay the extra.

The competition
Apple iPad

Pros: Sleek design, very well-made, great touchscreen, access to wide range of apps for download.

Cons: Relatively pricey and heavy, does not support Flash video or multitasking.



Dell Mini 5 (The Streak)

Pros: Pocket-sized Android tablet/smartphone, 5Mp digital camera plus front-facing camera for videoconferencing.

Cons: Bit big for a phone and too small for an e-reader. Expensive without a phone contract.
..Curiously, the Archos 7 also lacks an accelerometer that would flip the screen from the standard landscape mode to portrait mode. This is a pity because the Archos 7 is actually a rather good e-book reader. Fortunately some apps including the pre-loaded Aldiko e-reader default to portrait mode without needing an accelerometer.

The widescreen format is, of course, ideal for watching movies and, as you might expect from a company with a rich multimedia player heritage, the Archos 7 excels at video and music playback. Despite their tiny size, the two mini-speakers flanking the display pump out good volume and movie playback is smooth and bright. Users can download new content using the Archos 7’s built-in WiFi networking technology or over a USB cable from a desktop machine. In video playback mode I got about seven hours out of the battery between charges.

Archos chose to build the Home Tablet round a relatively modest 600MHz (Megahertz) ARM 9 processor and 128MB of Ram rather than the faster 1Ghz Snapdragon processors found in the latest smartphones and the Dell Mini 5 tablet, or the custom A4 processor found in the iPad. But the only time I really noticed any lack of power was when I opened multiple applications at the same time – something that the iPad cannot do at present anyway.

Perhaps the biggest drawback, however, is that the Archos device does not have access to the full range of downloadable apps found in Google’s Android Market. Google restricts access to the 50,000 apps hosted by the marketplace to “approved” devices and the Archos 7 does not meet the required specifications for approval.

So Archos has created its own AppsLib store containing apps that have been written or adapted to work specifically on the Archos 7. At present there are only 1,000 apps in the AppsLib although Archos promises to add more by the end of the month.

The Archos 7 does ship with a handful of basic apps including audio and video players, photo viewer and e-mail. But many of my favourite Android apps including YouTube, Facebook and Gmail are missing. On the other hand, the Archos 7’s web browser is reasonably fast and loads pages quickly over a WiFi connection.

Overall, the Archos 7 Home Tablet is good value for money, but a handful of niggles and technology missteps mean that at least for the moment, it remains an also-ran in the tablet stakes.

Gadget Show take on it 3 G's out of 5 :
http://fwd.five.tv/gadgets/archos-7-home-tablet
#30
wheres the "table"????
#31
Hi,
I am new to this tablets and android. I just have one question.
Can I connect this tablet to my webcam throw USB port (which I am using for my desktop) and do video chat using yahoo messanger or skype or any other messanger ?

Thanks in advance.
Kumcy
#32
kumcy
Hi,
I am new to this tablets and android. I just have one question.
Can I connect this tablet to my webcam throw USB port (which I am using for my desktop) and do video chat using yahoo messanger or skype or any other messanger ?

Thanks in advance.
Kumcy


doubt it! (see archosfans.com forum)
#33


That's not the right search you need to add home to it (_;)

Anyway specs are here: http://www.archos.com/products/ht/archos_7/specs.html?country=us&lang=en
#34
You will have to copy and paste the link due to HUKD killing the link and not letting me edit it, brilliant :p
#35
potatouk
You will have to copy and paste the link due to HUKD killing the link and not letting me edit it, brilliant :p


Gah your right, condescending fail
#36
There seem to be some contradictory views about the A7HT's ability to play Divx and Xvid avi files. Some say it works, others it does not. Cannot believe that this is even an issue. You'd think a device like that can play whatever you throw at it, perhaps apart from some exotic formats.
#37
I've been using Archos players for years but after the last couple I wont be buying any more.
Horrible propriety charging cables, stupidly long charging times unless you fork out extra for a mains charger (that's right, they don't even include a charger in some of their gear), nasty software, **** build quality, having to pay even more to unlock features, non existant customer support & just a general shoddy experience.
#38
been looking for something like this for my wife, for a long haul flight later in the year, seems to be a decent bit of kit for £99. Hook it upto a 16gb memory card and it looks to be a good deal. She wont be bothered about loads of apps, as long as she can browse the web and access e-mail and use the e-reader functions she will love it. Good find thanks.
#39
8gb really isnt much to play with, especially if you want decent quality video for the large screen, and with the price of 32 gb sd cards its only really music you will be storing on this.
#40
just clicked on the link and its £179 not £99

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