Archos 97 Platinum HD Android Tablet £204.94 @ laptopsdirect.co.uk - £190.94 with Which? code
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Archos 97 Platinum HD Android Tablet £204.94 @ laptopsdirect.co.uk - £190.94 with Which? code

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Found 5th Mar 2013
It won't be shipping till the start of April so pre-order only at the moment but looking around this is the cheapest I could get and it's using the Which? voucher code.

£199.97 for the tablet
£4.97 for delivery
£1.00 for the Which? subscription
-£15.00 From the Which? code

23 Comments

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Tech Specs
Included in box • Tablet, charger, USB data cable, documentation
Display • 9.7’’: 2048 x 1536 pixels, IPS, capacitive multitouch
Application Framework • Android 4.1, "Jelly Bean"
Processor • Quad Core @ 1 GHz
• 8-core GPU PowerVR SGX 544
Capacity • Flash : 8GB* + micro SD port (up to 64GB compatible)
RAM • 2GB RAM
Video playback1 • H.264 HD (up to 1080p @30fps)
• MPEG-42 HD (up to 1080p @30fps)
• With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, MKV, FLV
Audio Playback1 • MP3, WAV (PCM/ADPCM), OGG Vorbis, FLAC
Photo viewer4 • JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles • .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub formats supported
Cameras • Front webcam
• Back 2MP with auto focus
Interfaces • Micro USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
• USB host via OTG
• Audio Jack 3.5mm
• microSD (compatible with 64 GB cards)
• HDMI output (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
Wireless technologies • WiFi
Miscellaneous • 2 Built-in speakers
• G-sensor
• Built-in Microphone
Power source • Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• External: Power adapter/charger
Dimensions & weight • 242 mm x 187 mm x 9.8 mm (9.5’’ x 7.3’’ x 0.38’’)
• 670g (1.47 pounds)
Software update • Updates can also be downloaded at archos.com

Not made by archos, it's a cheap Chinese tablet which has been tweaked and had its name replaced with archos. At least that's what a lot of tech forums are saying. I was contemplating getting one but apparently the processor chip isn't good enough to run the screen so it drains the battery and is also laggy.
Will look forward to seeing what people say when they finally make it onto the shelves. Hopefully they're wrong and it isn't as bad as the cobalt.

50 quid gamble on an Archos is one thing but 190 on this is too much. What happens if it is another buggy,poorly made bit of kit...not cheap enough to take the risk.

Heat added. Its 8 core GPU!!!!!

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cheapskate100

Not made by archos, it's a cheap Chinese tablet which has been tweaked … Not made by archos, it's a cheap Chinese tablet which has been tweaked and had its name replaced with archos. At least that's what a lot of tech forums are saying. I was contemplating getting one but apparently the processor chip isn't good enough to run the screen so it drains the battery and is also laggy.Will look forward to seeing what people say when they finally make it onto the shelves. Hopefully they're wrong and it isn't as bad as the cobalt.



A rebadged Onda v972 which has a lot of praise from the online community. It's a quad core cortex A7 and as the above poster has said it's an eight core GPU so this tablet beats most if not all tegra 3's in performance benchmarks. Combined with the 'retina like' screen and a battery life of up to 10 hours for about £200 this is a good deal and I guess people are voting cold based on the offerings of Archos of old and not on the merits of this particular tab. I guess it's my fault for not pandering to the ignorant masses of HotUKDeals and properly highlighting the good points of this tablet.


Edited by: "omgpleasespamme" 6th Mar 2013

omgpleasespamme

[quote=cheapskate100] Not made by archos, it's a cheap Chinese tablet … [quote=cheapskate100] Not made by archos, it's a cheap Chinese tablet which has been tweaked and had its name replaced with archos. At least that's what a lot of tech forums are saying. I was contemplating getting one but apparently the processor chip isn't good enough to run the screen so it drains the battery and is also laggy.Will look forward to seeing what people say when they finally make it onto the shelves. Hopefully they're wrong and it isn't as bad as A rebadged Onda v972 which has a lot of praise from the online community. It's a quad core cortex A7 and as the above poster has said it's an eight core GPU so this tablet beats most if not all tegra 3's in performance benchmarks. Combined with the 'retina like' screen and a battery life of up to 10 hours for about £200 this is a good deal and I guess people are voting cold based on the offerings of Archos of old and not on the merits of this particular tab. I guess it's my fault for not pandering to the ignorant masses of HotUKDeals and properly highlighting the good points of this tablet.



I don't believe the battery life...and do you own one of these..no? What about any recent Archos tablets?

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chapchap

I don't believe the battery life...and do you own one of these..no? What … I don't believe the battery life...and do you own one of these..no? What about any recent Archos tablets?



8000mAh battery I've read combined with fairly new cpu architecture give the battery claim some weight. No I don't own one of these but in a few weeks l likely will and I'm sure I'll be happy with it as owners of the Onda are. I guess if you were to compare these with the Archos of old what you would say is that you get what you pay for. I've owned a 10 inch Archos before for which I paid £130 and I believe it was great value for money. These will be more expensive than the Archos of old but you're paying for the aluminium and not plastic and specs compare favourably with tablets twice as expensive.

I own an Archos 70 IT- apart from one hick up when i first got it it has been fine. Also got an Archos 80 Cobalt for 50 quid...if i had to pay more than that i would be unhappy with the bugs in it...Wi-Fi is the main annoyance. Two experiences with Archos..so would I spend 190 quid on one…no I wouldn’t. I would wait a few months to see if a) will it be supported by Archos properly b) if so, then some firmware updates later will hopefully iron out any problems and, c) user reviews (esp. people who know what they are talking about) before taking the plunge.

But please give it a go and review it for us…esp. after a few months of use if/when things start going wrong with it.


Just to add to the op...gtrelectronics.co.uk/ this place gets great customer feedback and is UK reseller...checkout the feedback he gets on Amazon.

Plus the momo20 quad for 165 quid looks pretty special!

or Ployer Momo19 Quad...171 quid..
forum.xda-developers.com/sho…797 ..review here..
Key Features

9.7 Inch Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) Tablet PC - Upgradable to 4.2
Fully licensed Google Play pre-installed - access over 100,000 Android Apps
Incredible Power - Allwinner A31 CPU
Quad Core - 4 x Cortex A7
8 Core Graphic Processors - 8 x SGX544MP2
IPS 1024 x 768 Ultra High Definition screen with 178 degree viewing angle
Intuitive 10 point capacitive touchscreen
Brand new patented tooling design - Black front and Aluminium rear - only 9.3mm thin
1080p video playback; 3D output; New 4K Decoding (can run 4 x 720p video's simultaneously)
2GB DDR3 memory; 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via Micro SD
8,000 mAh battery, approx 8 hours battery life
Dual Camera: 1.3MP Front; 2.0MP Rear
Flash 11.1 pre-installed - all iPlayers and Flash content supported


Edited by: "chapchap" 7th Mar 2013

Original Poster

chapchap

or Ployer Momo19 Quad...171 … or Ployer Momo19 Quad...171 quid..http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2145797 ..review here.. Key Features 9.7 Inch Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) Tablet PC - Upgradable to 4.2 Fully licensed Google Play pre-installed - access over 100,000 Android Apps Incredible Power - Allwinner A31 CPU Quad Core - 4 x Cortex A7 8 Core Graphic Processors - 8 x SGX544MP2 IPS 1024 x 768 Ultra High Definition screen with 178 degree viewing angle Intuitive 10 point capacitive touchscreen Brand new patented tooling design - Black front and Aluminium rear - only 9.3mm thin 1080p video playback; 3D output; New 4K Decoding (can run 4 x 720p video's simultaneously) 2GB DDR3 memory; 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via Micro SD 8,000 mAh battery, approx 8 hours battery life Dual Camera: 1.3MP Front; 2.0MP Rear Flash 11.1 pre-installed - all iPlayers and Flash content supported



Thanks for the 2 suggestions but the Momo19 only has a resolution of 1024 x 768 which is a step back to the year 2000 and the Momo20 only has a battery 6000mAh battery for a claimed 5 hour battery life. Not long enough for me.

omgpleasespamme

Thanks for the 2 suggestions but the Momo19 only has a resolution of 1024 … Thanks for the 2 suggestions but the Momo19 only has a resolution of 1024 x 768 which is a step back to the year 2000 and the Momo20 only has a battery 6000mAh battery for a claimed 5 hour battery life. Not long enough for me.



lol ok..well then make sure you keep the Archos address written down somewhere safe so when you need to send it back to them in France when it breaks....

Interesting about the battery though...same battery in the Ployer19 and the Archos but Archos say 10 hours and ployer say 8 hours...the Ployer as you mention has half the res as the Archos but the Archos manages upto 2 hours more from the same battery..wow!

Original Poster

chapchap

lol ok..well then make sure you keep the Archos address written down … lol ok..well then make sure you keep the Archos address written down somewhere safe so when you need to send it back to them in France when it breaks.... ;)Interesting about the battery though...same battery in the Ployer19 and the Archos but Archos say 10 hours and ployer say 8 hours...the Ployer as you mention has half the res as the Archos but the Archos manages upto 2 hours more from the same battery..wow!




I won't have to return it to Archos, I'll have a contract with whichever UK company I buy from so if it isn't up to my standards I'll be returning it to a UK address which isn't too much of a pain. I doubt it'll come to that though.

As I've stated the battery in the Archos and the Onda is 8000mAh not the 6000mAh from the tablets you've linked.

From what I've been reading Archos aren't the only 'known' brand who have decided to put their name to this tablet and hopes are high that it'll get Cyanogen support so even if Archos don't provide it with satisfactory support the community may still do.
Edited by: "omgpleasespamme" 7th Mar 2013

omgpleasespamme

I won't have to return it to Archos, I'll have a contract with whichever … I won't have to return it to Archos, I'll have a contract with whichever UK company I buy from so if it isn't up to my standards I'll be returning it to a UK address which isn't too much of a pain. I doubt it'll come to that though.As I've stated the battery in the Archos and the Onda is 8000mAh not the 6000mAh from the tablets you've linked.From what I've been reading Archos aren't the only 'known' brand who have decided to put their name to this tablet and hopes are high that it'll get Cyanogen support so even if Archos don't provide it with satisfactory support the community may still do.




Underlined for your convenience. How many Archos tablets have you had again ?

Ployer Momo19 Quad
Key Features

9.7 Inch Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) Tablet PC - Upgradable to 4.2
Fully licensed Google Play pre-installed - access over 100,000 Android Apps
Incredible Power - Allwinner A31 CPU
Quad Core - 4 x Cortex A7
8 Core Graphic Processors - 8 x SGX544MP2
IPS 1024 x 768 Ultra High Definition screen with 178 degree viewing angle
Intuitive 10 point capacitive touchscreen
Brand new patented tooling design - Black front and Aluminium rear - only 9.3mm thin
1080p video playback; 3D output; New 4K Decoding (can run 4 x 720p video's simultaneously)
2GB DDR3 memory; 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via Micro SD
8,000 mAh battery, approx 8 hours battery life
Dual Camera: 1.3MP Front; 2.0MP Rear
Flash 11.1 pre-installed - all iPlayers and Flash content supported

Original Poster

chapchap

Underlined for your convenience. How many Archos tablets have you had … Underlined for your convenience. How many Archos tablets have you had again ?Ployer Momo19 QuadKey Features9.7 Inch Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) Tablet PC - Upgradable to 4.2Fully licensed Google Play pre-installed - access over 100,000 Android AppsIncredible Power - Allwinner A31 CPUQuad Core - 4 x Cortex A78 Core Graphic Processors - 8 x SGX544MP2IPS 1024 x 768 Ultra High Definition screen with 178 degree viewing angleIntuitive 10 point capacitive touchscreenBrand new patented tooling design - Black front and Aluminium rear - only 9.3mm thin1080p video playback; 3D output; New 4K Decoding (can run 4 x 720p video's simultaneously)2GB DDR3 memory; 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via Micro SD8,000 mAh battery, approx 8 hours battery lifeDual Camera: 1.3MP Front; 2.0MP RearFlash 11.1 pre-installed - all iPlayers and Flash content supported



Thanks again, I dismissed the Momo19 once I got to the resolution line and didn't read down as far as the battery capacity. I've had experience of three. Two smaller 7 inch and one 10 inch. The first was terrible and didn't come with the play store and required some root work to get it but that wasn't my purchase and it was clear it was going to be terrible from the outset. The second was a replacement under warrenty for the first ( I suspect this is what you're getting at )and as such is newer and better. Has the store etc and seems perfectly useable but as I've stated before it's very much value for money.

The 10 inch I owned myself I returned after only a few days not because it was poor but because I didn't see the need to have it. Between a desktop, laptop, netbook and smartphone I didn't have a need for one but when I saw the price and spec I thought I'd give it a go.

I'm falling victim to marketing again and wondering how nice it would be to have a high resolution on a mobile device which is why I'm once again looking at tablets.

When talking about reliability these are not the Archos of the past so only time will tell but being of aluminium construction it should stop the flexing that was a common complaint about the build quality of old and potentially if the motherboard doesn't flex should prevent the random crash and freeze issues people complained about. Only time will tell.

REVIEW:

I've had the Onda version of this (onda v972). The only difference in hardware being mines has a 32GB as opposed to the 8GB on Archos. The firmware is very buggy thus cannot really tell the potential speed. Currently with the quad core CPU and 8 Core GPU it is by far slower than a galaxy tab. Nowhere as smooth as the nexus 10 or IPad 3. The wifi range is extremely poor which is suprising for a realtek wireless.The battery life is about 4 hours continuous use. The build quality is not as it seems in pictures even though it has a aluminium back. Do not be deceived. It is not solid like the IPad or the galaxy tab. The charging port has issues in the sense that the charger doesn't for in tightly into the micro usb socket. The port seems like it is too far in. The speakers are useless. You can't hear anything unless it is dead quite. So expect to be using headphones all the time. The only real good thing is the screen. It is absolutely awesome. Sharp and high in contrast. Colours come out well saturated when compared with the nexus 10. It would have been perfect if it was 16:9 aspect ratio. Other than the screen, I have nothing else good to say about it because I haven't experienced the potential speed and performance due to the poorly built firmware. Waiting to see if the Archos firmware is any better. Fingers crossed. All in all not worth the money I paid and if the Archos is anything like this, then it is not worth the £200 for just for the screen. Buy something better with a inferior screen and you wont be disappointing. No point in having a semi-working tablet with a good screen. Hope my review and hands on experience with this product helps you guys.
Edited by: "Bulandi" 3rd Apr 2013

LOH1153

Heat added. Its 8 core GPU!!!!!



8 core means nothing. check the GFLOPS and you'll see the GPU is no faster than the quad core PowerVR that apple use.

omgpleasespamme

8000mAh battery I've read combined with fairly new cpu architecture give … 8000mAh battery I've read combined with fairly new cpu architecture give the battery claim some weight. No I don't own one of these but in a few weeks l likely will and I'm sure I'll be happy with it as owners of the Onda are. I guess if you were to compare these with the Archos of old what you would say is that you get what you pay for. I've owned a 10 inch Archos before for which I paid £130 and I believe it was great value for money. These will be more expensive than the Archos of old but you're paying for the aluminium and not plastic and specs compare favourably with tablets twice as expensive.



The nexus is plastic but believe me the aluminium back does not make it good quality. The top is loosely fitted to the back and is not at all sturdy. It is noticeable and you can also see where the screen is not fitting in snugly to the back casing. Perhaps the earlier ones were of better build.

Bulandi

8 core means nothing. check the GFLOPS and you'll see the GPU is no … 8 core means nothing. check the GFLOPS and you'll see the GPU is no faster than the quad core PowerVR that apple use.


Get over it

I have had the Onda V972 for a few days now, it is a 16GB version. I disagree with Bulandi on some points, for example very buggy firmware. It depends on what version you are using, mine came with v1.35 installed and I have to say that it is not too bad. It is pretty responsive, not laggy although there may be one or two occassions when it happens, but nothing too serious. Web browsing, PDF reading and movies watching is a real treat, that screen is fantastic. Also the build quality is very good, nothing like Bulandi describes, unless he was unfortunate to get a faulty piece. I also have had no issues with the WiFi operation, it works well. As for the firmware, there is currently a new version v2.0 available, so there is hope some more things got tweaked. Battery life, yes, it is nothing to write home about, something like 4.5 hours with WiFi on of continuous browsing, the screen brightness set to minimum. Also it seems to take ages for a battery to fully charge. So the battery definitely needs some attention. Overall, I do not think this is a bad tablet, I too paid £200 for it and I think the price is adequate.

GOOD +: Great retina display, 2GB RAM, fast CPU and GPU performance, pre-installed apps are working fine (web browser, video player, music player, image viewer etc.), solid build quality

BAD -: Not very impressive battery life plus battery charging cycle too long, no Bluetooth, no GPS

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER +/-: dual LED flash would be a nice addition to the rear camera I think, one more miniUSB port would be helpful (mainly when the one present is being used for charging), some more work is needed to improve the firmware to take full advantage of fast A31 Allwinner chip

LOH1153

Get over it



You have obviously never used a quality product. Stick to your China rubbish but Bulandi is right. They are misleading you with the cores.

Bought this tablet as a present for my dad. After 2 days of getting complaints by my dad I've decided to return this tablet. Besides the gorgeous screen this tablet is very frustrating to use.

Pros:
-Beautiful screen

Cons:
-Utterly slow
-WiFi is frequently dropping
-Screen doesn't always detect input (sometimes need to press very hard)
-battery life is about 5 hours and not 10.

I'm getting a nexus 7 2013 model instead.
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