Archos 101 G9 review

Archos waves its magic media wand yet again, this time producing a full Honeycomb tablet

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Tempting price
  • Full Android 3.2 Honeycomb support
  • Great for video playback
  • Good battery life

Against

  • Plasticy chassis
  • Budget screen
  • Awful camera
  • Uninspired performance

What do you want from a tablet? It's a question that many reviews want you to ask yourself before invariably buying an iPad 2, but it's a question that's particularly relevant to the Archos 101 G9.

That's because Archos has focused on media playback for its latest machine, and it's done a pretty decent job of it. The Archos 101 G9 also happens to be a fully fledged Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet at the same time. Plus there's the little point of cash - at £270 for 8GB, this is one of the most affordable Android 3.2 tablets that money can buy.

The obvious fear with any tablet focused on the budget market is that too many corners have been cut in order to bring it in at an iPad-destroying price point. But on paper, at least, there are no obvious miscarriages of silicon justice.

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You get a 1GHz OMAP 4 dual-core processor courtesy of Texas Instruments, with a view to upgrading this to a faster 1.5GHz model in early 2012.

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There are plenty of connection options - including a mini HDMI port, microSD slot and a standard micro USB port. And when it comes to the all-important display, you can rest assured that the 10.1-inch screen is capacitive (and responsive), and boasts a healthy native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.

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The Archos 101 G9 comes in two different flavours, each defined by the storage options available. The basic unit packs 8GB of storage and has a list price of £270 (although you should be able to pick this up for around £250), while a 16GB model, the Archos 101 G9 Turbo, is going to be available at the start of 2012.

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Potentially more interesting is the 250GB additional memory on the Archos 101 G9, which uses a traditional hard drive. This will obviously make the unit a little more fragile than your standard tablet, but for a media machine, that's plenty of space for hours and hours of movies.

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Connection options for the base unit are limited to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth only, but Archos is keen to promote its 3G USB dongle that can be plugged into a special slot on the machine's underside. This doesn't make much sense if you're thinking of tethering this to your television, but it does enable you to extend the usefulness of the machine to compete against much more expensive options.

The dongle can be used with your PC as well, which ticks the versatility box nicely.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Product Family101 G9
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating SystemAndroid 3.2 Honeycomb
Brand NameArchos
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeOMAP 4
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Weight (Approximate)649 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height12.6 mm
Width276 mm
Depth167.3 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerArchos Technology
Product Model501889
Product Name101 G9 501889 Tablet Computer
Product Line101 G9
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number501889
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.archos.com
Marketing Information

A POWERFUL MULTI-CORE PROCESSOR

Your ARCHOS 101 G9 tablet includes the powerful Texas Instruments OMAP 4 smart multi-core processor with different models available up to 1.5 GHz. All this power means that you'll be able to surf the web and multitask faster as well as play the super-common H.264 High Profile codec for full HD 1080p videos at over 30fps.

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Flash storage or 250GB Hard Drive Storage

To give you more space for your media and apps ARCHOS 101 G9 tablets are available in flash storage and 250GB hard drive storage versions. Using an intelligent caching system on the hard drive versions, your 250GB ARCHOS 101 G9 will feel as fast and responsive as a flash device but gives you storage space to spare.

Limited Warranty1 Year