Archos 101 Platinum review

Archos's latest full-sized tablet is cheap in every sense of the word

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The Archos 101 Platinum is one of the cheapest full-sized tablets on the market, yet it still doesn't feel like particularly good value.

For the same £200 price you can get the smaller yet vastly-superior-in-every-way Nexus 7. You can also get the only-slightly-smaller Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which features a much sharper display and superior build quality.

Of course, here you're getting a pure Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean experience and quad-core performance, which isn't to be sniffed at.

But when the core experience is compromised by shoddy components and a sub-par screen resolution, as it is here, I'd recommend either downsizing or splashing out a little extra on a Google Nexus 10.

We liked

£200 is undoubtedly cheap for a 10.1-inch quad-core tablet, whichever way you look at it.

That's especially so when you consider its relatively modern and unmolested OS. Stock Android Jelly Bean is always welcome around these parts.

Meanwhile the presence of a microSD slot - which is increasingly rare on Android devices - opens the way for cheap-but-bountiful memory expansion.

We disliked

The Archos 101 Platinum's build quality is dubious to say the least, with a toy-like snap-together feel to its construction.

I'd also question some of the design decisions at play here, such as squeezing all of the controls and ports onto a single edge, and including both a microUSB connection and a separate charger port.

I also find it difficult to recommend any modern tablet - budget or otherwise - with such a low-resolution display as this.

Final verdict

The market is crying out for a more affordable full-sized tablet alternative to the iPad, of that there's no doubt. But the Archos 101 Platinum simply makes too many compromises to be that device.

Its design and build quality are well below what I've come to expect, even from a tablet costing £200, and while it boasts a quad-core processor it's far from the speediest example.

Most of all, thanks to the likes of the Google Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and the Tesco Hudl, we've all come to expect a high definition experience from our budget tablets, and the Platinum is found severely lacking on this front.

If you really want a full-sized tablet for less than the price of an iPad, consider splashing out a little extra on the Google Nexus 10. Otherwise, go for one of the above compact alternatives. In either case, you'll be getting a lot more tablet for your money.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ModelMali 400 MP4
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Product FamilyElements
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Operating SystemAndroid 4.2 Jelly Bean
Brand NameArchos
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A9
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)635 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyIn-plane Switching (IPS) Technology
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution2 Megapixel
Height10 mm
Width262 mm
Depth172 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerArchos Technology
Product Model101 Platinum
Product Name101 Platinum Tablet
Product LineElements
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number502415
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe ARCHOS 101 Platinum, featuring a super-fast 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU. Its IPS screen delivers astonishing details, sharper texts and true vivid colors. With embedded GPS & Bluetooth™, combined with the optimized mobile operating system Android™ 4.2 ''Jelly Bean'', the ARCHOS 101 Platinum has everything to meet your tablet needs.
Limited Warranty1 Year