Archos 101 XS review

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As we always state, when it comes to browser options on Android tablets, you aren't stuck with the default version. Hopefully, with Google really pushing Chrome for Android hard, we shouldn't see too much more of 'Browser' and its dull globe icon. But, sadly, on the Archos 101 XS that is what you have for your web adventures - to begin with, at least.

We'd recommend hitting Google Play straight away to download Google's Chrome browser, or perhaps Dolphin HD or Opera Mini, which are all fantastic alternatives to the default selection.

Archos 101 XS review

Whatever browser you choose, you can expect a smooth experience on the new Archos flagship tablet, with the 1GB of RAM proving ample for multi-tabbed browsing.

Archos 101 XS review

Using the default browser for reference, pages loaded quickly, there was little lag when switching between tabs and Flash content ran without too much fuss - at least most of the time.

Archos 101 XS review

We did encounter some browsing crashes, but we'll put these down to the fact that the device we were using was actually an engineering sample, not the final product.

Archos 101 XS review

The default browser offers the usual array of personalisation tweaks, such as changing the text size, zooming on a double-tap and inverted screen rendering. Text reflow is supported, making it easier to read articles on the go, and text looked nice and clear when zoomed in to its maximum level.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination Technologies
Graphics Controller ModelPOWERVR SGX54
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelOMAP4470
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameArchos
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Processor TypeOMAP 4
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)600 g
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height170 mm
Width273 mm
Depth8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerArchos Technology
Product Model101 XS
Product Name101 XS Tablet
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part Number502126
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.archos.com
Marketing Information

The new definition of tablet

Thanks to patented construction tech, the ARCHOS 101 XS combines strength and elegance in a 8 mm (0.31'') body.

Play anything, share wirelessly

The ARCHOS Media Center means that there's amazing codec and format support in specially designed apps made for sharing your media.

Package Contents
  • 101 XS Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • Ultra-thin Magnetic Coverboard
  • Charger
  • USB Data Cable
  • Documentation
Limited Warranty1 Year