Archos 80 Titanium review

Cheap and cheerful iPad clone

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The main rival to the Archos 80 Titanium is the iPad mini, along with Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 - both of which sell for a great deal more.

That's some tough technical competition and if you look at the Titanium's price bracket it's got an equally tricky challenge with the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 for company.

While coming with a low price tag, it does miss some key features - so can we really recommend a tablet like this?

We liked

The hard button Home control on the Archos 80 Titanium's side is novel, the overall styling is quite some achievement, and its bountiful connectivity is excellent. It performs all of the core tasks of a tablet efficiently and the build quality is as good as anything on the market.

The mini HDMI-out connection is nice, as is the microSD card expansion slot, while the bundling of the OfficeSuite package and the custom-made Archos Music and Archos Video apps adds to the already scintillating value.

And the price? Well, £150 (US$170) is so low that we're not convinced the Archos 80 Titanium shouldn't be bought in multiples. It certainly earns an extra point on our overall score for its low price alone, especially considering its excellent build quality.

We disliked

Some will detest the 2MP camera and the lack of HD video recording on the tablet, while others will rue the lack of Bluetooth and GPS.

The white-only design won't appeal to all - in fact, it could even restrict the Archos 80 Titanium's mainstream chances and make it a child-centric tablet - and it's much heavier than an iPad mini.

A poor battery and even worse camera will hamper its attractiveness to anyone wanting a tablet on the move, as will the use of a proprietary power cable.

The use of the already past-it Android 4.1 spec might concern some, too, while the occasional freeze-ups and a lack of multitasking during downloads might also annoy.

Final verdict

There are problems, issues, and 'missing' features when you compare the Archos 80 Titanium to an iPad mini, but that costs twice as much.

Besides, despite its lack of GPS, Bluetooth and poor cameras, it does add flexible options like mini HDMI and micro USB connections.

And in many areas the Archos 80 Titanium out-performs its heftily- priced rival to the extent that anyone thinking of purchasing a small tablet should seriously consider whether spending more than this is really necessary.

And that is quite some achievement; bravo to Archos and its great-looking, awesome value 8-inch Titanium tablet.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ManufacturerARM
Graphics Controller ModelMali 400
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Product FamilyElements
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Operating SystemAndroid 4.1 Jelly Bean
Brand NameArchos
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A9
Screen Size20.3 cm (8")
Screen Resolution1024 x 768
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)440 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 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
Height9.9 mm
Width200 mm
Depth154 mm
Screen ModeXGA
ManufacturerArchos Technology
Product Model80 TITANIUM
Product NameElements 80 TITANIUM Tablet
Product LineElements
Aspect Ratio4:3
Manufacturer Part Number502357
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationThe 1024 x 768 resolution of the ARCHOS 80 Titanium means that you will see every detail of your pictures and videos. Thanks to IPS technology the ARCHOS 80 Titanium has extra wide viewing angles to make sure that you can share your tablet experience in every situation with sharp, truly vivid colors.

Because it's got a mini-HDMI port, you can plug your ARCHOS 80 Titaniuminto your HDTV to experience the complete Android™ interface on your TV. Great for watching videos or sharing that gaming session on the big screen.
Package Contents
  • Elements 80 TITANIUM Tablet
  • AC Adapter