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Archos 70 Internet Tablet 8GB review

An affordable Android device that will suit regular travellers

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 800 x 480

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For

  • Good battery life
  • Decent performance
  • Connectivity

Against

  • Some performance issues
  • Limited storage

The Archos 70 internet tablet is a middle of the road Honeycomb affair with a design that hardly sets our hearts alight. But, its tiny appearance and price is enticing.

Touted as the first Android Honeycomb tablet available under £180, the 70 internet tablet positions itself as a media device more than anything.

Its 7-inch size and solid battery life mean this could be just the right device for watching a movie during tedious bus journeys and lengthy airport delays.

The glossy, brushed-metal body is a magnet for fingerprints, but the built-in kickstand at the back is a winner. Pull it out and the device stands all by itself, allowing you to kick back and enjoy a video or album - why haven't we seen this on other media tablets?

The 70 internet tablet's higher resolution capacitive screen is a big selling point, stepping up the pixel count from 800 x 400 on the original Archos 70 to 1,024 x 600.

Just like Honey

Honeycomb is a step up from the Gingerbread OS that dominates sub-£200 tablets. Google designed this version specifically for tablets - and it shows. You get five home screens to fill with widgets and apps as well as the option to customise background, sounds and layout.

Although the 8GB of on-board storage limits the amount of media you can load onto the 70, there's a built-in MicroSD card slot for bulking it up.

An ARM Cortex A8 processor running at 1.2GHz and supported by 512MB of RAM is nestled inside. These specs are enough to produce a reliable, if not lightning-fast, experience. There are hints of lag when moving between homescreens or opening applications but we never experienced a freeze.

Given the pocket-friendly size, connectivity is limited to a Mini-USB and Mini-HDMI ports, along with the aforementioned MicroSD card slot. On the wireless side of things you've got 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

At around half the price of tablets like the new iPad or Samsung Galaxy 10.1, performance is what we'd expect here - up to the basics, but not much beyond.

The 70 internet tablet's Lithium Polymer battery stood up well to scrutiny, lasting the best part of a day during casual usage - browsing the web, tapping out the occasional email and playing music. When we looped some high-definition footage, the 70 internet tablet ran for 206 minutes before giving out. This isn't a bad score and combined with the portability of the smaller size, makes it actually a very good option for regular commuters or travellers.

Given its size and price, the Archos 70 internet tablet could be a neat purchase for anyone regularly travelling or on a budget. But, thanks to performance foibles, we'd suggest this as a secondary device rather than a first choice machine.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelA8
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameArchos
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution800 x 480
Weight (Approximate)300 g
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height10.9 mm
Width200.9 mm
Depth114 mm
Screen ModeWVGA
ManufacturerArchos Technology
Product Model70
Product Name70 Tablet Computer
Aspect Ratio15:9
Manufacturer Part Number501582
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.archos.com
Marketing Information

At home and on the go. The slim and light design of the ARCHOS 70 internet tablet makes it both portable and generous for sharing your best moments with your family and friends. All the functions of a computer: your apps, the Internet, your photos, music and videos, eBooks and 3D games.