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Archos 80 Titanium review

Cheap and cheerful iPad clone

The Archos 80 Titanium's touchscreen features a slight lag. By that we mean there's a drag of about half a centimetre before the screen catches up, though it doesn't make much difference to usability.

In fact, during our test we were able to launch several apps, have them running simultaneously, and still operate the browser and other functions.

Occasionally we had a freeze-up or an overly long delay, but these were few. As a simple web browsing device, the Archos 80 Titanium has just about enough processing power.

Archos 80 Titanium review

A standard Android 4.1 Jelly Bean experience rules on the Archos 80 Titanium, and though it may not be the very, very latest 4.2 specification, there's little difference in practice.

Here, Google Now is fully integrated - complete with microphone icon in the top-left of the screen - and other Google-made apps such as Gmail, YouTube and Maps are all part of the jigsaw.

Archos 80 Titanium review

Although it doesn't negatively affect usability at this small size, it could be argued that the low resolution of the screen is an issue.

Photos, videos, web pages and books look absolutely fine, though it is possible to see the grid-like pixel structure - and you don't have to look all that closely.

Archos 80 Titanium review

Like some Archos tablets before it, there are restrictions on how long the Archos 80 Titanium can stay awake. As a default it sleeps after barely a minute of inactivity, automatically pausing all downloads and other processes.

It's possible - even recommended - to alter this to 30 minutes, the maximum Archos permits, though it does all point towards the Archos 80 Titanium being built with one serious problem: poor battery longevity.

Battery life and benchmarks

In fact, if there is major worry about this otherwise good value tablet, it's battery life - or its lack of. By running the Nyan cat video from YouTube at full-screen, full brightness for one hour, we took the Archos 80 Titanium from a fully charged battery down to 64%.

We managed to use it on-and-off for almost a complete day on a single charge, though don't count on watching more than a few hours of video in one go.

Archos 80 Titanium review

On our oft-used benchmarks, the Archos 80 Titanium achieved an average of 1,794 on JavaScript benchmark tool SunSpider, while tests on Peacekeeper produced results of 332 for the Chrome browser and 540 for the native browser.

The Archos 80 Titanium earned an average of 11,505 on AnTuTu, which is slightly less than the 12-13,000 that most mid- sized tablets achieve.

Internet

When looking to play on the internet, the choice between the vanilla web browser and Chrome - which is already present on the Archos 80 Titanium as a default - must be made, which is a bit of a drag.

Surely they're from the same design house at Google? It's time the native Android web browser was put to bed, since its presence is unnecessary and potentially fragments and complicates matters.

Archos 80 Titanium review

Web browsing in our tests with both browsers was fast enough, with up to about six tabs dealt with speedily before things started to slow down.

The 4:3 aspect ratio works well for browsing and, in fact, so does the wider-than-the iPad mini bezel. Having something on each side of the Archos 80 Titanium to hold onto without disturbing the touchscreen is, we think, the way to go. Apple might have over-done the slim thing.

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
HDMIYes
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
TouchscreenYes
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 Addresshttp://www.archos.com
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