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Archos 101 Internet Tablet review

6.4/10 AVG.
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6.4/10
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The Archos 101 Internet Tablet currently has an Informr score of 6.4 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Magazine

The Archos 5 Internet Tablet may look familiar, and for good reason—it very closely resembles, in appearance and name, last year's touch-screen Archos 5. The primary difference is significant, however: Archos has replaced its old operating system with Google's Android 1.5. When browsing music,...

- PC Magazine
Tracy and Matt

I have been a big fan or Archos for a few years now. I have watched their product line closely and always given them the benefit of the doubt. Their Archos 5 Internet Tablet was a disaster for a short period of time but I stuck with it and was rewarded with one of the most complete portable media pl...

- Gareth, Tracy and Matt
Pocket-lint

Archos has a reasonably priced, well performing and versatile internet tablet on offer with the 101, which despite its faults is ultimately a far more flexible device than the iPad. Apple fans will no doubt exacerbate its weaknesses, and they will have a point if display performance and build qualit...

- Paul Lester, Pocket-lint
Engadget

If the Archos 70 and 101 were priced at $399, we'd find a lot of the shortcomings to be unforgivable, but for $299 (and in some places $275), we're just not sure you can beat the duo. Yes, we can all agree that the displays are seriously cruddy and the overall build quality and design, for lack of a...

- Engadget
Laptop Magazine

Among 10-inch Android tablets, the Archos 101 is the slimmest, most solid, and, at $299 ($349 for the 16GB version), the best value thus far. However, that doesn't mean we don't have reservations. For such a large screen, the viewing angles are too narrow. Also, you don't get access to all of Go...

- Michael A. Prospero, Laptop Magazine


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Archos 101 Internet Tablet's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Cortex-A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16 GB

Internal memory is 16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Archos's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

101 Internet Tablet Specs

Overview
Release date November 15, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex-A8 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 27.0 x 15.0 x 1.2 cm (10.6 x 5.9 x 0.5 in)
Weight 480 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, MP4, AAC, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, WMV, ASF, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


PC Magazine

The experience is more or less identical to what you get with the original Archos 5

The Archos 5 Internet Tablet may look familiar, and for good reason—it very closely resembles, in appearance and name, last year's touch-screen Archos 5. The primary difference is significant, however: Archos has replaced its old operating system with Google's Android 1.5. When browsing mus...More

The Archos 5 Internet Tablet may look familiar, and for good reason—it very closely resembles, in appearance and name, last year's touch-screen Archos 5. The primary difference is significant, however: Archos has replaced its old operating system with Google's Android 1.5. When browsing music, video, and photo menus, the experience is more or less identical to what you get with the original Archos 5, but you can feel the Android presence in the main menu, which is dominated by Android apps. So does Android make the Archos 5 a better device? Yes and no. It's nice to have the apps, but in our tests, many of them didn't work very well. In addition, time is a factor here: The touch-screen PMP competition has become a lot more intense in the past year.

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Tracy and Matt

Even an Archos fanboy will be disgusted

from Tracy and Matt

I have been a big fan or Archos for a few years now. I have watched their product line closely and always given them the benefit of the doubt. Their Archos 5 Internet Tablet was a disaster for a short period of time but I stuck with it and was rewarded with one of the most complete portable media players on the marker. It is time to upgrade and I had high hopes for this 101 and it's little sister the Archos 70. There has not been a repeat of the teething problems of the Archos 5, for the most the device runs incredibly well out of the box and with further firmware updates will see this steal a little piece of the market over the next 6 months...

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I have been a big fan or Archos for a few years now. I have watched their product line closely and always given them the benefit of the doubt. Their Archos 5 Internet Tablet was a disaster for a short period of time but I stuck with it and was rewarded with one of the most complete portable media players on the marker. It is time to upgrade and I had high hopes for this 101 and it's little sister the Archos 70. There has not been a repeat of the teething problems of the Archos 5, for the most the device runs incredibly well out of the box and with further firmware updates will see this steal a little piece of the market over the next 6 months.

With saying that, I believed in it so much I purchased it and it now pains me to say that it's on it's way back to France with a refund being issued. Archos rushed to get this out the door. The focus this time was on getting the software to work well and they took their eyes off the hardware. I was one of the folks who received a, now infamous, "Internet Table." Loose screws, creaky panels and a wobbling a kickstand all became a little too distracting and began to ruin the experience.

The Android Tablet market is moving too fast and this will be out-dated quickly, if not already! It's a shame that Archos packed in the minimum to get things to run. Their clever little tweaks to the system and the unquestionably useful approach to media still make this an attractive purchase and it will suite most. The software this time is a hit and the hardware a bit of a miss. I will miss the 101 and look forward to the next attempt from Archos at global tablet domination!

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Pocket-lint

One of the best all-round tablets available at present if you're not an apple fan

from Pocket-lint

Archos has a reasonably priced, well performing and versatile internet tablet on offer with the 101, which despite its faults is ultimately a far more flexible device than the iPad. Apple fans will no doubt exacerbate its weaknesses, and they will have a point if display performance and build qua...More

Archos has a reasonably priced, well performing and versatile internet tablet on offer with the 101, which despite its faults is ultimately a far more flexible device than the iPad. Apple fans will no doubt exacerbate its weaknesses, and they will have a point if display performance and build quality is a priority, but for those looking to experience the benefits of a lap-based tablet this is one the more compelling devices currently available.

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Engadget

You can't expect too much from tablets priced this cheap

If the Archos 70 and 101 were priced at $399, we'd find a lot of the shortcomings to be unforgivable, but for $299 (and in some places $275), we're just not sure you can beat the duo. Yes, we can all agree that the displays are seriously cruddy and the overall build quality and design, for lack o...More

If the Archos 70 and 101 were priced at $399, we'd find a lot of the shortcomings to be unforgivable, but for $299 (and in some places $275), we're just not sure you can beat the duo. Yes, we can all agree that the displays are seriously cruddy and the overall build quality and design, for lack of a better work, suck, but at this point we've just come to expect that for a tablet under $300. That said, the browsing and media experience are quite good, and once you get the Market loaded you've got a solid Android experience. If we were you, we'd still consider shelling out some extra cash to buy a more solid-feeling and better performing option like the iPad or Galaxy Tab -- they will undoubtedly wear better and the experience is more user friendly -- but for the price, Archos still makes the best tablets on the cheap.

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Laptop Magazine

It's a good buy as long as you're willing to ignore its flaws

from Laptop Magazine

Among 10-inch Android tablets, the Archos 101 is the slimmest, most solid, and, at $299 ($349 for the 16GB version), the best value thus far. However, that doesn't mean we don't have reservations. For such a large screen, the viewing angles are too narrow. Also, you don't get access to all of...More

Among 10-inch Android tablets, the Archos 101 is the slimmest, most solid, and, at $299 ($349 for the 16GB version), the best value thus far. However, that doesn't mean we don't have reservations. For such a large screen, the viewing angles are too narrow. Also, you don't get access to all of Google's apps or the Android market, and the pricier Galaxy Tab offers faster performance. Still, with 8GB of storage, two USB ports, HDMI, and long battery life, Archos delivers good bang for your buck.

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PC Pro

Promising hardware, but Archos' approach to apps is restrictive and the software isn't quite ready yet

from PC Pro

In short, the Archos 101 looks promising. The picture starts to deteriorate only once you get past the basics. For a start, while Archos calls the 101 an Android 2.2 device, the early models actually ship with 2.1, with an update promised in the future. Until this happens, you won't see the Archos running Flash. It's also still clear that this is a vanilla smartphone OS that's been tweaked to run on a tablet. There are frequent references to phones in options screens and menus, and some websites you visit will switch to the mobile version by default...

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In short, the Archos 101 looks promising. The picture starts to deteriorate only once you get past the basics. For a start, while Archos calls the 101 an Android 2.2 device, the early models actually ship with 2.1, with an update promised in the future. Until this happens, you won't see the Archos running Flash. It's also still clear that this is a vanilla smartphone OS that's been tweaked to run on a tablet. There are frequent references to phones in options screens and menus, and some websites you visit will switch to the mobile version by default.

It's a shame, because, even with the performance of its 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor hamstrung by a meagre 256MB of RAM, the Archos is a nippy device, and perfectly capable of running Android's growing library of apps and 3D games. The overall effect is that, while the Archos 101 makes sense as a device for watching films or surfing the web, it leaves you wishing that it could do so much more.

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Mobile Tech Review

Hard to recommend unless you're on an extremely limited budget

from Mobile Tech Review

We'd love to adore the Archos 7 Home Tablet, we really would. A 7" Android tablet for $199? Wow. But so many concessions were made to achieve that low price, that we have a hard time recommending it unless you're on an extremely limited budget and just have to own an Android tablet. Otherwise, th...More

We'd love to adore the Archos 7 Home Tablet, we really would. A 7" Android tablet for $199? Wow. But so many concessions were made to achieve that low price, that we have a hard time recommending it unless you're on an extremely limited budget and just have to own an Android tablet. Otherwise, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, though more expensive, is a better choice, and likely more tablets will follow in the coming months. The Archos makes a decent video player and a mediocre photo frame thanks to extremely limited viewing angles. It's passable for web browsing, though data speeds seem oddly slow and of course there's no Flash (bye bye Hulu and YouTube). The fact that it's running the first ever release of Android, 1.5, doesn't help matters and there's no promise of an upgrade. Lastly, several staples of the Android platform are MIA: Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube and Gtalk.

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