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Archos 32 Internet Tablet review

6.2/10 AVG.
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6.2/10
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The Archos 32 Internet Tablet currently has an Informr score of 6.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
3.2"
Camera
VGA (640 x 480)


What the Critics Are Saying...


Electricpig

Archos has released so many slight iterations of the same device now that the Archos 32 Android tablet really struggles to stand out.It’s older brother, the Archos 43, was very nearly better than the iPod touch, save for its irksome resistive touchscreen. For this same reason alone, we can’t endorse...

- Ben Sillis, Electricpig
Computer Shopper

Ultimately, though, we don’t love the Archos 32. While it has a few high points, the low points are deal-breakers. For one: You can’t have a touch-screen device that doesn’t have a very good touch screen. It does not offer multi-finger gestures, which is a big strike against it in...

- Sarah E. Anderson , Computer Shopper
Liliputing

The Archos 32 is a pretty good portable media player — if you’re cool with a device that has a 3.2 inch, 400 x 240 pixel display, no speaker, and very few physical buttons.The internet tablet was able to handle most audio and video files I threw at it, and they looked pretty good on the...

- Liliputing Team, Liliputing
Zath

Now, as Android PMP’s go, this is not bad. I say that because there are those that are better than with news emerging of a Samsung Galaxy Player, the standard is only going to get higher. As a budget Android PMP, though, this is probably one of the best and more than justifies the price tag.Th...

- Rob Nichols, Zath
Tech Advisor

As a media player, the Archos 32 Internet Tablet could be a good travelling companion on the cheap if you don't already own an iPod touch or a smartphone, but if you're looking for smartphone-quality web surfing and apps, or if you want to read text material on its small screen, you will be disappoi...

- Robert S Anthony, Tech Advisor


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Screen Size
3.2"

The Archos 32 Internet Tablet's screen size is 3.2 inches with 400 x 240 pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Cortex-A8 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system (OS).

Camera
VGA (640 x 480)
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard VGA (640 x 480) camera. There's no secondary front camera.
Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery. Archos's performance ratings are 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

32 Internet Tablet Specs

Overview
Release date December 30, 2010
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex-A8 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headphones, Manual
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: 6 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 10.4 x 5.3 x 0.8 cm (4.1 x 2.1 x 0.3 in)
Weight 72 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 400 x 240 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 3.2 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Resistive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
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 No
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 -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
VGA (640 x 480 pixels)
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA Pro, WMA, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers No
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, JPG
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments View the online manual at http://www.archos.com/manuals/A32_EN_v1.1.htm
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Electricpig

Archos is so nearly there, but once again fails with a frustrating screen

from Electricpig

Archos has released so many slight iterations of the same device now that the Archos 32 Android tablet really struggles to stand out.

It’s older brother, the Archos 43, was very nearly better than the iPod touch, save for its irksome resistive touchscreen. For this same reason alone, we can’t endorse the Archos 32 Android tablet over the iPod nano, this generation or last....

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Archos has released so many slight iterations of the same device now that the Archos 32 Android tablet really struggles to stand out.

It’s older brother, the Archos 43, was very nearly better than the iPod touch, save for its irksome resistive touchscreen. For this same reason alone, we can’t endorse the Archos 32 Android tablet over the iPod nano, this generation or last.

It’s a pity, because Archos’ this is an incredibly powerful device for its size otherwise. One for hardened stylus fans only, raised on Windows Mobile.

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Computer Shopper

Good features fail to outweigh the shortcomings

from Computer Shopper

Ultimately, though, we don’t love the Archos 32. While it has a few high points, the low points are deal-breakers. For one: You can’t have a touch-screen device that doesn’t have a very good touch screen. It does not offer multi-finger gestures, which is a big strike against it...More

Ultimately, though, we don’t love the Archos 32. While it has a few high points, the low points are deal-breakers. For one: You can’t have a touch-screen device that doesn’t have a very good touch screen. It does not offer multi-finger gestures, which is a big strike against it in this market. And even the single-touch functionality doesn’t work well enough—especially with the onscreen keyboard. The operating system seemed finicky, with its inability to drop down the status bar, and the screen freezes after a period of nonuse was disconcerting. Finally, not having access to the Android Market severely limits the Archos 32’s potential.If you’re in love with Android, just wait: More devices will be coming out soon.

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Liliputing

It's good enough for your basic portable media needs

from Liliputing

The Archos 32 is a pretty good portable media player — if you’re cool with a device that has a 3.2 inch, 400 x 240 pixel display, no speaker, and very few physical buttons.
The internet tablet was able to handle most audio and video files I threw at it, and they looked pretty goo...More

The Archos 32 is a pretty good portable media player — if you’re cool with a device that has a 3.2 inch, 400 x 240 pixel display, no speaker, and very few physical buttons.
The internet tablet was able to handle most audio and video files I threw at it, and they looked pretty good on the little screen. I also really like the custom music and video software and widgets that Archos developed for its newest Android devices.
If all you’re looking for is a portable media device that can handle a wide range of audio and video tasks and which can also surf the web in a pinch, the Archos 32 might be a good buy at $150. On the other hand, it has limited support for third party applications. When apps run, they often run pretty well, like the Raging Thunder game. But installing apps can be a chore if they’re not available in the AppsLib market.
The resistive touchscreen is good enough to rebuke people who immediately scoff at any device that has a resistive instead of capacitive display. But typing on any 3.2 touchscreen in portrait mode is going to be a challenge. Text entry is easier in landscape mode, but it would be even easier on a larger device.
The Archos 32 can play HD video, but the small, low resolution display doesn’t really take advantage of that feature, and the VGA camera on the back of the tablet isn’t really much use at all.
All told, if you’ve got $230 to spare, you can get a much more powerful device in a 4th generation iPod touch. But if you’re cheap, have limited needs, or just love Google Android, the Archos 32 makes an interesting alternative.

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Zath

Budget Android PMP that justifies its price tag

from Zath

Now, as Android PMP’s go, this is not bad. I say that because there are those that are better than with news emerging of a Samsung Galaxy Player, the standard is only going to get higher. As a budget Android PMP, though, this is probably one of the best and more than justifies the price tag...More

Now, as Android PMP’s go, this is not bad. I say that because there are those that are better than with news emerging of a Samsung Galaxy Player, the standard is only going to get higher. As a budget Android PMP, though, this is probably one of the best and more than justifies the price tag.
The device provides great playback quality of music and movies and even features a rear facing camera, though the quality is woeful and the positioning is down right awkward. However, it’s a nice touch that others may not have and just go that little bit further to set it apart in a market in which it can be difficult to differentiate on a budget.

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Tech Advisor

Poor screen resolution makes web browsing hard

from Tech Advisor

As a media player, the Archos 32 Internet Tablet could be a good travelling companion on the cheap if you don't already own an iPod touch or a smartphone, but if you're looking for smartphone-quality web surfing and apps, or if you want to read text material on its small screen, you will be disap...More

As a media player, the Archos 32 Internet Tablet could be a good travelling companion on the cheap if you don't already own an iPod touch or a smartphone, but if you're looking for smartphone-quality web surfing and apps, or if you want to read text material on its small screen, you will be disappointed. The Archos 32 Internet Tablet is a good choice as a music and video companion, but poor screen resolution makes web browsing and other text-intensive tasks hard on the eyes.

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Pocket-Lint

Impressive range of features for an irresistibly low price

from Pocket-Lint

Overall Archos packs an impressive range of features into an attractive, slimline device, and providing you’d expect to make good use of the flexibility on offer here it’s a nice alternative to an expensive mobile phone.
The Archos 32 may have a fairly limited market when you con...More

Overall Archos packs an impressive range of features into an attractive, slimline device, and providing you’d expect to make good use of the flexibility on offer here it’s a nice alternative to an expensive mobile phone.
The Archos 32 may have a fairly limited market when you consider the range of current mobiles that can do all of this and more, but as a reasonably priced standalone device there’s plenty of fun to be had for those who don’t want to shell out a lot on an expensive phone.

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Digital Trends

It's best that you stay away from this device

from Digital Trends

There is no reason to delve any deeper into the Archos 32. You can’t listen to music on it. Whether this sound reproduction flaw extends to Archos’ other “Internet tablets” I don’t know, but caveat emptor. But even if other functions performed moderately well –...More

There is no reason to delve any deeper into the Archos 32. You can’t listen to music on it. Whether this sound reproduction flaw extends to Archos’ other “Internet tablets” I don’t know, but caveat emptor. But even if other functions performed moderately well – and the opposite is true – if you can’t hear the music, this tiny tablet is totally useless.

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Engadget

Still enjoyable despite all its shortcomings

from Engadget

As we mentioned at the get-go there are a few things that perturb us about the Archos 32 – its mushy, glossy screen, poor camera placement, lack of a speaker, and the missing Android Market are all up there -- but we still found the experience of using the Android PMP or tablet, call it wha...More

As we mentioned at the get-go there are a few things that perturb us about the Archos 32 – its mushy, glossy screen, poor camera placement, lack of a speaker, and the missing Android Market are all up there -- but we still found the experience of using the Android PMP or tablet, call it what you will, to be rather enjoyable. If you're looking for a gadget with a smaller screen for playing music, watching videos and occasionally surfing the web the Archos 32 is a fine choice.

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CNET

Affordable pocket-sized Android device

from CNET

The Archos 32 tablet offers many of the core features of Android 2.2 at an attractive price, but its keyboard is too impractical to rely on as a productivity tool, and the Archos-managed app store limits the device's overall potential. Many of the hottest mobile devices of 2010 run some variation...More

The Archos 32 tablet offers many of the core features of Android 2.2 at an attractive price, but its keyboard is too impractical to rely on as a productivity tool, and the Archos-managed app store limits the device's overall potential. Many of the hottest mobile devices of 2010 run some variation of Google's Android OS. Unfortunately, getting your hands on an Android device that isn't wrapped up in carrier contracts and monthly bills is nearly impossible. The Archos 32 aims to remedy this tragic gadget dilemma, delivering some of the best features of Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) in a pocket-size design priced at an affordable $149. And though we don't believe it has anything on Apple's latest iPod Touch, it certainly has plenty to brag about considering it is priced nearly $100 less.

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Laptop Magazine

Lackluster touch keyboard and a resistive display might turn you off

from Laptop Magazine

For $149, the Archos 32 is a pretty good deal, so long as you're willing to live with some trade-offs. It's a solid portable media player that can also surf the web and access (some) Android apps. We especially like the wide range of supported audio and video formats. You just have to be willing...More

For $149, the Archos 32 is a pretty good deal, so long as you're willing to live with some trade-offs. It's a solid portable media player that can also surf the web and access (some) Android apps. We especially like the wide range of supported audio and video formats. You just have to be willing to put up with a lackluster touch keyboard and a resistive display that kicks back reflections. Overall, we prefer the new iPod nano at this price because of its more accurate and crisper capacitive display--despite its much smaller size--and better overall design. But the Archos 32 is worth a look if you want more functionality.

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