Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Tablets, Part4: The Archos 101 G9

So I have a few Archos tablets, and I think you'll know the theme by now if you've read about them: they're low performers, but they're very cheap. I don't have much good to say about the 101, so I'm going to be brief.

The Archos 101 is a larger tablet, about the same size as the iPad (but the aspect ratio is different, so they're shaped differently). Its screen is actually pretty nice, today the resolution would be seen as paltry, but I've never felt that the screen was inadequate. We primarily used the 101 to play Netflix in our bedroom because it has a micro HDMI port.

The thing about the 101 is that it's slow, really slow. We have the 101 Turbo Edition, which supposedly has the same processor as the Galaxy Nexus,  but it performs like garbage. I don't know if this is a kernel issue or a lack of skilled software development, or if Archos really phones in the hardware, but it really hampers the experience. The issues with the Netflix app that I've spoken about before are the worst on the Archos 101. Scrolling through the Netflix app is impossible due to being unresponsive and extremely delayed.

Sadly, the Archos 101 should outperform my current Smartphone, but it can't even do that. It's sad and unfortunately we don't use it as much as we could especially considering its large, pretty screen.

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