You can not say that Archos does not try. They have got a powerful CPU in their latest generation of Android tablets, but they ruin it with subpar hardware all around.
Check out the comparison below.
|Galaxy Tab 10.1||Archos 101 Gen 9|
|Screen Size||10.1 inches||10.1 inches|
|Resolution||1280 x 800||1280 x 800|
|Rear Camera||3 MP with Auto Focus and LED Flash||No|
|Front Camera||2 MP||Yes|
|Processor||1 GHz Dual Core NVIDIA Tegra 2||1.5 GHz Dual Core Cortex A9|
|Weight||565 grams (1.2 pounds)||649 grams (1.4 pounds)
755 grams (1.7 pounds) [Hard Drive]
|Thinness||8.6 mm||12.6 mm
15.6 mm [Hard Drive]
|Memory||16GB/32GB||16GB + microSD slot
250 GB [Hard Drive]
|Ram||1 GB||1 GB|
|Operating System||Android 3.1||Android 3.1|
|Starting Price||$499 (WiFi-Only 16 GB)||$349 (WiFi-Only 16 GB)|
|Availability||Available Now||September 2011|
The Archos 101 G9 is spectacular on paper, just like the previous generations. There is a reason that they do not take off though – poor quality. I would rather pay $500 for a high quality product than $350 for a poor quality one.
Would you consider buying an Archos 101 Gen 9?
Back at CES we heard about the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab, but we have not heard anything since. Now it looks like it will be released early next month for $399.
Seeing as how the original Galaxy Tab with 3G radios can be found for under $500 currently, I do not think the WiFi-only version will be able to sell many units. Perhaps the price point will fall and put it into a far more competitive price. At $300-400 it will certainly shut up all the Archos fans that always find their way to this website.
Also with the new dual-core Galaxy Tab 10.1 just around the corner one would be hard pressed to purchase the one of the original models.
What do you think? Will the WiFi-only Galaxy Tab be a flop or will it be a success? Have they finally found the right price point?
The Galaxy Tab already won round one against the Archos 101. How will the Galaxy Tab 10.1 fair against the Archos 101?
*Spoiler Alert* Galaxy Tab 10.1 destroys the Archos 101.
|Galaxy Tab 10.1||Archos 101|
|Screen Size||10.1 inches||10.1 inches|
|Screen Technology||TFT LCD||TFT LCD|
|Resolution||1280 x 800||1024 x 600|
|Rear Camera||8 MP with Auto Focus and LED Flash||No|
|Front Camera||2 MP||VGA|
|Processor||1 GHz Dual Core Tegra 2||1GHz Cortex A8|
|Battery||6,860 mAh||Unknown mAh|
|Weight||599 grams (1.32 pounds)||480 grams (1.06 pounds)|
|Operating System||Android 3.0 Honeycomb||Android 2.2 Froyo|
|Flash||Version 10.2||Version 10.1|
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 smokes the Archos 101. If you are in the market for a 10.1 inch tablet, then do not even consider the Archos 101 and go straight to the Galaxy Tab 10.1. You will not regret it.
Here is their breakdown of the tablets.
Archos 101 6/10
- Very thin design with built-in kickstand
- USB and mini-HDMI ports
- Over seven hours of battery life
- Discolored screen with poor viewing angles
- Performance can be sluggish at times
- Flimsy build
Archos 70 6/10
- Very thin and light
- Responsive capacitive touchscreen
- Great media playback
- Crappy LCD with poor viewing angles
- Hardware feels cheap
- Sluggish at times
Galaxy Tab 7/10
- Compact and extremely solid build
- Great quality 7-inch, capacitive touchscreen
- Two cameras
- Not all apps scale to the screen
- Little support from Google
- No decent video calling software
The Archos tablets have hardware issues under The Bad, but the Galaxy Tab only has software issues that are present in the Archos tablets as well. Software will be updated. Hardware can’t be updated.
The reason for this post is simply because a significant portion of hits to Galaxy Tabs are from Google searches involving Archos and Galaxy Tab. I feel that the comparison charts are not sufficient enough for the large amount of traffic. Here is the breakdown of the tablets.
If price is the most important thing to you, then you can stop reading right now and buy an Archos 101 or 70. Keep in mind, though, that the adage of, “You get what you pay for,” holds true here. The Archos 101 retails at $300 USD, Archos 70 at $275 USD, and the Galaxy Tab costs ~$600 USD.
Archos has really stepped up their game with their latest generation of tablets. They still have quite a ways to go to compete with the Tab, though. It feels light in the hand and very plasticy. The Galaxy Tab, on the other hand, feels much more solid.
Perhaps you heard about the “table” debacle. The first Archos 101 tablets this year were shipping with Table branding instead of Tablet. It was an embarrassment that it wasn’t caught earlier and a testament to their build quality.
This is another place where you could stop reading, if screen size is the most important criteria. If you want a 10 inch screen, then go ahead and get the Archos 101 since there is no 10 inch Galaxy Tab model yet. On the other hand, if screen quality is more important, then the Galaxy Tab can’t be beat. Its TFT LCD screen is amazingly crisp with unbelievable viewing angles. Archos’s screens suffer from extremely poor viewing angles.
Native Market Support
Samsung made sure to follow all of Google’s regulations to allow Android Market support. Archos, on the other hand, launched without the Market. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from downloading the Market hack, but it’s a pain that you need to hack your device just to get decent apps.
Archos’s implementation of the array of Android buttons (Home, Menu, Back, Search) really bothers me. Neither the Tab nor the Archos has physical buttons, but the Archos doesn’t even have dedicated space for the capacitive buttons. Instead, Archos put them right on the screen. This may not bother you, but it drives me crazy.
The Archos devices win this round hands down. They have ports galore, including HDMI out and a USB host. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab can only use HDMI via the dock.
If being able to use your device on the run is crucial to your decision, the Galaxy Tab is for you. It supports 3G on just about any carrier in the world, while the Archos 101 and Archos 70 only function on WiFi.
The Archos 101 and 70 are impressive devices, but I could never recommend them with something like the Galaxy Tab on the market. If you are really strapped for cash, then you can get one of Archos’s offerings, but I would recommend that you save up for the Galaxy Tab. It will last longer and be a more pleasant experience!