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The New York Times loves the Archos 32 Internet Tablet

Posted by Charbax on 30th September 2010

Listen here to the latest New York Times Bits Tech Talk episode about Google and its Rivals, for the Archos 32 review, you need to scroll forward below or on their website to the time code 7:55 to start listening to New York Times reporter and high tech reviewer Pedro Rafael Rosado saying that the Archos 32 Internet Tablet is great value.

Boom, it knocks your socks off! Color screen, very pretty. Every format you can imagine! Audio, Video and Flash! It is actually a very impressive piece of gear.

What they’ve done, which I think is a very good idea to try to keep that controlled app environment, they have created their own apps store they call it AppsLib and there’s an icon on the desktop. But you can also use the Google Marketplace! So you’re not just limited to what they are offering in their Archos store, you can go off and take your chances with whatever is out there in the wild. It’s like Linux repositories, you can download from different repositories should you feel the need to.

Finally, a major tech reviewer takes the time to see the obvious that Archos 5 Internet Tablet released October 2009, has had access to the full Google Marketplace since November 2009 and so it only makes sense this Archos 32 Internet Tablet and the whole upcoming Archos Gen8 series of tablets, of course, all will have full Google Marketplace support as well. Even as users may or may not have to do a Google Search for “Google Marketplace on Archos 32″ to find the solution, depending on the will of Google to allow Archos users easy 1-click or slightly less easy 3-click installation of the full Google Marketplace experience.

What I found impressive was the Bluetooth reception. With Bluetooth 2.1, the headphones experience was pretty decent. You can walk away 15-20 feet and it would still be good stereo bluetooth.

Sounds cool. Now I want to buy some decent Bluetooth headphones too! Imagine just clipping some nice compact Bluetooth headphones to the top of your jacket, and just easily be able to pull them to your ears just when you want. No more tangling around bulky cabled headphones anymore. The fact that Bluetooth support seems to work great, it auto connects to all known Bluetooth peripherals in a second.

Archos is branding the Archos 28 as the first sub-$100 tablet. They are positionning that one as their flagship on their smaller end. So if you want to be connected to the Internet using Android but you don’t want a big tablet you can get the 32 or the 28, small screen, small price.

The Archos 28 Internet Tablet, at only $99 should be a massive super market super success, first Android device on full ARM Cortex A8 45nm sold below $100 without contracts, as long as they can convince major retailers to put some commercial mechanisms into effect, showcasing the Archos alternative in as many stores as possible and as long as Archos manufacturing planning can keep up with the demand that would then follow.

Archos understands what their core audience wants and that’s a pleasant media experience. The audio experience is excellent. Which has been a hallmark of every Archos product since the very beginning. These guys, they are not “Johnny come late” into this business. They claim to have come out with the first hard drive media player back in 2000. They know what they are doing when it comes to media support. The most impressive thing of the whole Archos 32 experience was the fact that it can handle every format that you can throw at it. MKV videos, AVI, DivX, audio wise it handles Flac, Mp3… Overall, I would really recommend this if you are not buying into the whole Apple experience, if you are avoiding the Apple ecosystem, this would be an excellent choice for you. It’s a great media player, first and foremost. It is a servicable Internet Tablet, although it’s too small to be used as a productivity tool. It does stuff that the iPod Touch won’t do. You can update the firmware right on the fly. You can run multiple apps. For a $149, you really can’t go wrong! I was really impressed with the Archos 32, just the range of formats will probably make a lot of people consider it, plus you factor in that you’ve got the Internet at your disposal.

It is really refreshing to hear from a non Apple fanboy in big American media and blogs review Archos products once in a while! I hope Pedro Rafael Rosado and Bettina Edelstein are ok with me quoting such large parts of their audio podcast review. This could be a start of major tech media embracing Archos new Generation 8 as the best alternative to the world’s second biggest company, you know who, which by the way, made it’s ginormous fortune, in my opinion, largely by copying and “mainstreaming” what Archos always has been doing first and in my opinion always done best for the past decade.

This episode of NYT Tech Talk podcast was released at: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/29/tech-talk-google-and-its-rivals/

You can discuss this podcast review in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=37849

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Archos 43 Internet Tablet Reviewed

Posted by Charbax on 28th September 2010

It packs everything you can think of into 130 grams, with 4.3″ highly responsive touch screen, $199 price point for 16GB, no monthly subscription fees required (makes it much cheaper but similar in performance to Droid X), it can access 3G on Mifi or using Bluetooth tethering. In this video I demonstrate awesome HDMI output to browse the Internet on your HDTV, to play amazing 3D video games using the accelerometer or perhaps using bluetooth gamepad controllers too, and of course, to playback HD quality videos.

Tell me more in the forum of what you want me to focus on my next videos. Cause of course I will film more and try to focus on performance.

You can discuss this video in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=37752&p=254032#p254032

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My unboxing of Archos 43 and 32 Internet Tablets

Posted by Charbax on 27th September 2010

This is my unboxing video of the Generation 8 Archos Android tablets:

Archos 43 Internet Tablet (16GB) for sale soon for $199 in the USA and 199€ in Europe. (yes A43 is confirmed to be $199/199€ for 16GB Capacity). The Archos 43 Internet Tablet basically offers the same Android experience on a large yet very pocketable 4.3″ touch screen as on a Droid X using the same Texas Instruments OMAP3630 ARM Cortex A8 45nm 1ghz processor but for $199 all inclusive (no $599 unlocked pricing or $2000 with 2-year contracts), no monthly subscriptions required, though for 3G access and VOIP you need to use a Mifi or Bluetooth tethering. It comes with HDMI output and full video and audio codecs support up to MKV 720p high profile and high bitrate support (which I will test in my upcoming next videos).

Archos 32 Internet Tablet (8GB) for sale now on Amazon.com for $144 in the USA and 158€ on Amazon.de in Europe. This MiniTablet range by Archos offers basically a similar experience to the iPod Touch but for an amazing price starting at $99 for the Archos 28 to $149 for the Archos 32 which thus has slightly larger screen, a VGA camera and Composite tv-out.

In this video, I unbox them and boot them up for the first time:

Consider European prices include ~20% VAT taxes which is why the EU price of any consumer electronics devices is always higher than US prices which don’t include taxes.

You can discuss this video in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=37752

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Archos 32 Internet Tablet video-reviewed at Liliputing.com

Posted by Charbax on 25th September 2010

Brad Linder of Liliputing.com just posted this video-review of the Archos 32 Internet Tablet, he really likes the multimedia software and the new multimedia widgets:

This video was posted at: http://liliputing.com/2010/09/archos-32-internet-tablet-review.html

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet (32GB) for $199 at NewEgg.com

Posted by Charbax on 24th September 2010

It was released about a year ago for $349 for the 32GB capacity. Now since the new generation is coming out, they are reducing the price a bit on the previous devices. Use the Promo Code: EMCYXNR35 (in the shopping cart, after signing up, check that you got this code from their newsletter..) over at http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16855501044

Thanks FlopEJoe for letting us know in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=37668

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Archos 32 Internet Tablet video-reviewed at Engadget.com

Posted by Charbax on 24th September 2010

Joanna Stern of Engadget just posted this nice video review of the Archos 32 Internet Tablet, showing its cool features and talking about its responsive glossy screen and nice sub-$149 price point:

You can discuss this video review here: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=37673

This video was posted at: http://www.engadget.com/2010/09/24/archos-32-internet-tablet-review/

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Archos CEO keynote video presenting Gen8 in Beijing China

Posted by Charbax on 22nd September 2010

Here is the video of the keynote by Archos CEO Henri Crohas on September 7th in Beijing China:

You can discuss this video in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=37619

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Archos 101 Internet Tablet Gen8 advertisement animation (silent)

Posted by Charbax on 22nd September 2010

This video was posted at the official Archos Youtube account: http://youtube.com/Archos

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet Firmware Version 2.0.38/1.9.26 released

Posted by Charbax on 13th September 2010

For the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, Firmware Version 2.0.38 (3D accelerated) / 1.9.26 (non 3D accelerated) Released on September 13th, 2010

Download Archos 5 Internet Tablet OS v 2.0.38 (92054Kb)

Changelog:

Appslib: migrate to new appslib application
Display: use arrow pointer cursor on TVout
Audio: improve choppy voice audio on some android applications
Music: take DISCNUMBER tag into account
Music: fix some internet radio streams not playing
Video: fix crash with empty SRT file
Video: fix some large MOV/VP4 or MP4 HD files not playing
Video: add support for some more PCM formats in MOV/MP4
FM: fix FM receiver noise occurring on new hardware
Wi-Fi: improve reconnect speed in environment with lot’s of access points
SDcard: allow reformatting of SD card

You can discuss this firmware update in the forum: http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=37306

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Archos 43 Internet Tablet, $199 4.3″ Android Tablet

Posted by Charbax on 2nd September 2010

This 130gr super compact FWVGA 854×480 Android 2.2 tablet with ARM Cortex A8 1ghz 45nm omap3630. Although it’s a resistive touch screen, it is the most reactive and best looking resistive touch screen that I have seen thus far. This Android 2.2 device is extremely compact, offering comparable Android 2.2 experience to the HTC EVO and Droid X, though at a fraction of the price, for $199 for the 16GB model, it comes with HDMI output and support for all video codecs at up to 720p and with pretty high bitrates even for advance profile encodings. In this video I also try to demonstrate some of the performance for web browsing.

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