Many crashes (the famous “Force Close” Android, or forced closure of an application) that we encountered will, hopefully fixed in future versions of the Android operating system of the tablet. An update that will almost 300MB download for hours on the official website of Archos, since it shows a very low rate.
The amusing detail of this tablet is that despite its definition announced (and native) 2048 x 1536 pixels, the manufacturer has decided to turn the system into a lower default definition (1600 x 1200 pixels), simply because he realized his mistake: Mali 400 MP4 processor (a quad clocked at 250 MHz) is not fast enough.
The same chipset within the Galaxy S3 Samsung smartphone should turn 440 MHz to provide smooth animations on a screen resolution much lower (1280 x 720 pixels). Suffice to say that if the interface of the Archos tablet is already slow in 1600 x 1200 pixels, it is even more sluggish in 2048 x 1536 pixels!
There are no amount of firmware updates that can save this turkey. The dual-core CPU and GPU combination just cannot handle that Retina-class screen properly. Stay away from this tablet.
Let’s see how the Archos 97 Platinum — with a quad-core CPU — does once released.