Photos taken today Wednesday October 16, 2013. Resampled and resized to VGA, click any to enlarge.
Finally, after waiting months and months and months, local retailer J&R finally had a demo model of the Archos 80 Titanium tablet.
The Archos 80 Titanium is a US$169 tablet with a dual-core Rockchip CPU, 1GB of RAM and a WTF 8GBs of storage.
It has generally gotten good reviews and scores in the 11,000-range in AnTuTu, making it the minimum for handling Google Books PDFs.
In my own limited handling of it — J&R sequesters WiFi from customers and I never want to go through the hassle of asking for the signin credentials for their free WiFi — I found it lacked snap. It wasn’t laggy but it was clearly a last-generation tablet, now painfully showing its age with the advent of the 2013 Nexus 7 and other tablets.
Build quality was very good, especially for something with the Archos brand on it. The IPS screen is immaculate, with excellent viewing angles, no color shifts, and vibrant colors. The screen does not disappoint and is of high quality. I did not test the camera or play any sample videos. But I did scroll through all the installed sample photos — pinch-zoom worked well and colors were sharp. Swiping from photo to photo revealed the lack of snap.
But otherwise, my god, this is just unacceptable:
If this was priced at US$99, I’d likely recommend it as a tablet to use just for YouTube and other online videos. God knows you’re not going to be able to install much on it, so basically it’d be an eight-inch video player. But at US$169? No. Pass.
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