Archos 70b IT review Part 6: Conclusion

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Archos 70b internet tablet is a decent tablet. For people who definitely want an 7″ tablet, it is a good buy. For 180EUR(we are talking here about the retailers price, not RRP; it is now even avilable as low as 161 on Amazon, check the links below) you get all the stuff you may need. It has got Honeycomb 3.2, bluetooth, HDMI etc. The camera is decent, the speakers are even more decent and the design is great. It didn’t get scratched during our test, it rebooted only once(probably due to our test app incompatibility) and even RAM was not a big problem. You can hold it with one hand, it has decent battery life, you can watch a movie with two people(we mean, the viewing angles are reasonably good) and it works…

…However, it works slower than 80 G9. The 80 G9 packs two times faster dual-core processor which can play 1080p, GPS, mirroring HDMI and has a nicer and a bigger screen. Not to forget, it is upgradeable to Android 4.0 and it is compatible with 3G stick. It is only 20EUR more expensive. However, it has its own disadvantages – the speaker is not placed great, it is heavier and not everybody will like the design. And it is not portable, that’s why some people want 7″ for entertainment on the go.

Entertainment on the go, that’s what Archos was always good in. Like all the G9 models, the 70b IT comes with AVOS. It lended some features from the Gen8 devices, like the GPS bluetooth tethering and has received the Gen9 ones too. Most 720p files you throw to it are played, there is support for FLAC files and 70b can be used as a DLNA server. It has an amazing files app too.

If we look further, there are much more tablets at the same pricepoint. Amazon Kindle Fire is fast, has an amazing screen and you get all the amazon stuff. However, the biggest disadvantage is the lack of Google certification and apps, it is locked down to Amazon. When you use it, it feels like you are somewhere in a jail. It doesn’t have a home button(yes, it doesn’t even have a software home button), volume buttons, microSD slot and bluetooth, either. So, it is actually not a tablet, but a tablet with a handicap. For 199$… The Asus Memo 370T sounds interesting, but its release date is still unknown.

Like we already said, the 70b IT is a decent tablet, but it is not really up to date when it comes to performance and Android version is also becoming outdated. The choice is up to you – wait for Archos element tablets to come with even lower price tag, get a tablet with a handicap, get the 80G9 with ICS, or just get the 70b IT and enjoy it. 😉

4 COMMENTS

  1. Bro, totally appreciate this fine detailed review. I received the 70b w/Honey a week ago and totally love it. With one exception. I let it upgrade to the most recent firmware version v3.2.81 and it all went downhill from there. Constant random reboots, random browser closing, trouble installing Google ‘s own app updates from Google Play (file is invalid) random app closing, etc. You tested with firmware v3.2.80 but have you updated to latest firmware v3.2.81? Is it just me and my bad karma or is there an issue with this new firmware?

    • Hi,

      Yes, I am currently on 3.2.81. I don’t encourage the problems you listed, though it did hang a few times lately. Still, I don’t have problems with updating apps(just updated four of them and downloaded a few new ones from Google Play) and it didn’t reboot once since updating to 3.2.81. I have no idea what is wrong with yours, but well… I just read on AF that you returned it to Newegg for a replacement, I don’t know whether you already have tried repair&formatting options(reset android and repair data for example), but that options could have helped you out(if they didn’t, there is nothing else than just to return it) and just not to update your replacement to 3.2.81. Still, as I said, I don’t have problems on mine and I don’t know what is wrong. 🙂

      • Yes, I reset and repair a couple times, reformat and re-installed the firmware a couple more times without doing any market updates and without installing any apps and still immediately the random reboots and browser shutdowns began. Communicated with Archos tech support about it and they suggested after all that and still no difference must be a bad unit. Glad it was that and not some bad firmware throwing up on me. Thanks for your response on this. I just love this tabby. It may not be the fastest and latest but for 199 bones its totally on the dope.

      • Ok, it has been a year and a half. I got a replacement right away and it has worked perfectly since I got it, even on the latest firmware. So my first one must have been a bad unit. I love this thing so much I got another just a couple weeks ago from TigerDirect.com at $49! A refurb, but it was like it had never been touched. Works perfectly! Rooted them both easily and they’re totally doped up. They’re not the latest and greatest but they have something that none of the other tabs have – loud front firing stereo speakers that sound awesome for a tablet! Play AC3 and get a total surround sound effect! Most other tabs are newer Android and quicker but have lousy volume or if stereo speakers they put both on one end of the tab. Stereo speakers firing on just the right side? Keep it. I’d much rather have this little bit slower 70b with superior multimedia capability. I use it with a tiny Bluetooth GPS receiver and now it has full GPS Copilot installed! I just love these units!