Archos 7c Home Tablet (capacitive screen) quick review

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Archos has just released an update for their long running Archos Home Tablet device.

This is the third revision of the Archos 7 Home Tablet, the original model Archos 7 Home Tablet (Rockchip 2808 CPU, resistive screen) was released in May 2010, it got an update with the Archos 7 Home Tablet v2 (Rockchip 2818 CPU, resistive screen) in December 2010.
(from top to bottom: Archos 70 IT, Archos 7 HT v2, Archos 7 c HT)

The latest Archos 7c Home Tablet release keep the same device body as previous models and finally brings a capacitive touch screen to the tablet, which greatly improves the device usability by providing a 2 points multitouch screen. You can check our Archos 7c screen review for more details and a comparison with Archos 7 HTv2 (resistive) and Archos 70 IT (resistive) screens.

The 7c HT screen is pretty similar to the Archos 7 HT v2 in term of color, brightness and viewing angles.

Viewing angles on Archos 70 IT, Archos 7 HTv2 and Archos 7c HT.

Appart from the screen, the rest of the hardware remains unchanged.
Here is a summary for the Archos 7c Home Tablet specifications:

Archos 7c Home Tablet
Operating System Android 2.1 (ECLAIR)
Firmware version says/ 1.0.3 Build Number: 0.18.ECLAIR.eng.root.20110419.110511
CPU Rockchip 2818 running at 311.29 Mhz
Flash Storage Memory Capacity 8 GB
Speed: Class 2 range (tested Read 3533 kB/s, Write 2141 kB/s)
System Memory 200 Mb
Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible)
Display 800×480 TFT LCD 7 inches
capacitive 2 points screen
Bluetooth No
Wifi 802.11 b/g
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera No
GPS no
HDMI No
Interfaces USB 2.0 Slave MSC (mini USB format)
USB 2.0 Host MSC
MicroSD slot
Battery life Video playing test: 5 hours and 10 minutes

check our battery tests
Kickstand Yes
Dimensions 203 mm x 107 mm x 12 mm (8″ x 4.2″ x 0.5″)
Weight 388 g / 13.7 oz
Price 199 USD or 189 Euros

Conclusion


Selling at 199 USD or 189 Euros, we find the device a bit expensive for an entry level tablet, specially compared to Archos 70 IT which offer a similar capacitive screen, a better CPU and supports Android 2.2 Froyo O.S. for an extra 40 US dollars. If the 7c HT gets more affordable, it could be a great tablet for simple tasks such as ebook/email reading, web browsing and video/music playing.

There is also a possible of a soon to come update of this device with an improved Rockchip 2918 CPU.

Don’t forget to check a custom firmware for the Archos 7c HT providing Android Market and root access to the device. There may even be Android 2.2 (Froyo) support for this machine soon…

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