Arnova 8 G2 review part 1: Introduction

Arnova has just released a new product in their second generation (G2) tablets. The new Arnova 8 G2 offers a Rockchip RK2918 processor (single core) running at 1 GHz, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, capacitive screen and a front (web) camera.

Arnova 8 G2 specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 2.3.1 (Gingerbread)
Linux Kernel Version: 2.6.32.27
CPUsingle core Rockchip 2918 CPU running at 1 Ghz
Integrated GPU: Vivante Corporation GC800
Flash Storage MemoryCapacity 8 GB
Speed: Class 4 range (tested Read 22081 kB/s, Write 4029 kB/s)
System Memory512 Mb
Additional storageMicro SD slot (SDHC compatible)
Display800×600 TFT LCD 8 inches (4/3 ratio)
capacitive 2 points screen
160 DPI (medium)
BluetoothNo
Wifi802.11 b/g
Gravity SensorYes
Camera0.3Mp (front facing)
GPSNo
HDMINo
Interfacesmicro USB Slave Mass Storage Class (MSC)
MicroSD slot
Battery lifeVideo playing test: TBD hours

check our Archos and Arnova battery tests page
Android MarketNo (Appslib application Marketplace)
KickstandNo
Dimensions 225 mm x 154 mm x 12 mm (8.8” x 6” x 0.47”)
Weight485 g / 17 oz

Packaging

Packaging is very similar to other Archos and Arnova products, you will find in the box:
- the Arnova 8 G2 tablet
- an Arnova USB power charger with 3 power sockets (American, English and French type)
input 100-240V, outputs 5V 1.5A
- an USB cable (micro USB format)
- 4 papers that includes: Arnova 8 G2 User Guide, Legal and Safety Notice, the warranty information (for US and Canadian customers only) and a $10 music credit coupon at emusic.com.

Form factor, 4/3 screen ratio

Most Archos and Arnova products use a 16/9 or 16/10 aspect ratio for the screen, which is quite wide and very well suited for movies. The Arnova 8 G2, uses a 4/3 screen ratio on the screen, which gives better proportions on the width/height and makes it ideal for web browsing or e-book reading. The following picture show other devices with similar from factors, from top to bottom: Arnova 8 G2, Archos 80 G9, Arnova 84, Arnova 8.

Device body

The device case is made mainly of black colored plastic. The back of the tablet has a brilliant surface which easily catches fingerprints.

The front side of the device holds 6 hardware buttons: Back, Settings, Volume -, Volume +, Search and Home.

The side the tablet gets the Power button, the micro USB connector, the micro SDcard slot, the stereo ear connector, a reset button and a power LED. It is interesting to note that there is a plastic cover (not removable) of the size of an HDMI connector, but there is probably no plug behind it, and no HDMI output circuitry.

The speakers are located on the left side of the device, next to the camera. Considering their proximity, the channel separation for a stereo sound is probably not very good.

Arnova 8 G2 price and availability

The product is available right now in some countries.
The Arnova 8 G2 (8 Gb model) sells at FNAC in France at 180.41 euros
There is also an Arnova 8 G2 with 4 Gb storage selling at 170.91 euros.



Please check back soon for the rest of this review, analyzing the device performance and applications. In the meantime, you can also refer the our Arnova 10 G2 review for further info on this 10 inches model very similar to the Arnova 8 G2.


Arnova 8 G2 8GB

8 inches capacitive screen, Rockchip 2918 CPU, 512 MB RAM, Android 2.3, 8 GB Storage
AMAZON FRExpédition sous 1 à 2 jours ouvrés180 EUR