Published on November 6th, 2010 | by Kyith12
I tested the Archos GEN8 101 and 70 and am disappointed by the experience
I got a chance to go down to the local store to test out the Archos GEN8 101 and 70 extensively.
Let me just say that its not as bad as what the guy faced in this article here, but its not very complete yet.
The touch experience
On the whole my experience navigating is not very good. Particularly, I think its highly attributable to the screen protector they lay across that is making it not very sensitive. We need to re-evaluate this one.
When the touch experience is not there, it impedes my overall user experience
Live Wallpaper needs to be turn off
The live wallpaper makes the 2 devices laggy, turning it off makes a marked improvement.
Essentially if you have an android phone, you should always turn off live wallpaper if you are a productive user like me.
The weight of the device
Much Much lighter than the iPad. It makes it more portable. But I get the feeling after prolong holding typing I will still get tired.
7 inch vs 10 inch
Ah the size comparison. Which is better?
Because the 10 inch is 1024 x 600, it looks like an elongated 7 inch.
Now I understand why the iPAd is 1024×768 because reading magazines on a wider device makes so much more sense.
I can view comfortably on 7 inch or 10 inch. That is not a problem.
But the 7 inch is so much portable. In fact for portability is the right size.
But if I were to use it as a reader, I would prefer the 10 inch.
In terms of value for money I think the 10 inch is more value than the 7 inch.
Reading PDF books
This is something that I would like to test and sadly the device does not come with a PDF reader. However I was able to download one from the AppLib.
I tested with 3 books
- 66 MB Magazine – takes a long time to render. It renders by 4 squares for 1 page
- 7 MB Magazine - faster than the 66 MB but still slow
- 5 MB Technical book – same speed but the good thing is that you can view it without needing to zoom in zoom out.
One thing to note is that I played them off a microSD card which my friend says is slow speed.
A better test would be to move it to the flash disk which would be faster.
Also the reader is questionable as it kept crashing. Adobe Reader or Repligo would be much better.
A very limited marketplace, but it still has tons of things. I believe a lot of people can make do with it, but there is always an official Android Marketplace hack.
After seeing this, I went to Sim Lim to take a look at the China tablets and comparatively the ARchos is so so so much better than them.
But when I was using it, I kept thinking why the touch sensitivity lacks so much of what the iPad can achieve. I can stand waiting and lagginess. But I really don’t like touching the same thing twice to select.
I will keep my options open. There is still the Creative resistive device and likely more release according to my reader here so it pays to wait.
I am not discounting the iPAD at SGD728 as well.