Hands on-Archos 80 Titanium review

Introduction

Archos have recently launched the Archos 80 Titanium tablet as a device visually quite similar to the Apple iPad Mini. It is 8 inches in size and has many aesthetic similarities to the iPad Mini. It has a handsome and bold logo of Archos emblazoned across the front panel and has a front camera at the top corner, which can be enlisted as dissimilarities from the Apple iPad Mini. It definitely does not want a competition with Apple. Although there are hardly any differences between the Archos 80 Titanium tablet and the Apple iPad Mini design, yet in the factor of price, the Archos 80 Titanium tablet definitely wins the race. It is priced at just 169 USD or 149 Pounds.

Body

The frame of the Archos 80 Titanium tablet is solid aluminum, which gives a sturdy feel. However, this does not help to make it feel as first-class as the iPad Mini, which itself is extremely slender and high in quality. Nevertheless, when you consider the price at which you are getting the Archos 80 Titanium tablet, you must admit that it is quite considerable.

The Archos 80 Titanium tablet has a wide collection of connection ports at its sides, making sure that the user is never made to feel at a loss when it comes to connecting other devices to the tablet. It contains a microSD card slot, a power socket, a mini HDMI port, a micro USB port and a 3.5 mm jack for headphones. There is also an array of buttons as well. There is the power cum lock button, the volume modulation switches, both of which, however, are made from cheap plastic, spoiling its look and feel to quite some extent. It may be interesting to note that the Archos 80 Titanium tablet also has an odd button that takes the user to the Android home page at a touch. It is quite odd in the sense that all of the options of the Android menu are right there on the screen, naturally, the utility of the Android button was not exactly clear.

Resolution

The 8 inch screen has a display of 1024 x 768 IPS, and also provides the user with wide viewing angles. It appears quite bright and has clarity of the screen content. However, if you inspect closely, it will become clear that it is not as clear and detailed as the 7 inch screens of the Google Nexus 7 or that of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Operating system

The Archos 80 Titanium tablet runs on a pure Android platform of the Jelly Bean version. Archos has proved to be a wise brand in not attempting to apply any sort of overlay on the operating system. Besides, the customers are already big fans of the Android Jelly Bean.

Processor

The Archos 80 Titanium tablet runs on a dual core processor of 1.6 GHz and a GPU which is quad core. This implies quite clearly that the Archos 80 Titanium tablet is quite powerful and heavy duty in terms of running applications simultaneously.

Storage, however, is a major drawback. The Archos 80 Titanium tablet has an internal storage of only 8 GB. Nevertheless, the microSD card lot goes a long way in expanding the memory of the device to a sizeable amount.

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