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Archos 101 G9 review

6.6/10 AVG.
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6.6/10
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The Archos 101 G9 currently has an Informr score of 6.6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

Our main complaint about the G9 is its build quality. The tablet's plastic case creaks if you flex it, and there's a small gap in the join between the two halves of the case. We also noticed a bug with the touchscreen; if you touch the very left or right edge of the screen, it activates the button o...

- Barry de la Rosa, Expert Reviews
Computer Shopper

In sum, Archos did a fair job of balancing features over cost. The awkward arrangement of the buttons and ports is our biggest complaint, most likely a consequence of rushing to market. The smooth interaction, decent screen, and strong performance, combined with the sub-$400 price, make this a real...

- William Harrel, Computer Shopper
The Register

The G9 101 is not without some niggling annoyances but it still represents decent value if you want a tablet that plays HD video in any format. The stand and 3G dongle are simple ideas that make the G9 rather versatile too. The only reason I can’t give it more of a recommendation is the Flash...

- Alun Taylor, The Register
Pocket-lint

Android tablets are something of a minefield. The unique proposition of the Archos tablet is that it delivers the Honeycomb experience at a price that's hard to beat. It also, undoubtedly, offers the widest diversity of format support in any tablet we've seen so far. It is indeed a capable video pla...

- Chris Hall, Pocket-lint
Recombu

The Archos 101 G9 has undeniable media playing credentials, especially when it comes to video. We love how the Remote Control app works, allowing you to control the tablet’s media features from an Android phone. The optional 3G stick is a great idea as well, and the fact it can be used as a mobile b...

- Thomas Newton, Recombu


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Archos 101 G9's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual-core Cortext A9 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
8/16 GB

Internal memory is 8/16 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7450mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 7450 mAh battery. Archos's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

101 G9 Specs

Overview
Release date September 20, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core Cortext A9 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 7450 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors
Dimensions [H x W x D] 27.6 x 16.7 x 1.3 cm (10.9 x 6.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 755 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features -
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization No
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA Pro, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator No
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments User Manual
Up to 46 hours of music playback time
Related Links Quick Start Guide (PDF)
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Critic Reviews


Expert Reviews

Bright screen, decent software and optional 3G dongle

from Expert Reviews

Our main complaint about the G9 is its build quality. The tablet's plastic case creaks if you flex it, and there's a small gap in the join between the two halves of the case. We also noticed a bug with the touchscreen; if you touch the very left or right edge of the screen, it activates the button on that side - the Back button on the left, or the tray menu on the right. This can be annoying, especially pressing Back whilst reading a web page or watching a video....

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Our main complaint about the G9 is its build quality. The tablet's plastic case creaks if you flex it, and there's a small gap in the join between the two halves of the case. We also noticed a bug with the touchscreen; if you touch the very left or right edge of the screen, it activates the button on that side - the Back button on the left, or the tray menu on the right. This can be annoying, especially pressing Back whilst reading a web page or watching a video.

Still, such faults are forgivable considering that the G9 has the latest version of Android, 16GB of internal storage and yet costs only £270. Archos's light touch with the software, the bright screen and the option of 3G make the G9 a worthy Budget Buy winner.

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Computer Shopper

This inexpensive tablet has a surprisingly good screen and a wealth of media storage and playback options

from Computer Shopper

In sum, Archos did a fair job of balancing features over cost. The awkward arrangement of the buttons and ports is our biggest complaint, most likely a consequence of rushing to market. The smooth interaction, decent screen, and strong performance, combined with the sub-$400 price, make this a re...More

In sum, Archos did a fair job of balancing features over cost. The awkward arrangement of the buttons and ports is our biggest complaint, most likely a consequence of rushing to market. The smooth interaction, decent screen, and strong performance, combined with the sub-$400 price, make this a real contender. If you can overlook the cumbersome design, we think that the Archos 101 G9 is a good multimedia tablet for the price, and we're especially interested in seeing the refreshed versions of this model with Ice Cream Sandwich.

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The Register

Long recharging time, no featherweight, powerful and competent video player

from The Register

The G9 101 is not without some niggling annoyances but it still represents decent value if you want a tablet that plays HD video in any format. The stand and 3G dongle are simple ideas that make the G9 rather versatile too. The only reason I can’t give it more of a recommendation is the Fla...More

The G9 101 is not without some niggling annoyances but it still represents decent value if you want a tablet that plays HD video in any format. The stand and 3G dongle are simple ideas that make the G9 rather versatile too. The only reason I can’t give it more of a recommendation is the Flash problem and the Biblically long recharging time. Here's to the next firmware fix.

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Pocket-lint

This tablet could work very well for multimedia consumers

from Pocket-lint

Android tablets are something of a minefield. The unique proposition of the Archos tablet is that it delivers the Honeycomb experience at a price that's hard to beat. It also, undoubtedly, offers the widest diversity of format support in any tablet we've seen so far. It is indeed a capable video...More

Android tablets are something of a minefield. The unique proposition of the Archos tablet is that it delivers the Honeycomb experience at a price that's hard to beat. It also, undoubtedly, offers the widest diversity of format support in any tablet we've seen so far. It is indeed a capable video playback device and if this is high on your list of priorities, then the Archos G9 should be up for consideration. But this needs to be balanced against some software oddities that drag the experience down, battery life that doesn't quite seem right and build quality and design that is universally bettered by other Honeycomb tablets. If it's a general Android tablet you're after, then finding a little more cash will reward you with one of the best Android tablets of 2011, in the form of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Overall Archos should be commended for trying and succeeding to deliver something a little different, but if wide-ranging video support isn't top of your agenda, you'll find that the G9 lacks the desirability of other devices.

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Recombu

Great price point, high resolution screen, unresponsive screen

from Recombu

The Archos 101 G9 has undeniable media playing credentials, especially when it comes to video. We love how the Remote Control app works, allowing you to control the tablet’s media features from an Android phone. The optional 3G stick is a great idea as well, and the fact it can be used as a mobile broadband dongle elsewhere is a versatile move....

More

The Archos 101 G9 has undeniable media playing credentials, especially when it comes to video. We love how the Remote Control app works, allowing you to control the tablet’s media features from an Android phone. The optional 3G stick is a great idea as well, and the fact it can be used as a mobile broadband dongle elsewhere is a versatile move.

However the 101 G9 doesn’t stand up in other areas. We could live with the no frills design if the general performance was up to scratch, but it simply isn’t.

Knowledge that tablets in the G9 range - the Turbo 16GB and the Turbo 250GB - that have more storage and faster processors are incoming makes us less excited about this 8GB edition with a 1GHz chip. The Turbo range tablets are due to come with 1.2 and 1.5GHz CPUs installed and ought to offer a better performance. More than anything, the 8GB 101 G9 makes us excited for what’s to come.

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Cnet

It boasts good connectivity, excellent movie playback and a bright, colourful screen

from Cnet

With Android 4.0 on the horizon, Honeycomb is soon to be rendered second-class in the tablet OS hierarchy. There's no guarantee that Archos will update its G9 range. So if you're keen to be seen with the latest kit, you may wish to hold off until the inevitable flood of Ice Cream Sandwich tablets...More

With Android 4.0 on the horizon, Honeycomb is soon to be rendered second-class in the tablet OS hierarchy. There's no guarantee that Archos will update its G9 range. So if you're keen to be seen with the latest kit, you may wish to hold off until the inevitable flood of Ice Cream Sandwich tablets are announced. Despite these misgivings, there's no denying that the 101 G9 represents the cheapest option for entering the Android tablet market right now. It boasts good connectivity, excellent movie playback and a bright, colourful screen. If those elements sound appealing -- and you can make do with a less-than-stellar build quality -- then it's worth a look.

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TechRadar

The best option if you're looking for a capable tablet, but have a limited budget

from TechRadar

The Archos 101 G9 sets out a specific stall for itself and does incredibly well at delivering on that goal, although only in a functional way. There's no innate joy or passion on show here. If you're in the market for a capable tablet, but have a limited budget, then this is one of the best optio...More

The Archos 101 G9 sets out a specific stall for itself and does incredibly well at delivering on that goal, although only in a functional way. There's no innate joy or passion on show here. If you're in the market for a capable tablet, but have a limited budget, then this is one of the best options outside of price cuts that you can get. The potential problem is we're about to be bombarded by cut price tablets, and much better units can be had for this kind of cash - tablets with more memory, built from better materials and generally put together with more love.

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TrustedReviews

The most capable Android Honeycomb video player currently available

from TrustedReviews

Without a doubt, this is the most capable Android Honeycomb video player currently available. Format support is excellent, the screen's decent and battery life compares fairly well with more expensive tablets. The power's there too - its dual-core 1GHz processor able to handle high bit-rate 1080p...More

Without a doubt, this is the most capable Android Honeycomb video player currently available. Format support is excellent, the screen's decent and battery life compares fairly well with more expensive tablets. The power's there too - its dual-core 1GHz processor able to handle high bit-rate 1080p content with ease. What's wrong, then? It's the design. The plastic body just doesn't feel as nice as any of the pricier models, and several on-body bits get in the way while you're holding it. When it's just £60 cheaper than glossier tabs, you really need to care about its advanced video skills for it to be a good buy.

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Laptop Magazine

Poor build quality, short battery life, and high operating temperature make it a bad deal at any price

from Laptop Magazine

The Archos 101 G9 offers plenty of features for $369, including a big 10.1-inch screen, Android Honeycomb, and even HDMI output. However, its poor build quality, short battery life, and high operating temperature make it a bad deal at any price.

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The Archos 101 G9 offers plenty of features for $369, including a big 10.1-inch screen, Android Honeycomb, and even HDMI output. However, its poor build quality, short battery life, and high operating temperature make it a bad deal at any price.

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PC Magazine

A functional, up-to-date Android tablet at a reasonable price

from PC Magazine

The Archos 101 G9 doesn't do much to change that perception, but at $369, it's the least expensive 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet we've reviewed so far. It's a solid buy for penny-pinchers, although it doesn't bring much else that's new to the table. If you're looking for a basic Android tablet, though, the price may be enough.

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The Archos 101 G9 doesn't do much to change that perception, but at $369, it's the least expensive 10-inch Android Honeycomb tablet we've reviewed so far. It's a solid buy for penny-pinchers, although it doesn't bring much else that's new to the table. If you're looking for a basic Android tablet, though, the price may be enough.

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