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Digital Versus

Decent-value 4G smartphone

Archos 50 Helium

from Digital Versus
The Archos 50 Helium 4G LTE smartphone holds network coverage perfectly well. Call quality is good, with no hissing or unwanted noise getting in the way of you and your caller. Note that unlike many Archos mobiles, the 50 Helium only has space for one SIM card. The GPS isn't particularly fast, even in areas with good coverage... Full review
Expert Reviews

A sequel that improves on the original

Archos GamePad 2

from Expert Reviews
Better gaming controls and a much improved battery, but the Archos Gamepad 2 still can't replace a dedicated handheld console... Full review
Digital Versus

Finally a tablet-console worthy of the name

Archos GamePad 2

from Digital Versus
The Archos GamePad 2 may not qualify as an irreproachable tablet in the classic sense (it's still a bit light in the battery department), but as a tablet-console it's excellent. The fruit of serious efforts with the software and hardware, it's worth checking out for any gamers who want an affordable portable multimedia device... Full review
Tech Advisor

Android tablet's physical buttons make any gamer a gaming God

Archos GamePad 2

from Tech Advisor
It's almost as if the Archos GamePad 2 is fighting against itself in terms of its branding, as if we were looking at this tablet as a purely budget tablet, it's be hard not to be impressed with the good IPS screen, storage options, HDMI out, and quad-core processor with 2GB RAM. However, trying to promote itself as a great gaming device isn't accurate apart from its inclusion of physical buttons... Full review
TechRadar

It's fast and just about responsive enough for fluid operation

Archos 80 Xenon

from TechRadar
We could see the 80 Xenon doing a great job as a family tablet left in the kitchen, though its economic sweet-spot is as an occasional mobile tablet for the commute or car.Though we do like it a lot, it's just not got the grunt and extra features of the Acer A1 Iconia, for example. However, with the 3G version of that challenger clocking-in at around £200, the 80 Xenon makes its case as the cheapest mobile Android Jellybean 3G tablet, that's mostly pleasant to use... Full review
Expert Reviews

Basic performance and terrible battery life means this is one 3G tablet to avoid

Archos 80 Xenon

from Expert Reviews
With average performance, an outdated version of Android and very disappointing battery life, it’s difficult to recommend the Archos 80 Xenon. The Asus FonePad may be slightly slower on paper and have a 7in screen, but we think it’s the better buy if you absolutely must have mobile broadband and don’t want to spend £300 on a top-end Google Nexus 7... Full review
What Hi-Fi

At its price, this Archos has competition too good for it to be this bad

Archos 80b Platinum

from What Hi-Fi
This tablet has many flaws, some of which could be overlooked if it was a lot cheaper. The £50-cheaper Tesco Hudl roundly outperforms it, and you can get the exceedingly better Nexus 7 for just £30 more. In this fiercely competitive market, Archos simply must do better than the 80b Platinum if it’s going to succeed. Disappointing... Full review
TechRadar

A significant makeover, but doesn't justify the price tag

Archos GamePad 2

from TechRadar
The GamePad 2 is a well built, ergonomic, attractive portable gaming tablet that looks and feels like it should be playing in the big league. The depth of colours, crisp screen and broad array of Android games mean you will be entertained.But at its high price point and with few Android games really challenging the likes of blockbusters on other, more established, consoles, the Archos GamePad 2 isn't value for money. You're better off spending (and saving) your money on a PS Vita. .. Full review
TrustedReviews

The overall package remains one which appease those with moderate demands

Archos 50 Platinum

from TrustedReviews
The Archos 50 Platinum pushes the boundaries of its price point and takes dual-SIM phones in a new, entertaining direction. It is still plagued by nagging issues though. It is hard to look past the low quality screen and the battery life is a bit of a stinker. Overall if you can do without dual-SIM we suggest you turn your attentions elsewhere... Full review
Know Your Mobile

The Archos 50 Platinum can deliver ultimately but it lacks consistency

Archos 50 Platinum

from Know Your Mobile
It’s a real shame that the Archos 50 Platinum is something of a flawed gem, but the problem is that those flaws are really very glaring indeed.That’s because they’re concentrated around the general performance and reliability which is so fundamental to the day-to-day experience of the phone.It’s of little consequence that the display and camera are quite good, or that you’re treated to stock Android, because chances are you won’t be able to enjoy them as you battle with the handset’s unpredictable behaviour... Full review

Great big pile of rubbish!

Archos 97 Cobalt

This afternoon I have waited over twenty minutes for a football app to load and start working properly. At other times I have waited over ten minutes for the photo gallery to open. This tablet is so slow - do not buy one.
This afternoon I have waited over twenty minutes for a football app to load and start working properly. At other times I have waited over ten minutes for the photo gallery to open. This tablet is so slow - do not buy one. Less

Sadly flawed

Archos 101 XS 2

I am disappointed with this Tablet. I am an Archos fan, and hoped the 101XS-2 would be a step forward from my Archos 80 and 101 G9 tablets. It is not in some key respects. GOOD POINTS 1. nice to look at; 2. Keyboard cover good; 3. Good screen, but too shiny/reflective in bright conditions; 4. A... More
I am disappointed with this Tablet. I am an Archos fan, and hoped the 101XS-2 would be a step forward from my Archos 80 and 101 G9 tablets. It is not in some key respects. GOOD POINTS 1. nice to look at; 2. Keyboard cover good; 3. Good screen, but too shiny/reflective in bright conditions; 4. Addition of rear camera welcome, but no flash, and only adequate resolution. BAD POINTS 1. Battery life very poor, and unless you use the dedicated mains charger, when connected via USB (and allegedly 'charging') the battery discharges quickly even with light use. This is a SERIOUS design flaw. 2. GPS is 'flaky' at best. Takes ages to acquire a location fix, when it does so at all; 3. No 'kick stand' except when connected to keyboard; 4. Unlike the G9 series, no full USB port. The single micro USB port doubles as USB connection and for charging. Given the points I mentioned above this means when connected to a PC to transfer files, the Tablet will show it is 'charging', but the battery percentage actually keeps dropping. CONCLUSION As a Tablet that sits on your desk most of the time, with the keyboard attached, using its own mains charger, with only minimum 'unplugged' use around the home or office, it is OK. The battery life and USB cable charging issues make it a very disappointing 'mobile' device. Even in a car, plugged into a cigar lighter, the Tablet' battery will run out of juice fast. Archos have made the crucial mistake of increasing performance at the expense of battery life, and even battery charging ability. I am hoping future firmware updates my improve things. Unless these problems are fixed, for the first time ever, I cannot recommend an Archos tablet. Less

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