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Archos 80 G9 review

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The Archos 80 G9 currently has an Informr score of 5 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 8 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
8"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Android and Me

Since tablets are considered a luxury item these days, we would have a hard time recommending the G9 Turbo simply because its aesthetics are missing the “wow” factor, but the internal components give the tablet enough power to hang with the big boys. If looks don’t matter and pric...

- Nick Gray, Android and Me
Coolsmartphone

I must say I am quite impressed with my Archos 80 G9. Actually, I am not as much impressed with the device itself as with the fact it packs the latest Honeycomb with Android Market, pretty decent technical specification, good performance or unique 3G extensibility option at so reasonable price. I ha...

- Dawid Lorenz, Coolsmartphone
Laptop Magazine

In the world of sub-$300 Android tablets, the Archos 80 G9 is one of the better options, but that's not saying much. While we like that it offers full access to the Android Market, snappy performance, and fun media apps, it's far from perfect. The lackluster build quality, high temperatures, and les...

- Oliver Renick, Laptop Magazine
TechCrunch

The Archos 80 G9 tablet isn’t necessarily something I’d recommend for the hardcore tablet enthusiast, but it certainly gets the job done. Powered by pure Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the tab offers everything you’d expect out of Android and a nice variety of ports, albeit with a somewhat...

- Jordan Crook, TechCrunch
Engadget

After months of testing Honeycomb tablets with similar specs, we didn't begin our review of the Archos 80 G9 expecting to be blown away. And yet, by the end of our testing period, we had grown rather attached to the thing. Curiously, there wasn't just one feature that bowled us over. The display off...

- Dana Wollman, Engadget


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Screen Size
8"

The Archos 80 G9's screen size is 8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a OMAP 4 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with resolution.
Storage
8/16/250 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/250 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

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

80 G9 Specs

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

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Secondary OS No
Processor OMAP 4 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16/250 GB
RAM No
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
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 Unknown
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 22.6 x 15.5 x 1.2 cm (8.9 x 6.1 x 0.5 in)
Weight 465 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 8 inches
3D Yes
Sensors Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, 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 No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments 250 GB HDD
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Critic Reviews


Android and Me

Its aesthetics are missing the “wow” factor

from Android and Me

Since tablets are considered a luxury item these days, we would have a hard time recommending the G9 Turbo simply because its aesthetics are missing the “wow” factor, but the internal components give the tablet enough power to hang with the big boys.

If looks don’t matte...More

Since tablets are considered a luxury item these days, we would have a hard time recommending the G9 Turbo simply because its aesthetics are missing the “wow” factor, but the internal components give the tablet enough power to hang with the big boys.

If looks don’t matter and price and performance are all you’re really worried about, the ARCHOS 80 G9 Turbo will definitely live up to your expectations. In the end, it always comes down to what the consumer needs and the price they are willing to pay for it.

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Coolsmartphone

Good performance, unique 3G extensibility option, reasonable price

from Coolsmartphone

I must say I am quite impressed with my Archos 80 G9. Actually, I am not as much impressed with the device itself as with the fact it packs the latest Honeycomb with Android Market, pretty decent technical specification, good performance or unique 3G extensibility option at so reasonable price. I...More

I must say I am quite impressed with my Archos 80 G9. Actually, I am not as much impressed with the device itself as with the fact it packs the latest Honeycomb with Android Market, pretty decent technical specification, good performance or unique 3G extensibility option at so reasonable price. I have paid £199 for the device buying directly from archos.com website, however shortly afterwards Dixons started offering the same model at unbeatable price of £171 (update: it’s £199 now)! Suddenly all these ultra-budget Android 2.x powered tablets make absolutely no sense whatsoever as Archos is beating them in virtually every single aspect. So if you’re looking for brand new budget Android tablet, yet one which have very little corners cut to keep price low, Archos G9-series tablets are definite way to go at the moment. Simply unbeatable.

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Laptop Magazine

It offers better performance than most low-price Android tablets, but it looks and feels like a sub-$300 slate

from Laptop Magazine

In the world of sub-$300 Android tablets, the Archos 80 G9 is one of the better options, but that's not saying much. While we like that it offers full access to the Android Market, snappy performance, and fun media apps, it's far from perfect. The lackluster build quality, high temperatures, and...More

In the world of sub-$300 Android tablets, the Archos 80 G9 is one of the better options, but that's not saying much. While we like that it offers full access to the Android Market, snappy performance, and fun media apps, it's far from perfect. The lackluster build quality, high temperatures, and less-than-stellar screen all should give buyers pause. But, if you're looking for an inexpensive tablet, you could do worse than the Archos 80 G9.

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TechCrunch

If high-quality is what you’re expecting out of it, you’ll be sorely disappointed

from TechCrunch

The Archos 80 G9 tablet isn’t necessarily something I’d recommend for the hardcore tablet enthusiast, but it certainly gets the job done. Powered by pure Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the tab offers everything you’d expect out of Android and a nice variety of ports, albeit with a somewhat rough build-quality.

Read full review

The Archos 80 G9 tablet isn’t necessarily something I’d recommend for the hardcore tablet enthusiast, but it certainly gets the job done. Powered by pure Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the tab offers everything you’d expect out of Android and a nice variety of ports, albeit with a somewhat rough build-quality.

Read full review

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Engadget

For what it is, its value is unmatched

from Engadget

After months of testing Honeycomb tablets with similar specs, we didn't begin our review of the Archos 80 G9 expecting to be blown away. And yet, by the end of our testing period, we had grown rather attached to the thing. Curiously, there wasn't just one feature that bowled us over. The display...More

After months of testing Honeycomb tablets with similar specs, we didn't begin our review of the Archos 80 G9 expecting to be blown away. And yet, by the end of our testing period, we had grown rather attached to the thing. Curiously, there wasn't just one feature that bowled us over. The display offers excellent viewing angles, but isn't the most vibrant we've seen. Its performance is snappy enough, but nothing to write home about.

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Cnet

It's let down by shoddy production, which has resulted in a ripple-like screen effect on some units

from Cnet

We had very high hopes for the Archos 80 G9. The French firm has arguably done all of the hard work with this product -- dual-core CPU, Android Honeycomb, HDMI-out functionality and the ability to upgrade to 3G at a later date -- but has dropped the ball when it comes to case design and quality c...More

We had very high hopes for the Archos 80 G9. The French firm has arguably done all of the hard work with this product -- dual-core CPU, Android Honeycomb, HDMI-out functionality and the ability to upgrade to 3G at a later date -- but has dropped the ball when it comes to case design and quality control. The ripple-like effect on the display meant the Archos 80 G9 we reviewed couldn't be held without the screen resembling a pond during a fierce downpour. During our review period we tried as hard as we could to ignore the issue, but it's almost impossible to do so. 

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Know Your Mobile

Light weight, feels predictably cheap, large screen

from Know Your Mobile

We've spoken to Archos about the issue and the company has stated that it will repair any unit that has the problem. A spokesperson for the firm has also assured us that the fault has been fixed in production, so units rolling off the production line now should be entirely free of any screen issues....

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We've spoken to Archos about the issue and the company has stated that it will repair any unit that has the problem. A spokesperson for the firm has also assured us that the fault has been fixed in production, so units rolling off the production line now should be entirely free of any screen issues.

Display quirks aside, there's an awful lot to like about the 80 G9. The kick-stand on the back is a welcome addition, and the light weight of the unit makes it easy to hold for long periods - something that can't be said of the chubby Motorola Xoom. We also love the fact that you can upgrade to 3G if you wish, via the forthcoming 3G stick.

It's worth noting that the Archos 101 G9 - basically the 80 G9 with a larger screen - doesn't appear to suffer from the screen ripple defect, so if you're tempted by what you've read here then that might be a worthy option, assuming you're comfortable with paying an additional £100 on top.

Assuming Archos follows through on its promise and solves the issue with the screen, the 80 G9 could have a bright future ahead of it. The time is right for a budget revolution in the tablet market, and the tech inside this device is stunning when you consider the price point.

However, we can't brush aside the screen ripple fault so easily. It's crushingly disappointing that it's present in so many units.

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SlashGear

A tablet that’s going to be accessible by the masses

from SlashGear

Is this the tablet for you? It’s a strange time to be purchasing a tablet since we know that before the end of the year, we’ll be seeing quad-core processors on the market. That said, we’ve seen single-core devices out-perform dual-core devices in the past, it all depends on wha...More

Is this the tablet for you? It’s a strange time to be purchasing a tablet since we know that before the end of the year, we’ll be seeing quad-core processors on the market. That said, we’ve seen single-core devices out-perform dual-core devices in the past, it all depends on what software you’re running. ARCHOS, you did a pretty decent job here making a tablet that’s going to be accessible by the masses. People will buy it and love it if you include replaceable kickstands. The rest of the tablet is good to go!

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