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Archos Arnova 8b G2 review



The "1-Minute" Review

The Archos Arnova 8b G2 is a relatively new take on the small form factor Android tablet. It comes equipped with an 8-inch 800x600 pixel resolution touchscreen display, 1GHz ARM Cortext A8 CPU, 512MB RAM, up to 8GB of internal storage, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It’s definitely not as powerful as many other tablets that are available on the market today, but it does have a few merits.

For one thing, it's small and easy to carry around. Sure, it may seem a bit thick at 11mm thick, but its overall size should be handy to stow away into any kind of bag. The display features a capacitive touchscreen layer, which makes it easy to use with the default Android operating system. Android apps, whether the free or the paid variety, can be downloaded easily via Google Play with the use of a Wi-Fi connection.

Other hardware features of the 8b G2 include a built-in camera, microUSB port, and front-facing speakers. As you can see, it carries a fairly limited amount of both hardware and software features, so it’s not for everyone. As most reviewers note, it is under-powered and lacking in elements that make more expensive alternatives much better. But then that’s the thing, it’s not as expensive as many other tablets on the market. So this tablet could still be a nice choice for those who find that it fits not just their needs but also their budget.

Need to Know: Archos Arnova 8b G2

1. Small form factor makes it easy to carry around. (The Good)

2. Not as expensive as other Android tablet options. (The Good)

3. Severely limited in the features department, both in terms of hardware and software. (The Bad)

4. Default operating system is fairly outdated. (The Bad)


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



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Screen Size
8"

The Archos Arnova 8b G2's screen size is 8 inches with 800 x 600 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Cortext A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with resolution.
Storage
4/8 GB

Internal memory is 4/8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

Arnova 8b G2 Specs

Overview
Release date February 20, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortext A8 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4/8 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
Digital compass No
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 No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 22.4 x 15.5 x 1.1 cm (8.8 x 6.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 510 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 600 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 8 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 No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
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 Unknown
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client No
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth No
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Unknown
TV Out No
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, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder No
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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