Product Type: Archos Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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A Tablet Worth Spending Money On
Archos 80 Cobalt
Member Name: kristoph23
Archos 80 Cobalt
Advantages: It is cheap
Disadvantages: Some Basic Problems
== Design ==
This tablet is made by a brand most people would instantly turn away from because it is not as well known or advertised as other brands are.
This tablet has a sleek black colour to it which enables it to look smart and sophisticated. There are the normal type of controls you would expect ranging from the volume control and also the power button.
You have a thick base to this item as well-meaning extra weight which is noticeable. The screen looks smart and overall dominates the entire front of the product. There is a border around the screen which looks out of proportion due to one section being obviously bigger then another.
The back of the item is black and has the logo of the company there along with the camera which is situated at the top of the back and looks in some ways alone and out of place.
The design is overall very smart but some parts look like they need evening out.
== Features ==
The operating system is Android 4.0 and to be fair this means not a whole lot to me other than this is the area you would go to download the applications like you would with iTunes and Apple.
The system holds a memory storage of 8GB which is very useful but there is the compatibility to expand this to 64GB with a micro SDHC card as there is a card slot made for this on the machine.
The computer operates with Dual Core 1.6 GHz with Quad Core GPU. This is pretty good for a tablet and acts well to make sure the device runs quicker.
The weight of this item is 470 grams and the weight is very obvious when you pick up the item. It feels very bulky and heavy but also durable as well. The item can feel that if you drop it the whole tablet would smash due to the weight sensation.
There is also a 1GB ram on this product and the screen size is 8 inches and that is very good as well and when you start using the item you do feel the item is much bigger in terms of the screen size overall.
The size of this item is 153.5mm x 203mm x 11.5mm. This item is not as thin as the iPad but it does look much slimmer then it is when you pick it up so the look of the tablet makes the thickness look a lot smaller.
This item can play movies in many formats such as the usual AVI, MP4 but also perhaps the less common files such as FLV and MKV. This is a good thing to have and means if someone sends you a video in a format you do not understand instead of finding something to alter it you can watch it on your tablet.
== Wi-Fi and Camera ==
The Wi-Fi on this item was so simple to set up and this is done for you when you first load up the device. The screen tells you how to set up details such as the time and where you are in the world but it also asks to find a Wi-Fi connection for you.
When you do find the Wi-Fi link you're asked to put in a password for your particular network and then you're logged on and ready to browse the internet. The speed to which this item finds the connections available to you is fantastic.
The camera on the other hand is hard to use and offers a small amount of perfection due to the 2MP camera. I understand this item is not meant to have everything fantastic due to the price being so low but the camera is poor.
I tried taking pictures of pets in well-lit rooms and also in dark rooms. The quality was fuzzy and even when I tried to send the pictures to my own laptop to alter the colour on them it was hard to do and most pictures were deleted.
Even outside in the great sunshine I had today it was hard to get a decent picture and after I took fifty pictures only two of them looked as if they had some sort of quality to them which is very bad news if you wish to take pictures of animals.
If you're going to use the front camera for Skype maybe or to show yourself to friends in some way or to even take a picture this camera offers 0.4MP which is beyond terrible so the camera on this item is very bad.
== Sound, Screen Colour, Battery Life ==
The sound on this item is very good the controls are on the side of the tablet which offers you a chance to put the volume up or down at your own leisure. There is the odd moment when listening to video clips off the internet where there seems to be an echo.
This echo can be fairly loud and often sounds like your turning the volume up further for a few seconds before it begins to dwindle down again to a normal level. This happens occasionally and usually when I am listening to rock music so unsure if this is anything to do with it at all.
There are 16 million colours on the screen and it is always bright and very well lit. You can alter the screen colours via the settings which is pretty easy to do but the problem is when you wish to use a potential screen cover to protect the screen from any scratches the colour is terrible and you sometimes cannot view videos or pictures at all.
The screen resolution is usually pretty good when you play some games on the screen or watch movie trailers most of the time the quality is fantastic it is the odd pictures or video clips which tend to cause the problems.
The battery takes around a few hours to fully charge and when you use the tablet for games the battery tends to take about four hours to disappear. If you use the battery for browsing the internet it tends to last a lot longer and sometimes over 24 hours.
== Touch Screen and Internet ==
The touch screen on this item is good but it is hard to work out. You have no buttons at all on the tablet everything is done via the screen. The touch screen has a few buttons you press in the corner and one is a return button so you revisit a previous page and another takes you to the main screen.
The speed between moving from one set of applications to another screen by scrolling along is quick. I find the screen when it comes to using the buttons on the screen very quick. The touch screen is easy to use when it comes to typing on the keyboard which pops up as well.
The touch screen is not one of those which by a simple move or touch on the screen you could do something. You have to really want the screen to move or a letter to be typed in for anything to happen which I like because this means you cannot make silly errors.
The internet is quick but this all depends upon your own network or Wi-Fi area you're in. If the area is not giving you top speed you tend to notice this when it comes to you using the item.
There is one problem in the internet area and this is when you're using a search engine and begin to type in either a question or a topic if you do this to quickly the actual tablet locks up completely. This results in you using the reset button and sometimes this can actually make you re-enter details.
There is the Android market as well and if you are using this tablet for gaining applications such as Ebay the time it takes to download them is quick and often the applications are easier to use to find items in terms of speed then it is to use the actual websites.
You can use voice recognition to get items to show up as well. If you use the built in microphone to speak down you can ask a search engine to find a product for you which saves you using the keyboard. The results are usually pretty accurate and extremely quick.
== Final Thoughts ==
This item is valued at around £99 which is a good price for a tablet which has good memory, size and allows you to go online.
You have the Android market and the speed on the touch screen and the overall colour is good. There is issues regarding the camera and how good the pictures turn out but with a small camera size it is kind of obvious this might not be the best.
There is no retina display so if you turn the tablet around to get a better angle you will notice the screen does not switch position as well. The other problem is in terms of accessories for this product.
Items such as bags, cases, screen protectors or even pens to touch the screen with are hard to get unless you visit auction websites. So far finding a case which fits this item perfectly has been difficult so this is one area you must investigate if you wish to get this item.
I would rate this item as a 6 out of 10 and there is some areas it needs to improve on but for the small price of £99 currently at Tesco this might be a nice birthday present for someone and it saves you spending a fortune on the iPad which costs considerably more.
Summary: A decent enough tablet computer
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