Product Type: Archos Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Archos Elements 97 Titanium HD
Member Name: Scooter01
Archos Elements 97 Titanium HD
Advantages: Beautifully made, smooth and responsive in normal mode, good tablet for the price
Disadvantages: HD mode doesn't work well, poor camera
Before I get into the main review I will list the main technical specs of this tablet:
Included in box - Tablet, charger, USB data cable, documentation
Display - 9.7'': up to 2048 x 1536 pixels, IPS, 10 point capacitive multitouch
Application Framework - Android 4.1, "Jelly Bean"
Processor - Dual-core A9 @ 1.6GHz and Quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4
Capacity - 8GB flash memory and SD Card (up to 64GB)
RAM - 1GB RAM
Cameras - Front 2MP and Back 5MP with auto focus
Interface - Micro USB 2.0: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP), USB host via OTG and Audio Jack 3.5mm
Dimensions & weight - 240 mm x 184 mm x 9 mm (9.4'' x 7.2'' x 0.35'') and 640g
Price at time of review - Around £200
Firstly I would like to say how impressed I was with the build quality of this tablet. The front has an attractive looking white bezel surrounding the main screen. The back is made of brushed aluminium which is a nice change to the usual plastic tacky backing and gives the tablet a nice strong and sturdy feel to it. It does come across as an Ipad wannabe and if this was a more famous brand then I feel Apple might have had something to say about this!
When booting up it did seem to me to take rather a long time, so much so that I was worried that there was something wrong with it. Eventually it did boot up and took me through the usual android set up procedure.
My first impressions were that the display and colours of the tablet were very impressive and easy on the eye. The quality does suffer a little when viewing the tablet from different angles, but it is still very readable. The multi touch screen on this tablet is very responsive and the transitions between launcher screens and also in the app drawer are very smooth. When selecting an app it loaded in a reasonable time and without any noticeable lag. The preloaded launcher though is a bit basic for me, so I went onto Google Play Store and replaced it with Apex launcher (also Nova is very good as well). Browsing the Play Store in general is very smooth and I found all the main apps that I use are compatible with this tablet. My only slight complaint at this point is that the Wifi can be a bit flaky and slow at times, which I have read elsewhere is a common issue with other Archos tablets.
Despite the camera's being 5mp and 2mp, I have to say I found the quality of the photos taken to be average at best. I took pictures in both high and low light and each time I found the photos to be grainy and faint. To be honest though I have never understood why people would want to take photos with a big 9" or 10" tablet.
When it comes to moving files on and off the tablet, you have the choice of using Wifi, SD Card or connect up to the computer by USB. There is no bluetooth on this tablet which is a bit of a let down. Personally myself I find using "Airdroid" from the Play store to transfer files as it is easy and fast and can be done from any computer if a usb cable or card reader is not available. The SD Card is handy for storing music on the tablet, but I don't use it for much else as it is far easier to save documents in "The Cloud" (online storage) using apps like "Dropbox" and "Box".
One other feature of this tablet is that it can be changed between normal mode and HD mode for a clearer and crisper image. It is at this point though I need to point out what I think will be the fatal flaw of this tablet to some people and it is that I found that the HD mode doesn't work very well. This is really bad as this is one of the main selling points of this tablet. I found the HD mode to lead to the screen flickering a lot and also leaving the tablet to suffer from really bad lag between actions. Also some games wouldn't even load at all. I thought this might be just a fault with my tablet, but upon looking for advice on the web, I found some others have also had this problem. Also saying this I still believe that the normal mode looks very good for a tablet at this price point.
Accessory wise I couldn't find much specifically for this tablet, apart from the generic stuff you can normally find on Ebay and from Amazon market sellers. Some of these will do the job, but won't be of the greatest quality.
Finally for those android users who to like to more with their devices like root them, install custom firmware, etc, unfortunately there is next to no developer support for this tablet so unless you are an advanced programmer you will be stuck with the shipped firmware.
Summary: Looks good and ok for day to day use, let down by the HD mode and poor cameras
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