It is common knowledge, that tablets are primarily used as an entertainment device. The apps in the respective app store also reflects this, with more games than productivity apps. There have also been dedicated bluetooth GamePad for Android Tablet. Now Archos is making one better.
It is releasing, in Europe, for now, an Android Tablet that looks like a giant PSP. It is still a 7-inch tablet, 10-inch screen is going to be too big and unwieldly to use. How does it works ?
While most games in the Google Play Store lack support for such physical controls out of the box, Archos pre-loads a convenient solution, in the form of software that allows one to map default touchscreen controls to the physical buttons. Meanwhile, the touchscreen itself can handle up to five simultaneous inputs at once for certain games that don’t translate well to buttons. Powering the device are a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.6Ghz paired with ARM Mali-400 MP graphics, which should provide decent frame rates for most games, considering the somewhat low screen resolution of 1024×600.
1GB of RAM, WiFi, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD slot (supporting cards of up to 32GB in size), a mini-HDMI video output, a USB port, a front webcam, a thickness of 0.6”, a weight of 11.6 ounces, and Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” round out the rest of the major specifications. One can hope that Archos will eventually update the device to Android 4.2 sooner or later. Considering the custom software, however, this is unlikely to happen very soon.
The price ? €150, about US$200. If you play a lot of games, you may consider this Android Tablet. You can always compare it with the Google Nexus 7, which I showcase in my Mini Tablet PC webpage.