Archos has their whole group of Android devices at IFA-2010. We will start off first with the Archos 101 and 70. Both of these tablets are the bigger ones coming in a 10 and 7 inches. They both sport a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 3D OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics accelerator and WiFi b/g/n.
The capacitive touch screen on the 70 has a resolution of 800×480 and the 101 is 1024×600 and both incorporate multi-touch that appears to be buggy at times. The slates have HDMI ports on them to output 720p HD video on to your HDTV and support the video codecs as follow, AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF and 3GP. The 101 weighs in at 480 grams, and is just 12mm thick, and over all it feels very solid without any flexing of any kind. It also is sporting a kickstand on back to relieve your hands if you are watching a movie or wanting to give you an angle to type on. Games on the device looked stunning and were very responsive to the action.
Now let’s move on the the 70. It is defiantly more pocket friendly with the dimensions of, 201 x 114 x 10/14 mm (the 250GB hard-drive unit is thicker than the 8GB flash version). The touchscreen was more responsive on the 70 than it was on the 101, it lacks the two-stage kickstand and only props up for watching video. When it comes to the camera’s both devices have a front camera, but no camera on the rear. The Archos tablets, are running Eclair 2.1 and are said to be launching with Froyo 2.2.
The 43, 32, and the 28, are the smaller of the bunch ranging from 4.3 inches (FWVGA), 3.2 (WQVGA) and the 2.8 (QVGA). All three of these guys are small hand sized devices that are half PMP and half MID starting out at $99, then $149 and ending at $199. These will support all the same video codecs, as their larger brothers and will also launch with Froyo pre-installed. The Archos 28 and 32, both are running an 800MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and the 43 gets a 1GHz version; all have WiFi b/g/n plus USB Host and Bluetooth 2.1. None have Android Market access, instead using Archos’ own AppsLib download store.
Archos’s 32 has 8GB of storage and comes equipped with a 720p capable camera, and with it’s low-res screen the browsing and typing are not the best experience to say the least. 43 is the best of the lower end devices despite it’s restive touch screen, rather than a capacitive. It has a really good sized display coming it at 4.3 inches, with plenty of features including, 720p video recording and playback (with a camera on the back), an HDMI output, up to 16GB of storage (with a microSD slot) and the same processor as in the bigger Archos 70 and 101. It will have Flash 10.1 support on board and we think with paired together, out of all 5 devices surely you can find one to suit your needs at a price point you can live with.