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First Look: Archos 7 Home Tablet

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First Look: Archos 7 Home Tablet

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The Archos 7 Home Tablet is short on features, but delivers the Android OS on a 7-inch screen, for an affordable price.

>> [Music] Hey I'm Donald Bell for cnet.com and today we're taking a first look at the Archos 7 home tablet. As the name implies this is a tablet computer with a 7-inch screen. It runs android OS 1.5 and comes with 8 gigabytes of internal memory and costs a shockingly low $199. Now Archos had to make some concessions to get the price down. The resistive touch screen is sluggish, lacks multi-touch and has a bad viewing angle when you tilt it down. The internal memory is meager. There is no Bluetooth or GPS, no camera or compass and unlike previous Archos tablets, there is no dock connection on the bottom for video output or DVR accessories. Instead you get a micro USB port for data transfer, and power and hold switch up at the top, a micro SD card slot, a headphone output and a socket for the included power adapter. At full charger you can expect around 44 hours in music playback or 7 hours of video. There is also a pair of internal speakers on the front and a pasta kickstand on the back. The OS is completely android including the media players. You can surf the web, check your e-mail or even read a book. There is also an integrated apps store put together by Archos where you can download compatible apps. It's unfortunate that all apps for android are not compatible with the Archos 7 due to the limitations of the hardware, but there are still plenty of apps to play around with. Gripes aside, if you're looking for an android alternative to the iPad or iPod touch, the Archos 7 gets you there on a 7-inch screen for only $199 dollars. The experience isn't dazzling, but the price is right. So there you go. That's the Archos 7 home tablet. For cnet.com I'm Donald Bell. [Music]

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