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Archos 32 Android tablet (photos)

Take a closer look at the Archos 32, a pocket-sized Android tablet with a 3.2-inch screen.

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The Archos 32 is an 8GB touch-screen media player that retails for $149 and ships with Google's Android 2.2 operating system.
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The box for the Archos 32 includes a Micro-USB cable and a pair of basic earbuds.
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The 3.2-inch resistive touch screen on the Archos 32 can be oriented in portrait or landscape mode using the integrated accelerometer control. Multiple pages of apps and widgets can be accessed by flicking left or right.
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Like most Android devices, a drawer of apps is accessible from the bottom of the screen.
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The back of the Archos 32 includes a VGA resolution camera, capable of taking video and stills.
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On the left edge ofthe Archos 32 you'll find a volume rocker switch and a power button.
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A headphone jack, pinhole microphone, power indicator, and Micro-USB port are on the bottom edge of the Archos 32.
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Beneath the screen of the Archos 32 is a block of touch-sensitive controls. Typical Android device buttons for back, menu, home, and search are just below the edge of the screen. Curiously, controls for volume are also here, in spite of the rocker switch on the edge that offers the same control.
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The Apple iPod Touch (left) seen next to the Archos 32. The touch offers a larger (arguably better quality) screen than the Archos 32 and uses a capacitive, multitouch technology. You can't pick an iPod Touch up for less than $229, though, which is nearly $100 more than what the Archos 32 costs at street value.
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No, the Archos 32 isn't turned off. We found the LCD on the Archos 32, at its default brightness, to be practically useless in direct sunlight.

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