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Archos 97 Carbon Cortex-A8 1GHz 16GB 9.7" Tablet

Cortex-A8 1GHz Android 16GB Jan 2013
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Introducing the ARCHOS Elements range; combining performance and affordability in a tablet with full access to Google Play and the full suite of Google apps. DesignThe ARCHOS 97 carbon features a... More
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Archos 97 Carbon Elements testing 3G support (Archos 3G Stick & Huawei E176G)
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Hands-on review Archos 97 Carbon [IFA 2012]

7 Reasons For

Good Size

One Archos 97 Carbon owner who purchased the Archos 97 Carbon reckoned that it was a good size. Five years ago Uk.hardware.info mentioned “Nice size and aspect ratio” in their review of the Archos 97 Carbon.

Fairly Large Internal Storage Capacity

At 16 gigabytes, the 97 Carbon has a quite large internal storage capacity compared to most of the other tablets that have been available for around the same time as the 97 Carbon. The smallest internal storage capacity of tablet computers of this spec and age is 4GB and the largest is 16GB.

Other 16GB internal storage capacity tablets currently available which you might want to consider include the Mediacom Smart Pad 844i, the ODYS Cosmo, or the Visual Land Prestige 10 which has better reviews.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of tablet computers of this age and type is 7" and the largest is 11". With a display diagonal of 9.7 inches, the 97 Carbon has one of the larger display diagonals amongst tablet computers of this age.

Tablets with a larger display diagonal that might also be worth considering include the Visual Land Prestige 10 (10" and higher rated).

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Two Number of Built-In Speakerss

The Archos 97 Carbon is a two number of built-in speakers tablet. Most of the other tablet computers of this type and age only have one number of built-in speakers.

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Quite Large Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 1 gigabyte, the 97 Carbon has one of the larger internal memorys amongst tablet computers of this age. The internal memorys of Cortex-A8 processor tablets that have been around for a comparable time to the 97 Carbon range from 0.5GB to 1GB, and the average internal memory is 0.64GB.

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Very Long Continuous Video Playback Time

The shortest continuous video playback time of tablets of this type and age is 2h and the longest is 8h. With a continuous video playback time of 8 hours, the 97 Carbon has a very long continuous video playback time compared to most of the other Cortex-A8 processor tablets that are a similar age to the 97 Carbon.

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Very Long Continuous Audio Playback Time

The 97 Carbon has a very long continuous audio playback time (20 hours) compared to most of the other tablet computers of a similar age and spec to the 97 Carbon. The shortest continuous audio playback time of tablets that have been available for around the same time as the 97 Carbon is 4h, the longest is 20h, and the average continuous audio playback time is 11h.

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9 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on three expert reviews from sites including Digital Versus, Les Numeriques.com and tecnozoom.it this tablet computer has an average expert rating of 60%.

Archos Only Has Poor Tablet Reviews

Based on 1,227 expert and owner reviews, Archos has poor reviews for its tablets. However, Archos has ok reviews for its Cortex-A8 processor tablets.

Inferior Sound Quality

One Archos 97 Carbon owner who bought it concluded that it did not have good sound quality. Uk.hardware.info wrote “Atrocious sound”.

Poor Connectivity

One person who reviewed it thought it was not wifi compatible. Uk.hardware.info mentioned “Disappointing WiFi” in their review of the Archos 97 Carbon.

Not 4G

Like most of the other comparable spec tablets that have been around for a similar time to the 97 Carbon, the Archos 97 Carbon is not 4G.

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Not 3G

Most Cortex-A8 processor tablets that have been on the market for around the same time as the 97 Carbon are not 3G. The 97 Carbon is no exception to this as it too is not 3G.

If you want a tablet that is 3G then you might also want to consider the ODYS Cosmo, or the Trevi TAB 8 3G V4 which also has a higher rating.

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Very Low Second Camera Resolution

With a second camera resolution of only 0.3 megapixels, the Archos 97 Carbon has a quite low second camera resolution compared to most of the other tablets of this age and spec. Across all the tablet computers of this spec and age the second camera resolutions range from 0.3MP to 5MP.

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Heavy

The weights of tablet computers of this age and spec range from 290g to 880g, and the average weight is 430g. With a weight of 620 grams, the 97 Carbon is quite heavy compared to most of the other tablets that have been around for around the same time as the 97 Carbon.

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Very Thick

The thinnest depth of Cortex-A8 processor tablets that have been around for more than two years is 2.5mm and the thickest is 190mm. With a depth of 184 millimeters, the Archos 97 Carbon's depth is one of the thickest amongst tablets that were released more than two years ago.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Archos 97 Carbon

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Archos released the 97 Carbon.

Average Processor Frequency

At 1 gigahertz, the 97 Carbon has a relatively standard processor frequency compared to most of the other similar spec tablet computers that were launched around the same time as the 97 Carbon.

There are a number of other 1GHz processor clock speed tablet computers currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Yarvik TAB07-101 Luna 7c, the Mediacom Smart Pad 844i, or the Archos Arnova 7 G3.

If you are looking for a faster processor frequency then you might also want to consider the IVIEW 754TPC (1.2GHz), the Trekstor Breeze 7.0 (1.2GHz), or the Visual Land Prestige 7G (1.2GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Processor
Processor Model
Processor Frequency
Processor Architecture
Processor Family
Memory
Internal Memory
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Version
Platform
Storage
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Memory Card Size
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Storage Media
Display
Display Diagonal
Aspect Ratio
Touchscreen Type
Touch Technology
Display Technology
Touchscreen
Display Resolution
Display Number of Colours
Camera
Second Camera Resolution
Second Camera
Main Camera Resolution (numeric)
Built-In Camera
Audio
Number of Built-In Speakers
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker(s)
Networking
3G
Data Network
Wi-Fi Standards
Bluetooth
Top Wi-Fi Standard
Ports & Interfaces
DC-In Jack
Microphone in
Headphone Out
Mini HDMI Ports Quantity
Micro-USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Performance
Video Compression Formats
Image Formats Supported
Audio Formats Supported
GPS (satellite)
Position Location
Design
Form Factor
Colour of Product
Battery
Continuous Audio Playback Time
Continuous Video Playback Time
Battery Technology
Power
AC Adapter Output Current
AC Adapter Output Voltage
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cables Included
AC Adapter Included
Quick Start Guide
Other Features
Wi-Fi

Expert Reviews

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12 December 2012

It's been a while since we published an overview of the current tablet market. With the holidays around the corner, we collected all of the tablets we've tested and that are still available, and... Read more…

Overall satisfactory screen, wide viewing angles
Easy on the eye
Nice size and aspect ratio
9.7" and 4 3
Cran globalement satisfaisant, angles de vision larges
Very low contrast for an IPS display
Generally choppy
Minimal 3D gaming performance
Atrocious sound
Disappointing WiFi
23 July 2012

Archos' Elements series started off on the wrong foot with the 97 Carbon. While the more-than-adequate screen, wide viewing angles (a first for Archos), size, aspect ratio and ICS are all...

La gamme Elements se pare d'un produit moyen avec cette Archos 97 carbon. Si son écran plus que correct, avec enfin chez Archos de larges angles de vision, le format 9,7 pouces 4:3 qui fonctionne...

4 December 2012

Het is al even geleden dat we een overzichtsartikel hebben gepubliceerd van wat er op de tabletmarkt te koop is. Met de feestdagen voor de deur hebben we alle tablets die we hebben getest en die... Read more…

9 July 2012

Mit der neuen Elements-Serie wird Archos in der nächsten Zeit eine Reihe neuer Tablets in den Handel bringen. Das erste Gerät dieser Serie hatte man bereits in der letzten Woche als 97 Carbon... Read more…

23 September 2012

Caratterizzato da un prezzo abbastanza basso, l’Archos 97 Carbon è un tablet di fascia medio-bassa con caratteristiche e funzionalità nella media. Le uniche note davvero positive sono...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers archos 97, archos 97c, archos 1080, archos 97ca, archos 1080p, archos 97car, archos 97carb, archos 97carbo, archos 97carbon
Barcodes 00690590521018, 00690590521032, 00690590521056, 00690590522305

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