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Archos GamePad Cortex-A9 1.6GHz 8GB 7" Tablet

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Cortex-A9 1.6GHz Android 8GB Oct 2012
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Bringing physical buttons and analog thumb-sticks to mobile gaming, the ARCHOS GamePad blends power with unique mapping software to bring the best Android gaming experience in a thin and light... More
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8 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This tablet computer received a "Value for Money" award from Play3r.net who thought that this Cortex-A9 processor tablet computer provided a good bang for your buck.

Good for Games

Five Archos GamePad reviewers who bought this tablet reckoned that it was good playing games on. Four years ago expert website Trustedreviews.com mentioned “Smartphones are superb gaming devices these days.” in their review. Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert website CNET.co.uk “The Archos GamePad is an attempt to bolt a proper gaming controller to an” in their Archos GamePad review but in spite of that they only scored the product 2 stars. Expert review site T3.com said in their review of the Archos GamePad “2013 is set to be the year that Android gaming breaks free from smartphones” nonetheless they scored it 40 out of 100.

Good Value for Money

Expert review site Play3r.net highlighted in their review that this tablet computer was good value for money.

Good Sound Quality

A few Archos GamePad reviewers said that it had good sound quality. Digitalversus.com mentioned on Digital Versus “Even with something that sounds great on paper”. Expert review site Itproportal.com mentioned “The idea is sound, even brilliant.” yet they gave the product a score of 50 out of 100.

Robust

One Archos GamePad reviewer who purchased it concluded that it was well made. Androidcentral.com said “The GamePad solves this by having everything you expect to see in a game controller built in” in their review of the Archos GamePad.

Good Size

One Archos GamePad reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was good physically. Expert website Itproportal.com mentioned in their Archos GamePad review “The GamePad leverages on the ever-improving Android gaming market by offering users real, physical controls with which to play” .

Fairly Fast Processor Frequency

Across all the Cortex-A9 processor tablets that are a similar age to the GamePad the processor frequencys range from 1GHz to 1.8GHz, and the average processor frequency is 1.4GHz. At 1.6 gigahertz, the GamePad has a fairly fast processor frequency compared to most of the other tablets of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative 1.6GHz processor clock speed tablet computers currently available which you might also want to consider including the Xenta 7[pl_1457896_price], or the TAB07-485 Noble Mini[pl_1609089_price] both from Yarvik or the Medion Lifetab E10315[plb_2140898_price] which has better reviews.

If this Archos tablet processor frequency is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the TechniSat Mini[plb_2184663_price] (1.8GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Light

The weights of tablets of this spec and age range from 260g to 3.7kg, and the average weight is 530g. The Archos GamePad is quite light (only 330 grams) compared to most of the other tablets of this age and type.

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8 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on twenty-three expert reviews from sites including Expert Reviews, T3.com, Digital Versus and wired.com this tablet computer has an overall expert rating of 61 out of 100. This means that experts are not that keen on this Archos tablet computer.

Poor Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this Cortex-A9 processor tablet computer rated it as 64 out of 100. This tablet computer in the bottom 43% of all the tablet computers of a similar age and spec when ranked by user rating.

Archos Only Has Poor Tablet Computer Reviews

Archos has excellent reviews for its Cortex-A9 processor tablets, however it has poor average reviews when measured across its entire tablet range.

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Poor Battery Life

One Archos GamePad reviewer who purchased it thought it did not have a good battery life. Cnet.co.uk wrote on expert website CNET.co.uk “Uncomfortable controls, poor battery life and a dire screen make the Archos GamePad a bitter disappointment for Android joystick junkies”.

Not 3G

Most comparable spec tablet computers that have been available for a similar time to the GamePad are not 3G. The GamePad is no exception to this as it too is not 3G.

If you are looking for a tablet computer that is 3G then you might also want to consider the 270G[pl_1558671_price], or the 970H2G[pl_1584873_price] both from Hamlet or the Point of View Onyx 506 Navi[plb_1538975_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 4G

The GamePad is not 4G, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other tablets of this age and type are also not 4G.

Tablets which are 4G that might also be worth considering include the MediaPad 10 FHD[pl_1463392_price], or the MediaPad 10 Link[pl_1632376_price] both from Huawei which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of only 7 inches, the GamePad has a quite small display diagonal compared to most of the other tablet computers of a comparable type and age to the GamePad. The display diagonals of tablets of this age and type range from 7" to 22", and the average display diagonal is 8.7".

We compared all the other 7" tablets to this tablet and we think the 270G[pl_1558671_price], and the 270[pl_1585881_price] both from Hamlet or the Yarvik Xenta 7[plb_1457896_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger display diagonal then you might want to look at the Mediacom Smart Pad S4 7.85[plb_1983585_price] (7.85"), the TechniSat Mini[plb_2184663_price] (7.85"), or the Medion LifeTab S7851[plb_2472173_price] (7.85") which also has a higher rating.

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Only One Number of Built-In Speakers

The GamePad is a one number of built-in speakers tablet computer.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Archos GamePad

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Archos released the GamePad.

Two Processor Coress

The number of processor coress on the GamePad is two which is average compared to the other 60 Cortex-A9 processor tablets that were released more than two years ago that we have assessed the number of processor coress of.

We compared all the other 2 processor cores tablets to this tablet and we think because of it's better review score, the Yarvik Xenta 7[plb_1457896_price], the Hamlet 270[plb_1585881_price], and the Intenso TAB 724[plb_1912531_price] is also worth considering.

Tablets with more processor coress that might also be worth considering include the Mediacom Smart Pad S4 7.85[plb_1983585_price] (4 processor coress), the Medion Lifetab E10315[plb_2140898_price] (4 processor coress), or the TechniSat Mini[plb_2184663_price] (4 processor coress) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Storage Capacity

The GamePad has a relatively average internal storage capacity (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other Cortex-A9 processor tablets that are a similar age to the GamePad.

We compared this tablet to all the other 8GB internal storage capacity tablet computers and we think because of it's better review score, the Yarvik Xenta 7[plb_1457896_price], and the Huawei MediaPad 10 Link[plb_1632376_price] is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a larger internal storage capacity then you might also want to consider the 101 XS[pl_1809752_price] (16GB), or the 101 XS[pl_1875073_price] (16GB) both from Archos or the Blusens Touch 97[plb_2002773_price] (16GB) which is also higher rated.

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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
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1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(44)
27 December 2013

Nvidia's Project Shield caused quite a fuss over in Las Vegas at the start of January with the tech press (MSN Tech included) quick to praise the Android tablet / handheld console hybrid for its... Read more…

16 July 2013

There are several areas of the tablet that I'm very impressed with and others which I'm a little bit disappointed with. For example, I'm especially happy with the bundled software and the raw...

Play3r.net

16 April 2013

It?s one of those products we want to love on principle alone - but does it measure up to expectations?Imagine a 7-inch Android tablet, and in the housing there?s a built-in game controller,... Read more…

13 April 2013

A great idea, but the Gamepad only plays nice with certain games...

Android is a flexible operating system and in a way it is surprising to see it largely restricted to phones and tablets. Then again, when it does break out of the standard mold, things can go... Read more…

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User Reviews

(31)
Reviewed 2 July 2013 by Chniba

Update 2015 The battery life issue only gets worse. After a full charge this piece if junk lasts 5 minutes. Avoid at all costs. Old review The archos gamepad should have been amazing. Below ill... Read more…

Reviewed 4 May 2013 by Webber303
(Verified Purchase)

I have had my Arches Gamepad for about two weeks now and I have to say I'm impressed. Its not a perfect device, but any short comings are far outweighed by its pros. I had read that the original... Read more…

Reviewed 1 April 2013 by Mr. C. Forshaw
(Verified Purchase)

As a collector of consoles, computers and handhelds I was slightly apprehensive of the Archos Gamepad, especially following some reviews I have read. I have purchased the Archos Gamepad alongside... Read more…

Reviewed 29 January 2013 by R. Coyne
(Verified Purchase)

It was a close call between 3 and 4.. but really starting to become inseparable from it on the train to work now! I'm not a massive fan of archos but took the chance on this. I had recently bought... Read more…

Reviewed 27 May 2013 by Kieran m
(Verified Purchase)

Got this for playing my emulators but did not know how to get my games to run from sd card so after some hunting in the archos forums i can now play my games from my 32gb sd card .when you start... Read more…

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Barcodes 00690590522930, 00690590522947, 00690590522978, 05053460920017

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