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Archos G9 Turbo Review



There are many Android tablets on the market at the moment, but not everyone can afford a high-end device. Thankfully,  the G9 Turbo is here. The G9 Turbo offers allot for it’s sub £200 price, including the latest Android software, Ice Cream Sandwich, and full access to the Google Play Store, now you cant go wrong there, can you?

Now the 10inch Archos 101G9 variant is the biggest of the two and boasts a 16:9 aspect ratio screen , with a resolution of 1280×800 , the same as on the original iPad.

The two variants run the same processor, a  1.5GHz dual-core OMAP 4 chip form Texas Instruments and I’ve experienced little or no lag which the tablet, which is nice to see.

The two Archos tablets offer 1080p HD video play-back and there’s also a HDMI output port, so you can store movies on your tablet and experience them on a bigger screen.

Both models offer an astonishing 250GB of storage, which boots back all the other tablets, in the storage area that is. All data can be stored on the Seagate hard-drive built-in to the device itself.

You do have the option to use a 3G dongle, enabling you to use the G9 Turbo on the go, not like many budget tablets these days. Wi-Fi is also on board the G9 Turbo, which you would expect on every Android device these days. You can also connect to Wi-Fi hotspots when you are out and about, but personally I would use the 3G dongle option for that.

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The two devices also come with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, this is much better then Android 3.0 Honeycomb, because we get a redesigned U/I, which does look more eye appealing. Ice Cream Sandwich also brings a bag load of new features to the Turbo, including the Face to unlock setting, which was demonstrated on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. We also get full access to the to the Google Play Store, unlike many other budget Android tablet. The Play Store will enable you to download thousands of apps and games to entertain you.

Both variants of the G9 Turbo will offer 8GB or 250GB of internal memory built-in, but really it varies depending on what you want to use the tablet for.

The 1.2-megapixel front-facing snapper is capable of capturing HD video at 720p but the results are not the best. There’s no auto-focus or an LED flash so you photographers out there will not like this.

We also get t a pull out stand for media and gaming, which seems very sturdy and easy to put back into place overall it’s a nice little feature.

Overall the Archos G9 tablets are pretty good with the dual-core processor, the high-resolution screen and the Android 4.0 software on board. But the device brings a cheap look design and is complete constructed from plastic.

The camera is another down side so for this reason we give the G9 tablets a 3.5/5 and you can get the 10inch variant HERE.

Full specifications

Display characteristics • 8”: 1024 x 768
• 10.1”: 1280 x 800
Application Framework • Android
Processor • Standard version: OMAP™ 4 smart multi-core ARM CORTEX A9 at 1GHz.
• Turbo version: OMAP™ 4 smart multi-core ARM CORTEX A9 from 1.2GHz to 1.5GHz (at start of 2012).
• 3D OpenGL (ES 2.0)
Capacity • Flash Memory: 8 or 16GB* + microSD Slot (SDHC compatible)
• HDD memory: 250GB*
Video Playback1 • MPEG-4 HD (up to 1080p)
• MPEG-42 ([email protected] AVI, up to DVD resolution)
• H.264 HD ([email protected], up to [email protected] fps and [email protected] fps)With optional plug-in:
• Cinema: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1)
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF
Audio Playback1 • MP3
• WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
• AAC3, AAC+ 5.13
• OGG Vorbis
• FLACWith optional software plug-in:
• AC3 5.1
Photo viewer4 • JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles • .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub formats supported
Webcam • 720p front camera with 720p encoding
Interfaces • USB slave: Mobile Transfer Protocol (MTP)
• USB host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) (Micro USB/USB Host cable sold separately)
• microSD (SDHC compatible)
• HDMI output6 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
Communication protocols • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
• Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
Miscellaneous • Built-in GPS
• Built-in speakers
• G-sensor
• Compass
• Built-in kick stand
• Built-in Microphone
Power source • Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• External: Power adapter/charger
Dimensions & weight • ARCHOS 80 G9 Flash series: 226 mm x 155 mm x 11.7 mm (8.90 x 6.11 x 0.46 inch) – 465g (17 oz)
• ARCHOS 80 G9 Hard Drive series: 226 mm x 155 mm x 14.7 mm (8.90 x 6.11 x 0.58 inch) – 599g (21.9 oz)• ARCHOS 101 G9 Flash series: 276 mm x 167 mm x 12.6 mm (10.86 x 6.59 x 0.50 inch) – 649g (23.8 oz)
• ARCHOS 101 G9 Hard Drive series: 276 mm x 167 mm x 15.6 mm (10.86 x 6.59 x 0.61 inch) – 755g (27.7 oz)
Battery life • Music playback time7: up to 36 hrs
• Video playback time7: up to 7 hrs
• Internet navigation time 7: up to 10 hrs
Scalability7 • Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
• Updates can also be downloaded at www.archos.com
Minimum system requirements • Microsoft® Windows® 7, Vista, XP or higher
• Mac OS. X with Android Transfer Files application (not included)
• Linux with android MTP tool (not included)
• USB 2.0 interface

 

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