The Android tablet by Archos, also known as Archos 101, is a gem in a vastly growing Android Tablet boom. Its sleek style, design, and very competitive features is very much desirable against the Apple iPad. Of course, along with any other product, the Android OS Archos 101 has its flaws. Nonetheless, if you're looking to find a good priced feature-filled Android tablet, the Archos 101 should certainly be considered. With the price tag of under $300 for its 8GB version, it will win the hearts and pockets of many tech junkies. Just be prepared to manually upgrade its stock Android 2.2 OS.
What I really like about the Archos 101 is the sleek design. The frame consist of injection molded plastic as well as stainless steel. As a result, the structure of the device can be created thinner without compromising its integrity. Because of this, the Archos 101 is 0.45" which is 10% thinner than the iPad. In addition, the design does not make it seem like you're buying a second-class electronics made from an inferior manufacturing source. Instead, it gives you the feel of a nicely designed and well built product.
The screen is a high resolution LCD measuring at 10.1" (hence the product name). The tablet also has built in kick-stand for display, as well as an HDMI output for use with HDTV or HD Monitors. With added Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, and HDMI monitor output, it can essentially become a makeshift desktop computer.
The Archos 101 features a single core Arm Cortex A8 1GHz processor. Lacking in relative processing power, many users are still impressed with its responsiveness and ability to smoothly operate apps and functions. Note that Archos specifically designed their products with minimal "Bloatware" which are pre-installed manufacturer software. Archos also designed their tablets to be as customizable as possible. In fact, the company claims to have made it easier for users to dual boot both Android and Linux (although I have not tried this myself)
The Archos 101 also features the expected higher end capabilities. It showcases a webcam, Wireless-N, a small 8GB internal storage, MicroHD slot, and USB port.
Notes/Summarypparently, the Archos 70 is the next available version. However, the Archos 70 sports a smaller 7" screen and a much larger 250GB of storage. Overall, the Archos 101 is a very nice alternative against the iPad. Keep in mind that a lot of Android tablets are truly designed for power users who are willing to make their tablets truly their own. If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, Archos products can truly be a worthy investment of tablets. The Archos 101 also comes in the 16GB version.