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Archos 501860 Gen9 8 inch Tablet (RAM 512MB, Memory 16GB, Android 3.2) - upgradeable to Android 4.0 / Ice Cream Sandwich

by Archos
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)



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  • 8" screen
  • android 3.2 honeycomb
  • 16GB memory
  • WiFi & 3G ready
  • 1.2 Ghz processor
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandArchos
Item Weight467 g
Product Dimensions1.2 x 22.6 x 15.5 cm
Item model number501860
ColorBlack
Screen Size8 inches
Processor BrandTexas Instruments
Processor TypeNone
Processor Speed1.2 GHz
RAM Size512 MB
Computer Memory TypeDDR2 SDRAM
Graphics Card Descriptionnone
Wireless Type802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Operating SystemAndroid 3.2
Lithium Battery Weight95 grams
  
Additional Information
ASINB005DRAOKG
Best Sellers Rank 56,362 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight962 g
Date First Available12 Aug 2011
  
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Gen 9 - 8" tablet with 16GB memory

Product Description

With its 8 inch 4/3 ratio screen the ARCHOS 80 G9 tablet is perfectly designed to read emagazines, e-books or to browse the web up to 50% faster than standard Nvidia Tegra 2 tablets thanks to its powerful Dual Core ARM Cortex TM A9 processor. Because you shouldn't be forced to choose between a 3G and a Wifi tablet at purchase, ARCHOS have developed the ARCHOS G9 3G stick; a patented solution letting you add a 3G stick to your ARCHOS G9 tablet whenever you feel like.


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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Archos 8" G9 8 Dec 2011
Style Name:8 inch, 1.0Ghz, 8GB Flash Memory|Verified Purchase
Fantastic piece of kit but remember, this is not an iPad. It does exactly what it says it does and fast enough to really enjoy using it. Internet access is fast and page flipping really good. Applications are as good, and plenty of freebies available from games to serious apps. Create your own apps by using "Apps Inventor" available separately. The case is OK given the price and this is a gift or personal pressie to seriously consider. FAB
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant concept, badly conceived 7 April 2012
Style Name:10.1 inch, 1.2 Ghz, 16GB Flash Memory|Verified Purchase
This was one of the best "lower priced" Android tablets I have used, fast and responsive, brilliant media sharing (both in and out), very flexible with expandable memory (MiniSD up to 32GB), USB port, HDMI connection and upgradeable to 3G without having to buy a new Model. I absolutely loved it, for about 4 weeks!

The first problem I found, it won't charge properly from the USB cable connected to a computer, so I had to carry the special power adapter with a mini USB connection, yet more weight while travelling. Normally, I just use an international adapter (selectable pin arrangement for different countries) which has a USB output, and a selection of USB cables to charge each device I carry.

Secondly, and this is an appalling oversight in design, you can not power the device effectively from the adapter, you can only charge it... so you have to stop using it, to charge it... not much good if you have a report to finish in the Aeroplane!

Thirdly, just over 4 weeks, without any hard use yet, and the unit has died. The screen froze during a film, and the device was completely unresponsive. It had to be reset by holding the power button for 10 seconds, then it was restarted. This time, the screen scrambled after boot up, so it had to be reset again.

IT WILL NOT TURN ON AT ALL NOW, charging LED comes on when the charger is plugged in, and it has been left on charge overnight... but still will not turn on, so it is not a dead battery. Archos' response to this fault was to install the new firmware, I am still awaiting a reply on how I am meant to install a new firmware on a device which is as DEAD AS A DODO?
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Does everything it claims to do 3 Jan 2012
By Vaskez
Style Name:8 inch, 1.2Ghz, 16GB Flash Memory
Been using this for just over a week now, and here is a summary of the pros and cons based on my experience:

Pro:

- Display is excellent quality IMO
- Display viewing angle is also great, you can view at pretty extreme angles - great for showing stuff to other people
- The processor seems to be up to the task - there's no noticable slow-down during general browsing, loading files etc. everything works pretty fluidly
- It's great to have a full-sized USB port: a little tip for those struggling to get their external hard drives and USB sticks working: plug the stick/drive in BEFORE enabling the 3G stick port (i.e. the full-sized USB port). Then enable the port in the settings menu and the drive should be detected. If it is not, just disable and re-enable the port in the settings menu until the device is discovered. I got my USB stick and Seagate ext. HDD working like this
- Yes, it is made of a lot of plastic, but despite what some reviews say I still think it feels pretty good in the hand
- Video format support is great - I've tried DIVX, MPEG and Flash videos and it's played them all straight out of the box (I did do a painless upgrade to the latest firmware, but not sure if this is required or not). I even tried a Quicktime .MOV file which it played, although without sound (though this came from my camera, whose format not many apps can play flawlessly, outside the specialised quicktime player
- The kick-stand works pretty well
- Everything else works pretty much as required/expected (WIFI, GPS, music etc.)

Neutral:
- Over the past week, I've only had 2 freeze-ups (and have been using it at least an hour a day), which just required a reboot, nothing major IMO.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Best Value Tablet on the market 11 Nov 2011
Style Name:8 inch, 1.0Ghz, 8GB Flash Memory
I have an iPad, an Asus Transformer, a Hannspad, an Advent Vega, a 7inch witstech and a archos.

I have to say that by far the Archos is the best value for money

The iPad may be slicker, but mainly that is due to the software

The transformer more polished

but the Archos is still better value

There is a slight rippling on the screen, when you push hard from behind, although I have heard that this has been fixed.

I have ordered but not yet tried the 3G integral stick, which is genius!

I love that you can charge it via USB

It also has a great screen and good battery life, not as much as the 10 inchers, but close enough, a good 7 hours.

my only gripe to not give it 5 stars is that one of the few areas where it is let down is the lack of encryption - it is an omission from the standard honeycomb....possibly as the unit does get a little hot with continuos use, not too hot to handle, but you notice. I guess that the lack of a decent heat sink, might cause it issues with the hour that it takes to encrypt a tablet....

I now also (because of work) have an Ainol novo 7 elf - they are now the best value tablet on the web, but I have not got a 3g dongle to work yet....
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
more than was expected great value for money
Published 2 days ago by m donnelly
2.0 out of 5 stars did not work
did not work.sent it back.a big disappointment when phoning their help line was told the unit was over 12 months old.old stock?
Published 1 month ago by a bourne
4.0 out of 5 stars ARCHOS
PUT IT ON CHARGE,NOW IT WONT TURN ON,EMAILED ARCHOS OVER A MONTH AGO, NOTHING,GREAT AFTER SALE'S,GOT A 10.1 TABLET,THAT WONT TURN ON.
Published 1 month ago by barry arnold
3.0 out of 5 stars Worked really well .. until it stopped
Was great for video and browsing. I used it a lo but then touchscreen stopped responding and it was out of warranty. Customer support was not much help at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dr G
5.0 out of 5 stars Great find
Excellent piece of kit, far more to it than I expected. Great value , my wife has not put it down
Published 2 months ago by jeff
1.0 out of 5 stars Buy something else.
I've previously bought Archos kit and been very pleased, but this is in a different league. The first one had a screen fault, which, to be fair, Archos replaced straight away. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Piglet's Progress
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money
My sons had both got one of these and both charging ports broke after about a year. The first broke after 11 months and he was sent a replacement but the other was just outside... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D E Bentley
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
Constantly freezes, runs very slow, touch screen unresponsive, doesnt all ways turn on or off, heavy and has the most stupidly designed build in stand that slips on any hard... Read more
Published 5 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars ARCHOS TABLET
THIS is the third Archos Gen9 10.1 inch tablet I have purchased and I am totally satisfied with all of them.
Published 5 months ago by george walls
1.0 out of 5 stars item doesnt appear to be new
i bought this item buttons scratched on it and kept getting stuck now doesnt even come on at all ridicolous
Published 5 months ago by lee tidy
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