I spend time to write this review to warn everyone from buying the Archos 9.
1) The Archos 9 with the operating system WIndows 7 basic does not do its job, the performance is extremely bad. A computer with 1GB of RAM may perform with Windows XP but not with Windows Vista or Windows 7. Archos has ignored this fact and should have never delivered a tablet pc with a set-up like that, the worst performance of a computer since I used my old AMIGA 30 years ago.
Example: Opening the Firefox browser can take up to ten seconds or longer
2) Running programs can be a time consuming troublesome experience especially when it's about typing text using the onscreen keypad.
Example: When using an internet browser and typing of text is required (and that's often the case) then most of the time the onscreen keypad has to be moved around to ensure one actually can see the message box and typing the text into the required browser field box. (This applies to many other programs like email, word, excel and so on).
3) To overcome my first disappointment with the Archos 9, I decided to format the hard drive and installed Windows XP pro. To find suitable and working drivers for the Archos 9 (with 1.2GHZ processor-build since June 2010) is almost impossible, After 4 weekends and many hours searching on the internet I managed to collect all working drivers for Win XP, sadly Archos support did not help at all, ignoring my request to provide drivers for Windows XP and telling me to use Windows 7 (in other words they told me off saying "how dare you to use WIN XP").
4) After all the drivers have been installed, all hardware working the performance of the Archos 9 can be measured and compared with a small Netbook, Now at least applications can be run and started without getting a cup of coffee between. Nevertheless the use of the onscreen keypad is still very difficult and time consuming and I simply cannot get used to it. To do actually some work with the Archos 9, I had to buy an external usb keyboard, a usb mouse and an usb-port / three connectors. (Because the Archos has only one usb port). OK now the Archos 9 can be used almost like a netbook with the only back draw, the usb cables for the mouse,keyboard,usb hub and power supply are dangling over my feet, knees and tummy, I'm wondering why I did not buy a netbook on the first place.
I will try to return the Archos 9 with the hope to get all my money back. I'm waiting for more tablet PC's to hit the market, at least now I know what to look for when buying a tablet PC (within the next two years when all of the manufacturers used the time to make a better product) As much I hate expensive Apple products, but to be fair to Apple, at least they have done their homework to 80%, Archos only 10%..........Archos should be ashamed for what they delivered
If you still want to buy the Archos 9 and try with WIN XP, To install Windows XP and drivers you will need an USB Port with at least 3 docks, a usb mouse, a usb keyboard and a 2MB USB memory stick (not 4,8,16GB that's essential) If someone out there needs my help, contact me, Kind regards, Claus.