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Archos 7 8GB Home Tablet With Android (Black)

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  • 8GB capacity for about 4000 songs, 80,000 photos, or seven full-length movies
  • Seven hours of video or 42 hours of audio on a single charge
  • 7-inch TFT LCD touchscreen with 800x480 pixel resolution, 16m colors
  • Supports H.264/MPEG-4/Real video codecs in AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, and FLV file formats; MP3, WMA, WAV, APE, OGG, FLAC
  • One-year limited warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 10.8 x 1.3 cm ; 299 g
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Item model number: 501521
  • ASIN: B003COZM2C
  • Date first available at June 14 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #158,514 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
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ARCHOS now introduces a new large-screen Android-based tablet, the ARCHOS 7 home tablet. This new product is specially designed to enhance the digital lifestyle in the home. The ARCHOS 7 home tablet bridges the gap between the smartphone and the desktop PC to provide constant access to the web, customization through Android Apps, and multimedia content - all in a large-screen format. This new device testifies to ARCHOS' strategy of offering innovative electronic products with extremely competitive pricing.


ARCHOS' new ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet bridges the gap between the smartphone and the desktop PC, providing constant access to the web, customization through Android Apps, and delivery of multimedia content--all in a seven-inch widescreen format. Access the information you need, such as news, weather, or local business info. Enjoy your favorite movie clips or watch some YouTube videos for a quick entertainment fix. Or just kick back and listen to some music. With built-in Wi-Fi, quick and easy file transfer, and up to 7 hours video/44 hours music on a single charge, this affordable tablet will keep you entertained--and connected--all day long.

Bridging the gap between the smartphone and the desktop PC. Click to enlarge.

Enjoy your favorite flicks on a brilliant seven-inch widescreen.

Share your photos with family and friends.

With an ultra-portable design, it's not just a home tablet.

Multimedia Master

With its wide, high-resolution screen (800 x 480), the ARCHOS 7 home tablet is the perfect device for enjoying and sharing your multimedia content. 8 gigabytes of on-board flash memory gives you room for up to 7 full-length movies, 80,000 photos, or 4,000 songs, and the micro SDHC slot lets you swap in memory cards with even more content. The Lithium Polymer battery provides up to 7 hours of video or 42 hours of audio on a single charge.

Videos, Photos and Music
Whether you want to watch videos, share photos, or listen to your favorite music, the device supports an impressive number of file formats.

You have the ability to watch videos in the most popular formats, even in HD (720p). H.264, MPEG-4, and Realvideo codecs are supported, with AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, and FLV file formats. You can also share your favorite videos with your friends on your TV screen using the composite video output (cable sold separately).

Upload your pictures directly to the device through the USB connection or the micro SDHC slot. You can view and share all of your pictures on the brilliant 7-inch screen or play them to your television, as with movies. Combine your favorite photos with your favorite songs and play a slideshow for your friends and family. JPEG, BMP, and GIF images supported.

The ARCHOS 7 home tablet also allows you to store your favorite songs and create your playlists, with up to 40 hours of music. And unlike a lot of the players out there, it lets you enjoy all kinds of different formats, with support for MP3, WMA (non-protected), WAV, APE, OGG, FLAC, and AAC files.

Android Applications
Enjoy a selection of pre-installed applications ready for use straight out of the box. Also, since the ARCHOS 7 is an Android-based system, you can customize your home tablet by downloading your favorite applications. Choose from thousands available in the Android Market. You can also access a large variety of free and purchasable applications directly from the AppsLib store. These apps are sorted by genre, ratings and date to help you find the one you want.

Constant Companion

The ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet is the epitome of the everyday device, with features to suit your whole family's daily needs.

Fast & Easy Access to the Latest News
Use the web browser or the many applications available on the AppsLib store to keep you informed of the latest news. Access your favorite newspapers, sports or financial information directly from the home tablet.

Save Time by Consulting Instant Information Services
The ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet offers easy access to information services, such as weather and local business directories. You can also configure different services to appear as live widgets on the home screen, for an always-on view of the information that matters most.

Who Needs a PC?
Use the USB host connection to connect a mouse, keyboard, or external mass storage device so you can surf the web or access your office documents easily and quickly. With the home tablet you won't even need to fire up the home PC.

And with its slim form factor--just 12 mm thick and weighing in at 350 g (0.8 Ibs)--the ARCHOS 7 home tablet is extremely portable.

Stay Connected

The ARCHOS 7 Home Tablet keeps you up to date on all your web destinations, emails, and social networking sites.

Fast & Convenient Web Surfing
With an 800 pixel wide resolution and a seven-inch screen, you can comfortably surf the web. No need to zoom in and out, since the web pages are fully displayed on the ARCHOS screen. In addition, the Wifi connection (802.11 b/g) gives you the ability to enjoy the Internet in every room of your home (or head down to the coffee shop).

Social Networking & Chat Applications
Thanks to the social networking and chat applications, this new tablet lets you stay in touch with your family and friends all day long. With its comfortable virtual keyboard, it's a breeze to write messages on the ARCHOS 7 home tablet.

Email Application
Once connected to a Wifi network, the ARCHOS 7 home tablet lets you manage your emails whenever you want. You can configure a variety of email accounts, giving each member of the family quick and easy access to their own messages.

What's in the Box

ARCHOS 7 home tablet, standard USB cable (micro B/A), power adapter, user guide, legal and safety notice.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gogoman on Sept. 1 2011
A firmware upgrade from archosfans from himself v.28 is a must.
before upgrading the firmware it was pretty much useless to me, this review is about a device that has the firmware available on archosfans.

you tube works well in mobile mode, not in full screen.
ebook readers tried a couple and work great
email works good with pop email account
browser is pretty good
screen is nice and bright, responds well.
8gb built in, additional storage available on micro SD.
very good music and movie player, kids love to watch their cartoons on long trips. (lots of kid games available too)
access to market and appslib
wifi works great on many different router setups.

limited application space
limited to Android 1.5, which limits the apps available
no calendar available
Cant stream movies/songs from local network, there is an application that is available for this "mount.apk" but i haven't been able to make it work, didn't invest too much time into trying to make it work.

overall good product for the price if you're willing to do some reading and upgrades to make it work. If you're looking for an easy to use out of the box solution, this might not be for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. DeBacker on Nov. 15 2011
This unit is not practical. It takes forever to charge up and doesn't hold a charge long enough. The 8 gigs are not enough capacity. AND the Kindle program would not work on it. A big waste of money for me.Archos 7 8GB Home Tablet With Android (Black)
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By val on March 25 2012
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im so happy with my archos
7 it has good lighting to read.easy to download books.i also like the handle so it can stand up.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By wyse on Feb. 5 2011
j'ai été dessu de ce produit , ecran pas tro sensible, le logiciel qui permet d'acheter des application, toujours planter. le reseau sans fil plante régulièrement , je dois le désactiver et réactiver pour que le réseau wi-fi fonctionne , j'ai assayer 3 router wi-fi , le probleme persiste mème au coté de celui si. souvent les application télécharger ne fonctionne pas très bien. j'ai assayer de mettre le firmware a jour a partir du site et je n'ai pas réussit quand je démarre l'appareil le fichier de mise a jour est reconnue , mais j'ai un message d'erreur pour la compatibilité. cette item est cher payer pour ça capacité. donc ma note total est de 4/10.
je ne recommande pas ce produit.
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650 of 659 people found the following review helpful
Usable With Home Owner Flaws June 28 2010
By George Allen Papapetrou - Published on
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Edit 20110314: I no longer recommend this to anyone. This product is Version 1 running Android 1.5. The new 7HT is Version 2 running Android 2.1.

The 7HT is the fourth Archos product I've owned. Aside from the Gen 1 Jukebox, 5IMT amd 5IT, I purchased three 7HTs. Two as gifts for friends. Both my friends are technical types, not your average Home Owner to whom Archos markets the 7HT.

Personally, I am very pleased with the 7HT. It does everything I wanted it to do. However, I'm a retired techie and I found workarounds for flaws which would hamper the average Home Owner. I'm also a moderator on the ArchoFans Support Forum and focus on the 7HT forum.

Flaw 1:
As delivered the Archos 7HT cannot create new folders. This flaw prevents using the 7HT as a Digital Photo Frame with the supplied App - Photo Frame. Photo Frame treats folders as "albums" for displaying slideshows.
--Workaround: Install an App like ES File Explorer which can create new folders.
--Conclusion: Works fine for me now.

Flaw 2:
Archos provides the Aldiko eReader. I downloaded two books before I installed an 8G microSDHC card. After I installed the 8G card Aldiko "lost" the books I downloaded previously.
--Workaround: Don't use Aldiko before you install a microSDHC card.
--Conclusion: Works fine now and I have over 100 epub formatted eBooks in Aldiko now.

Flaw 3:
The Archos 7HT has an Unexpected Wake from Suspend every two hours. I had a drop from 81% battery charge to 18% after 4 hours and 36 minutes when I had the Screen Timeout set to Never.
--Workaround: Installed FastBright app to switch to a minimum 5% screen brightness and set the Screen Timeout to 1 minute. With these settings I've experienced only a 3% to 5% battery decrease.
--Conclusion: Works ok now. Only a firmware update will eliminate the Unexpected Wake from Suspend.

Out of the box Video playback did not work for all the videos I tried which did play on my PC under VLC and on my Archos 5IT. Some folks at the ArchoFans forum have no problems and others have plenty of video problems.
--Workaround: Convert videos via a PC program. I've found one group of settings which work and am still searching for more.
--Conclusion: Works ok for me since I'm more interested in eReading and less in video playback.

Note 1:
The 7HT does not support video out despite what you may read at Amazon or elsewhere.
Note 2:
A USB adapter, micro A male to A Female, is required to use the 7HT as a USB Host for thumb drives, USB keyboards, mice, and powered USB hubs. These adapters are difficult to find as not even Amazon has any. The USB receptacle on the 7HT is micro AB and the supplied USB cable is micro B for USB client mode.
Note 3:
Out of the box the 7HT has no support for WiFi file copies. An App like ES File Explorer provides this.
Note 4:
I doubt if Archos will provide additional firmware updates to correct the "flaws" I mentioned above. They outsourced the Android development and are working on the new Gen 8 software.
Note 5: (Update 20100923)
In mid-September Archos did update the firmware. While I've seen no corrections for the "flaws" AF forum members and I have found the touchscreen to be more responsive and satisfying.

If you're an average Home Owner and want the 7HT to "work" out of the box, I'm afraid you will be disappointed. If you have a gadget or Android or techie background the 7HT should work for you and at $200 is a great value. I recommend you join a forum like ArchoFans to get the most from your 7HT. For example, recently one of our ArchosFans members got the Google Android Market working on the 7HT.

257 of 268 people found the following review helpful
For my usage, better than the iPad June 3 2010
By Kamal Patel - Published on
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As others have said, it's a good value for $200. But I take that a little bit further and say that I'd rather have this gadget than the $500 iPad. Why? Here's why.

-It is smaller and almost half the weight. This makes it comfortable to hold and view with one hand, which is difficult with the iPad. I plan to hold on to it and watch videos while stationary biking at the gym, which would be difficult with a bigger tablet.
-The screen is matte. It has much less glare than the iPad.
-I use it mainly to watch videos. In this capacity, it excels, supporting more video formats than the iPad, and coming in a widescreen format instead of 4x3.
-It does most things as well or nearly as well as the iPad. Aldiko is a great ebook reader, you can download Swype to make typing super fast, videos and music play great, etc.
-It plays youtube and flash videos if you use the Skyfire browser.

Of course, there are drawbacks. I wouldn't give it a low rating though because it's missing features that only come with $500 tablets.

-The screen is resistive, and occasionally doesn't register your tap. This improves with time, if you turn on the click-on-tap sound setting.
-The Android marketplace doesn't work from the device. To get apps beyond the basic ones, you must either install another marketplace (like Slideme) or search around the web.
-The chip is supposedly slower to lower the pricepoint. I haven't noticed this much.

So for a student, or younger working type without much cash, this is an insane buy. Tons of tablets will be coming out this year, but this one works perfectly fine and may still be cheaper than anything else coming out for a long time. 7 inches is a perfect size right in between small phones and big iPads, and I've enjoyed using it in various situations during the week I've owned one.

95 of 98 people found the following review helpful
An amazing value May 26 2010
By Diknak - Published on
I got mine last night and I am very happy with it. I gave it five stars, not because it does everything under the sun, but because it is a great value for $200. Some things I write below compare it to expectations from smartphones and tablet standards, but they should be taken with a grain of salt because of the low price tag.

Likes: I love the form factor. Archos has provided a proof of concept and I can't wait for the 7" Android tablets to flood the market later this year and next year. It is very light weight and awesome for laying in bed or on the couch while surfing, reading etc. The form factor is just so much more enjoyable than a 10" iPad. The video quality is just stunning and will make an excellent travel companion just for this feature alone. Typing on the device (with Swype) makes this a great tablet for writing short emails and getting on facebook. The attached kickstand is very convenient and I'm sure it will get tons of use. I just hope that it won't break since it is plastic. I was pleasantly surprised to find the system very snappy and responsive since I was expecting a little bit of lag time due to the specs. I would have liked to see more processing speed and more memory, but who wouldn't?

Dislikes: Of course the resistive touch screen is the top of the list. I would have liked to see capacitive, but market limitations just didn't make that possible. I'm sure there will be a lot of 7" tablets with capacitive screens released later this year. I would have liked an accelerometer, but I haven't missed it yet. I'm sure that I will run across an app that will make me miss it, but nothing so far. I don't have to worry about the orientation changing unexpectedly when laying down, so that is a plus. The 1.5 version of Android was a terrible mistake by Archos and, in my opinion, inexcusable. 1.6 should be a bare minimum at this point and I am going to run into a lot of apps that won't work. I would have also liked the ability to charge the device over USB (you have to use an outlet).

Other Thoughts: If you are in the market for a great 7" entry level tablet, this is a great buy and you won't be disappointed. If you must have top of the line and can't see yourself happy downgrading services from your Android phone, then you might want to hold off until later this year. I am part of the [...] community and that is making this device much more enjoyable because we have a wiki of confirmed supported apps along with other information. Some people have reported defective devices, but it seems like a small portion of the population, so that is nothing out of the ordinary. Archos has already released one firmware update, and I hope more come in the future. With the limited memory and processing speed, a task manager is an absolute MUST have.
86 of 94 people found the following review helpful
The 7-inch LCD simply ROCKS! May 26 2010
By Max Lee - Published on
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At first, I got this device and felt like returning it. But after using it for like 2 days, I have found that you can view YouTube, other video sites (even porn, just goto the mobile versions) by installing the SkyFire browser.

Also, I own a Nexus One, which runs Android 2.2. The Archos 7 streams videos flawlessly than my Nexus One, I believe that's due to its added GPU processor.

Other than that, this device is great because you can simply load avi, mov, even DivX files and you can play it back in crisp 720P HD.

The resistive touchscreen was sorta cheapish at first but for the price you pay, I rather have the cheaper resistive than capacitative since you can browse websites without any pinch-and-zoom due to its large 7-inch LCD.

Anyways, I hated it first when I just got the device but after using it couple days, I am lovin' it as it's replacing my internet browsing on my smartphone.

Also, internet radio is great too since I can literally put the device anywhere in my kitchen, all while browsing the web too. Multi-tasking is pretty good, although not super fast.

Seriously though, this is the best Android Tablet you can get right now for the money. I know there's a bunch of larger 10-inch android tablets coming out later this year but the price isn't going to match up with Archos 7.

Even my kids love it since I can put some Spongebob videos and they can watch it without asking me to boot up my secondary laptop, then play it.

One thing I really love about the device is its fast boot-up time and sleep mode. There's virtually none so it's really great portable media player.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
eBook reader PLUS more June 7 2010
By S. Park - Published on
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I have read and agree with the criticisms..and I still really like it because it does what I want to very well.
I was initially looking for an e-book reader for my wife, but then I came across this product. Having not owned an e-ink e-reader, I cannot make direct comparisons. But on its own merit, the archos 7ht is a very functional e-reader. I easily loaded my wife's ePub books and I can control things like font, font size, portrait or landscape view, multiple bookmarking, and the best thing for me is reversing the colors so that the text is white on a black page. This makes reading in the dark very easy on the eyes, and probably extends battery life as well. It also allows changing the brightness, which is helpful in various lighting conditions.
In addition, I get a versatile movie and music player and a decent web browser!
great form facture
great battery life
good screen
good e-reader
decent web-browser
versatile movie and music player
droid marketplace is a bonus, as this isn't something my wife would even look at

touch screen inaccurate/insensitive
glitchy firmware
old tech
although it advertises playing movies at 720p, it cannot play a high bitrate movie smoothly.

This is not a hassle-free product, but I wasn't expecting it to do everything really well. If it did, it wouldn't be $199. Screen tapping twice every so often isn't a big deal. Doing some research [...] will really help minimize/avoid frustrations with this product. After becoming familiar with the product, I am very satisfied with what it does.

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