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The Archos 28 Internet Tablet is one of the smallest tablets on the market. Easy to write off, we were unexpectedly impressed by it and those without a smartphone looking for a portable way of consuming media, as well as surfing the web in Wi-Fi hotspots, might find this an attractive option. The overall matt finish to the chassis will do a good job of hiding – as far as possible – scratches and scuffs from keys or loose change in your pocket. Having said that, the screen will need protecting, so a cover of some description is certainly worth considering. Portability is mixed, however, and while the 60g the tablet weighs means you'll hardly notice it in a jacket pocket, the four hours of battery life is unfortunate and means you'll need to carry the USB cable with you during intensive use for charging purposes. The 2.8-inch screen is tiny and those looking for a great multimedia experience will no doubt be disappointed. But that would be unfair on the Archos 28, which is designed for convenience rather than comfort. Nonetheless, colour vibrancy is good enough for showing off your holiday photos and viewing films on the go, even if the 320 x 240-pixel resolution provides disappointingly blurry images.
To look at it, the Archos 28 Internet Tablet would be more commonly associated with cell phones than tablets, but since it doesn't make phone calls and it does have a web browser, it must be a tablet, right? The operating system is based on Android 2.2, customized here and there by Archos - with mixed results. The Archos 28's primary flaw, however, isn't its size but its poor touch screen. At $99.99 for 4GB, it's cheap enough that we can forgive some drawbacks, but it's hard to think of this "tablet" in the same realm as the iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, or even its more natural competition, the iPod touch ($229, 5 stars). Measuring 3.9 by 2.1 by 0.4 inches (HWD) and weighing 2.4 ounces, the Archos 28 Internet Tablet has an attractive dark metallic design, but make no mistake: it looks like a classic (as in, two years ago) portable media player. Smaller than an iPod touch, with a 2.8-inch QVGA (320 by 240-pixel) touch screen that dominates the front panel, the Archos 28 is one of the last remaining iPod competitors out there. Most of these devices have disappeared as manufacturers choose to focus on tiny, gym-friendly MP3 players or larger, multifunctional tablets.