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Don't let the name of the Archos 32 Internet Tablet fool you: It's palm-size, and it more closely resembles an Android smartphone than it does a Samsung Galaxy Tab. The Archos 32 Internet Tablet ($150, price as of December 3, 2010) won't disappoint if you're expecting a high-quality music player with smooth video playback. But if you're expecting a device with capabilities that mirror those of an Android smartphone, you may not be satisfied: Yes, it browses the Web and even runs Android apps, but this mini-tablet (if it can be called that) misses the mark in several ways. The first problem, the poor screen resolution, is evident upon initial boot-up. The 240-by-400-pixel display is passable for media-player tasks such as viewing photos and videos, as well as for paging through music cover art. But with text, especially in the settings menus--where much of the text is white on a black background--the screen can be downright harsh on the eyes. You can see the dots clearly, and text appears blurry as a result. By contrast, Android smartphones with 3.2-inch screens such as T-Mobile's MyTouch 3G and Verizon's Droid Eris have 320-by-480-pixel displays, which is much sharper and much easier on the eyes.
The middle child in Archos' Internet tablet lineup, the 32, promises a bargain price with great capabilities, but comes up severely lacking on sound quality. Read on for a full review.Normally, critics chuckle with maniacal glee given the chance to savage a really awful product. But we take no joy in reporting the Archos 32, the company's 3.2-inch Android-based portable media player (or, as the company pretentiously calls it, an “Internet tablet”), is a complete disaster. We have tried two units, thinking the first must be a manufacturing aberration, used them with different headphones, and different file types, and the results have always been the same: sound so broken there has to be something fundamentally wrong with its audio chipset. Even discounting a serious silicon slip-up, the rest of the device, positioned as a smaller alternative to Apple's iPod Touch, isn’t too hot, either.The 32, actually printed with a large 3 and a small 2 indicating its 3.2-inch screen size, resembles a small, thin Android cellphone such as the HTC Aria. The whole family encompasses three other models with the same nomenclature: the 24 (2.4-inch screen), the 43 (4.3-inch screen), the 70 (10-inch screen) and the 101 (10.1-inch screen).
Archos has a pretty successful history as the maker of excellent MP3 and portable media players, but the company's past forays into the tablet business haven't been all that impressive. There was a lot to like about the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, not as much to like about the Archos 7 Home Tablet, and the Archos 9 PCTablet we'd rather forget. However, the Archos 32 (pronounced "three two," not "thirty-two") is part of a new family of Internet Tablets, all out to show that the company can learn from its mistakes and build better, stronger, faster devices.At this size, it's strange to think of the 32 as a tablet at all. Given its 3.2-inch screen, it's more of a PMP with benefits. That benefit comes from the OS: Android 2.1, which makes the 32 more of an iPod Touch competitor than a challenge to the iPad. Seen in that light, this little player has many pluses. However, the inaccurate keyboard and inability to access the Android Market will turn off some shoppers.If not for its incredibly light 2.5-ounce weight, the Archos 32 could easily be mistaken for a value-priced Android phone. The rounded edges and corners, sleek profile, tasteful buttons, and cool metal backing give the device a sturdy feel. The front, unfortunately, is a different story.
Many of the hottest mobile devices of 2010 run some variation of Google's Android OS. Unfortunately, getting your hands on an Android device that isn't wrapped up in carrier contracts and monthly bills is nearly impossible. The Archos 32 aims to remedy this tragic gadget dilemma, delivering some of the best features of Android 2.2 (aka Froyo) in a pocket-size design priced at an affordable $149. And though we don't believe it has anything on Apple's latest iPod Touch, it certainly has plenty to brag about considering it is priced nearly $100 less. Built from a combination of anodized aluminum and plastic, the Archos 32's construction quality feels reassuringly solid. It measures 2 inches wide by 4 inches tall by a mere 0.25 inch thick, and weighs a barely there 2.5 ounces. With the exception of a volume rocker switch and sleep button on the left edge, the Archos 32 is controlled entirely using the touch screen and a series of dedicated touch controls on the front. As with most Android-based smartphones, the dedicated controls include a back arrow, menu list, home, and search.
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