"Great value, low build quality"4.0 starson by basegiants
Pros: Great form factor, speedy OS and super fast connectivity. Kickstand. Plays almost any file type.
Cons: Screen ripples on the left side when pressed from the back. Buttons could be better placed. VOlume doesnt get super loud.
Summary: This is the first tablet I have ever purchased but I handle them all the time since I am a technology salesmen for a national chain. The archos definitely is worth it for the money if you are looking for a great media tablet. The OS is quick and full featured and the 3x4 aspect ratio feels nice. It has a good weight to it and a decent camera, which was improved by the latest firmware update. Both Wifi and GPS are blazing fast and connect almost instantly to any open network.
The hardware isnt bad but is still plastic. The display is not flush with the bezel and sits about .25mm below the surface. It only really matters when youre scrolling and scrape your finger over the edge. Its not sharp but it is noticeable. The buttons are in sort of a weird spot considering its right where you put your hands but I hardly find myself accidentally pressing them.
The display, although not as bright as the competitors, is nice and clear with decent viewing angles. I dont notice and difference in quality based on how I hold it. the sound is clear but can be muffled since the speaker is located on the backside. The kickstand is very helpful but does seem a little weak.
The only downside I have found so far is with the actual build quality of the display. Simply by touching it lightly on the left side would cause the screen to ripple. This is caused by the backside of the display coming in contact with internal hardware. There are 3 distinct point of contact; 2 near the USB 3G stick and one directly in front of the camera.
The ripples caused by the USB stick are actually the result of 2 clips on either side of the port jabbing into the screen. After some minor surgery I was able to remove the clips and resolve that issue. But I still remain with the speaker ripples. As of right now Archos has no fix for this. As soon as I figure out how to get into the device without breaking it I will resolve the issue.