Archos has brought us a whole line of tablets. Although we were not impressed with the 9 inch Archos tablets, the 101 Titanium has stricken away many of our concerns, with its 10.1 inch screen, android 4.1 OS which is lightening fast and it is much thinner than its predecessors at just 15mm. It certainly is solidly built and extremely light when held in your hand, the battery life lives up to your expectations and keeps you busy all day with its 450 minutes battery life. It has a dual core CPU and a quad core GPU that is equipped with 1080p video recording capability. The Bluetooth 2.1 in the Archos 101 Titanium is compatible with smart phones, headsets and can be easily paired. It is equipped with a standard USB port as well as a mini USB and mini HDMI for connecting to an external display.
The front facing webcam is suitable for live video chat being low in resolution, while there is a microSD card slot which expands the 8GB SSD. There is also a fold out stand at the rear which adds a nice touch.
The navigation on the Archos 101 Titanium is relatively smooth experience and for the that you can be thankful to the sensitive capacitive display. A lot of tablets come with four physical buttons, one each for performing home, search, menu and back function .But the Archos 101 Titanium has integrated these with the touch screen and it works extremely well.
The screen is bright and vibrant, the photos look reasonably sharp with a 1024×600 pixel resolution. The problem could be the glossy surface which reflects the light and makes the screen difficult to view in bright conditions.
Web browsing is quick with the multi-touch support which will allow you to zoom in and out by pinching your fingers together. The built in Wi-Fi 8.02.11n which currently is the fastest available for wireless browsing, loads the page quickly but the drawback is that there is no 3G support.
You will need to download the Youtube app since the 101 Titanium does not support streaming videos, the Android Market cannot be accessed but the Archos 101 Titanium has provided an online store through which you can download both free and paid applications and games.
The performance is strong, with the limited memory being its drawback; the Archos 101 Titanium comes with an ARM Cortex A8 processor with a reasonable amount of applications. In functioning we found out that there were not any glitches although an occasional crash is expected.
It’s few disappointments are a lack of a front facing camera
Overall the 101 Titanium comes as an improvement with a very responsive touch screen, excellent features and fast networking. The drawback being the exclusion of the Android Market, but it is still a worthy purchase.