I purchased this to have something to occupy my boys when we have those long waits at the doctors, or traveling in the car. I figured they would enjoy being able to play the apps on it or watch shows and they won't bug me for my Droid cell phone to do those things as I am generally using it to read books.
So, I received an advertisement for the Archos 7 Tablet from Tiger Direct via e-mail. I get tons of deals sent to my inbox from Tiger Direct, the majority of which I end up ignoring. However, I had already been looking for a decent, inexpensive tablet for the boys so when I saw that I could get the Archos 7 for less than $100 I jumped at the chance. This way, if my boys broke it I didn't have to swallow down the anger of tossing $500 for an iPad down the drain.
I was initially excited when it arrived. Fresh out of the box it reminded me of my own cell phone, also running on the Android platform. I am very happy with my cell phone and the Droid market it comes with. I was not happy when I saw the Archos 7's app market, the AppLib. I can't even get Kindle on this thing. What the hell? Seriously, I was so depressed when I found that out. The apps suck, in comparison to the ones I can get with the Android Market on my phone. Sure, if you want half naked, mostly naked, or completely naked women prancing around your desktop there's an app for you! If what you want is quality content, you better go ahead and give up your dream. Not to mention, the only way to purchase from the AppsLib market is to connect it directly to your PayPal account. I love my PayPal account and use it as needed, but I like options too. You don't have options with the AppsLib. It's PayPal or nothing.
Another thing I am having issues with is the responsiveness of the touch screen. If my phone's touch screen were this unresponsive I would have sent the thing back. I can only imagine how frustrated my boys are going to be trying to play their little app games on it only to miss things because the stupid touch screen didn't register.
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Android platform, but this tablet does not do it justice at all. You always hear that you get what you pay for. Well, I understand that, and still with the Android technology backing this product I expected more. So, for just under $100 I got an awesome new mp3/video player for my boys. They can surf the internet too, and sadly, that's about all this thing is good for.
Next time, I'll shell out the bigger bucks for the better product and put the fear of mom's wrath into my children about what will happen should they break it!
If it seems like a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Buyer beware!