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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 8:55 pm 
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1. 8G (with 16GB SanDisk)
2. US
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This is my first review of any kind so forgive me if I jump all over the place. Also once I got the device I upgraded to Android version 2.2.1 so I canÔÇÖt compare to any other FW.
apps I have installed so far, Amazon Kindle, Dolphin Browser HD, Advanced Task Killer Free, jjComics Viewer, Documents to go, and various games.

Own/owned - Cowon A2 and A3, 4thgen Itouch, psp fat, psp go, Nintendo DSL
I've had this thing for about a couple of week now and it's hard to say if I like or love this thing.
Is it worth the money yes!
I'll start with why I wanted this device, and that would be to read comics first and watch movies/shows on plane trips second (doing both with minimal converting if needed). I have been looking for a device for the past four years that would allow me to read comic scans on the go while I commute. Something with a decent screen that wasn't bulky like a tablet and had good battery life. I have tried all the devices above to read my comics. The one that came the closest is the 4thgen Itouch. Though the screen is smaller text is sharp and one quick double tap and your scrolling and reading with one hand. With the A70, the screen is larger but resolution is not as good (i knew this but wanted to see if bigger is better) I was hoping that I would be able to read the pages in portrait mode but text is a bit blurry. So with the A70 I must read and scroll just like the Itouch.
Video so far, I have no complaints though I havenÔÇÖt tried all the formats, screen quality is decent and I have no negative things to say about it, viewing angle is very good in every direction except down which you lose the picture about 10-15 degrees, but since I donÔÇÖt think I ever look at the screen from below I could care less.
Sorry nothing to add on music, I use the itouch for that.
Web browsing is decent nothing great. I have a 3G blackberry and I compare browsing on the A70 to that of browsing on the phone in terms of upload speed of web pages. Not to bummed about this because this was not its intended purpose when I bought it. When I use the itouch in comparison the A70 (loading the same web pages), the I touch is faster but not by that much.
I have also had to reboot a couple of times and had that sleep and wonÔÇÖt turn on issue once, but no big deal. The device is slower than the ipad but not by that much. In my opinion I really donÔÇÖt need it to be super responsive, I can say I make a lot less mistakes in terms of typing and accidental zooming and page turning than with the ipad/itouch. In this case slower was better.
All in all this thing is awesome 8 out of 10. It would be way better if I could tether my blackberry to it and stream Netflix but who knows when that will happen if ever.


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:00 pm 
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Just one comment on the speed for everyone to consider: FroYo's JIT compiler gets better with time. I know this from extensive experience with the Droid and loading custom ROMs (can't wait to see if we can get some for the Archos). Just throwing that out there, as some have reported speed decreases with the 2.2.1 update (though I didn't; I'll have a full review of my new, A7oHDD in a few days). Even if it's slower "out of the box" than 2.1, 2.2 will eventually ramp up to speed. 2.3 Gingerbread is supposed to do garbage collection even better with the same JIT compiler, so you can expect an even greater speed boost when/if we get 2.3.

OK, sorry for the derail; return to your regularly scheduled reviewing.


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:13 pm 
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1. 8 GB
2. USA (Boston)
3. CircuitCity/TigerDirect via Amazon, $299
4. See below

A) The look

It is really good. I like the design a lot. Some cheaper devices make you wanna puke - this one does NOT. Doesn't look cheap, contours are lovely. A friend owns A101 and that's how I got hooked - I checked out all of my major requirements on his device and decided to get an Archos, but not 101 (see below).

However they should have thought about people wanting to carry it in a case like B&N did with the Nook (which has two tiny holes for the holder snaps to go into). Also the power button is exactly where the straps usually go in a lot of cases, so that's certainly seems like a (minor) mistake.

Weight and size are perfect for me. A101 and iPad are just too much and not really portable - I mean if you run out of the house you cannot just put iPad into your coat pocket. This one you can. Also, my Wenger Ibex backpack is almost always full of my gym stuff and my work docs and other baubles - I would not be able to cram iPad or A101 (in a case) in there without actually breaking things. A70IT is just the right size for me. It is not too huge and not as small as my ancient Palm Pilot 3 (I mean you can actually put half a page on its screen compared to one sentence on PP3, not to mention watching video or looking at the photos).

B) First hour

Reflashed the OS with Froyo and the device immediately froze on restart. After a few drops of cold sweat running down my back safely reached my pants line, I pressed reset and thankfully all was back to normal...

As it was mentioned many times before, the screen becomes greasy right away. They should sell these devices (all kinds) with mandatory screen protector sheet (especially taking into consideration the fact that there are some really cheap ones, around dollar a pop) - if the user doesn't like it, he can then go and buy himself a fancier one but until then the original protector should be keeping the screen clean.

Manual that comes with it and the PDF file - they are probably OK for a valley girl who is getting herself a media player but they monumentally suck for any gadget geek or anyone who wants to do a little more than look at the puppy pictures and listen to Lady Gaga videos.

C) Basic and pre-installed apps. Photos - fine. Audio - OK. Video player - so-so. Notes - suck. Contacts - mediocre. Browser - fine.

D) Software/hardware gripes

Why does Gallery (and some other non-system apps) runs in the background all the time? Does it have to re-update the cache or whatever without even asking me? sheesh...

Why are we unable to completely stop audio player? why does it have to pause? I understand that it doesn't really matter but still. And this issue segues into the next one - WTF with the absence of Quit/Exit button for almost any Android app? I know that OS will be handling some of that for me but why on Earth do we want leaving all the apps running in the background once we are done with that? And it's not like we cannot close/kill them if we wanted to... I just don't understand that from the usability point of view.

Video codecs. Yeah, I know... I got screwed together with everybody else when installed Froyo. However, Rockplayer solves this problem almost entirely... and it's free.

Android Market kinda sucks. I mean, c'mon - who designs the GUI like that? Also what's with the absence of read-only website or webstore where you could at least browse stuff?

Where is a backup/sync PC-based application similar to Palm Desktop? I am not asking for much but it would be really nice to be able to keep backup of Contacts/Memos on your PC as well in some nice format and be able to quickly sync it with your Android device by clicking a button onscreen.

I am kinda disappointed by 256 Mb limit for RAM - hopefully newer apps will be putting their resource files (databases, images etc) outside of that chunk, preferably onto an SD memory card.

Camera is just pure abomination. It is bad even compared to what you can get at your local pharmacy for 20 bucks. However, I was never going to use it except in an emergency so probably ... never.

E) Software/hardware experience

Froyo update (after first freeze) went fine. Installation of gapps4whatever... also no problems there. After I got access to AppsMarket, installed a bunch of free apps (readers, file manager, task manager, notepad, calculator, maps, games, etc.). All went swimmingly.

For e-books: get yourself a CoolReader or FBReader or both. I-Reader is nice but it's not keeping your last page when you shut it down. Seems like an amazingly strange glitch. Same goes for Adobe Reader. Aldiko is more or less useless after you have the two I mentioned first. Also, I read a lot of books with non-Latin alphabets and Aldiko does nothing for me there.

Other: as I mentioned before, Rockplayer is nice. NoteEverything worked just fine, and I imported all my Palm memos (however, I had to separate them all and edit out quite a bit of empty spaces).

8 Gb microSDHC card Class 4 from Kingston worked fine. I bought it with an SD-adapter
and that works OK as well, no complaints there so far.

Wi-Fi connection works perfectly well - both with open/free Wi-Fi spots and with my wireless router at home (WEP-secured). Connects now very fast after restart, but I am not sure I have figured out how to disconnect without having it to reconnect again. I don't want to remove the network, I just want to break the connection... hmm... ok, hopefully, will figure it out later.

Touchscreen: multitouch/zoom works fine. However sometimes it's hard to judge what constitutes a tap and what is considered a long press. But you get used to it pretty fast.

Speed: quite satisfied. Didn't really expect a lightning strike there.

Battery life is OK. Not super great but 8/10 I would say. However I am spoiled by PP3 which ran on two AAA batteries for a few weeks... after all, you do not need a lot of juice to fire up a BW 2" x 2" screen.

F) Accessories

So far I only got myself a microSD card (works great) and ordered a case. Too bad there are currently pretty much ZERO cases for Archos 70 - curious oversight...

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Overall I am pretty happy and would rate this device 9/10. Main issue is with PC backup-sync app but for now I could live with simple copying files back and forth when I connect A70 to my office PC. I plan to install AppMonster to backup all the installed apps.


Last edited by JimThs on Fri Jan 07, 2011 7:12 am, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:24 am 
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Archos 70 with 250GB drive
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Purchased direct from Archos

So far I am very pleased with a few exceptions. I upgraded to Android 2.2.1 (version 2.0.71) with no problems. Added Google Market (many more apps than AppsLib). Downloaded a number of apps: QuickPic, Firefox, Facebook, Spanish English Dictionary, Documents To Go (full version) Amazon Kindle, Verbos, Spanish Verbs, WordPlayerV3, You Tube, WebSharing and Wifi Browser Login. All installed easily and except for Wifi Browser Login seemed to work well.

I have added a screen protector and use a Five-Star by Mead case made for the big TI calculator's -- it is a perfect fit. I think Office Depot is still carrying them. I like this case because it has enough stiffness to protect the Archos.

PROBLEMS: Can't use the free WiFi at McDonalds. I get connected and get a legitimate ip address, but the terms of service page won't pop up, therefore, I can't connect to the web. I have searched several forums but either others have the same problem or no problem. I have no probems at a number of other places (my car dealer, the community college, etc.) which also have TOS pages.

Can't get the Archos to tether with my Palm Centro on Sprint. Have used PDANet or USModem in the past to tether to my laptop but don't know how to connect to the Archos and I don't have the info the Archos wants.


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:01 am 
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8gb
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At first, I wasn't going to post. Surely, after all these reviews, my experience would be echoed. Well, almost! I waited all week, for CES, to see how much I was going to lose out on by "being forced" (casulty of the poor economic situation, here) to buy the "cheap" Archos. I feel sorry for all those who are going to pay hundreds more for basically the same experience. Especially if we get Gingerbread or even Honeycomb-Archos, you haven't had a great record of supporting old gen devices, but you are GUARANTEED an extra sale (wife) from me, if you pull that off.

Performance: 9/10
I just want products to work, don't care how. Haven't had any of the issues that some are having. Seriously, I've spent more time reading these here forums, wondering if something is wrong because everything has been going so smoothly. Upgraded, all that, even have it set to "powersave" cause the thing's just fine at 800mhz. Even the market Adobe Flash works great. Sorry to all w/ major problems. Enough of that: I've probably jinxed myself now!

Build/Package: 9/10
I would be thrilled if we got some more metal, or carbon or something, but the cost, the cost. Rubber feet on back is nice touch. Nice, light, solid gear-pictures/video DO NOT do it justice. Lots of ooohs wherever I bring it out. Dropped it hard, bout a meter on concrete; had aneurysm. But, I'm fine now. Wha? Oh, the 70? Umm... small scratch on plastic around speaker. Still nothing else wrong. Archos +1.

Someone else mentioned the manual. True dat! Being new to Android, I downloaded the Google Froyo manual pdf. Much more useful.

Value: HA!

I took a chance on you, Archos: fresh young stallion, so early out of the gate, you couldn't possibly have the legs to finish! Nope, we have a winner! HDMI, 6-7 hr. battery, 2.2 maybe higher, 1ghz processor. Sounds a lot like/close enough the stuff just annouced by Tosh, no Viz, no Sam, I'm sorry Asu, oops that should be Ace, aww shucks!!! Guess it doesn't matter which one, they all cost $400-600, right? Umm...right? HA, HA, HA! (That's me towards the proverbial bank)


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 12:33 am 
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My review:

http://zenstrive.multiply.com/reviews/item/47

an excerpt:

I was right. This device is perfect for me.

Why?

I can play movie with more video and audio codecs iPad can shake a stick at, as long as it doesn't go beyond 1280x720 pixels. I can play musics with various formats. This comes from Archos afterall, a specialist in premium open for all portable media player. If the file is not played correctly on the device, I simply converted them to supported format using Leawo free Avi converter. Convert them to divx video with MP3 audio and you're set!

I can install various productivity applications that can help me do things (even spreadsheeting, document writing, and presentation making!).

I can read books on this device, right from the get go. All I need is converting my collection of ebooks in various formats into epub format each, put the books into my archos 70, tell the inbuilt app Aldiko to import it and voila! I got the whole library on the go!

Last not least, I can play games on this device! Angry Birds, Angry Birds: Season, Tetris, Zenonia 2, Bubble Burst are just some of the apps i installed.

All fun, all mobile in one device.


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 3:51 pm 
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1. 8G
2. US
3. Archos.com

~~*~**~~*~**~~*~**~~*~**~~

Got mine for $244.98 (includes the A70 + A7 case + Shipping) They had a special discount during the holidays... So I jumped in. =D> I did a bunch of research online before jumping in and the reviews were quite good overall for the A70.

As a codemonkey by day I felt right at home tinkering with the A70 to get it just right. Out of the box as expected There were hangs, crashes and lags. Touch screen worked quite well. As recommended tested out Zeam and Launcher Pro. In the end I went with Launcher Pro. Altho Zeam is faster, I didn't like the fact that it was losing short cut icons that I had just made, even after a couple reboots, also. I followed Newbie Tips - Allen's Setup - A70 and 101 and also added The Auto Memory manager.

For browsing and reading I set the screen to landscape. Not only is it default but in Launcher Pro I can set the Memory Usage to VERY LOW. I punch up Auto Memory manager to Overdrive. The A70 then renders very fast. I added Kinetoo for downloads virus scanning. I set it to scan only for downloads. I dowloaded Smart Keyboard as my default key board. (Testing Flext9 keyboard as we speak*) Lastly I added the Ramdroid widget so I can tap it on/off when I need to see how much free memory I have at any given moment.

~~*~**~~*~**~~*~**~~*~**~~

Pros->
    Once tweaked it's very fast.
    Screen is very responsive.
    Sound quality pretty good.
    Portability.
    Video quality is great.
    Quadrant test 1416
    6-7 hours battery heavy use.

..................................................

Cons->
    Still some lags.
    Some crash.
    gets very warm when charging and using at the same time. (Prefer not to do.)
    Can not charge with USB connected to computer. Pure shame even tiny mp3 players have this feature.
    Camera sub par.
    Volume level is sub par.
    Home Menu Screen buttons cover screen real estate especially on games. Archos please fix.****


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 2:22 am 
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1. Archos 70 - 8G
2. USA
3. Amazon.com
4. http://tabletconnect.blogspot.com/2011/01/archos-70-tablet-review.html - Review on my blog


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:41 pm 
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1. Archos 70 - 250GB
2) Central California, USA
3) J&R
4) Just finished registering the 3-year warranty
5) Still waiting for the charge to finish .....

Cost: $343, plus $48.99 for an extended 3-year warranty. Waited 71 days before I finally received my Archos!

I received a $25 credit and bought the Archos Vision 20 8GB Video Player for my youngest son's birthday present (will be 14 in two weeks). Total cost for the Archos Vision 20 8Gb, $25!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:35 am 
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My Archos 70 Internet Tablet 250GB turns out to be a royal piece of trash ... !!!

I can only reboot the thing. It's always frozen after rebooting.

Can't do anything .... Endless cycle of rebooting now .....

Problem started after I followed these directions:

Setting-->Manage Applications-->All-->Market (Clear Cache then 'Force Stop' -- DO NOT clear data)
Setting-->Manage Applications-->All-->Google Services Framework (Clear data then 'Force Stop')

Is there a fix for this issue, or is my tablet defective ....

Can I erase the HD and start all over?

Will that even do any good ..... ?????

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 9:37 am 
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I can't even shut the tablet down! I can't use any of the function, except Reboot. So I guess this thing is going be running permanently .....

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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 2:37 pm 
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1. A70 250GB
2. US
3. EdwinComp.com

After not seeing anything great showing up at CES, I ordered the A70 Friday afternoon, Jan. 7th, and got it Tuesday afternoon. Paid $338.

The main selling point for me was the 250GB internal storage, unmatched by any other tablet. My MP3 player had just failed and rather than spending $200 or so on another one, decided to put that money towards the A70 since a 7" MP3 player is just as good for my purposes as a tiny one.

I got a Griffin sleeve-type, neoprene (I think) case at Walmart for under $15 and added belt loops on the back. Got the Motorola S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset from Amazon for about $35. I can carry the A70 on my belt and control the music play with the S305 -- a great combo. After reading complaints about the screen protectors on Amazon, I ordered one which had gotten good reviews from BestSkinsEver.com for $8 (including shipping). Cutting it to size was easy enough, but getting it on right with no bubbles was not so easy.

Another motive I had for getting the A70 was that I wanted a portable PDF reader; I got ezPDF from Market for $.99. I walk an hour a day for exercise and like to listen to music and read while walking. I've ripped some movies to the A70 and watched them while walking and the A70 is a perfect size for that. I was originally concerned that the A70 might be too heavy to carry comfortably while walking, but it actually doesn't feel as heavy as books that I've carried to read, possibly because its smaller size makes it easier to carry than an open book (plus the pages don't blow around).

I know that more powerful 7" tablets will be coming out before too long, but for this price, the A70 will always be all that I need for listening to music and reading PDFs. Everything else it can do is just icing on the cake.

I got Basic4Android and plan on writing some apps for the A70, converting some programs I've written on the PC. This ability was a nice bonus I wasn't expecting. I also have been using the A70 as a slideshow picture frame at home, as well as an MP3 music player; the kickstand comes in very handy in both cases.

The WiFi seems a bit weaker (if that is possible) than that on my wife's iPhone 4, but it's not that big a deal as Internet access is not a priority for me. I love being able to connect to my laptop's USB and have the A70 appear as a hard drive. Sure beats the heck out of using iTunes for Apple devices.

I think my brother is getting jealous of the way the A70 works (and its hard drive) versus his iPad, so that alone makes it worth the money.


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 4:59 pm 
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A70 250GB
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Out of the box I was disappointed. I copied several hi-res photographs and when I went to view them it took forever for them to display. After calling Archos tech support I discovered that I needed the firmware upgrade. OK this made things MUCH better. The device was far more stable and images displayed at a far faster rate. Life is good... or so I thought.

The next step was to connect my digital camera. I ordered the CORRECT cable converter and waited for it to arrive. Once it arrived I tried connecting my camera, USB thumb drives and powered external drives. None would connect.

I called tech support and that's when the "fun" started. First the girl said that the Archos 70 doesn't support connecting those devices. Then I pointed out that it was their website. Then she said "No it's not". So I guided her to the page and vergiage where it says it does.

Then she said "It doesn't say that." I then read it to her as she read along. Then she tried to say that my camera was not a "mass storage device". I said it works on my PC. Then she said "Your camera needs a driver." It does not. Then she said some cameras don't work. Then I said "Then how come none of my USB thumb or external (powered) drives work either?" She said "You must have a bad USB port because my camera and USB drive work." HER camera and USB drives work?! This after flat out telling me that it DOESN'T work!

Then she told me to reflash the firmware, which I did. No luck. Then she said "You must have a bad USB port. Call your retailer". I asked if the port is bad then why was I able to transfer the firmware file to the device? At that point she because speechless and told me to contact my retailer.

I was willing to overlook the random restarts, poor batter life (50% down after browsing the web for an hour?), the random waking up for no apparent reason and the constant freezing of the Apslib ÔÇ£The application is not responding.ÔÇØ [Force Quit] [Wait]. But now I REALLY angry! Obviously Archos is clueless and is no help in getting it fixed/returned. IÔÇÖll now have to fight with the retailer to see if we can get my money back.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 7:45 pm 
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nfordrchsfns wrote:
1. A70 250GB
2. US
3. EdwinComp.com

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I got a Griffin sleeve-type, neoprene (I think) case at Walmart for under $15 and added belt loops on the back. Got the Motorola S305 Bluetooth Stereo Headset from Amazon for about $35. I can carry the A70 on my belt and control the music play with the S305 -- a great combo. After reading complaints about the screen protectors on Amazon, I ordered one which had gotten good reviews from BestSkinsEver.com for $8 (including shipping) but it hasn't arrived yet.
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Can you let me know which one from bestskinsever is for the 70 8G? Thanks.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:47 am 
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qazplm1999 wrote:
Can you let me know which one from bestskinsever is for the 70 8G? Thanks.


It just came in the mail. The receipt says that it is:
DIY Cut To Fit Blank Skin (9"x3.75") - SKU 1021

I wasn't thrilled about having to cut it to fit, but the reviews pre-cut ones from other companies were getting were even less thrilling.

I haven't applied it yet, but what I've read says that the best approach is to steam up a bath room to get the dust down, then after the steam has settled (don't need water drops mucking things up), clean the screen with a lint-free cloth and put it on.


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:56 pm 
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Archos 70 250GB
Purchased in London, UK from SimplyElectronics.net for £246.50

I am brand new to this forum and have already read most the relevant threads and used your extremely helpful tips to upgrade my new friend, Archie, so that his full potential can be realised. Thank you guys. Please keep your advice and tips coming.

I've only had Archie for a week but could not be happier with it. The battery life is amazing; tethers flawlessly to my Nokia N900; picks up wifi and streamed media in the next room without a hitch; e-book reading is a joy; pictures, games, sounds and movies are as good as they need to be - my eyes are happy. I am currently archiving my extensive music collection using the Music Free bar scanner app and Archie's camera, of course. This thing is fantastic! I'm sorry to read that a few people have had problems; perhaps they just got the bad apples from the basket or their requirements were just not what the A70 could meet. Personally, I could not wish for better features and performance; this is truly a dream gadget for a great price. If I have to find negatives it would be that it loves finger prints and the camera is poor, but if you can bar-scan with it then it can't be all that bad. Frankly, I do not see myself holding up a giant gadget in public to take pics with, I did not by it for that function. My phone and stand alone cameras can take all the glorious pics that I need.

I am not easily impressed, believe me, and I know I've only had Archie for a week, but I can honestly say we are now perfect partners. 9/10. Archos have surpassed themselves with this one.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 17, 2011 12:57 am 
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Aloha vernal21,

Welcome to our forum :)

Wishing you much happy time with your A70...

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:38 pm 
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1. 250GB
2. USA (if you count behind the Zion Curtain as really part of the US)
3. Archos.com
4. I bought this new toy after my older 7IT got fried by static doing a media transfer. It was out of waranty and the service guys offered me a 25% refund on a new model as an option to paying over $250 for a mother board replacement. I had been using the 7IT for about 18 months and loved it even with the limitations it had. So what the heck...for not that much more I went for the newer 7OIT. It took more patience than I usually exhibit to wait for the 250GB to be available. I have ripped a large collection of DVDs down to WMV format (using DVDFab) that I watched on the 7IT during my daily hour long commute.

I finally got it just before Christmas, and without doing more than scanning the owners manual I dove right in. The android OS is a dramitic improvement over the old proprietary ARCHOS OS. I found it very easy to fall into and use right out of the box. I've been using a Blackberry smartphone for years, but mine has some serious strings attached to it by my employer. So all this fun with your phone is new to me too. Anyway, I struggled along with it until I discovered this Forum.

Here's what I saw as major frustrations.
1. No matter what I tried I couldn't get the thing to register all of my videos and music files (currently about 150 GB of video and 12 GB of MP3). It kept getting hung up in the process.
2. What do you mean I can't download the Kindle App using the ApLib that came on it?
3. Ditto for the Flash Player?
4. ARCHOS Tech Support is still almost as poor as our "Friends" at Microshaft.

With the sound advice of Allen among others, I found the apks for installing first the Google Market and the Flash Player. Both of those worked great using the actual APK file. Of course I have way more ÔÇ£tinkeringÔÇØ ahead of me since it installed a second application of Gmail which I had used as my primary when I set it up. I also found that I wasnÔÇÖt alone with the media file issue on the 250GB. It seems that the native Android is geared for only up to 32GB of storage so having 250GB will obviously force it to gag. My simple solution is to only load what I want to have available for a short time (right now IÔÇÖm making my way through the Twilight Zone Complete Series). It requires frequent resets of the library, but at least it works when I keep the total internal storage below 20GB. Hopefully someone will develop a patch for that soon. IÔÇÖd hate to have to wait until the next major release ÔÇôGingerbread.

Also, after installing the ÔÇ£Gapps4Archos.apkÔÇØ I got a very pleasant surprise. My location is actually showing up on Google Maps now. I didnÔÇÖt think the Archos had GPS, but obviously somehow it is getting it.
Even with all the technical issues surrounding new tech toys like this one I still love it. Everyone I show it to is green with envy.


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:15 pm 
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Crashman wrote:
... It seems that the native Android is geared for only up to 32GB of storage so having 250GB will obviously force it to gag...


FWIW: I have about 75G of files on my 250G. I use it an hour or more a day just to listen to random music files, plus playing games, watching videos, etc., and I've never had a problem with the drive, so it does seem like it can handle more than 32G.


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 Post subject: Re: Owner Reviews - A70
PostPosted: Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:28 am 
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Crashman wrote:
Also, after installing the ÔÇ£Gapps4Archos.apkÔÇØ

Why do folks keep gravitating to that ancient backlevel thing? xda v5-final has been the corrected google market approach since before xmas. Source noted in a70 speed sticky here, or in allens tips sticky in general gen 8 section. Fairly disruptive to switch to, but maybe needed for keeping up with gmarket.

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