Great technology and hardware implementation here. The only problem is that, as with last generation, I'm worried that there will be too many damned SKUs and not enough clear delineation. If they hold to simply what they have here (the XS as the top-of-the-line laptop replacement/tablet solution, the Archos Elements as their standard Gen10 models, assuming they are "Gen10", and the Arnova as the budget line,) that'd be a solid lineup. Do Windows variants as well if the market asks for it, but don't change the names much, just add a modifier or something very clear and simple. Overall, they need to clearly establish what makes Elements better over Arnova (Google certification, Archos touches like kickstand, and media codec support) and they need to knock off all the 7b's and faux-eReaders and other devices that just muck up their product line (unless, of course, they have a good reason to introduce another SKU, like adding a PixelQi-screen variant, but then work that into the model structure and don't give it a totally confusing name ... the Archos Child for instance fits in nicely no matter what the specs might compare to.)
Go to Amazon and try to buy an Archos device, for example, it's hopeless. What they have here is a great attack plan, STICK WITH IT!
Wavelength 405 wrote:
I agree future Archos tablets should have Pixel Qi. Archos should not release a next gen Archos tablet unless it has Pixel Qi & a higher resolution display, one that matches or passes the new Apple iPad or comes close.
They are improving the Pixel Qi tech (although they've been unfortunately quite this year, after the release of the Notion Ink tablet it seems like all the wind came out of their sails, though perhaps they're being quiet because of the 3M investment?) That, but also, resolution is too heavily touted because it's a measurable metric. Yes, you can see the difference in a high resolution if you have a great screen that plays it up (Apple's products are always the comparable standard,) but color response and contrast and viewing angle and light reflectivity are so much more important at the end when you're buying an electronic media device. Touchscreen response is also something that could improve, I like the clip Charbax shared for IR Touch improvements, and also thought Microsoft's 1MS response rate demo was very compelling.
If all any tablet maker does is chase Apple (especially when they have opportunities to capitalize on areas that Apple won't touch with their single-SKU approach,) they will suffer.
Archos should make low cost Android smartphones along with making tablets because there are so many options for low cost tablets and because many people just don't want tablets.
The tablet market has taken off and sucked everybody in, and the cellphone market has killed off the PMP market, but I agree that the small size is still worth exploring. Archos hasn't done much with 5"-and-below since Gen7, there's a lot of potential there with stronger chips and better Android versions.
And while the Android Home devices haven't done much good yet, I like that line and hope they find something with that concept that could pay off (maybe like a digital bulletin board for family use?) I also miss the Archos PVR/DVR they had going in Gen6. It seems like between DLNA and WiFi and all the other resources they have the kind of business plan in Home products to do what Google and Apple and MS and everybody keep teasing about all-room digital integration, Archos could put a product line together now that sold that dream.