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Archos 101 Review by @franze98

Guest blogger @franze98 offers his thoughts on the Archos 101 after about 10 days of use. @franze98 is a must follow on Twitter, especially if you work in K12 information technology.

  • First thing I notice is it’s a very light weight device.
  • The kickstand is a plus for ease of use on a table or desktop.
  • Screen is sharp making viewing in different lighting easy.
  • It comes with a marketplace, but not the android marketplace.
  • Getting the android marketplace installed took some trial and error as this was my first Android device.
  • Wireless connection is fairly fast, even without a N connection to try out.
  • The battery holds up much better than a laptop, although it does take a while to charge and I’m not thrilled with the plugin design.  It sticks out a lot and doesn’t give a snap into place feel when it is pushed in.  It does have a charge light so you know it is being charged.
  • Some of the apps downloaded from the android market don’t look right because they are designed for phones.
  • Some flash based websites seem sluggish to load, although there could be reasons other than flash for this.
  • No Netflix app for android yet.
  • Surprisingly I had to download a pdf viewer to view pdf’s, something which you never have to do on a pc as they always seem to come with Adobe or another company’s product.
  • Camera is not meant to replace a real camera as quality is below average for a webcam.
  • Typing on the touch screen keyboard is fairly efficient, especially after I performed a recalibration.

At this time I’m also downloading a new firmware to see what it may do.

One of our main uses in education is for the Autoskills software suite, but its flash requirement seems to prevent it from working correctly.  Another possible use would have been Accelerated Reader, but there is no print client available thus one cannot take reading quizzes. At a price point of $294, it definitely is a nice consumer product, but I’m not sure its right for education just yet.

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