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By Bandage, Senior Member on 23rd January 2011, 10:28 PM
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Anyone have this yet? Wondering how it compares to NookColor, etc. Note there are two versions of this...the 70b being the newer model with only the two hardware button.

Specs look decent for an e-book reader. Android 2.1, wifi etc.

Would love to see a review...anyone have feedback?

http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/...der.12552.html
 
 
26th January 2011, 04:47 PM |#2  
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I plan on buying it. it looks decent

but there no bluetooth built it.
I wanted to know if a bluetooth usb key would work or not.
5th March 2011, 01:35 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by Bandage

Anyone have this yet?

Got it in MediaMarkt for 139 euros (available online starting 119).

Model Nbr - A7EM
Firmware - 1.0.0
Kernel - 2.6.25 / [email protected] #98
Build - V 0.18.ECLAIR.eng.root.20101209.172546

First impression - pretty slow (comparing to SGS 2.2.1), bugs in original keyboard, pretty bad resistive touchscreen (seems like or a bit better than other Archos tablets) , "read" buttons are not working with all applications, very sensitive orientation sensor - switching all the time, standard Android orientation is horizontal - but the device made for vertical/portrait orientation. So too many software "features".

Also, very important for any user, they made pretty bad decision of making scroll bars very thin on such pretty large screen. Meaning that they could not be used for actual scrolling and it is almost impossible to scroll any screen.

Summary so far - NOT RECOMMENDED for a novice user, but, as I understand, pretty standard so could be "tuned" by an experienced person. Especially if 2.2 ROM could be ported to it.

PS: Could not find any extra information about device itself and how it could be rooted so far. Very limited info on official site, no firmware available, almost no postings on any sites except of 1-2 reviews.

If anybody has questions - please do it quickly. I'm planning to return this device back because it is pretty much failing it main purpose - it has no convenient ebook reader application, so, considering very limited supply in Archos app store - (Stanza is missing!), it is too much work to make this device useful.
6th March 2011, 04:05 AM |#4  
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(will keep posting with info) Good news:
User 'shinset' posted very interesting video on Youtube "archos 70B ereader" : www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOqbPI3aqDQ

Some modifications were done to the software (see next post).

Not just being cool, but the device looks much snappier and many standard programs could be installed (excluding Google closed source ones as he said in comments). Also with stylus navigation on 70B resistive touchscreen is much easier than with fingers.

'NightTimeification' mentioned: "the only good thing about the A70B is the "c-paper" screen if you read a lot ". Confirming that screen looking pretty good for such a cheap model also color wise.

Checking blogeee forum using Translate from French.Google as: http://www.blogeee.net/forum/viewtop...f0c6595748807f
6th March 2011, 05:55 AM |#5  
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Summary on the device
Product looks alike (except A70b as Android 2.1): Nextbook Next2 7" eBook Reader:
URL: www.nextbookusa.com
PREVIEW: www.youtube.com/watch?v=11KiiL4cMjs

FCC application A70b including Internal photos:
https://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/oetcf/eas/..._id=%27SOV7702

= Summary from the French forum (first 13 pages):

- Only temporary root with Z4Root (till reboot)
- no known access to boot manager or Froyo
- apps to be compatible with enlightens 2.1
- Suggested modification: Zeami launcher + home switcher + alternative market (Slide me)
- Office app - Quickoffice - http://gallery.mobile9.com/f/1618835/
- Opera Mini browser 5 is considered as the best browser
- Google calendar via - GCalendar Widget
- A transitional model because Archos is switching to Arnova brand later this year - http://www.generation-nt.com/archos-...e-1166241.html
- Most of people are pretty happy with functionality for this money

Now I'm not sure any more ...
6th March 2011, 09:52 AM |#6  
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i have this
http://www.jbmm.fr/2011/02/08/archos...s-impressions/
http://www.jbmm.fr/2011/02/04/deball...s-7ob-ereader/

i prefer the 7 IT
the "big" interest for this ereader is the "ADOBE DRM" !
for use epub/pdf with drm
7th March 2011, 09:23 AM |#7  
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the "big" interest for this ereader is the "ADOBE DRM" !
for use epub/pdf with drm

Indeed, but there is one problem with it - CPU is pretty slow, so any serious PDF is taking ages to load (like a minute to load every page). So I would not count on this device as being a good PDF reader. In emergency situation - yes, but any complex PDF - no.

PS: On my SGS phone with 1 Ghz CPU reading PDF is much more smooth, but the screen is only about 1/3 of 70b. No perfection in this world
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Played with device the whole weekend. Here is a summary of how I think about this device:

For:
  • Size and weight are just right (for me)
  • Screen type (c-paper) meaning brightness levels, contrast and colors
  • Overall functionality for this money

Contra:
  • Resistive screen
  • Configuration of a single Home screen is just stupid
  • Immature and obsolete OS version (full of small bugs)
  • Incompatible with many Android apps I need (not installing)
  • The only reasonable usage is as e-book reader. All other are inconvenient in a sense
  • Low chances that it would be ever properly supported by Archos

PS: I've complained to Archos. Waiting for their reaction.
9th March 2011, 07:59 AM |#9  
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Originally Posted by ppav1776

Contra:
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PS: I've complained to Archos. Waiting for their reaction.

It looks that Archos never would contact me. So I'm bringing device back to the shop.

For others who are interested, some workarounds:

> Resistive screen

You need a stylus or something alike (finger nail) with small contact surface. Any scrolling easier to do in diagonal style: bottom_left to top_right.
Combining these two, the interface does not look so ugly any more.

> Configuration of a single Home screen

Get a different Launcher and make it default

> Incompatible with many Android apps

It should be a way. Probably in Archos Internet Tablets section they should have more information about this. May be just some libraries to be installed, may be this is just an Installer bug.

> reasonable usage is as e-book reader

It is not bad already.
WiFi driver is not power consumtion friendly - just keep it connected to charger
Browsing is not easy - just try different browsers

> not properly supported by Archos

Who cares! They are a commercial company, but there are a lot of enthusiasts around who might help.

> No bootloader or real permanent root

Get Titanium Backup and z4root, make a full backup (including System settings). So the applications could be easily re-installed and most of settings preserved.
4th August 2011, 11:57 AM |#10  
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(will keep posting with info) Good news:
User 'shinset' posted very interesting video on Youtube "archos 70B ereader" : www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOqbPI3aqDQ

Brought it for less than 100 euro. I've followed the instruction, making a very usable tablet. Even Angry Brids runs on it . I am however looking for a calendar app, which doesn't required the stock calender as it is removed by Archos.
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