Charge coupled device
Archos quotes identical battery life times for the 101 and 70 but I found the 70 to be a little heavier on the juice - or maybe it has a smaller battery pack. Looping a standard definition H.264 video turned in a figure of just over five and a half hours – 90 minutes shy of Archos’ claims. And irritatingly you have to recharge using the bundled mains adapter, since the 70 won’t suckle at a USB teat.
A tidy tablet at a tidy price
While there are no plans from Archos to enable Android OS upgrades, if you want a tablet primarily to watch video, listen to music, read e-Books and keep on top of your e-mail and social networks, then the Archos 70 is probably all the tablet you will ever need. It’s small, light, has a decent battery life and, after a quick trip to Archos Fans, will do most of the things a tablet costing twice the price will do. Hunt around and you can find one for around £195. ®
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