Archos 97 Titanium HD Android Tablet

If you are really thirsty about having a Retina display without going directly for an iPad, then you just come to the right place. If I would offer you an iPad-like pad with just a price of $249, would you bite? Let me introduce you today to the new iPad-aspiring Archos 97 Titanium HD. With a Retina display, but without the Titanium on it, the new Archos 97 is almost there to duplicating the trending iPad, except that there are flaws to equalize to the price it gets on the market. The Archos 97 has been out already for quite a while, but only a few—might include you—knew about it in the real sense.

To some confusing point, the Archos 97 Titanium HD is sold to some markets with a plastic body, and this can sound fair for its price. However, some models from select countries are offered with an aluminum back, but again, I kept asking myself where the Titanium really is; I wish the material is really one though it would of course assume a bigger price tag. Nevertheless, at first look, the Archos 97 does not disappoint: it really looks like a present-generation iPad. The only difference is that there’s the front-facing camera, a big Archos logo on the front face, and it runs on Android Jelly Bean.

Going around with the Archos 97 Titanium HD, the buttons and flaps are all plastic with a silver paint job to make it look sleeker. The same buttons are there like the power button, orientation, and the volume rockers. The Archos 97 Titanium HD like any other tabs out there uses USB for charging and local data transfer, and with a depth of 9mm, the Archos 97 looked nice and clean enough to be a seller as well. However, while the plastic material may suffice to many, I’d point out that this pad, as a 10-incher is quite hefty at 640grams. Whether or not this is the right balance is up to you to say.

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But that bulk can get a little reasoned out with the Retina-like display. The display, measuring 9.7-inches diagonally, has a native resolution of 2048x1536pixels. It is almost a perfect rarity, more if you learn that the same display sports the IPS technology for a wide-angle viewing convenience, plus a whopping 10-point capacitive multi-touch support (other ‘budget’ pads this size don’t offer that much). The display is good, is bright enough, with colors rich and well saturated, but the real question is whether the battery could attest to bringing the colors that well for more than a couple of hours.

While we all expect that this Archos 97 Titanium HD is already a candy for its price, I am actually frustrated to learn that there’s not enough processing power on the inside to run this device at least properly. Yes, there’s the dual-core A9 processor clocked at 1.6GHz plus a quad-core GPU of Mali 400, but the 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage do not seem to add up that well. Having a stock Android 4.1 platform is nice enough, but there are a lot of lags and hiccups even when operating on the basic functions. The screen is responsive enough though, and the sound from the back gets a decent output as well. We’d wish a better set of specs for this particular iPad-lover.

Thankfully, the addition of a Wi-Fi feature plus support for an external SD card should suffice to make this tablet at least work like any other tablets out there. The Retina-like display is really a seller, but if you are really after function with a little priority on form, then you might look for something better out there.

Archos 97 Titanium HD Android Tablet Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 11,000.00

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