Archos 80 Titanium review

2 Aug 2013

Impressive build and slick performance go some way towards making up for this cheap tablet’s disappointing battery life

Price when reviewed: 
125(£125 inc VAT)
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Archos has a reputation for producing affordable technology, so it’s no surprise its 80 Titanium is among the cheapest tablets we've seen. What’s remarkable is that this isn’t a plasticky 7in knockoff. Instead, the 80 Titanium boasts a large, 8in display that’s both bright and colourful, and a solid chassis that feels like it’s been made to last.

The only sign of budget-cutting, outwardly at least, is the 768 x 1,024 display. Power it on and it looks instantly grainier than much of the competition. Its an IPS panel, so viewing angles are wide, but in terms of outright brightness it can’t compete with our award-winners, hitting only 320cd/m[sup]2[/sup] in our tests. Colours and contrast are good, however, and images on the 80 Titanium’s screen look a good deal more lively than some of its bugdet competitors.

Archos 80 Titanium

The Titanium’s specification follows a similar pattern, which is to say it’s middling, but works perfectly well. For your money, you get a 1.6GHz dual-core ARM A9 processor backed up by 1GB of RAM. This arrangement performed well in our tests, coping fine with high-end games: Dead Trigger and Reckless Racing 2 barely slowed down, and Rayman Jungle Run was smoother still.

In everyday use, the OS felt just as slick, with little sign of slowdown or judder when swiping between homescreens, navigating menus and scrolling, panning and zooming around web pages. Archos has left its installation of Android 4.1.1 largely untouched, too, with only a couple of proprietary apps preinstalled.

When it comes to looks, the Titanium belies its low price tag. Its metal rear panel feels robust and looks smart, and its white bezel stands out in a Labs full of glossy black. It’s a touch heavy at 440g, and a little thick, too, at 10mm, but this ensures there’s plenty of room for a bevy of connections.

Detail

Price ex VAT £104
Price inc VAT £125
Warranty 1 yr return to base
Overall rating 4
Performance 4
Features & Design 5
Value for Money 6

Physical

Dimensions 154 x 10 x 200mm (WDH)
Weight 440g

Display

Screen size 8.0in
Resolution screen horizontal 768
Resolution screen vertical 1,024
Display type LCD
Panel technology IPS

Battery

Battery capacity 4,400mAh

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz 1.6GHz
Integrated memory 8.0GB
RAM capacity 1.00GB

Camera

Camera megapixel rating 2.0mp
Focus type Autofocus
Built-in flash? no
Front-facing camera? yes

Other

WiFi standard 802.11n
Bluetooth support no
Integrated GPS yes
HDMI output? no
Video/TV output? no

Software

Mobile operating system Android 4.1.1

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