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Archos 80 Cobalt Thread - FAQs on 1st post

  • ARCHOS 80 COBALT
    Release Date: December 2012

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    Specs

    CPU: Dual core @ 1.6 GHz with Quad core GPU
    RAM: 1GB
    Display: 8 (1024 x 768 pixels)
    Internal Memory: 8gb
    External Memory: Micro SDHC slot (up to 64gb)
    Ports: Micro USB, headphone jack
    Camera: Front 0.3mp / Back 2mp
    OS: Android 4.0
    Dimensions: 153.5 x 203 x 11.5 mm
    Weight: 470g

    Pros:

    * Price - I got mine for £49 = 3200 pesos
    * CPU - very fast and smooth with quad core graphics
    * Brand - Archos has been making tablets for years

    Cons:

    * Screen - LCD panel is low quality but usable
    * No HDMI out, No bluetooth, No GPS
    * Hard to get accessories and developer support

    Impressons

    * For the price, you cannot match the specs even with unknown Chinese tablets
    * Great performance, very fast and smooth. Will play heavy games with ease.
    * Battery life is acceptable, all day battery with regular use
    * Great for beginners of Android and for children use because of the price/performance
    * Most people won't use HDMI out, GPS, and bluetooth so not a major issue
    * Has 2 cameras. Although not the best, they take decent pics
    * Decent build quality, good design. Does not look cheap.
    * Tablet UI unlike Nexus 7's phone UI.
    * ICS is adequate for everyday use and is compatible with most apps from the store.
    * I currently own a Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and Galaxy Note so please free to ask questions about comparisons

    Recommended Apps

    * Screen Adjuster - add green/blue +5 and it fixes the colours, you can also lower brightness even further for night reading (free)
    * Go Launcher HD - change the UI with lots of personalisations available (free)
    * HD widgets - widgets for weather, time/date, etc.
    * Camera Zoom Fx - more camera settings but still crap lens
    * Airdroid - transferring files wirelessly via wifi
    * Quickpic - better gallery app (free)
    * Volume+ - fix low volume/base/echo
    * Bling Bling LED - use your tablet as a sign (free)
    * MX Player - play almost any video format with lots of options (free)
    * Distro - free technology magazine
    * Kingsoft Office - open/edit/create word, excel, powerpoint. pdf files (free)
    * News - BBC news app (free), Flip (free)
    * Games - Muffin Knight, World of Goo, Beat Hazard Ultra, Jetpack Joyride
    * Others - Sonos controller app, TV remote app, Reddit is fun, IGag

    Links

    Official product page: <click here for link>
    Video preview: <click here for link>
    Using the Youtube app: <click here for link>

    Also for those asking:

    * NO HDMI port
    * NO bluetooth
    * NO GPS
    * NO Simcard slot

    How to fix/lessen some problems:

    * Screen Adjuster app (free) - fix discoloration/ artifacts (set +5 green, +5 blue, turn on to apply)
    * Volume+ - make sound louder and fix base/echo
    * Wifi turns off - go to Settings > wifi > tap 3 dots on upper right corner > advanced > Keep wifi on during sleep > Always

    Here's a link for Flash <click here for link> just download and install.
    Make sure you allow side loading of apps by going to Settings > Security > Unknown sources > allow installation on non-market apps

    Here is a link on how to ROOT the tablet <click here for link>
    Needs to update the program before rooting and use 32bit version of windows.


    Comparison

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    -- edited by gx3k on Dec 28 2012, 07:40 AM
  • Hi guys, here are some photos I took today. I have not played with it a lot but I will post more info when I do.
    I compared it with my Nexus 7 and my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

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    The screen appears to be pixelised not because of the resolution but because of the quality of the LCD panel used.
    The viewing angles are fine but the colour rendering is a bit off. For £49, it's a steal. For £99 it's definitely not :)

    -- edited by gx3k on Dec 26 2012, 07:10 PM
  • anong specs ng battery Sir?
  • @WithinTheLastMinute

    No specs listed for battery but with wifi on it lasts over 6 hours.
    Gaming on it will obviously use up more power.
  • wifi on and browsing? Or just standby?

    Btw, mukhang Rockchip R3066 cpu ito..

    And the 46$ price is just a promo price diba?
  • @mipf

    Wifi on, browsing and tinkering. I think it's rockchip with Quad core Mali 400 graphics.
    £49 is Christmas sale price, regular price is £99 (6500 php) but it's just released a few weeks ago so it's going to be lower.
    It's aimed to be lower priced that other known brands (Samsung, Nexus, Acer, etc) and is better than most China tabs.
  • sana nasa ganyang price din pagdating dito..
    Hintayin ko nalang proper reviews at tear apart niya.. Mas sulit nga ito kesa sa mga china tabs na similar specs pero dali masira
  • @gx3k, aba dagdag na naman sa gadget mo yan ah.

    @3200 pesos ok na ok yan.
    may otg ba sir? ilan oras battery?


    *bookmarked
  • @akoposilester

    I used the OTG cable for the Nexus 7 since Micro USB lang din naman yung connector and it works flawlessly.
    Still testing the battery. I need to cycle it to get the max performance.

    **More photos added**

    -- edited by gx3k on Dec 26 2012, 12:04 AM
  • nothing impressive.

    availability too.
  • di ko makita yung sale na item. di tuloy ako makabili.
    ok sana makabili kung 49 lang pero kung 99 di na siguro.

    *btw baka mapalo tayo ng mods sir. 2 pics per post lang.
  • @akoposilester

    Taga-UK ka ba? Here's the link to the website where you can get it for £49 <click here for link>
    I think the regular price will be lowered to £69 (4500 pesos) after the sale.

    I removed some pics but I think if it's the FAQs of the thread usually di applied yung 2 pics per post rule.
    I have made several threads with FAQs using many pics and they were okay.

    I found apps to fix the screen and sound issue so I'm very happy.
    Mas naeenjoy ko kasi yung gadget kapag maraming pwedeng gawin.
    Madali kasi ako magsawa so okay sa aking ang Android.

    I already had 5 tablets - Nexus 7, Galaxy tab 2, Archos Cobalt, Advent vega (sold), China Tab (sold).
    Usually given to me for my birthday/christmas or I buy them because of sales.

    I am not a fan of big cases as it add bulk to the tablet so I just used left-over vinyl stickers to cover the back of the tablet.
    It's not perfect but it will do until they release a gel case for it.

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    -- edited by gx3k on Dec 26 2012, 08:11 PM
  • ^ hindi sir. taga pilipinas. baka lang pwede ipaship dito using couriers.
    badtrip kasi mga reseller dito isa na dyan archos. pagdating dito mahigit 50% ang dinadagdag.

    anyway, siguro nga pwde sa FAQ yung maraming images hehehe.
  • Hooray, I received the screen protector today and installed it easily. It's for Kindle fire HD 8.9 which I got for £1.99 (3 pieces) from eBay (the seller raised the price up to £2.59 afterwards maybe due to high demand). Here's a guide:

    1. Trace around the tablet on the screen protector.

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    2. Cut out the shape of the tablet. Allow for the edges by taking off a few millimetres.

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    3. Make sure the screen is clean. You may use spec cleaner to avoid streaks and dust.

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    4. Install the screen protector. Start from one edge and push out bubbles.

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    5. After peeling the outer layer, spray some spec cleaner to make the new surface is smooth and finger-print resistant.

    Looks great! I prefer NON-matte screen protector because they are smoother and does not lessen screen viewing angles/brightness.
    Responsiveness of touch screen is unchanged. Please like if you find this helpful so other members will see it on the first page :)

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