Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2" touchscreen now shipping; $149.99

Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2" touchscreen now shipping; $149.99

Summary: Another Archos tablet is now on the market, and this one is, well, compact to say the least. More likely to be mistaken for a smartphone, the Archos 32 should be able to fit in your pocket with that 3.2-inch touchscreen.

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Another Archos tablet is now on the market, and this one is, well, compact to say the least. More likely to be mistaken for a smartphone, the Archos 32 should be able to fit in your pocket with that 3.2-inch WQVGA touchscreen.

Anyone interested in using a tablet for productivity would most likely have a very hard time with this tiny mobile Internet device, but there are plenty of good qualities to be mentioned. Here's the rundown:

  • Android 2.2
  • ARM Cortex A8 800MHz processor
  • 8GB of onboard flash memory
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • G-sensor
  • Built-in microphone
  • Supports most video, audio and photo file types (including up to MPEG-4 HD 720p at 30fps)
  • Camera/camcorder (records in VGA H264 format)
  • Compatibility with Mac, Windows and Linux-based computers
  • Battery life: up to 24 hours (audio playback), eight hours (Internet) or six hours (video playback)
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, Composite-out

Interested buyers can order one now for $149.99.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility

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  • If this is "tablet", then why do not you call iPod touch "tablet"?

    I mean, seriously, <b>nothing of the screen size less than 7" is actually "tablet".</b>
    DDERSSS
    • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

      @denisrs
      care to explain who decided and why a tablet should be a minimum of 7 inches? ipod touch is a tablet. Just because apple doesn't market it as such doesn't mean its not. Tablet = form factor. Its not delimited by size. Isn't a 10 inch notebook also a laptop? Why do we need to play with semantics and mince words all the time.
      rengek
    • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

      @denisrs
      agreed that the iPod touch should qualify as a tablet it this does, however, there is no screen size (or function) requirement to earn the title yet. This is a PMP with Andriod just as the Touch is a PMP with iOS IMHO.
      hysonmb
  • No Google App Store

    These Android tablet type devices are all absolutely doomed to fail. Who would want one when only Android based smartphones can access the Google app store? Can you imagine an iPod Touch without access to iTunes? I can't believe manufacturers are even wasting their time with these devices with such pathetic terms being imposed by Google.<br><br>Android an open platform? Hmmm. It may be open in many ways, but app store exclusion for non-phone Droid devices more than makes up for it.
    Tiggster
    • There is good article on how "open" Android is:

      @Tiggster:

      <b>Good article on how "open" Android is</b>:
      http://techcrunch.com/2010/09/09/android-open/
      DDERSSS
      • Yeah that's a selling point for your average consumer:)

        @denisrs
        Pagan jim
        anonymous
      • Android is "open" only for the carriers. -nt-

        @denisrs
        Bruizer
    • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

      @Tiggster I would think that you could simply side load apps, much like you would install stuff on your desktop computer. Some of us don't need to be led by the hand through the app mall.
      Schoolboy Bob
      • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

        @Schoolboy Bob
        exactly. Some people are so foolish. They probably think ipods cannot obtain music outside of itunes.
        rengek
    • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

      @Tiggster
      The Archos 32 is running Android 2.2 which can access Google's app store....
      devlin_X
  • Are they trying to redefine the word "tablet" or something?

    What's "tablet" about this device? Why not just make it a phone and call it a day? They would then have access to the all important Android market place (apps)? This has always been one strange company.
    dave95.
  • Anything Android that has no apps is cr@p

    So it has the Android OS .... so what??? Without a real app store it is like buying a brand new analog television with no RCA connections.

    This is what Google calls and UNLICENSED Android product. It means that it has no access to the Android app store or any other licensed 3rd party store. In other words .... a useless piece of junk.

    And BTW, why the hell are you calling this a "tablet"? It is just a hand held device. Like others said before. Anything with less than 7" display should not be called a "tablet".
    wackoae
  • hmmm

    Well its better then an ipad but screen is to small for any real usage except an mp3 player. To be a video viewer or slate it needs to be at least 10 inches 3.2 is to small an lcd for a smartphone. I do like archos players but for this ill stick with my evo
    Fletchguy
  • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

    Why is this thing being called a "tablet?" My Windows Mobile 6.5 phone has a larger screen than this, and it's hardly the latest word in touch-based interfaces. Surfing the web on this will be no better, and possibly worse, than using a smartphone, and the lack of phone features just makes this look silly.
    Den2010
  • ummm there is an entire line of products here not being mentioned

    Perhaps you should also mention that there is also an equivalent 5", 7" and 10" versions.....

    And being archos products, I'm sure you can reconfigure it in any of a dozen ways to obtain and run existing android apps. That is one great strength of archos products. btw, the 10" version is $299.
    rengek
  • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

    Does this Archos 32 have a browser? Which one? How well does the Internet surfing work?
    ShowMeGrrl
    • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

      @ShowMeGrrl It has Android 2.2... which includes an excellent webkit browser that is fully compatible with Adobe Flash.
      condelirios
  • RE: Archos 32 Android tablet with 3.2

    Of course a 3.2 inch screen is a little limiting, but surely you choose devices according to your requirement, and we all have different perceptions of what fulfills a particular need. For some it is small size that is important, and for others it is having the biggest screen possible.

    Personally I own the previous generations archos 5 internet tablet, and for most things it is an ideal halfway house between phone and notebook. It fits into a jacket pocket, its big enough to take notes on, and allows me to carry a smaller cheaper phone when space is a premium.

    As for the lack of Android Market, it is not a fault of the device more a question of the hardware requirements for approval to use the market since it has no compass or cellphone radio etc. I downloaded the Android Market app, and so have access to the market, so it's a none issue really.
    englishinsweden