Mobile Computing

Not being one to keep up with the latest IT gadgets, I’m usually rather clueless when it comes to the ever growing lists of new products.  But out of necessity, I’ve suddenly developed a passion for tablet PCs.
As I would soon be going on an overseas trip and my current mobile is not web enabled, I needed a mobile PC which would be convenient to carry around.   In the not too distant past, netbooks were a good choice as it’s small and I had been tempted many times to get one just because I found them cute.  But the practical part of me knew I had little use of it and so had not given in to the temptation.
The earlier plan had been to get a web enabled phone during my next contract upgrade but unfortunately it would be a few more weeks before I’m eligible for the upgrade.  I need that phone really soon so the other option would be to get myself a tablet PC.  What helped to steer me towards getting one was the availability of 7 ” models which could easily fit into my bag and a huge discount on top of an affordable price. 
Being new to such a device, I find them fascinating ….. a mini PC which could surf on wifi (as long as it’s available) and using bluetooth to tether to a web enabled phone (which unfortunately I do not have at the moment).  I’m having great fun getting acquainted with its functions and apps …. and I simply love it.
Specs from;
http://www.archos.com/products/ta/archos_70it/specs.html?country=us&lang=en
Product capacity
•  Flash Serie: 8 GB**** flash memory + Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)
•  Hard Drive Disk Serie : Hard Drive: 250 GB**** Hard Drive
Display characteristics
• High resolution screen, WVGA 800 x 480 pixels, 7” TFT LCD, 16 million colors
• Capacitive multitouch screen
Application Framework
Android 2.2 Froyo7
Processor
• ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP
• Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0
Video Playback1
• MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p, 30 fps@6Mbps)
• MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 fps@8Mbps)
• H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 30 fps@5Mbps)
• M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution
With optional plug-in (downloadable on http://www.archos.com):
• Cinema: MPEG-2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30 fps@10 Mbps)
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP
Audio Playback1
• MP3 CBR & VBR
• WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
• AAC, AAC+ 5.13
• OGG Vorbis
• FLAC
With optional software plug-ins (downloadable on http://www.archos.com):
• AC3 5.1
Photo viewer4
JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles
Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions
Webcam
Yes
Pre-installed applications
• Aldiko, Ebuddy, Wikipedia, Avecomics, HubKap, Deezer, Mewbox, Raging Thunderlite (a 3D car demo game), WordNewspaper, Touiteur, Fring
Interfaces
• USB 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
• Micro SD (SDHC compatible) on flash version
• USB Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) (adapter micro B/A sold separately)
• HDMI output5 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
Communication protocols
• WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
• Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
Miscellaneous
• Built-in speakers
• Built-in leg stand
• Built-in Microphone
• G-sensor
• Front VGA Camera
Power source
• Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
• External: Power adapter/charger
Battery life
• Music playback time6: up to 36 hours
• Video playback time6: up to 7 hours
• Web surfing6: up to 10 hours
Scalability
• Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
• Updates can also be downloaded at http://www.archos.com and updated via USB mass storage
Dimensions & weight
• ARCHOS 70 internet tablet Flash series: 201 x 114 x 10 mm – 300 grams / (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.43 – 11 oz)
• ARCHOS 70 internet tablet Hard Drive series: 201 x 114 x 14 mm – 400 grams / (7.91 x 4.49 x 0.55 inch – 14 oz)
Minimum system requirements
• Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher
• Mac
• Linux
• USB 2.0 interface

 

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One Response to Mobile Computing

  1. Great article. I appreciate your attention to this subject and I learned a lot

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