The Archos Gamepad - a lot of things are fixed - revisited after 1st firmware update

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My 1st review of Dec 24th revisited. With the new firmware update I'd give this device a much higher end-score. 7.5 out of 10 or 75% of 100. Much if not all software issues with buttons cancelling each other out have been removed with the firmware update. Also the lag and flickering screen with the Archos mapping tool have been removed. Very nice. It brings the device up to a standard it really should have been when it was released. Read more below.

Mind you the old review still shows a very in depth real world experience with the device that may be interesting for people wanting to buy the device.

Where can you find the official new firmware:
http://www.archos.com/support/support_tech/updates_fwm.html?country=gb&l...

On this forum you can find information on how to root the system
http://www.arctablet.com/blog/forum/archos-gamepad/archos-gamepad-rooted/
Mind you rooting your device does void warranty.

minuses that remain:
- battery life is short (2-3 hours with 3D intensive games) longer with browsing
- thumb-pad is not a real thumb-pad but 4 individual buttons which seriously lessens the ergonomy of that part of the controls but still good enough for a lot of games actually.

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ruthan
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Where did you buy it? I could not find it in any store. Im strongly missing 3g modem in such devices, tablet wihout mobile internet connection is bad idea..

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ruthan wrote:

Where did you buy it? I could not find it in any store. Im strongly missing 3g modem in such devices, tablet wihout mobile internet connection is bad idea..

I'm not a big fan of such a thing. I'd rather use a 4G hotspot. It's more versatile and not tied to one device that can become dated very easily. In the US, sharing data across devices is becoming more common so it makes having 3G/4G in portable devices more practical, but it still ends up costing more in the end. Obviously, a 4G hotspot has its own downsides (it's another device to keep charged), but mine, for instance, allows up to 10 devices to connect and has 8 hours battery life. That's good enough when I'm not near wi-fi.

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I wonder how much it would

I wonder how much it would cost them to add it? is that a $50 manufacturer cost, $25 less, or more nowdays? I would think most users would prefer the cheaper price, but then again, always connected so you can play multi player and such might be the next step these guys take. Again for me I think i prefer cheap (on this type of device) where i can just grab a wifi if i was close to one ( which i am almost at all times except when im driving).

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Where is possible buy it - yesterday in spend 20 minutes in searching where its possible to buy it, but i only found lots of news on differentes sites, where was that is avalaible for 150Euro, what will be very goog price.

Connection - i im used to board (iPad) with 3g, which is too big, too heavy to wear it everywhere.. but 3g connection is great ( here in middle europe isnt 4g avalaible) Everyhing is works out of box, have 2 devices - start first, start second is boring and consuming, simpy cumbersome solution.. I bought iPad only because of development (we are working on iPad/PC/Mac which should be same on all platforms, like Bards Tale, BWT i must pay 99$ per year for membership in Apple gays club..), otherwise would not bought it, because is too expensive, Android is realy near to my heart, even is based on crappy Java(automatic memory Gargabe collection) system.
Price of model i case of Apple is around 100-150$ for 3g model in, case of Lenovo netbooks with 3g integrated modem, or usb 3g modems is very same.. but future looks better, if im not wrong 3g modem should be integrated in Tegra 4 and in new Snapdragor SoC.

Im know before choice:
1) Nexus 7 with quick and bigger ssd memory, with 3g, IPS display etc for 400$ OR
2) Archos Gamepad, slower, wihout 3g, withou IPS dislay, with very bad battery, but with physical buttons for games for 200$ + 50$ for memory card

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

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Mark, thank you very much.

Mark, thank you very much. Its seems that especially Holand is very well stocked:)

I have to know discover know is shipping money from Holand to my country i usualy prefer UK, becauzse from there is shipping cheaper that domestic shippment money in our banana republic..
I would swear that it yesterday wasnt on the Archos Store, but maybe im wrong, sorry.

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

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Come to Daddy..

Done, is ordered, i discovered that pixmania.com has local representation (im from one of 26 winning countries), shipping money are quiet 15$ dolars (normal domestic shippment is hre $5-8), but ok.. Im gratefull because it is possible, not like 5 minutes before, where i was kick out from Walking dead website, because my country isnt worty enough to see teaser..

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

Mark Vergeer
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A good!

Well let us know when it arrives and your experiences with it okay?

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Yeah, im will glad wrote

Yeah, im will glad wrote something and in case i will forget can you remind me on e-mail ruthan{at}berserkers.com

I would like to early find response on my question about this piece of hw:
1. How is Dosbox experience.
2. Its possible connect to tablet usb / bluetooth keyboard and mouse? Unfortunatly archos doent have bluetooth, but maybe some dongle will works.
3. Will keyboard and mouse work with Dosbox? I already know that i can play 486 games like Daggerfall / Stonekeep because my 10x more power quad desktop is heavy loaded by this.. but game that maybe also 286 games and few 386 like Ishar could works.
4. Amiga emulator.
5. Onlive + physical button, read on archos site that here is some big issues, but could be great.

I want to try simply desktop like experience on my TV / monitor, because good physical buttons are great, but all games designed for tablets which in played are worse than deskop games, best were Walking dead and Waking Mars, but they are still worse that desktop oldes. Yes there are console emulators for Mame (but i have know great possiblity that 20 miles from my location is Museum with 60 original cabinets owned by one collector - he has Gauntlet, Golden Ex, Streefighter, Mystara etc.. , even Pong), im not big fan of Nintendo and i already have Playstation 2 and actualy in found very few games such interesing such are desktop ones. So my gaming expectations are a bit low, but i definitly want mobile android device for browsing during traveling as ebook reader and for experiment. I maybe could buy some android desktop for quarter or half money only for gaming and second one primary aimed at browsing experience, but we will see i my choice was right. Definitly and will have next big time thief machine beside Linux and Unix experiment which is my most unproductive hobby (i best case you finale after great battle are near to Windows experience, which you already have on different partition.. yeah is it for free, but time are money, it eats more time than you need to earn 100$).

I already was disapointed by netbook experience, I looked forward to it, but after and realized the vast majority of games what i like need mouse and on touchpad are unplayeble, becuase without or with bad mouse you exactly cant play too much games.
You can play old arcades from 88-93, FPS up to 94, race games (but like only few Ignition,Carmageddon, Wacky wheels and Streetrod), you can play NHL hockey, turnbased strategies, but thats it.. no rpg, except turnbased and still is mouse experience pretty bad. Even Dungeon Master experience is pretty bad, without proper mouse. Mighty desktop still rulez, untill will come:
1) current console generation emulators for tablet, because there are good games optimilized for gamepad. But i will take minimaly 3 years from now, probably much more.
2) good streaming service for archos gamepad like device or with support of external gamepad for tablet + quicker mobile internet connection

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

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my review

As i promised, i wrote my review, in saved it to forum:
http://www.armchairarcade.com/neo/node/5194

Who: Brujah Zealot, the pimp of babylons bitch. / Location: Scorched heart of Europe. // Sorry for my moldavian sort of english, i have 2 possibilities, to be silent or try to say something +look like idiot..

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