dropdeadjames wrote:How confusing. I see a LOT of opposing viewpoints regarding this tablet.
I need some help though, ppl. I'm looking at the Archos tablet on 1saleaday.com, the one with android2.2 and flash support.
I'm thinking of getting it, even though it doesn't seem like that great of a tablet. Here are my reasons:
-I don't want an iPad. Don't have much use for apps, GPS, multi-function, or multi-point touching.
-The bottom line is I have been looking for a CHEAP E-Reader, where I could view books in PDF format that I've already gotten off the internet.
...and if it has some additional features, cool. So somebody tell me once and for all, am I going to be happy using this thing (the one on 1saleaday) as a glorified E-Reader?
The big question is just what kind of PDF books you are talking about. Stuff written to be a simple paperback-esq textual book, without a lot of graphics, backgrounds, and other glitzy stuff, will often be created with proper re-flow tagging that lets the text display just fine on your typical e-ink based e-reader. (Such books ALSO tend to convert pretty easily to other formats like mobi or epub using a program like Calibre.) If that's the case, then your stuff would likely work fine on a real dedicated e-reader such as the new Nook Simple Touch, which I purchased the day it came out and highly recommend (and I've used a LOT of readers, including prior nook, Sony touch and pocket, kindle-II and kindle-III)
If you are talking about graphics rich stuff with lots of inset graphics, backgrounds, sidebars (like a magazine, brochure, textbook, or gaming rulebook) then the experience on ANY screen smaller than the size of paper it was formatted for will SUCK stagnant pond water. Especially because in my experience, the PDF authors of such documents rarely care about properly tagging the text for re-flow. Everything in the doc will be locked down and designed to look 'just like a printed original' on a screen large enough to display that stuff at 1:1 zoom. You might get a semi-reasonable view on something the size of an ipad or full sized tablet-PC, with a bit of zoom + pan/scan but likely a full sized laptop or desktop will be required.
For my money, what I'd do is lay your hands on a small MicroSD card if you can, drop your books on it, and go down to Barnes and Nobel and see if they will let you slot it into a sample of the new nook and see what they look like. Yeah at $139 it's more expensive, but it's a far better reader than a first gen android tablet will be. battery lasts for weeks under heavy use, months under light use, it's under a half pound in weight, and the screen is way easier on your eyes and can be viewed in sunlight.