Tablet World Series Game 5: ExoPC Slate vs. Archos 101, Voting Ends 10/28 at 12:00 a.m.

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Welcome to the final four of the first annual Tablet World Series. As we enter the second phase of the playoffs, we match the ExoPC Slate against the Archos 101. Which one will swing for the fences and which one will strike out? That will depend on your votes. Let's cut to our scouting reports.

The ExoPC Slate really threw a wicked curve when it shut out Apple's iPad in Game 1, taking home more than 77 percent of the vote. This 2.1-pound relative unknown features Windows 7 with a custom user interface loaded with tiny discs/shortcuts to menu screens or to apps themselves. The 11.6-inch screen offers 1366 x 768-pixels of capacitive touchscreen. The interior is loaded with 2GB of RAM and either a 32GB or 64GB SSD. The ExoPC people claim 5 hours of battery life. There's no GPS and Windows 7 isn't known to be great for tablets. So, can it send home the more established Archos with its new 101?

Update: The ExoPC Slate Has Won by a Hair

Archos 101 blew out Viewsonic's G-Tablet in Game 3, relying on support of more than 87 percent of the fans. At $299, this 8GB Android 2.2 tablet looks good on the mound. Even the 16GB version, which will run you $349, ain't half bad. Both versions sport a 1-GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU and a 10.1-inch (1024 x 600 pixel) capacitive touchscreen. The built-in kickstand is also nice. And it's tough to beat 10 hours of battery life and HDMI output. But, without the Android Market's availability at release, apps are a tougher sell here.

So which is the better tablet? You decide by voting below. Then check back at 10 a.m. (EST) on 10/28/2010 for Game 6.

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  • krighton Says:

    many people have tried the EXOPC....they've sent out the first 100 32gb devices a couple weeks ago.....

  • Alain Says:

    Bottom line: this site is just full of happy Apple haters. Congrats! You just made fools out of yourself.

  • Alain Says:

    How can 2000+ people vote for a device that is not even distributed now?! Is anyone actually tried the ExoPC? The answer is no.
    So how can it win over the iPad, which sales numbers are counted in several million units per quarters.
    I just wonder.

  • Jimi Says:

    Yeah.... This is pretty ridiculous..... Heck the Viewsonic G-Tablet which is a FREAKIN DUAL CORE POWERHOUSE and is only $429!!!!! (Not THE 529 that every news site keeps getting wrong.... if they would just check their original sources once and a while.... ie. Engadget) Should have beat this piece of non functional crap!

  • danny Says:

    This poll has lost all credabilty and just plain stupid now, how the hell can the rubbish exopc beat the ipad and the archos !!! And why is the cisco against the samsung?! completely different markets etc !!!

  • Johny Says:

    EXOPC UI on ubuntu. lets get it done!!

  • mrsamo Says:

    Surprised that the Archos 101 fell behind in this poll as video reviews indicated that the overall usability of the Archos is well suited to the couch surfing it was designed for, more so than the Exopc.

    Since I've already got a tablet (Acer convertible with 1.3Ghz C2D), I would go for the Archos to meet my need for couch surfing and as a mobile media player. If I didn't have my tablet then the decision would be a lot harder.

    The Exopc is heavier as a slate compared to the Archos, but light enough as a tablet. Archos is lighter and does the same job as the Exopc for internet surfing and media playback. Most people would go for lighter for pure couch surfing and a bit of video.

    Android is well suited to mobile devices, Windows 7 is not. Even with my convertible using Windows I'm using the keyboard and touchpad more often because its faster (ie. like typing a reply to this article). I don't think I can be as productive on just using the touchscreen alone and carrying around a keyboard and mouse is a real hassle.

    Atom may sound like a more powerful processor than what the Archos is using, but by "PC" standards it is very very slow (think netbooks). At first it seems quite snappy for what it is but when you're running a number of tabs on your browser, playing media in the background and or running a few services then it all slows down quite badly. The good thing about the Exopc is that you can open it up to expand the memory and storage capacity (might need to check the warranty though), but that's only going to reduce the battery life even more (which according to engadget isn't all that impressive).

    "I will use Exopc for editing on the fly, monitoring for my Canon 7D, review footage…
    It’s a professionnal ultra portable tool!!"

    This is ridiculous. Like I said, the Atom CPU is too slow to run the kind of applications you usually use on a desktop PC, especially when editing huge 20mb++ RAW files and 4GB 1080p video footage taken from a Canon 7D. Even I have trouble doing this kind of work on a 2.0Ghz Core 2 Duo system with 4GB of RAM.

    "Pretty silly voting on a bunch of devices that most people can’t get their hands on yet. How are we judging? By what we’ve read?"

    Good point.

    The Exopc is using a more powerful processor and running Windows 7, so we have much higher expectations. It is a bit unfair to compare it to the Archos which is much closer to what the iPad is trying to achieve. And because the Exopc is basically the same design and configuration as all the other pegatron tablets, there's not a lot of options to choose from in terms of upgrades.

    We'll have to wait for the next version but by then we'll have even higher expectations. I expect cheaper price and better battery life, which is why the Archos is sounding a bit better as a complete mobile tablet than the Exopc at the moment.

    Now if it is possible to install Android on the Exopc and make it purely an android tablet this could definitely improve the overall performance and extend the battery life by at least another hour.

  • sam999 Says:

    Pretty silly voting on a bunch of devices that most people can't get their hands on yet. How are we judging? By what we've read?

  • GOLIAT Says:

    I will use Exopc for editing on the fly, monitoring for my Canon 7D, review footage...
    It's a professionnal ultra portable tool!!

    Wath you cannot do with any Android / ipad

    A real usefull tablet!

  • person Says:

    you CAN get the android market on the archos... vote for archos its better... the exopc has low battery life... plus... the archos also has HDMI out...

  • Dave Says:

    I love the look of the archos.. so much so that I ordered one yesterday.. but, when will it be out?!?! By all the reports I read, it was suppose to be out middle of this month, but I haven't seen any news about it getting pushed back?

  • darkkevind Says:

    of course it's not ready for market yet, It was never given to Engadget as 'fully complete'. It will be on 15th Nov though as that is the official launch date!

  • Tez Says:

    Read the review instead of looking just at the pros and cons and the 5/10. The 5 does not match what is said in the article.
    For more information, check out the different tests on Youtube.
    The UI upgrades will be freely available on the 15th november for the official launch. The engadget reviewer did not have a final unit but a last version beta. This I think was not mentionned in the article.
    If you all you to do is surfing and lsitening to music, then yes the Archos is better...

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  • Boosti Says:

    C'est pipo ce sondage, j'ai commandé L'archos 101, il reste le meilleur compromis entre fonctionnalités (Market, flash 10, webcam, USB, micro SD, tethering, Upnp, wifi N et j'en passe...), poids (480g seulement et plus fin que l'ipad! ), prix (cherchez pas, y'a pas mieux sous Froyo, même sans parler du code promo MOB15 qui offre 15% de réduction) , plaisir (la lourdeur de Windows vs la souplesse d'Android)
    Toutefois bonne chances aux 2 constructeurs et que le meilleur vende....

  • Mixlis Says:

    Fvck ! ExoPc has hacked the poll

  • kevinm Says:

    Engadget's 5/10 review for the Exo PC further turned me off to the device. It does not seem ready for market yet. The Archos device seems suited for what it was made for. My vote's for Archos.

  • Isild Says:

    The vote end at 12 a.m, but in which country?

  • Isild Says:

    The vote ends at 12 a.m but in which country exactly?

  • mihai Says:

    In fact the ExoPC is only an interface now. Everyone here should talk about the name used to be sold in their country because different countries = different companies. We are comparing apples and oranges. ExoPC is giving only the software, something like Microsoft. They're backed by Pegatron on the hardware and that's from what I understand, a big company.
    So if you want to really compare the service, you'll have to compare the carriers against Archos.

  • G. Shore Says:

    It boils down to needs. I ordered an Archos 101 to use primarily as a mobile selling tool (photos and videos at events), couch web browser (so light, good screen, and battery life), ebook reader (ditto last), and HDMI out capability for simple presentations to Flat Screen TVs. I was going to order the EXOPC Slate for its ability to run some Windows Apps I needed in the field. Which brings the necessity to have/want both for different needs. However, given Engadget's recent review of the EXOPC Slate and its low software availability and battery life [], I may wait for a better launch version or stick to my laptop for the field...

  • GouDZ Says:

    Archos = pas de service, pas d'update.
    Je regrete amèrement mon achat chez Archos.
    Leur matériels deviennent rapidement désuet, voir le Archos 9

    L'approche de Exopc est nettement plus dynamique.

  • Boosti Says:

    L'Exo PC d'un plus du netbook que de la tablette Internet.. Les tablettes sont l'objet de ce sondage et à ce titre l'Archos 101 semble bien mieux refléter les besoins d'un surfer de canapé...

  • PolishRenegade Says:


    Pas d'accord. ExoPC, une compagnie du Québec qui offre un service à la clientelle plus que personalisé sur leur forum mérite bien de gagner aussi!

    En fait:
    - Jouer des vidéos 1080p, sortie mini-HDMI
    - Tres bon SSD de 32 a 64gb
    - Carte SD
    - 2 Ports USB
    - Bonne capacité de la batterie (test sur les forums... utilisation normale dans une journée de travail = 7h de bat.)
    - RAM & CPU suffisant pour la majorité des taches de travail + Web Complet

    On a tous nos raisons pour aimer chacun des deux produits, et en fait ils ne devraient pas être dans la même catégorie. Cependant je crois que l'exoPC mérite bien de gagner aussi!

  • Fred Says:

    ARCHOS 101 mérite largement de gagner !!!! votez !!

  • cas i o Says:

    549 euros de EXO pc and 300 for the 101 !!!

  • Imbalayo Says:

    Esto es una chapuza, acabo de votar dos veces sin ningun problema, asi que esto no tiene ningun valor, de todas formas no son productos comparables, es como poner en el mismo ring un laptop y un desktop.

  • Luigi B Says:

    See why ExoPC is a heavy challenger :

  • Jason Says:


    Actually it is home premium, but they have removed a lot of the bloat in the install to keep it lean. As for the rest of your Win7 worries? I will take my chances...

  • GouDZ Says:

    I have an archos 605. And they promised update for the huge amount of bugs. They NEVER come with this update!!!
    And it's my anwser to Archos: NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!

    NO SUPPORT at all with this company!

  • Bernino Says:

    No feedback about ExoPC makes you confident ?

    The Archos 5 IT (gen7) has been successful, half a year before Apple's iPad : trust Archos and this brand new Gen8 !

  • Charbax Says:

    You can install the full Google Marketplace with Gmail, Google Maps, Google Tablet, Google Listen, everything, and 99% of the 100'000 apps in the Google Marketplace work just fine even though the Archos Android tablets have unusual screen resolution and sometimes don't include all the augmented reality hardware features:

  • Dave Says:

    OK OK! it is true microsoft offers way more than android or apple could even dream of but in reality if you are looking to replace your laptop with a tablet you might be in for a letdown. on the surface the things you will find you want to do on a tablet are a bit more simplistic and with Android its made for touch not to mention cheaper thats all I am saying. and as far as reliability do you have any claims that Archos support is so dismal what kind of support history can you provide in regards to Exopc? Also windows 7 has a proper load for portable devices and it is Windows Embedded Compact not home premium. I have faith that microsoft will soon suprise us with a tablet friendlier version of their OS but for now if you read reviews regarding windows 7 on a tablet they do not fair so well.

  • oasis1489 Says: exopc is being shipped to me TOMORROW so i suppose i'd best be voting for that...
    don't want any bad omens, now.

  • Globule Says:

    Exo Pc has great features as they were listening to customers before they finished it all.

    What's nice with Windows 7 on this tablet is that I'll be able to run my apps from the PC to my tablet without any changes/conversion... Tell me how many apps are written for windows 'till now ? that seduce me alot.

    Reliability, no one knows about the Exo but only horror stories about the Arcos can be read on the net... so, it's clear I won't buy an Arcos ever :S

  • Hajile Says:

    Archos was behind about a hundred votes earlier, but it gradually caught up after several hours (presumably as the timezones advanced), not all at once.

  • Isild Says:

    @ PolishRebegade
    Yeah you're right, I didn't consider East time.
    But still I'm not crying. If I feel that "implicated", it's because even if it's just an internet poll, I think maybe it can have some effect on sells to come. I don't have any advanced knowledge about that, it's just a thought...

  • Hajile Says:

    Whoa! Archos 101 was pulling ahead by 30+ votes a while ago, now it's suddenly behind 200?

  • PolishRenegade Says:

    @Isild; No cheating, people just got out from work (East time : 4pm) so it would seem reasonable to assume the voting has increased.

    Now stop crying, it's just an internet poll.

  • Jason Says:

    So did Archos....

  • Isild Says:

    What's that joke? ExoPC received more than 200 votes in a few minutes, who is cheating, and how???? Stop that!!

  • Jason Says:

    I guess that until I hear of an android tablet actually getting the marketplace, then I have no need to go to the marketplace either. :)

  • Zark Says:

    It's true that Archos 101 and ExoPC doesn't compete on the same field.

    Point is : Archos 101 is intended to be a mobile device targeted at media consumption and internet browsing. The Archos seems to reach that goal.

    Slate is more like a full computer in the shape of a tablet. But for computer-specific tasks, a real computer, netbook or laptop is more handy. So, to me the Slate doesn't seem consistent with it's capabilities/goals/utilities.

    This is why I'm supporting Archos in a "tablet" confrontation.

  • Jason Says:

    I love my android phone, but I need a slate that will replace a PC laptop. That is why I preordered an ExoPC.

    On the other hand, if I wanted an android OS tablet it would have to have stock Google Android marketplace support before I even begin the conversation.

    But I don't need another device to keep track of: Desktop, work laptop, home laptop, smartphone. Now it will be desktop, work laptop, ExoPC, smartphone. Efficiency. I can run Creative Suite, Visual Studio, Office 2010, etc.

  • RTFM Says:

    Vote for the tablet, not for the table !

  • wutpy Says:

    Everyone talks about the different values of the archos 101 with ExoPC Slate different as well, if compared to pc company archos I have a archos 9 pctablet Why is not taken against ExoPC Slate where people talk about the difference between the windows with android guys to think of who should win the vote, think archos positive android positive price how good vs ExoPC Slate positive Windows7 plus good price, how do not think windows with android how well the same as comparable porsche with hyundai how well and press vote. sincerely. People, everyone will have the result to be useful, Thank you.

  • Luigi B Says:


    Your first post doesn't concern the 10.1 IT... Not fair. The ExoPC is a new product from a new brand : no history...

    You second is an old one (2009). The Market application works perfectly well for a year. Too bad.

  • Corey Says:

    I think the Archos potentially has a good shot at being a winner (sales wise) but frankly, without official Marketplace support, it's pretty much going to be a non-starter.

    IMHO the Exo is just another PC and shouldn't even be in this contest. Windows 7 and OSX are well suited for the desktop but it weren't designed to be a touch based OS's. Sometimes, you just have to start over and for now, the only decent touch interfaces are Android and iOS.

    At the end of the day, people will vote with their wallets. I already have an iPad and I'd like to have an Android pad (to take advantage of some of the strengths of Android) but it must have > 8 hour batter life, a screen at least as good as the iPad AND access to the Marketplace.

  • Isild Says:

    Loooool ExoPC weight is 1kg!! Untransportable then!

    Some Slate's supporters say that ExoPC is more powerfull, but you have to consider the ergonomy. When you buy something with that lack of ergonomy, you regret it reaaaaally fast, even if there is the GPS functionnality!!

    In this kind of device, ergonomy is as important as powerfullness (and that's why IPad lost so hard), and concerning ergonomy, Archos 10.1 is the king...

    ExoPC is not a tactil Tablet, it's a metal ingot with beautiful screen!! :p

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