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Archos 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1772 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the storage and battery. The design and portability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the features and reliability. The connectivity and build quality get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Tablets the Archos 5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet Review

 

Archos 5 Internet Tablet Review - Archos has shocked gadget fans worldwide when it launched its android-powered Archos 5 Internet Tablet last week

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet

 

This top-notch portable media player has a big screen for surfing the Web and enjoying (some) Android apps.

We like the Archos 5 Internet Tablet’s wide array of features and the fact that you can access a growing array of Android apps. As a media device, it offers more screen size than its closest competitors, and a decent array of content options. However,...

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Archos 5 Internet Tablet

 

Editor's Note: This product's rating was revised on September 16, 2010, to more accurately reflect the Archos 5's position in the market. Due to the launch of the Apple iPad earlier this year and the recent emergence of newer Android-based tablets, it...

Supports a vast array of media file formats ; Beautiful HD display

GPS is erratic and costs extra for pedestrian mode ; DVR functionality requires an expensive add-on

This Android-powered tablet crams a ton of Internet and multimedia features into its slim frame, but it still needs some refinement.

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Archos 5 Internet tablet with Android (32GB)

 

On paper, the Archos 5 touch-screen Internet tablet comes across like an Apple iPod Touch on steroids. Every spec is designed to be over-the-top, from the 720p HD video playback and 4.8-inch screen, to the integrated GPS, Bluetooth, and FM transmitter....

The Archos 5 Internet tablet/portable media player offers a large, high-resolution touch-screen display, Wi-Fi, music playback, photos, Flash video and game compatibility, Bluetooth, e-mail, a Web browser, a built-in speaker, an integrated kickstand,...

GPS signal reception is poor enough to make the feature useless; many popular Android apps are unsupported; Flash video support is hit or miss; no multitouch support for keyboard or gestures; text copy and paste is a chore; and the glossy design shows...

The Archos 5 is a great video player, but it disappoints as a premium Android Internet tablet and GPS unit.

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5

 

The Archos 5 touch-screen media player ($350 as of 11/5/2008) offers spectacular video and music playback to go along with its elegant design. It also has a multitude of available accessories and features--which, unfortunately, you have to pay extra to...

Very good audio/video playback Stunning display

Web browser disappointing Some features require payment

The Archos 5 is a beautifully designed portable video player with a stunning screen and very good audio and video playback. Unfortunately, to get the most out of the player, you have to pay extra for accessories and plug-ins, which means the final...

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Archos 5

 

Archos's sexiest PMP yet sports a sweet touchscreen and excellent video playback, but be sure to update to the latest firmware.

The Archos 5’s battery isn’t removable, and was originally rated to last for just 12 hours of audio or 4 hours of video—and that’s with Wi-Fi off. Keep that charge cable handy. According to Archos, however, the latest firmware update should extend...

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Archos 5

 

Archos's new "Internet media tablet," as the company calls it, is available in 60GB ($349.99 direct), 120GB ($399.99) and 250GB ($449.99) capacities, and along with the iPod classic and the Microsoft Zune 120GB is the last of the hard drivebased...

Tons of storage. Sleek design. Huge, beautiful screen. Built-in Wi-Fi and Web browser. On-screen home button for one-click main menu access. No need for stylus

Quite expensive. Power button is also the reset button. Touch-screen interface is not as sophisticated as iPod touch's. UI could stand to be streamlined a bitrequires too many clicks at times

This hard drive based PMP offers oodles of storage and a lot of the features that come with the flash-based iPod touch, including built-in Wi-Fi, a Web browser, and a big, beautiful touch screen.

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Archos 5 MP3 Player Review - Intro

 

The Archos 5 is the latest offering from Archos, and has quite an impressive list of capabilities. Out of the box it's a music / video / photo playback device with wifi. One of the Archos 5's best assets, however, is the huge array of upgrade options....

Seems sturdy, nice aesthetic with impressive-looking screen.; A great screen and capacity, touch screen offers some tactile feedback ; Great media player software ; Maintains your folder structure, good equalizer ; Great photo viewing software ; Great...

Picks up smudges and scratches easily, big ; The battery life could've been better, but overall there's no real complaints ; Looks a bit plain ; Playlist creation was a bit awkward ; No podcast support ; Weak output power, bad packaged-in headphones ;...

The Archos 5 is capable of doing a lot of stuff, but doesn't support much right out of the box. You can slap on a DVR station, GPS car holder, or helmet cam, but all of these things require an additional investment. This level of expansion gives the...

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Archos Internet Tablet Blinds Its Flaws With a Brillian...

 

The new Archos 5 wants to challenge Apple's army of media players with a dirty yet clever trick. It comes in the form of a beautiful, 4.8-inch HD screen that is

12.99 mm thickness is perfect for a large pocket (tighty jean wearing hipsters need not apply). Fast ARM Cortex processor moves pages quickly. Supports 3G and HSDPA cellular data connections. DVR accessory completes the system with an HDMI output,...

Linux-based custom OS too glitchy for comfort. Doesn’t include a built-in mic, so you can’t use it as a VOIP phone. Brassy-metal design might prove too ostentatious for geeky tastes. Need separate dongle for 3G and HSDPA connections. They couldn’t...

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Archos 5 (60GB)

 

Editors' note: The following review has been updated to reflect product firmware updates that have increased battery life, improved system stability, and expanded audio format support. The product rating has not changed.

The Archos 5 portable video player offers a large, high-resolution touch-screen display, Wi-Fi, music playback, photos, Flash video and game compatibility, a PDF reader, Mac and PC compatibility, built-in speaker, integrated kickstand, and optional...

The Archos 5 requires a proprietary USB cable for charging and transferring content, the glossy design is quickly marred with fingerprints, older Archos accessories are incompatible, some applications are still in beta, and you'll need to pay extra to...

The Archos 5 boasts an improved screen size, image resolution, and sound quality over its predecessor, but its Web browser and Flash media playback are disappointing for a product marketed on the strength of its Internet media capabilities.

Product Specifications

The Archos 5 Internet Tablet is combining all the know-how and renowned expertise of multimedia with the hot new environment developed with Google: the Android platform. In this new era of open source and collaboration, applications and software are blooming throughout the world. Everyday sees a new gold nugget that will overwhelm the market. That's the magic behind the common and shared environment of Android, anyone can create a best-seller. There are so many fun games out there and so many cool applications that it would be a pity to not give you access to them. Here comes the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. With its sleek and advanced list of features, it truly achieves the convergence of the Internet, entertainment, TV, and GPS in one device, letting you discover and download lots of applications and games while performing the best multimedia experience of a handheld device. Featuring a customizable interface, the Archos 5 can be personalized to fit with your lifestyle, with an access to a range of rich applications and widgets. And with the AppsLib, you have a supermarket of paid and free applications to download from. Your favorite sources of information, communications and entertainment are always at your fingertips so that you can find anything you want. Built on a culture of innovation and a passion to deliver groundbreaking technology, the Archos 5 delivers the great features and user experience that have made ARCHOS a global leader in consumer electronics. The user experience has dramatically improved, and the Archos 5 is arguably the best HD portable player that exists. No matter what you want to watch or listen to, view or do, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet will let you do this in HD quality, with accessories featuring HDMI outputs. With easy WiFi connectivity, and Bluetooth technology to tether a 3.5G mobile phone, the Archos 5 will manage to deliver 24/7 Internet connectivity. One of the most common shortcomings of Internet devices is that they are generally naked. They could feature lots of useful applications, but every time, you find them without any. The Archos 5 Internet tablet comes loaded with lots of them, so that you can immediately start using it.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Speaker(s)

Battery

Rechargeable Battery:Rechargeable
Technology:Lithium polymer

Carrying Case

Color:Black
Recommended Use:For digital player
Type:Case

Digital Audio

Supported Audio Formats:ADPCM / MP3 / PCM / Protected WMA (DRM) / WAV / WMA

Digital Multimedia Devices

Autonomous Use: Yes
Device Type:Digital AV player
Key Features:Digital audio player / Digital photo viewer / Digital video player / External HDD function / Web browsing
PC Interfaces:Hi-Speed USB / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g

Digital Storage

Capacity:120GB/250GB/60GB
HDD Capacity:120GB/250GB/60GB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.4in/0.5in/0.8in
Height:3.1in
Weight:10.1oz/6.4oz/8.8oz
Width:5.6in/5in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:4.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):12.2cm
Display Type (JK):TFT
Output Type:Color
Technology:TFT active matrix

GPS System

GPS Navigation:GPS receiver

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Manufacturer:Archos
Model:5 Internet Media Tablet/5 Internet Tablet/Stylish Protective Case
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Archos

Input Device

Type:Touch-screen

Modem

Type: None

Motion Video

Video Playback Formats:Motion JPEG / MPEG-4 / WMV

Networking

Wireless Connectivity:IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11n / Bluetooth 2.0

OS Provided

Type:Android

ROM

Installed Size:16GB/32GB/8GB

Still Images

Supported Still Images Formats:BMP / GIF / JPEG / PNG

System

Handheld Type:Web tablet

System Requirements

OS Required:Linux / Microsoft Windows Vista / XP
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