Summary: 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, we wouldn’t recommend this gadget as a GPS navigator or gaming device. If you’re willing to live with these drawbacks, the Archos 5’s excellent display, media playback, and surfing speed will satisfy.
Pros: Good touch interface, Great media experience, HD and SD video output with optional dock, Access to apps from the Android Market,
Cons: Poor GPS navigation, Browser doesnt support Flash, Device gets hot after only a few minutes of use, Limited number of Android apps availablespan lang"EN"p pspan,
Excerpt: The Archos 5 is the sexiest device yet from the French PMP pioneer. It has a sleeker body than its predecessors, and eschews physical controls for an entirely touch-based interface. Available in 60, 120, and 250GB hard drive capacities, it’s even priced reasonably, though you’ll need to buy some add-ons to access some features.
Pros: Attractive sleek design, Sharp responsive touchscreen, Very good AV quality on player, Good Internet browsing and e-mail experience,
Cons: Audio sometimes out of sync with TV output, Recording with optional DVR station is problematic, Picks up fingerprints easily, Issues with CinemaNow downloads,
Conclusion: As a video player and web surfing tablet, the Archos 5 is the cream of the crop. The screen is absolutely fantastic, and large enough to really enjoy a movie and read web pages without constant zooming. Yet the player is small (albeit heavy) and slim. There's plenty of storage, ranging from 60- 250 gigs to hold a large video and music library.
Conclusion: Besides the half-baked Android implementation on the latest Archos 5 Internet Tablet, not much has changed from last year's device, and the touch-screen PMP competition is only getting tougher.
Pros: Sleek design. Huge, beautiful, high-res screen. Built-in Wi-Fi, browser. On-screen home button for one-click Main Menu access. No need for stylus. Available in large capacities.
Cons: Expensive. Touch-screen interface is not as sophisticated as those of competitors. Apps aren't well-executed. UI could stand to be streamlined—requires too many clicks at times.
Summary: Archos is clearly gunning for the iPod touch with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, but when it's so much larger, it's missing the point. The Archos 5 Internet Tablet is perfect if you find yourself squinting at video on the Apple PMP's small screen, but if you want a media player that doubles up for gaming and so much more besides, stick with the iPod prince.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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 bit—requires too many clicks at times.
Conclusion: Putting aside the teething issues with this device, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a very well featured portable media player, that is, in many respects, a joy to use. The 4.8in screen makes this a first rate video player, while the extensive codec support means that you’ll be able to playback pretty much any files that you have in your video library. Music playback is also impressive, while support for both Ogg and Flac should make audiophile types happy.