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.
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: There's not been a great Android multimedia player until now, but the Archos 5 Internet Tablet sets the standard for everything from Android phones to Apple's iPods to follow. There's vast file support for both music (MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg Vorbis and FLAC) and video (MP4, WMV and MKV), which looks stunning on the stretchy, 4.8-inch screen with a sharp WVGA resolution, and you can even play HD video on a TV if you grab the dock accessory. Despite its size, you won't find ...
Cons: The new Archos 5 Internet Tablet may run Android, but that doesn't mean you can download just any old app for Google's platform. You're stuck with those available on Archos's own AppsLib e-store, and compared to the Android Market, its shelves are more empty than a Soviet supermarket. On the hardware side, consider lugging a hankie around with you, as it's a fingerprint magnet, and if you're planning on picking up the hard drive version for the huge 500GB of storage s...
Conclusion: Bigger and smarter than a phone, but smaller and faster than a netbook, the Archos 5 is perfect for anyone who has a hard drive full of media and a long, dull commute to endure.
Pros: Like a delicious gadget chameleon the Archos 5 has so many skins, it’s hard to tell what it does best. It plays back nearly all flavours of video, audio and photo files, it’s a Wi-Fi web browser, an email reader and (with accessories) a digital video recorder, a satnav and an extreme sports camcorder. It performs all these functions admirably well, with the aid of a bright 4.8-inch touchscreen and a 250GB hard drive that can hold 300 movies, 145,000 songs or millions ...
Cons: As Archos loads on heavyweight features, the pounds pile on, too. The Archos 5 weighs 300g and is over twice the size of an iPhone, making it about as pocket-friendly as a steam iron. The touchscreen interface isn’t as intuitive as Apple’s, either.
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.
Excerpt: Archos brings Android into the fold with the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. Archos very much pitch their device against the iPod touch , which has enjoyed great successes. It is perhaps a comparison that does the Archos 5 Internet Tablet few favours. Yes, the Archos out-strips the iPod touch in terms of dimensions and it is unquestionably a better video player, but it doesn't enjoy the support of a full development community supporting the iPhone.
Pros: Video playback, high resolution display
Cons: Android OS offers little of the convenience of the Google Android experience, poor battery, no multi-touch support