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.
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