Summary: The Archos 5 8GB is junk. There is really no way to express just how bad this thing is. This should not be called an internet tablet. It is so slow and locks up so often I feel like I've stepped back in time to 1998. If you want to help someone break an internet addiction buy them one of these. I can't comment about apps because I never actually got to download one. It would freeze up just trying to get to the download page.
Summary: It won't play Youtube because shortly after it was released, Youtube switched to a different format that the Archos company didn't plan on updating their operating system or firmware to be able to handle. Hardly any video works on it and the Apps often timeout/close for no reason. It's bad at multitasking, battery life doesn't seem very good, etc.
Summary: I have purchased 4 Archos products. I have the Archos tv, the 605 Wifi 4GB, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet and the 605 Wifi 80 GB. They are nothing but expensive junk. Don't waste your money as I did. The first that I bought didn't have enough space so I bought the 80 G model. It died after 1 year. I upgraded to the internet tablet as I didn't want to have to pay for each and every thing that was available through Archos.
Good bones but no manufacturer support, no free ad ons as promised.
31 March 2012
Summary: Frustrating! The unit appears to work fine but customer support from Archos is non-existent! Archos has stopped supporting this product, it is not possible to register through the Archos unit and receive the "free" add-ons promised - they are no longer available. You can register through their internet site on a separate computer, but they still do not update or provide support. I was put on customer support hold twice for 30 min each time by Archos customer service.
Summary: Very unreliable bluetooth, limited compatible apps, vol not very loud at all, and lacks media support. Firmware only up to Android 1.6. You can load a newer OS, but it's a lot of work and still very limited functionality.
Summary: Waste of time and money. Across the Archos board. I had an earlier 8GB Archos that never worked, never held a charge, never could accept any data. Because it was less expensive and I didn't have time to waste with it, I wrote it off. I got the Archos 500 because I hoped they had worked their problems out and there were not many other products with the specs. BIG MISTAKE. The Archos 500 would not hold a charge.
Summary: I bought this unit because I thought it might by an alternative to a pricey I touch. It is true....you get what you pay for. The unit did not work correctly. After calling Archos they said I had to reset it. I did ..no good. Then I reinitialized it so i could start the set up again. This fixed the frozen program on screen but also erased all apps that came with the unit. The apps for android devices come from the android market.
Summary: its always frozen frequently or randomly restarted. a few days ago almost a year to date (unfortunately a little after) it just crapped out on me. in the middle of a song, just broke and wont turn on now. never was satisfied with it!
Summary: this device is not a good one I have had many problems with since I got it. don't buy it Product name: Archos 5 (A5H) US Hard Drive Size: 500GB Serial number: PC102001357 Place of purchase: Amazon Export Sales Date of purchase: Oct. 6, 2010 Brief desc. of problem: I installed a program named Dual Linux developer's firmware and it erased all the programs that my Archos had previously.