Summary: The Archos 5 is a great video player, but it disappoints as a premium Android Internet tablet and GPS unit.
Pros: 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, and support for a limited selection of Android applications.
Cons: 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 fingerprints.
Excerpt: Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a 4.8-inch tablet with Wi-Fi connectivity and dual-boot capability, allowing the device to rung Android and Ångström Linux. Rest of the specs include an 800MHz processor, 160GB of internal memory (HDD), VGA front camera, HDMI port and a microSD memory card slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Conclusion: Although it can store a massive amount of data I personally could not justify spending £300+ on something that is heavy and not all that pocketable. But like all gadgets this comes down to personal choice and if you fancy getting one then go for it as its money well spent. Its just not my cup of tea.
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.
Summary: Archos has done a very good job with the design of the Archos 5 Android Tablet and Android does a great job of making the platform stable and user-friendly. That said, Archos’ weak point is still its own software/services. Android pretty much solves the previous issue that Archos had: its proprietary OS. Many users were complaining that their OS was not stable, so things should get much better from now on with Android.
Conclusion: You might be paying a lot for this machine but you're getting the most stylish PMP on the market, as well as one which excels in internet browsing and allows you read PDF's. I'd suggest waiting for the sales as they might bundle in some of the ad-ons for free, but if you want a high quality PMP you can't do better. It's just a shame about the proprietary charger. Related: Archos releases 3 new PMP's, the Archos 5, Archos 5g and Archos 7!
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.
Conclusion: I really like the Archos 5 and DVR Station combination, the Archos 5 itself is really actually quite fun to play with, and the quality of the picture is very good considering the small screen. If you’re going to get the Archos 5 then the DVR Station is a must have accessory to go with it, it’s well worth the extra cost for functionality it brings with it.
Pros: Looks great, Works surprisingly well, Really is fun to use, -, Excellent picture quality for movies, DVR Station adds functionality and value
Cons: Some bugs still, Picks up dust and fingerprints easily, Parts still in beta, inaccessible, Remote for DVR not sensitive enough for some things, Appears fragile, could easily be broken if not careful
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.