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.
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: 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: 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: Archos has taken a big step with their newest generation of PMPs. The hardware is substantial, well built, and a leap better than the previous generations. Despite the fact that I’m not a big fan of the touch interface, I do very much commend them for getting rid of the hardware button. This improved the overall usability of the device, though they do have many more things they can improve and better organize in the UI.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Fantastic screen, Improved touch screen, Improved UI, Good sound quality, Good native video support, Lots of accessories and add-ons, Support for OGG or FLAC
Cons: Menus not customizable, Plugins cost extra, Games cost extra, Non removable battery, TV out needs a dock, Metal housing scratches easily
Conclusion: The consumer electronics market is brutal and the trend is toward apps and ease of use. The Archos 5 Internet Tablet has the apps part down, but ease of use isn't quite there compared to the brain dead easy iPod Touch and iPhone. It's not that Android is hard to use; in fact it's easy and more customizable than Apple's products.
Pros: Very good video playback performance.
Cons: Bulky, missing Google Maps and Google YouTube player.