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Archos 5 Internet Tablet

Archos 5 Internet Tablet

The Archos 5 Internet tablet is a high powered device which enables users to experience the internet, enjoy media and TV from a compact handheld device. Unlike Apple's iPod touch, its nearest competitor, the Archos 5 Internet tablet is powered by free and open source software. Under its bonnet purrs the Android operating system

The tablet is ultra portable weighing a mere 182g or 286g, has a black stainless steel body, and sports a remarkably vivid 4.8-inch display with a resolution of 800x480 pixels. The device lets users surf the web in the same way as a regular PC either via Wi-FI or by using a Bluetooth connection to tether a mobile phone. There is not the inconvenience of having to zoom in and out which often limits the enjoyment of surfing the net on mobile devices (especially mobile phones).

The tablet can play a wide variety of video and audio formats including MPEG-4 AVI, MJPEG, WMV, with plug-in: H.264, AAC, MPEG-2, WMV HD, MPEG-4 HD, MP3, WMA, Protected WMA, WMA 5.1, WAV, OGG, FLAC, with plug-in: AAC3, AAC+, and AC3. Flash is also supported.

Taking into consideration the fact that the device has a good set of web related features, such as web radio, email, and online videos, this helps to make the Archos 5 one of the best Web-centric devices available.

The device comes supplied with a wealth of applications including ThinkFree Mobile (for viewing Office documents), Deezer, Dailymotion, eBuddy IM, Twidroid, DroidIn, Moov, CraigsPhone, and QuickPedia. Full-page web browsing is, of course, provided effortlessly. Additional applications can be downloaded from Archos' AppLib store, and it is also possible to use Android Market (which is Google's equivalent to Apple's App Store), although this has not been properly integrated.

The Archos is equipped with an accelerometer which allows the screen to automatically switch its orientation when you rotate the device.

A recent exciting development is that the Ångström Linux distribution can now be installed on the device, opening up a complete Linux environment on the tablet.

 Archos 5

Price
£280.97 (32GB)
£306.51 (160GB)
£357.60 (500GB) - all UK prices

Manufacturer
Archos

Website
www.archos.com

Support Sites:
User Manual, FAQ, ArchosFans, Archos Lounge in French, JBMM in French, openAOS, Ångström Linux 

Selected Reviews:
Engadget, TrustedReviews, PC Advisor, T3, CNet

Specifications:

  • ARM Cortex A8 OMAP 3440 processor (800 MHz)
  • Additional processor: 32 bit DSP @ 430 MHz
  • 4.8" resistive TFT touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixels
  • Storage: 8 to 32GB flash memory; Hard Drive 160GB to 500GB
  • Built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP, EDR, ARCP, HID, Dial Networking
  • 720p HD content
  • FM transmitter and FM receiver (RDS)
  • MicroSD card slot (8GB to 32GB)
  • Microphone
  • 3.5mm headphone jack, proprietary dock port
  • Built-in GPS receiver
  • Leg stand
  • Battery life:
    • Music playback: up to 22 hours
    • Video playback: up to 7 hours
  • Addons:
    • DVR Station
    • DVR Snap-on
    • Mini Dck
    • Battery Dock
    • FM Remote
    • Helmet cam
    • GPS Card Holder
    • HDMI Mini Dock

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