Archos 5 16GB Internet Tablet Android - rrp £289.99 Now £149.99 @ Play - HotUKDeals
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Great price, cheaper than the 8gb is currently selling for.

Specifications:

Display Characteristics: High resolution touch screen, 800x480 pixels, 4.8'' TFT LCD, 16 million colors
User Interface: Touch screen, ON/OFF, vol+ and vol- buttons, retractable virtual keyboard
Processor(s):
Main processor: , 32 bit, In-order, dual-issue, superscalar core
Additional processor: 32 bit DSP @ 430 MHz
RAM Memory: 128 MB (Low-Power Double Data Rate SDRAM)
Mass Storage Memory: Flash Memory 16 GB + Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)
Operating System: Android
Connectivity: On board WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), USB 2.0 host with optional accessories
Others Applications: Webbrowser, Email, Contacts, DroidIn, Ebuddy IM, Twidroid, Deezer, Dailymotion, QuickPedia, ThinkFree Mobile, Moov, CraigsPhone, Alarm clock, Calculator
Interfaces: USB 2.0: Media Transport Protocol (MTP)
USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) with optional Mini Dock, Battery Dock and DVR station (Add-on connectors to connect to the DVR Station and other ARCHOS add-ons)
Communication Protocols:
WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP, EDR, ARCP, HID, Dial Networking
FM transmitter (requires the Car-mount that features the antenna)
FM receiver (RDS)
Video Codecs:
MPEG-4 HD (up to 720p)
MPEG-48 ([email protected] AVI, up to DVD resolution)
H.264 HD (up to 720p)
WMV ([email protected], up to DVD resolution) including WMV protected files
MKV (up to 720p, 2500kbs, 23fps0
M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in QVGA resolution
Cinema: MPEG-2, WMV HD (720p), VOB
Audio Codecs:
Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR
WMA
Protected WMA
WAV (PCM/ADPCM)
AAC9 (except protected content)
AAC+ stereo audio files
Ogg Vorbis up to 320kbs @44hz
Flac up to 1000kbs @44hz.
AC3 stereo audio and 5.1 sound files (via SPDIF output of DVR Station )
Photo Viewer: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
Subtitles: Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions
Video Recording:
Via the optional TV Snap-on (only available for Europe): Records TV in MPEG-2 TS format.
Audio Recording:
Via the optional DVR Station or DVR Snap-on: Stereo line-in, WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM) format
Voice recording with the built-in microphone
Miscellaneous:
Built-in speaker
Built-in leg stand
Built-in Microphone
Power source
Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
Device charges via computer USB port
External: Power adapter/charger (via optional add-on)
Battery Life:
Music Playback Time: Up to 22 hours
Video Playback Time: Up to 7 hours
Scalability: Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
Dimensions & Weight: ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet Flash Series: 143,2x78,8x10,4 mm - 182g
Minimum System Requirements (For Connection To PC): Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or higher (with Windows media
Player 11 for MTP) / Linux (with Mass Storage Device Support) / USB 2.0 interface
Package Includes: ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet, earphones, Standard USB cable, DVR Station adapter, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice
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#1
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51Rq2iwlFjL._SL500_.jpg
#2
Note: this has had a massive reductoin in price because archosaurs have just announced a whole host of new android tablets.
#3
Reduction*
#4
I ordered the Archos 5 (500GB) - with case, power supply, mini-dock from QVC last week for £299. Still waiting for it to arrive, but I was in a John Lewis at the week-end and my 'shiny, shiny' button was pressed when I picked up an iPad. It was gorgeous. So, decisions, decisions, a 500GB Archos or a 64GB iPad for twice the price...?
#5
Depends on what you want. Ipad bigger screen and probably a better one if this is resistive. However, if this gets updated to Android 2.2. Then internet wise this would be better because of the Flash element. I have a Dell Streak, which I use fo browsing and think it's great. Maybe could have done with being 7". Other than that, once it gets it's 2.2 update it'll be better than Ipad for a complete internet solution
#6
I personally, would have gone for the iPad. But that's just me.
#7
By the way, the title is wrong. It's 16GB not 160GB.
#8
I would of thought a jailbroken ipad would be able to do flash?
#9
probably, but hey depends on how much you want to mess aboutwith it. I installed a software which has kinda screwed my Itouch.

But yeah aslong as they made the app for jail break then why not. I must admit I'm converted to Android , loved my Itouch and Iphone, but prefer my Android now.
#10
Dont get me wrong, the iPad is lovely and i would buy one, but as I would use it mainly fr browsing I could not justify it, plus for the price to lack Flash support puts me off.. But it's a lot of money. And it's all about what you want, how much you want to spend
#11
Here are the new ones they announced if anyone cares.

http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/archosesese.jpg

Archos 28 ($100) and 32 ($150)
http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/28-32.jpg

Archos 43 ($200)
http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/a43-rotate.jpg

Archos 70 ($275)
http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/archos-70.jpg

Archos 101 ($300)
http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/archos-101.jpg


Edited By: RossMission on Aug 31, 2010 22:34: ..
#12
The whole Flash vs non-Flash capable debate is pointless. Most websites that use Flash aren't designed for touch inputs and are mostly horrible to use (try playing a Flash game with touch input, they're just not designed for it), and the main use for Flash is as a video wrapper. Considering a recent survey on TechCrunch of mainstream video websites said 90%+ of them were either already providing non-Flash versions or were planning to in the next 6 months. That together with Flash memory leaks and poor battery usage.

People really need to get away from comparing Android vs iOS as Flash vs no Flash.
1 Like #13
ajgrahamdotcom
The whole Flash vs non-Flash capable debate is pointless. Most websites that use Flash aren't designed for touch inputs and are mostly horrible to use (try playing a Flash game with touch input, they're just not designed for it), and the main use for Flash is as a video wrapper. Considering a recent survey on TechCrunch of mainstream video websites said 90%+ of them were either already providing non-Flash versions or were planning to in the next 6 months. That together with Flash memory leaks and poor battery usage.

People really need to get away from comparing Android vs iOS as Flash vs no Flash.


Yeah having the many many feeds work on the BBC news website (as just ONE example) isn't worth having at all is it. Certainly not heard the BBC about to dump flash and as for HTML 5 well seeing as there's still no standard for actually decoding the video and each browser is handling it differently it's not going to solve anything anytime soon (ie within the next ooooh say 3 years)

Edited By: Rich44 on Aug 31, 2010 22:46: ...
#14
the support from archos is terrible apparently which is why i bought an ipad.
#15
ipad killer
#16
I seen this article about the new models.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/aug/31/archos-android-tablet
And it mentions this....

But note: none of these devices will have access to the Android App Market. Instead they'll run (and access) Archos's own AppsLib store.

Is this a deal breaker for the new models? I have not used an android product myself so am unaware of the importance of the app store.
#17
These things are pretty fugly. They may be cheaper than the iPad, but they are nasty too. That desktop with the Paris weather looks like it came from the last millennia.
#18
I have the older Archos 5 (60GB) model and it's completely put me off Archos stuff for good. Web browsing is terrible and customer support is non-existent.
#19
There are going to be lots of Android-based tablets coming out over the next few months, try to aim for those based on the most recent ARM chips (Tegra 2 etc.)
#20
Lefty
These things are pretty fugly. They may be cheaper than the iPad, but they are nasty too. That desktop with the Paris weather looks like it came from the last millennia.


They're called widgets, and if Apple carries on playing catch up you might actually have one in the next iteration of the iPad/pod etc.
#21
Rich44
ajgrahamdotcom
The whole Flash vs non-Flash capable debate is pointless. Most websites that use Flash aren't designed for touch inputs and are mostly horrible to use (try playing a Flash game with touch input, they're just not designed for it), and the main use for Flash is as a video wrapper. Considering a recent survey on TechCrunch of mainstream video websites said 90%+ of them were either already providing non-Flash versions or were planning to in the next 6 months. That together with Flash memory leaks and poor battery usage.

People really need to get away from comparing Android vs iOS as Flash vs no Flash.


Yeah having the many many feeds work on the BBC news website (as just ONE example) isn't worth having at all is it. Certainly not heard the BBC about to dump flash and as for HTML 5 well seeing as there's still no standard for actually decoding the video and each browser is handling it differently it's not going to solve anything anytime soon (ie within the next ooooh say 3 years)


I wouldn't be going nuts over the BBC, their website (except for the iPlayer) and quality of content (journalism and programming in particular) is fairly awful in comparison to other outlets. And you're right, they haven't made any announcements about a shift away from Flash, but then they're still fixing bugs from a website redesign they launched 4 months ago so think they have bigger fish to fry at the moment.

Their are plenty of alternatives for similar content, see Reuters, or for some really modern providers and quality content see what The Guardian has to offer. I still use the BBC website alot, but their video content for news (barring the iPlayer) isn't missed.

As for the HTML5 spec it won't become successful even if it gets finalised. Google, Apple, Microsoft, et al have already got together to put in place their own open-source video and audio codec which will be rolled out to media websites (YouTube and many others already confirmed) and browsers including Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Microsoft Internet Explorer so expect in the next year for that to be the dominant video wrapper.


Edited By: ajgrahamdotcom on Aug 31, 2010 23:58: typo
#22
I own an Archos AV500 and an Archos 5g media players but I wouldn't buy their products again. Archos have brilliant ideas but their execution is awful leading to a buggy, crash prone experience that leaves you screaming in frustration. It's such a shame as they should be able to compete with Apple but the iPad I am writing this message on is light-years ahead of anything from Archos.

If I were you, I'd save my money and either get an iPad or wait for a better Android tablet.
#23
Aside from all the debates above, how would this fare as mainly a media player for my nine year old for Christmas? Getting him off my iPhone is proving problematic and I figure if I can dump enough WWE, Phineas and Ferb etc... onto this then he should be sorted.

Any other devices along a similar line or price would be appreciated.
#24
barato
But note: none of these devices will have access to the Android App Market. Instead they'll run (and access) Archos's own AppsLib store..


That's true but as with current Android based Archos generation there will be (presumably) a possibilty of installing google market yourself.
#25
save your money guys and wait for the Android tabs that are coming out!
#26
be careful when buying from archos, i am speaking from experience i purchased a archos 5 with dvr station from comet, the only thing that worked 100 percent of the time was the music, films would play for 5 mins and crash then you had to start over again, the web ALWAYS crashed, and 9 months into the 12 month warranty the touch screen developed a fault, the hassle with comet to accept there was a fault has hard work and when sent off to archos i had to wait 6 weeks for a conclusion, i was told numerous times that the unit would be back in store a particular day but it never arrived, costly when we had to a round trip of 40 miles every time, archos customer service is non exisistant. Also Archos are notrious for forgetting previous prouducts once something new is on the radar, so dont expect to many firmware updates to fix the constant bugs these units have if you dont believe me take a look at archos fans forums. By the way the outcome of my story was i had my money back after 6 weeks.
#27
Another thing to note on these is the battery. Batteries make or break tablets because they're the kind of thing you just want to pick up and use when you're on the sofa or to dump in a bag or jacket when you're leaving the house, it's not like a phone which is always on you and so you make sure it's charged. The iPad is pretty decent (I have one), but this new range promise 10 hours and seem to be cheaper and lighter, which is just about perfect.

With regards to Flash, it's not a massive deal but it's a nice add in for free (you can choose "click to enable" for sites if you're worried about battery). It's nice to be able to just go on sites and not have to worry when part of it doesn't work, mostly it's just a video player, sometimes an image gallery, sometimes the whole site (I wanted to get the phone number for a jewelry shop while I was on my way and the whole site was Flash, my Nexus One let me get it), it comes up a lot more than you think.

Other's being announced Thursday at IFA include one from ViewSonic and the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Probably worth holding off a few days if you're in the market for a tablet. The prices are all around the £300 for the 10".

Actually the 10inch from Archos looks best so far for me, with HDMI out, USB host (so prop it up with a stand and you can use it with a keyboard/mouse if you want to use it for email, Facebook, Google Docs/DocsToGo or something for casual users who don't want a separate netbook or laptop). It also has the most powerful processor and a really good graphics card which will be good for gamers.
banned#28
Archos is the French Apple Pretender. Being the unofficial Jack of All Trades [just look at the ungulated spec listing], their means to befooling “Housewives”, “Hip-Hopping Juveniles”, and “Technophobic Old Fogies” into parting with what they mostly cannot afford to part with, they’ve maintained a good anchor onto their targetted addicts. Their Archos 5 IT couldn’t even do a proper media player. There are just too much bull-droppings stuffed into that tiny box. Sure, you are getting every techy-bit for your money, but they don’t work as they should, individually let alone collectively. Buying for adornment comes to mind - for worship - much like their Yankee role model.

You only need to get the word association into your targetted market mindset and suddenly, a vacuum cleaner becomes a Hoover. When fashion, oka the religious of faith, is turned into a mass mesmerising event, every nut-kum-screw or screw-kum-nut wants to show how empty he/she is by being able to converse in the lingo of the moment. Iiiiieeee…Pppp..paddddd… wow, talking of genuises who have been there and done that. How envious and jealous the underprivileged tree-stumps must be. Not when it is merely a sign of the lack of the living but one full of the living-but-dead. Zombies are those who need need a spark-off to come alive. Seen any of the truly living … yet? That’s why humanity is in such a seemingly unrecoverable mess and when indifference is excused as, say, jealousy, that’s the blind leading the blinded. The constant need to rejuvenate - the hallmark of the living-but-dead.

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