ARCHOS 50 Platinum (5.0" Screen, Quad Core CPU, 8MP Camera, Dual-Sim, Micro-SD Card Slot) - £169.99 @ Expansys until 30 September
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ARCHOS 50 Platinum (5.0" Screen, Quad Core CPU, 8MP Camera, Dual-Sim, Micro-SD Card Slot) - £169.99 @ Expansys until 30 September

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Found 23rd Sep 2013
The Archos 50 Platinum is a new android phone that runs Jelly Bean. It retails for £199 but Expansys are offering £30 off if you order before 5pm on 30 September 2013.

You can see the full spec of the phone at archos.com/pro…p=1.

* Quad Core CPU
* 5.0" IPS Screen (960 x 540 pixel (qHD) 220 DPI)
* 1GB Ram
* 8MP Rear Camera with Flash (8x Digital Zoom)
* 2MP Front Camera
* 720p Video Recording
* 4GB Rom
* Micro SD Card Slot
* Dual Sim
* Weight: 160g
* 2000 mAh Battery
* Android 4.1.2 ''Jelly Bean''
* 3G / GPS / DNLA

Package includes: ARCHOS 50 Platinum, USB charger, USB cable, Battery, Hands-free kit, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Booklet.

Pocket Lint reviewed the phone on 12 August 2013 and gave it four out of five stars. pocket-lint.com/rev…iew.

They noted:

For
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Sensible price, nice design, stock Android, easy to use, dual-SIM can be very helpful, bright IPS LCD screen has natural colour

Against
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Battery life can be bad, dual-SIM interface can confuse things, bad phonebook recall for incoming calls and text messages, headphone jack is ill-fitting


I'm not a big fan of Expansys as they normally charge crazy prices for phones; however, £169.99 seems like a great deal for a dual-sim 5" android phone with a micro-SD slot and quad-core CPU. Particularly with the Google Nexus 4 being sold out.

It comes with free delivery, however there is only 47 left in stock so be quick if you want to pick one up

MA3STRO

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is this phone good?

Good decent phone that runs surprisingly well. Only poor thing about the phone is, the major difficult back cover.

Other than that, dual sim of which only one is a 3G SLOT so only one data account can be used. Phone is bigger than an S3 and slightly bigger than the Sony Z.

Original Poster

I checked a few reviews and most websites are giving it either 3/5 or 4/5. There aren't many dual-sim phones in the UK. A lot of people buy from China in order to get a good dual-sim phone, however this isn't much more expensive and will come with a UK guarantee etc. Compared to similar phones in this price range, I think it's a good deal.

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Ccontrol

Good decent phone that runs surprisingly well. Only poor thing about the … Good decent phone that runs surprisingly well. Only poor thing about the phone is, the major difficult back cover.Other than that, dual sim of which only one is a 3G SLOT so only one data account can be used. Phone is bigger than an S3 and slightly bigger than the Sony Z.



I'm not sure the reason for only one slot being 3G. It seems to be quite standard with all dual-sim phones (that I've seen). Not a big problem if you need a dual-sim for travelling as you would only need the other sim for phoning and texting (as you wouldn't be in the country). I imagine this is a pain for people who want to keep their regular sim in one slot and a backup data sim in another (e.g. ovivo).

Poor display •Display: 5.0" / IPS / Resolution: 960 x 540 pixels / 220 ppi
Edited by: "LARDYBOY" 23rd Sep 2013

Buying an Archos device these days is akin to a game of russian roulette; if you drop lucky you're happy...otherwise its messy.

I've a number of archos devices and through experience i'd want to try this before buying. Seems a good price though for what it offers.

Archos is a poor company now, they bring out device after device and fail to upgrade/support the model as soon as anything new comes out.

I wouldn't buy another Archos device now.

Regards
Flea

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LARDYBOY

Poor display •Display: 5.0" / IPS / Resolution: 960 x 540 pixels / 220 ppi



I agree. 220ppi is not ideal on a screen that big. 4GB of storage isn't ideal either, though this isn't a deal breaker due to the micro SD card slot.

I have this Phone and I think it's great. battery lasts full day unlike my previous Samsung. screen is fine too and I really like this Phone. the only problem I sometimes have is doesn't always connect to 3g quickly and there's few instructions to help with using it. if you already use Android tho you will prob be able to work your way around fairly easily. hope this helps

I agree with the Archos dissenters. Their model output seems to be based on "if we throw enough sh*t out there something will stick".
Still haven't got over lack of support for my previous devices and outrageous charges for software upgrades.

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Crumble

I agree with the Archos dissenters. Their model output seems to be based … I agree with the Archos dissenters. Their model output seems to be based on "if we throw enough sh*t out there something will stick".Still haven't got over lack of support for my previous devices and outrageous charges for software upgrades.



They charge for software upgrades? Wow. That sucks. I've never heard of any company doing that.


rejector1

or there's this … or there's this http://www.tesco.com/direct/archos-53-platinum-534gbquad-core/571-7695.prd?skuId=571-7695&fromRV=true(_;)



Great find. Apart from the larger screen, the specs look identical. £20 cheaper too.

Been looking for a good dual sim phone, looked at Jiayu G3T, G4 etc. but would prefer quicker delivery and a good warranty. Battery life on this seems quite low for the screen size, any recommendations?

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I was reading a review of the G4 advanced . earlier today. They raved about how great the battery is. There's a couple of sellers who are selling it on eBay from within the UK. e.g. ebay.co.uk/itm…cf5.

rejector1

or there's this … or there's this http://www.tesco.com/direct/archos-53-platinum-534gbquad-core/571-7695.prd?skuId=571-7695&fromRV=true(_;)



That looks good, does the code work with it? Screen size looks huge, wouldn't that be a problem for a primary phone lol. Also the screen resolution is qHD wouldn't it of been better for HD?
Edited by: "timz" 23rd Sep 2013

Ive read a couple of reviews on this phone from the big sites and its been said battery life when searching for 2 signals is bad but the worst problem was the screen not registering touches and being laggy its also been said that its a smudge magnet and made out of shiny cheap looking plastic.

Lenovo from DX.com Quadcore CPU, 1gb ram and dual sim 4.5inch display and all the other bits and dabs and its £87.58 in my opinion is a great buy ive never been stopped for import tax with anything ive ever bought from them as they report the value lower and declare it as a gift.

Brand Lenovo
Model A820
Color Deep purple
Type Brand New
Form Factor Bar Phone
Operating System Android 4.1
Keyboard Touch Screen
Language Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, English
Networking GSM, WCDMA
Frequency GSM 900/1800/1900MHz, WCDMA 900/2100 MHz
Data Transfer GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
SIM Type Ordinary SIM
SIM Slot 2
Network Standby Dual Network Standby
Network Conversation One-Party Conversation Only
Wi-Fi Yes
GPS Yes
Processor MT6589
CPU Type Quad-Core
GPU PowerVR SGX544MP
RAM 1GB (display 976MB)
ROM 4GB (display 2.83GB)
Available Memory 2.7GB
Memory Card Supports Micro SD / TF card up to 32GB in size (not included)
Screen Size 4.5 Inch
Touch Screen Capacitive
Resolution 540 x 960 Pixels
Colors 16000K
Camera 8 MP
Flash No
Secondary Camera Supported No
Bluetooth Support V3.0
I/O Interface 1 x Micro USB, 1 x 3.5mm, 2 x SIM slot, 1 x TF
Software Gallery, clock, calendar, calculator, radios, Antutu Benchmark, etc.
Features 4.5" Capacitive Screen + Wi-Fi + GPS + Dual-SIM + FM + Bluetooth 3.0 + 8.0MP camera
FM Yes
TV No
Format Supported 3GP / MP4 / MIDI / MP3 / AAC / JPEG, etc.
Sensor G-sensor
Battery Type Lithium
Capacity 2000 mAh
Talk Time 350 Minutes
Standby Time 200 Hours
Manufacturer's Warranty 12 Months excluding physical damages (see specifications for terms and details)
Warranty Details 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty: this warranty is offered directly by the manufacturer. Should the item become defective within the manufacturer's warranty period (physical damages and damages caused by incorrect usage excluded). customers may send the unit back to DX's Hong Kong office. DX will help forwarding the item to the manufacturer for repair or replacement. and will look after the progress. The customer will need to cover shipping fees both ways.
Packing List 1 x Phone
1 x Battery
1 x 100~240V US plug power adapter
1 x USB cable
1 x Earphone (160cm)
1 x English manual
Edited by: "polly69" 23rd Sep 2013

Original Poster

The Lenovo A820 has been getting great reviews. Great price too. How long did it take to deliver? Also, do you know what the import tax would have been if it had been stopped by customs?

MA3STRO

The Lenovo A820 has been getting great reviews. Great price too. How long … The Lenovo A820 has been getting great reviews. Great price too. How long did it take to deliver? Also, do you know what the import tax would have been if it had been stopped by customs?



Never bought a phone although i did buy a Gbox midnight from them a couple of months back and it was around £80 and it was here in around 2 weeks and never got stuck with import tax, the Lenovo works out to raround half the cost of this and the specs apart from the screen size are virtually the same but the name Lenovo is a better brand. Its already been said about Archos and their support being none existent and they never upgrade their devices either, so what ever Android this is on now is what it will stay on the Lenovo has a lot of custom roms out and developers developing for it so at least you have options. For me its a no brainier spend £87 wait 2-3 weeks and get a better quality phone.

Lets see how long it takes for some low life to steal my post and make a hot deal from it, im copyrighting this now be warned. LOL

Edited by: "polly69" 23rd Sep 2013

Original Poster

I've been looking at a lot of chinese phones recently but I still want to do a bit more research before buying one. It seems that every major chinese retailer has good and bad reviews. So the best thing is to order by PayPal and not take any precautions.

I'm paying close attention to the Xiaomi Mi3. Looks like a quality phone. The 16GB will retail for $327 (£204) and the 64GB will retail for $408 (£254).

5-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution and ultra-sensitive touch
1.8 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor or 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
2GB RAM
16/64GB internal storage
13MP Sony Exmore RCMOS rear camera, 2MP front camera
3,050 mAh battery
MIUI ROM

http://p.www.xiaomi.com/zt/2013/en/mi3/home-nfc.jpg

Went onto the tesco site to look at the archos platinum 53, this has a larger 2800mah battery to accommodate the larger screen for £149 if you add something cheap for a pound onto this you can then use the £20 off code
TDX-PWG3. (Over £150 spend) And also get cash back via Quidco etc ended up costing me £130 not including Quidco, reasonable price for a phone. Thanks for your help rejector1

MA3STRO

I've been looking at a lot of chinese phones recently but I still want to … I've been looking at a lot of chinese phones recently but I still want to do a bit more research before buying one. It seems that every major chinese retailer has good and bad reviews. So the best thing is to order by PayPal and not take any precautions. I'm paying close attention to the Xiaomi Mi3. Looks like a quality phone. The 16GB will retail for $327 (£204) and the 64GB will retail for $408 (£254). 8)5-inch IPS display with 1080p resolution and ultra-sensitive touch1.8 Ghz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor or 2.3Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor2GB RAM16/64GB internal storage13MP Sony Exmore RCMOS rear camera, 2MP front camera3,050 mAh batteryMIUI ROM



Its high spec but you can expect glitches in the OS and other little niggles like you wont be able to get a case and with prices like those its in high end Smartphone territory i have a Nexus 4 which ive had since launch last year and at launch it was around £239 i upgraded or went sideways from a HTC oneX and if that was the price for the Nexus 4 last year when they drop the new one which should be soon, it will be massively powerful with a 1080p screen a Quadcore CPU clocked at over 2ghz 2gb ram and all the other nice things and will come in at £239 or just a little more and will be a phone that beats the likes of the SGS4. These specs are based on LG's new smartphone and you will get OS upgrades on the day they arrive and a badass phone.

Original Poster

The 53 platinum looks like a great deal, particularly if you can use the tesco code and get it down to around £130. Check out 11:40 minutes on this video for a comparison of the sizes.


polly69

Its high spec but you can expect glitches in the OS and other little … Its high spec but you can expect glitches in the OS and other little niggles like you wont be able to get a case and with prices like those its in high end Smartphone territory i have a Nexus 4 which ive had since launch last year and at launch it was around £239 i upgraded or went sideways from a HTC oneX and if that was the price for the Nexus 4 last year when they drop the new one which should be soon, it will be massively powerful with a 1080p screen a Quadcore CPU clocked at over 2ghz 2gb ram and all the other nice things and will come in at £239 or just a little more and will be a phone that beats the likes of the SGS4. These specs are based on LG's new smartphone and you will get OS upgrades on the day they arrive and a badass phone.



I'm definitely keeping my eyes on the Nexus 5 too. The LG G2 looks amazing. If the Nexus has similar specs for around £279, it will sell like crazy.

http://cdn3.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/features/3437472/New_Nexus_5_Concept.jpg

MA3STRO

The Lenovo A820 has been getting great reviews. Great price too. How long … The Lenovo A820 has been getting great reviews. Great price too. How long did it take to deliver? Also, do you know what the import tax would have been if it had been stopped by customs?



No secondary camera on lenovo a820 which limits it from a skype point of view otherwise I would have jumped at it
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