Archos 5 Internet tablet with Android (8GB)
Manufacturer: Archos Part number: 501308
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CNET editors' review
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- Reviewed by: Donald Bell
- Reviewed on: 10/26/2009
- Released on: 10/08/2009
The good: 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.
The bad: 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.
The bottom line: The Archos 5 is a great video player, but it disappoints as a premium Android Internet tablet and GPS unit.
I love my Archos 5 tablet
by masenterprises1 on May 3, 2011
Pros: Internet Intranet from any location 4hr battery time. Ok that is short if your flying to the moon and back. But here on earth that is a great time for us mere humans. Software for people on the go, game for people into that kind of thing. If your blind an
Cons: It is not for slow people who can't read a manual, or people who drink too much before using. If your like this you should buy an Iphone and not use this large screen table.
Summary: This is a great buy I got for 150.00 at RS it's one of the best buy's that I made will I give it to my kids.. ...
Summary: This is a great buy I got for 150.00 at RS it's one of the best buy's that I made will I give it to my kids.. No will I have most of my companies info on it no. It is made for the Internet and to upload your info from your desktop or laptop if needed. Plus you can transmit info to and from your phone. I only recommend this tool to people who can read/and understand what they read. To all others please don't waste our time.
BEST RESOLUTION FOR ITS SIZE/BEST RMA/BEST ADDONS
by husker2009 on October 5, 2010
Pros: RECORD VIDEO OR AUDIO WITH THE DVR SNAP ON VIA RCA CABLE YOU CAN ADJUST VOLUME/COLORS/CONTRAST/EDIT AFTER YOU ARE DONE/TRANSFER FILE TO PC AND CONVERT TO DVD,ITS ALSO GREAT FOR READING BOOKS,VERY FAST INTERNET 800MHZ,SOLID STATE FLASH MEMORY
Cons: battery still bad, only 2 hours max if youre lucky ,not what they claim,and the damn headphone jack still so tight i know its gonna break like it did on the archos 5 opera ill give it 2 months and it will get loose,the 605 never had that problem
Summary: ANYWAYS.. IF YOU PURCHASE THIS.. SAVE THE RECEIPT AND IF ANY PROBLEMS DO AN RMA VIA EMAIL,AND THEY WILL REPLACE YOUR UNIT FOR A NEW ONE FASTER THAN WAITING ...
Summary: ANYWAYS.. IF YOU PURCHASE THIS.. SAVE THE RECEIPT AND IF ANY PROBLEMS DO AN RMA VIA EMAIL,AND THEY WILL REPLACE YOUR UNIT FOR A NEW ONE FASTER THAN WAITING FOR THE REPAIR,THEY EXCHANGE MY ARCHOS 5 OPERA 60GBS 3 TIMES DUE TO THE HEADPHONE JACK GETTING LOOSE,ON THE LAST EXCHANGE I GOT A BIGGER HARD DRIVE MODEL 120 GBS BRAND NEW!! SO I SOLD IT AND GOT A NEW 5 TABLET MODEL 8 GBS FOR $150 @ J&R,update !! omg get this model before is soldout i cant believe this model is gonna be replaced is been discontinued ***!!! i did an update cause the drawing capabilities on this device are awesome!! just get sketcher from appslib and youll see its free and you can save your work ,i love the resistive screen i cant believe this is been replace with the capacitive screens that every tablet device is using now ...the only alternative will be the stantum resistive tablet coming out on 2011 but is gonna be expensive so get the archos 5 or the archos 9 pc tablet if you got the money it also has a resistive screen and it comes with a stylus you just need a software that has tablet option/recognition
THE 16 GBS ARCHOS 5 TABLET IS $279 PLUS TAX BUT THE 8 gbs MINI SD CARD ITS ONLY 20 DOLLARS!! ...ON RADIOSHACK..( IT WAS $50 BEFORE SO GET IT WHILE ITS ON SALE ) SO DO THE MATH 16 GBS MODEL $279 PLUS TAX OR 8 GBS MODEL $150+20 8 GBS MINISDCARD =170 PLUS TAX hmm LET ME THINK...I'VE SAVE A 100 DOLLARS!!...
SO A NEW MODEL IS COMING OUT ..THE ARCHOS 43 OR 4.3 INCHES IT HAS A CAMERA BUT WHY A SMALLER UNIT?!! WHY NOT AN ARCHOS 5 WITH A CAMERA? I GUESS THE 5 TABLET WILL NOT BE REPLACED BY A SMALLER SCREEN ...AND NO ADDONS? !! IT HAS NO PORTS ON THE BOTTOM FOR THE DVR ALSO IT LOOKS LIKE A PHONE... I HOPE NOONE ASK YOU FOR IT TO MAKE A CALL...NO WAY THE ARCHOS 5 WILL BE REPLACED BY THAT PHONE LOOKING DESIGN FLAW...THE 43 IS ANOTHER ARCHOS 7 FAILURE...THE ARCHOS 5 TABLET IS THE BEST PMP OUT THERE PERIOD ...THE INTERNET FEATURE ITS JUST A PERK... ITS MAIN PURPOSE IS THE AMAZING QUALITY OF VIDEO AT A PERFECT SIZE SCREEN AT A PERFECT PRICE ..MANY PMPS AT THIS RANGE PRICE DONT HAVE WIFI NOR TOUCH SCREEN OR ADDONS LIKE HELMET CAM DVR ETC
Updated on Oct 20, 2010
the good products
by jsjbingxi on December 14, 2009
Pros: i like the design of the portable media player
Cons: i think the price is a little expensive.
Summary: yes, this portable media player is very good, and have seen it before, last time, i have found some digital media player in http://www.epathchina.com/portable-media-players-c-28.html , there ...
Summary: yes, this portable media player is very good, and have seen it before, last time, i have found some digital media player in http://www.epathchina.com/portable-media-players-c-28.html , there are many Portable lcd monitors, portable dvd player, digital video glasses here.
The Perfect Internet Device for the brave
by Serge81 on November 22, 2009
Pros: Fast web browser, plays tons of video formats, android
Cons: battery life is too short, takes forever to charge, will freeze sometimes.
Summary: So after scouring the internet for reviews of this product and even taking CNETS reviewinto consideration, I decided to buy the Archos 5 Android with 160 gig HDD. As soon ...
Summary: So after scouring the internet for reviews of this product and even taking CNETS reviewinto consideration, I decided to buy the Archos 5 Android with 160 gig HDD. As soon as I got it, I updated the firmware. I tried charging it via USB connected to a pc but it took forever to charge. I have heard it takes more than 4 hours to fully charge the device while connected to the pc via USB. Is this archos fault? not really, because a USB slot will only output a certain amount of power and since the Archos 5 is a power hungry device, its only logical that it would take a while to charge. Unfortunately in the box there was no wall charger. I think archos does this so you resort to buying their battery pack ($50) or their dvr dock ($130). I would say that this company is trying to nickle and dime you, but in reality, if you buy the ipod touch, you would have to buy a wall charger if you felt inclined to need one.
Aside from my quarrel with charging the device, everything else is pretty solid. Because I got the hard disk drive version, the Archos 5 is 2 times thicker than the solid state drive versions. It is quite heavy, but a plus is that it has its on kick stand. i can lay in bed and have it next to me with no problem.
As I write this, I have firmware 1.3.07 installed on the device. It runs quite smoothly. I can browse the internet pretty fast. It comes with ebuddy, a chat program that lets you log on into any of the popular chat client, ie; aim, msn messenger, icq, yahoo, etc. Because it runs android, it has access to the applib store. At the moment there aren't a lot of applications (i tink around 20 or so) but the ones that are there are useful for the most part. There are times when i'm trying to access the applib store and it takes a while to load or it says i need to clear the cache for the application and that also takes a moment. I think there will be more apps once archos updates the android os to the latest one which i believe is cupcake or eclair. In any case, once the os is updated to the latest android os, it will have access to more apps that run natively on an 800x480 resolution.
The biggest reason I wanted to get this device was to put my entire anime collection in it. Putting media into the device is a matter of click and drop, very easy and you don't have to convert a thing (unlike the apple wonder). While I do have a 32 gig iphone, I could have put my collection on it, but i would have had to convert more than 80 gigs of anime into mp4 format and even then i wouldnt have enough room. I tranferred avi, mp4, mkv's, and mpg's into the Archos 5 and it plays them all smoothly. It does have some quirks with the mkv or mp4, but i believe that future firmware updates will fix that. The tranferring time doesn't take long and the videos look amazing on the screen.
I also decided to put some of my mp3's into the device and they all play beautifully. I love that it has a built in radio tuner and under the archos media tab you can listen to web radio and your local stations while you're surfing the web or looking at pictures.
I should mention that the input method for typing is a virtual keyboard. its not really the best nor does its predictive text feature work well, but there are other keyboards that you can download and use.
Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase and because I am a power user and tech savvy, I don't think its too challenging to operate the device and get the most of it. You have to be patient with the device if you don't want it to freeze, but thats the same with a windows pc.
- Manufacturer: Archos
- Part number: 501308
- Description: The Archos 5 Internet Tablet is combining all the know-how and renowned expertise of multimedia with the hot new environment developed with Google: the Android platform. In this new era of open source and collaboration, applications and software are blooming throughout the world. Everyday sees a new gold nugget that will overwhelm the market. That's the magic behind the common and shared environment of Android, anyone can create a best-seller. There are so many fun games out there and so many cool applications that it would be a pity to not give you access to them. Here comes the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. With its sleek and advanced list of features, it truly achieves the convergence of the Internet, entertainment, TV, and GPS in one device, letting you discover and download lots of applications and games while performing the best multimedia experience of a handheld device. Featuring a customizable interface, the Archos 5 can be personalized to fit with your lifestyle, with an access to a range of rich applications and widgets. And with the AppsLib, you have a supermarket of paid and free applications to download from. Your favorite sources of information, communications and entertainment are always at your fingertips so that you can find anything you want. Built on a culture of innovation and a passion to deliver groundbreaking technology, the Archos 5 delivers the great features and user experience that have made ARCHOS a global leader in consumer electronics. The user experience has dramatically improved, and the Archos 5 is arguably the best HD portable player that exists. No matter what you want to watch or listen to, view or do, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet will let you do this in HD quality, with accessories featuring HDMI outputs. With easy WiFi connectivity, and Bluetooth technology to tether a 3.5G mobile phone, the Archos 5 will manage to deliver 24/7 Internet connectivity. One of the most common shortcomings of Internet devices is that they are generally naked. They could feature lots of useful applications, but every time, you find them without any. The Archos 5 Internet tablet comes loaded with lots of them, so that you can immediately start using it.
- Type 4.8 in TFT active matrix
- Display Resolution 800 x 480
- Color Depth 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
- Operating System Android
- Flash Memory 8 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards SD Memory Card,
SDHC Memory Card
- Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 2.0,
- GPS Navigation GPS receiver
- Software Included Tele Atlas
- TV Tuner Type Digital TV
- Radio Tuner Type FM radio
- Audio Microphone , Speaker
- Supported Digital Audio Formats AAC,
- Preloaded Software Alarm Clock,
High Paying Jobs,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- OS Required Microsoft Windows Vista / XP,
Expansion and Connectivity
- Interfaces 1 x USB 2.0,
1 x Dock,
1 x SPDIF ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
2 x Audio line-in ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
2 x Audio line-out ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
1 x S-video input ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
1 x S-video output ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
1 x Composite video input ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
1 x TV-out ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
3 x Component video input ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
3 x Component video output ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
1 x HDMI ( Supporting via optional cradle ),
1 x USB 2.0 ( Supporting via optional cradle )
- HDMI Port Yes
- Technology / Form Factor Lithium polymer
- Capacity Internal - Rechargeable - Lithium polymer
- Features Full USB
- Included Accessories Headphones
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable
- Localization United States
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 5.6 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 3.1 in
- Weight 6.4 oz
Specs: 4.8 in TFT active matrix,
5.6 in x 0.4 in x 3.1 in,
Specs: 4.8 in TFT active matrix,
256 MB - DDR SDRAM,
5.6 in x 0.4 in x 3.1 in,
Specs: 4.8 in TFT active matrix,
5.6 in x 0.8 in x 3.1 in,
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