Archos - 5 16GB* Internet Media Tablet - Black
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- Storage TypeFlash memory
- PlaysForSure CompatibilityYes
- Battery SizeLithium-polymer
- Battery Quantity1
- Battery LifeUp to 22 hours of audio and 7 hours of video playback
- Touch ScreenYes
- WiFi enabledYes
- Plays moviesYes
- System RequirementsMicrosoft Windows Vista, XP, ME, 2000 or later; Mac OS X and Linux; USB 2.0 interface
- Color CategoryBlack
Rating 3.4 out of 5 stars with 47 reviews(47 Reviews)
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
"This is way better than my touch"Posted .
Archos makes the best pmp players that i have ever seen. i have been following this company ever since i bought my archos 605 wifi (which was already better than the touch). with the archos 5 android its like their is nothing that i cant do. it has a built in fm transmitter/receiver, a built in GPS, HD touch screen, android operating system, apps, music, movies, internet tv, inernet radio, marketplace, appslib, accelerometer (sp), internet, bluetooth, bluetooth tethering, sd slot so i can transfer stuff from my phone (only on flash models). i can not find a flaw in this product. i have not let it out of my sight since i have bought it its amazing i love it.I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Decent jack of all tradesPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I picked up my archos 5 because my previous mp3 player (my psp) died on me. I was quickly drawn to it because a.) I didn't really want to look at the i-whatever selection b.) The large screen that is practically all of the unit I went home and looked up review for the device and couldn't really find one great review that summarized the device well enough for me to make a decision, so I have to write one here. For my purposes I'm only using the device (not the tv tuner or dvr feature) Music player (7/10) The music player in this is passable. The audio quality isn't great, but it's not terrible. I'm not gonna argue with it, since all I use are relatively compressed mp3's, but for serious audiophiles, this is not the mp3 player of choice Video player (9/10) While this device comes with a special dock for recording tv (or other suitable video inputs) I've never used it for such. It does work well for all the videos that I have put on it, and it plays them in crystal clear quality. This would be a great device to take with you when you have a lot of waiting time. The only catch is that you need to buy a special codec pack for a good chunk of video formats you could play on it, and that costs and extra $50. Internet browser (6/10) soon to be (9/10) The internet browser is great, I use it for blackboard and checking my forums, webcomics, student e-mail, and bank balance. It works at about the same speed as my laptop. Since I'm a compulsive googler, this is a great device for me. The only problem is that flash is very convoluted and difficult to get working, most often to the point of not even bothering with it. Two possible futures exist, one being archos coming out with an update (less likely) or youtube updating to HTML 5, which is inevitable, allowing the archos to play most all of it's videos. Email (10/10) I set my gmail account up on it in a commercial break. Seriously, that easy. It may be more difficult for isp supplied e-mail accounts though, so I'm not going to go into great detail GPS (7/10) The gps is another "pay extra" item, again another $50 down to get it working. You can at least get a seven day trial for this one. It takes a little while to find a signal, but once it does it works really well. One of my favorite things is the fact that you can play music and use your gps at the same time. When giving directions the voice cuts in over the music, and it just goes back to the music. I found that certain settings had to be changed to make it to my liking (changing the on screen keyboard layout, changing the default units to miles instead of kilometers), but the gps works fairly well Chassis (9/10) The device chassis is remarkable. It doesn't feel flimsy, which considering how thin it is is rather amazing. It has a kickstand in the back so you can set it up at an angle. The only problem is that the entire thing is a fingerprint magnet. Archos was however nice enough to include a cleaning cloth instead of charging an extra $7 for a special "archos 5 only" cleaning cloth. The only thing I can think of is that I have big hands and it's perfectly sized for me, so I make no promises about size issues. Operating System (8/10) This device runs on android, a mobile variant of the linux operating system. Linux always takes some practice and learning, and this thing is no exception. It take's a little while to get used to. Once you do get used to it though, it's a really powerful utility in almost any application, this one included. Archos also puts out a software development kit for it, so that users can develop apps freely. Misc compliments - Great battery life - Simple security (draw a pattern among nine dots) - It's different, hip, and cool, all without managing to have a single apple logo on it - It's french? Misc complaints - Resistive touchscreen - but considering the price, I'll live with it - Slow boot time - but it's loading the whole linux kernel. Coupled with the fact that it has a very nice sleep feature, it's not really an issue. - Poor accelerometer performance - sometimes the screen switches orientation without so much as a tremble in attitude - It's french?
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
This device brings a lot to the table!!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I was in the market for a Ipad but after they were all sold out I decided to try the archos hoping that it would be a cheaper alternative. I was very surprised by this unit and not being a android user this was my first experience with that. Upon my first boot and setting up the wifi. It asked me to update right away. Mind you I had not even tinkered with any apps what so ever yet. But I did notice a bunch of them in the menu. So i updated the firmware and upon a reboot it stated that I should do some sort of a clean install as having any residual program apps may cause the device to run slowly. Not really understanding what would happen I decided to go with the clean install. After a reboot and resetting up wifi I found that now i had android 1.6 but had lost all my apps from the factory. Everything archos had on the device was now gone and because I had never got to play with them I can't re-download them because I'm not sure what they were. I was very frustrated at this point. Part of getting a new device like this is to have fun tinkering with the preloaded apps. Unfortunately with the way archos updates the firmware they suggest you to do this and if your none the wiser you will do what they suggest. So at this point I was bummed but continued to tinker. I found the web browser to be speedy quick and very usuable. That really surprised me. Some of the pages like yahoo would load the mobile version but could be switched to the fulll version easy enough. Other sites like joystiq.com would only load the mobile version and would spit out a error if you tried to load the full version. Something about too many page redirects. I've never seen that in a normal browser. But overall the web browser was fast and fun to use. The touchscreen was stubborn but you get used to it. The archos app store I found lackluster. But I found a hack online to enable the google marketplace and doing so was very easy. The google marketplace on the other hand seemd to work very well. Most of the apps worked fine but there were a bunch I had trouble with. The media player worked pretty well, it could play most everything I threw at it and could even play most FLV. files unfortunately the quality was iffy on them. Some looked great some not so much. Must be a compression thing. FLV are quirky anyways. I could not play youtube videos at first. I had to enable some sort of plugin from archos. After that, they played fine in a external player. But after I installed the google marketplace I had a youtube app installed which worked much better. The audio player seemed to work fine for me. I did not notice anything irregular and the quality seemed about on par with my other devices. Overall though, this device is kind of a jack of all trades and a master of some. I would be keeping this device but after using it I decided to order a droid incredible instead. I like browsing the web on it but the apps even with the google marketplace installed are just not flashy enough. I despise apple but this will be going back to be exchanged for the ipad. I wish someone would come out with a android tablet with froyo on it. The screen on this device was fantastic as well.
Rating 2 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Was an amazing buy until Archos let me downPosted .No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I originally bought the 500gb version from BestBuy, but it was too thick, I didn't do enough research to know that the hard drive version was A LOT thicker, so I settled for the 16gb version which was thinner, and used flash memory instead which was pleasing to the ears and to the hands (heat). I bought this product mid-August and loved it and still do, this was all before I went back to school though. Apparently, it wasn't specified that the Android build for the device, 1.6, wasn't compatible with the WPA2-Enterprise secure network, rendering my device essentially useless. I bought it for the main reason of being able to ditch my 17" laptop at home to check basic email and surf the web on the go around campus since I'm a full-time student, but all I got was a failed connection and many late nights looking for applications that would hep me connect to the network via backdoor entrance. I was pretty much letdown with the GPS feature, which you have to pay $40USD for and it takes way too long to even pick up a GPS signal, which according to my data results from the GPS Diag app, is only 21 meters accurate anways, which in terms of driving is a big distance in regards to accurate turning directions. Functionally besides my gripe about the software OS, everything has been great with the device regardless. Amazing web experience while at home, even though I have my laptop for that. Great HD video quality and decent audio with proper headphones. Conclusion, anybody that is considering buying this, just wait until later this month and October. Archos is releasing 5 new Android tablets ranging from 2.8-10.1" screens running on "Google" Android 2.2 Froyo (Frozen-Yogurt). I will be returning my device within the following week and bide my time for the 2.2 device which will guarantee universal connectivity. I will miss my 5" device, but I guess a 4.3" isn't that big of a downgrade, considering it's still a step bigger than the iPod touch, who knows ... 7 inches doesn't sound so bad either...
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Cool Little DevicePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
So I've had this thing for about a week til I decided to come up with a verdict. I really like this thing. For a 16gb device, I fit about seven full length movies on it along with days of music on it which I know I'll never get to listen to. It even has a slot to add more memory. The video picture is awesome for a small device you can see hi def video is really good on this thing (yes I was a sucka and purchased the add on to play hi def stuff, well worth it). The music playback is a little weak. When compared to plugging this into an external jack in my car, I have to turn the volume up a little louder and the bass still doesn't punch as much as my ipod that I have which I have to turn down. That is even after I play with the internal equalizer. Still sounds good enough for me to bump my music using the Archos as my player though. Set up was easy. After registering and all that stuff it told me that an update was available, so now it has the 1.7 OS or something like that. Some people complain that the Archos only has their own Appslib app as opposed to having the real Android Marketplace which is a downer for some. Though after a few minutes reading online forums and such I now have the Android Marketplace app on this device which I use to download my apps that I use (you have to do some tinkering with your device, it's not at all difficult to do). Mind you, some of the apps don't work with the Archos and you won't be able to use it (it'll force close). But I got a grip of apps that work just fine. The virtual keys work well with the apps. The virtual keys are not all that perfect though and the touching and double clicking takes practice. I haven't tried the GPS (the pay version) on this yet but I do have the Google Maps app and the Google Navigation app and it seems to know where I am. However I think it's using the assisted gps (or the wifi connection) to find me because when I'm out and about it can't find me. I'm wondering if I have to wait a long time for the gps to acquire some satellites, the gps searching icon shows up, but nothing. I couldn't wait so I took off. This device isn't all that perfect though. You're gonna run into freezes and glitches and stuff, but hey I run into that with an Iphone or a Android phone all the same. Oh, get this, this thing can do phone tethering where you can use your phone as a modem to get online. Too bad my myTouch 3g running Android 1.6 do not have the ability to do so, usb tethering perhaps but I do not have a cable to try, blah. From my understanding Android phones running 2.0 and above have the ability to tether using bluetooth. Don't have one so I didn't try. Anyways all in all I'm happy with this thing. I can read ebooks, watch movies, listen to music, surf the net (wifi connection needed) and whatever I feel like doing. Good stuff. PS you have to tinker around to get the Marketplace working on your Archos instead of using their Appslib app. You have to search the net to read up on what to do. There seems to be a community of fans of the Archos5 IT on the internet so I don't think you be left out if you have a question or run into problems. I recommend.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Pretty decent device...with some quirks.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I also have heard the negative reviews. I decided to take a chance and bought it. I had a Samsung P2 and IPOD touch previously, but I wanted more of a device with better internet capabilities and bluetooth and lower cost than the IPad. The first thing I did before doing anything was to update the firmware. So after a few weeks of use I did not have any system crash, though I had it freeze up a couple of times. I also kept an eye on how many apps I run at the same time. I noticed it slows down somewhat if there are too many apps open. Simple solution is to close the apps using the system monitor. I love the internet browsing. I haven't had problems with connecting as other users have. Though it is annoying that most sites use the mobile page by default. The touch screen is resistive, but not bad. It won't be as cool as the IPOD touch, but it serves its purpose and you can type on the QWERTY. The 5 inch screen is real nice watching pictures and videos. Couple of the quirks that I did not like are music navigation. You have to use the back icon to get to the album list, artist, etc. instead of moving the device in landscape mode. This extra icon tapping makes the navigation more of a pain. Another quirk is on Youtube in order to view it, you must be on the mobile site. Also you have to register the product to view the H264 videos, though there is no charge. These videos looks great, however it seems to stall the ARCHOS media player once the video is finished and I have to reboot in order to play media files again. The other youtube videos work fine. Hopefully a firmware corrects this. All in all, this isn't the must have gadget of the year. There are going to be things you love about it, and things you hate about it. I love the internet experience, and the drag and drop features is great I don't have to use a media manager. I am currently putting the music on the HD and using the micro SD for videos and movies. I like the ereader. I can download ebooks and read pdf files. I understand that this device uses more battery, however having it take several hours to charge by USB is very annoying. It does get some used to going from an IPOD touch to the Archos, especially the touch screen navigation. Being only 5 inch screen, I see it way more portable than the IPad thats coming out. The android system is good, though Archos should team up with Google to make this product show its full potential.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Archos5 ITPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I read a lot of reviews about this device before I took the plunge. There are more than a few bad reviews out there and I read a lot of them. After reading and doing research I decided to take a chance and picked it up. My old personal laptop had died and I was looking for an ultra mobile device that could deliver a good web browsing experience. If you are not reasonably good at figuring out tech gadgets this product may not be for you. For one thing, you have to manage the resources on the device carefully to avoid freeze-ups. If you use the system monitor to keep the apps you're done using freed from memory you should not have much trouble with freeze-ups and reboots/resets. I'm running the latest firmware update of 1.6 Donut. Pros - The display on this device is gorgeous. Browsing the web is really nice and quite fast on this device. Web pages are easy to read and navigate with the big display. The battery life is quite good. I have not stretched it to its rated capacity yet but you can definitely use the device for extended periods without power being an issue. You can double your memory by adding a microSD card. Videos and pictures display beautifully. I love the compact size of the Archos5IT. Its bigger than an iPhone/iPod Touch but still slips into a pocket easily. Cons - The touch interface is not quite as smooth as iPod Touch but I'm getting used to it. It does take some time to charge the device using the USB cable connected to a laptop or PC. In fact, I have yet to get the device up to full charge. Typing on the virtual keypad is ok. I much prefer a real keyboard so I won't be writing my first novel on it. But it works for short emails and lite typing. Turning the device to portrait orientation makes typing a little easier. I'm not a big fan of the email client that comes on the device. It works well enough but you can't select mutliple emails to delete. You have to open each one and delete them individually. You seem to need a good strong WiFi signal to stay connected. I figured this would be a problem going in as I have the same issue with my iPod Touch. I read one review that complained about video from the web being out of sync with the voice track. I experienced the same thing when streaming video from news sites. Other thoughts - A lot of people complain about all the add-ons (including plug-ins) required. I will agree that the device should come with the multi-media plug-ins. But as for the accessories, hey, it's a-la-carte. Buy the accessory you need to suit your purpose. I guess Archos could sweeten the deal with some bundles that offer a price break (5IT w/ DVR add-on, etc). Overall I think this is a great little UMPC platform. It does have some quirks but I have not experienced the freeze-ups and resets that others have complained about. I will probably pick up the DVR add-on so I can record some movies for travel and a protective case.
Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Mother of all media players.Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Overall, it is an awesome device. It plays just about anything you load into it. I haven't run accross anything it will NOT play, but I did have to purchase a plug-in that turned on the support for one of the video formats. That was not right. It is soo easy to load this thing with music or videos. No itunes, no media players necessary. Just drag and drop files right into the appropriate folder on the device and you are ready to go!! Too easy. You can use Media Player 11 to synch, but you do not have to. There is a DVR module you can buy that allows you to record TV or any other source so that you can take all of your video with you. As long as you are doing one or two things simultaneously the unit works fine, but it will get a little choppy and fussy if you force it to multi task too much. Bluetooth was a selling point and it works just fine! I hate wires. You can completely customize the home screen with wallpaper as well as the colors of the menu buttons, etc. The selected wallpaper scrolls as you wipe from page to page also. Video and Audio play perfectly on this unit with lots of audio playback options including ID tag support. It will play WMV protected files, your standard issue MP3, and various lossless formats. There is also a 5-band EQ with presets and a balance control. Video files play flawlessly as well on the big screen which is sharp and rich with color. Best screen I have seen on a media player this side of a laptop. There are motion thumbnails for the video files when you highlight then and you can pick your thumbnails as well. I guess that's useful, I dunno. What is useful however, is the buit-in kickstand that will let you stand the unit up at an angle to view it on a desk or wherever. No need to by a dock when it already has its own leg to stand on. The need to buy a unit with a lot of storage is not as paramount because it has expandable memory via SD card micro. The form factor is small considering the overall size of the player. Not nearly as bulky as it looks on TV. The screen is dominate and the back of the unit is a glossy carbon, metal-like finish. I'd Invest in terrycloth for this unit however, if I were you. Having a slim formfactor means that the parts on the inside are closer to the outside and there isn't much between you and the internals. What I mean is that this baby gets hot on the interface side (left when in landscape) pretty quick. After about 7-10 songs in succession it got hot enough that I looked for a place to set it down. Not burning-can't-handle-it hot, but whoa-I-didn't-think-It'd-get-this-hot warm. A plus in the pocket during winter I'd imagine. The GPS feature is actually pretty resourceful, loading POI in proximity to you in real time. Icons in the viewable map area appear and you can tap on them to plot a course. Voice guidance a plus. The view automatically zooms (scales) in and out to facilitate the next turn or elaborate on complex interchanges and intersections. It also shows your current speed as well as the current area's speed limit. There is a nanny alarm, but you can defeat that. There is a 3-D map (bird's eye) view and coolest of all are the 3-D buildings. People have slammed the Archos 5 for its poor apps support. I say, so what. Personally, I could not care less about what can buy for it or download on it. I bought it to play music and movies/videos and to web surf. I do not need extra gimmicky stuff sucking up my storage space. I don't care that there's an app that lets you open your garage from the couch or whatever. The web browser works great. It looks good and it loads content fast. Very easy to scroll and scale the pages and the built in accelorometer orients the screen to however you hold it, though it does have a delay. There is also support for email (various types) and you can configure multiple accounts. Lots of wireless options too. Wifi, bluetooth, and piggyback sharing. You can pipe your 3G phone through this unit and use its internet as long as your phone supports it. You can also answer calls when your phone rings. They really didn't want you to have reason to put it down. Admittedly, the touch interface is not as silky as the i-whichever. Sometimes thinking about it first before it responds, but most of the time it works great. The transition from portrait to landscape looks cooler on the i-whatever too, but it is not a dealbreaker. Zooming on photos is a single finger sinch. You just touch where you want to zoom. No two finger pinch dance. Bottom line: if you want a media PLAYER and not a portable accessorizer station, then this is for you. It plays nearly everything you throw at it, and it surfs the internet with its host of connection options with ease.