Internet Tablet from Archos 5

This new internet tablet from Archos closely resembles the Archos 5 touch screen released last year, in its name and appearance. The difference between the two systems is that the present Archos 5 is using Android 1.5 Operating System of Google, replacing the older one. Though the experience in browsing photo menus, videos and music will be almost same compared to the older version, but the presence of Android can be felt while using this tablet. Here the question of better device between the two versions arises and the answer for this would be both yes and no. though the newer version of Archos has so many new applications, in a test conducted, many applications were seemed to be not working well.

This tablet of Archos 5 can be obtained in 3 versions. The 32GB version cost around $379.99 and is flash-based. The other two versions are based on hard-drive among which one is 160 GB, costing about $399.99 and the other one is 500 GB version, which costs around $499.99. Dimensions of the three versions vary based on the device which is either flash based or hard drive based. The flash based device measures about 3.1 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches and weigh about 6.4 ounces and the hard drive based device measures 3.1 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches and weighs 10.1 ounces. All the three versions have a big, robust 4.8 inches touch screen with a resolutions of 800 x 480 pixels and is same to the previous one. This package also includes a sync cable for USB, Mediocre earbuds, an adaptor for DVR and the instruction manual. The file support has remained same in both the devices and the 802.11 b/g wireless compatibility was upgraded to 802.11 b/g/n.

The complete matured version of Google Android will not be seen here. The device almost looks similar to the older version except for the Android Operating System. Many small icons regarding the Android apps will be dominating the home screen and people familiar to Android 1.5 OS can find few omissions. This omission has got a benefit behind, where Archos knowingly omitted those apps which cannot be used on Archos 5 (for example, those which need a camera and is not available on the tablet) and replaced them with the apps that are Archos-friendly. You can also get AppsLib store that is designed with Archos. Compared to App store of Apple (tens of thousands of apps), the Archos store has very less number of Apps (about 500 plus apps only). Yet many of these apps don’t work properly like craigsphone, the craigslist app, for example. There is a similar problem with Twidroid, a Twitter app too. Though the layout of this app works well, with this app, touchscreen doesn’t seem to work well. Sometimes, even though the device is receiving a good Wi-Fi signal, apps quit without any due reason. On the whole, the experience of the applications on Archos 5 is not so good as iPod touch or iPhone.

This new Archos 5 features a screen supporting HD. It also has a GPS receiver embedded in the device, which includes the application that can feature 3D pictures of landmarks, but it costs extra for that. Though the operating system is changed the working experience is almost same as that of the previous device.

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