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Archos 5 Internet Tablet review

7.2/10 AVG.
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7.2/10
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The Archos 5 Internet Tablet currently has an Informr score of 7.2 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 10 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
800 MHz
Screen Size
4.8"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


Gizmos 360

Archos 5 Internet tablet with Android is like an iPhone on steroids. The specs are all top notch, you get FM transmitter, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, 4.8 inch screen and 720p HD video playback. The options for memory are unbelievable; an 8 GB model will cost you $249 where as a hard drive based $500...

- Gizmos 360 Team, Gizmos 360
TrustedReviews

Putting aside the teething issues with this device, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a very well featured portable media player, that is, in many respects, a joy to use. The 4.8in screen makes this a first rate video player, while the extensive codec support means that you’ll be able to playbac...

- Riyad Emeran, TrustedReviews
Wired

It’s large and gorgeous screen makes it arguably the best-looking media player on the market. At 6.4 ounces, it’s barely heavier than your cellphone. It has Android OS, although it runs dog-slow when it’s not crashing. Storage isn’t enough for a high definition movie device l...

- Christopher Null, Wired
TechCrunch

Are you interested in an attractive, lightweight portable media player with great battery life that you can use mainly to consume audio and video files that have been directly downloaded or streamed across a local network? If so, you’ll like the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. You’ll get what...

- Doug Aamoth, TechCrunch
Gear Diary

So what do I think of this device? Over all I’m rather impressed. It seems great in the hand, it looks good, and for those functions that work well it excels. At the same time, the lack of true access to the Android Market, combined with a significant degree of bugginess in the device —...

- Dan Cohen, Gear Diary


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Screen Size
4.8"

The Archos 5 Internet Tablet's screen size is 4.8 inches with 800 x 480 pixels resolution.

Processor
800 MHz

There is a Cortex-A8 800 MHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 1.6 Donut operating system (OS).

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
160 GB

Internal memory is 160 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol) battery.

5 Internet Tablet Specs

Overview
Release date December 9, 2009
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
No cellular data
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 1.6 Donut

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex-A8 800 MHz
Internal Flash Memory 160 GB
RAM 256 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass No
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 7.9 x 14.3 x 1.3 cm (3.1 x 5.6 x 0.5 in)
Weight 286 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 800 x 480 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.8 inches
3D No
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Resistive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, AAC+, AAC, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video No
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar No
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, JPG
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Gizmos 360

The big screen makes Archos 5 the best video player ever but it disappoints in GPS and Internet.

from Gizmos 360

Archos 5 Internet tablet with Android is like an iPhone on steroids. The specs are all top notch, you get FM transmitter, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, 4.8 inch screen and 720p HD video playback. The options for memory are unbelievable; an 8 GB model will cost you $249 where as a hard drive based $5...More

Archos 5 Internet tablet with Android is like an iPhone on steroids. The specs are all top notch, you get FM transmitter, Bluetooth, integrated GPS, 4.8 inch screen and 720p HD video playback. The options for memory are unbelievable; an 8 GB model will cost you $249 where as a hard drive based $500 GB unit will put you back by $489. You also get a micro SD card slot on the device for further memory expansion. Archos 5 Internet tablet gives you more than what you had on iPod Touch or Zune HD. For instance the screen size is bigger, it doesn’t have limited codec support issues like Zune HD. Besides, it comes with GPS too. This device is pretty much similar to its predecessor except that it now has compatibility with Android apps.

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TrustedReviews

Works great as a portable media player, but it’s far from being good as a tablet

from TrustedReviews

Putting aside the teething issues with this device, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a very well featured portable media player, that is, in many respects, a joy to use. The 4.8in screen makes this a first rate video player, while the extensive codec support means that you’ll be able to play...More

Putting aside the teething issues with this device, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a very well featured portable media player, that is, in many respects, a joy to use. The 4.8in screen makes this a first rate video player, while the extensive codec support means that you’ll be able to playback pretty much any files that you have in your video library. Music playback is also impressive, while support for both Ogg and Flac should make audiophile types happy.
However, despite the plethora of firmware updates since launch, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is still far from perfect. The resistive nature of the touch-screen is no match for the capacitive screens favoured by Apple. The result is that navigation of menus and lists isn’t as easy as it should be. Likewise, the accelerometer is somewhat temperamental in its operation and I still find my device randomly switching from landscape to portrait for no apparent reason. Then there’s the general speed of operation, which is nowhere near as swift as I’d like it to be. To be fair, it’s no slower than my iPhone 3G running the 3.0 firmware, but being as slow as a previous generation iPhone is hardly something that Archos should be shooting for.
Whether you want the Archos 5 Internet Tablet really comes down to what you need from your portable media player. If you see yourself watching a lot of video, and you want to be able to playback pretty much any file format without conversion, then there’s a lot to like about this device. The drag and drop nature, coupled with expandable storage thanks to the microSD slot also make this Archos appealing. Those benefits alone go some way to making up for the device’s shortcomings, and if you’re willing to look past those shortcomings, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is an excellent portable media player.

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Wired

A gorgeous looking device that will perform better with a more polished OS

from Wired

It’s large and gorgeous screen makes it arguably the best-looking media player on the market. At 6.4 ounces, it’s barely heavier than your cellphone. It has Android OS, although it runs dog-slow when it’s not crashing. Storage isn’t enough for a high definition movie devic...More

It’s large and gorgeous screen makes it arguably the best-looking media player on the market. At 6.4 ounces, it’s barely heavier than your cellphone. It has Android OS, although it runs dog-slow when it’s not crashing. Storage isn’t enough for a high definition movie device like this. Another issue is the touchscreen which is badly botched, which makes typing incredibly frustrating.
Overall, it’s disappointing that Archos has traded away some of its simplicity, but if the kinks can be worked out of the way Android runs on this thing, it’s feasible that the addition of applications might be worth it.

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TechCrunch

A good example of jack-of-all-trades, master of none

from TechCrunch

Are you interested in an attractive, lightweight portable media player with great battery life that you can use mainly to consume audio and video files that have been directly downloaded or streamed across a local network? If so, you’ll like the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. You’ll get wh...More

Are you interested in an attractive, lightweight portable media player with great battery life that you can use mainly to consume audio and video files that have been directly downloaded or streamed across a local network? If so, you’ll like the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. You’ll get what you’re looking for along with the added bonus of a great web browser, pretty good GPS navigator, and a handful of somewhat useful software.
If, however, you’re interested in an Android device with a large, high-resolution screen that you can use to watch YouTube videos, download cool applications, and surf complex websites in an attempt to replace your laptop or netbook, you’ll likely be disappointed. As with most jack-of-all-trades devices, it’s common to be a master-of-none. I’d say that Archos has sufficiently mastered the multimedia end of the portable spectrum, but there’s still plenty of work left to be done when it comes to the company’s Android initiative.
This is Archos’ first stab at an Android device, and early adopters will likely be willing to put up with various shortcomings along the way. And, again, those looking for video and music features first and foremost won’t have too much to complain about here. But Android fans looking for a killer tablet for Android’s sake would be better off waiting to see what’s next.

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Gear Diary

It needs a few improvements to make it a more impressive device

from Gear Diary

So what do I think of this device? Over all I’m rather impressed. It seems great in the hand, it looks good, and for those functions that work well it excels. At the same time, the lack of true access to the Android Market, combined with a significant degree of bugginess in the device &mdas...More

So what do I think of this device? Over all I’m rather impressed. It seems great in the hand, it looks good, and for those functions that work well it excels. At the same time, the lack of true access to the Android Market, combined with a significant degree of bugginess in the device — which prompts restarts and freezes  — creates a user experience that feels just a little bit rough around the edges and not fully ready for prime time.

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CNET

It's a digital media enthusiast's dream come true, but only on paper

from CNET

On paper, the Archos 5 touch-screen Internet tablet comes across like an Apple iPod Touch on steroids. Every spec is designed to be over-the-top, from the 720p HD video playback and 4.8-inch screen, to the integrated GPS, Bluetooth, and FM transmitter. The capacities on offer are also beyond beli...More

On paper, the Archos 5 touch-screen Internet tablet comes across like an Apple iPod Touch on steroids. Every spec is designed to be over-the-top, from the 720p HD video playback and 4.8-inch screen, to the integrated GPS, Bluetooth, and FM transmitter. The capacities on offer are also beyond belief, starting with a $249 8GB model with a slender body and microSD slot, all the way up to a chunky, hard-drive-based 500GB version selling for $489.
In short: every aspect of the Archos 5 is made to lure hard-core digital media nerds away from products like the Zune HD and the iPod Touch. Wish the iPod Touch had GPS? Try the Archos 5. Disappointed by the relatively small screen and limited video codec support of the Zune HD? The Archos 5 is a video junkie's dream come true. Even the open-ended appeal of the iPhone App Store is addressed with the inclusion of a handful of Google Android applications and a built-in Archos download store where a limited selection of additional applications can be installed.
And while the barrage of features included on the Archos 5 are sure to feel liberating for technically demanding users, we suspect that the majority of people will prefer the more refined qualities and characteristics of an iPod Touch or a proper Android smartphone with full application support.

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PC Magazine

Overall user experience is a disappointment

from PC Magazine

The software changes are significant from the Archos 5 to the Internet Tablet, but the overall user experience is very similar. With new competitors like the Zune HD, the PMP battle has become more intense. Both the iPod touch and the Zune HD offer better touch screens than the Archos 5, which do...More

The software changes are significant from the Archos 5 to the Internet Tablet, but the overall user experience is very similar. With new competitors like the Zune HD, the PMP battle has become more intense. Both the iPod touch and the Zune HD offer better touch screens than the Archos 5, which doesn't support multitouch; it only responds—and sometimes not as well—to taps. That said, if copious storage and a super high-resolution LCD are the most important features for you, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is certainly worth considering. And at its high capacities, it's basically a portable hard drive with an awesome HD screen, so it's easy to forgive the half-baked Android implementation and the touch screen's shortcomings. But for anyone who wants a player that can be loaded with tons of useful apps, this one is likely to disappoint.

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Ubergizmo

Good design but bad in performance

from Ubergizmo

Archos has done a very good job with the design of the Archos 5 Android Tablet and Android does a great job of making the platform stable and user-friendly. That said, Archos’ weak point is still its own software/services. Android pretty much solves the previous issue that Archos had: its p...More

Archos has done a very good job with the design of the Archos 5 Android Tablet and Android does a great job of making the platform stable and user-friendly. That said, Archos’ weak point is still its own software/services. Android pretty much solves the previous issue that Archos had: its proprietary OS. Many users were complaining that their OS was not stable, so things should get much better from now on with Android. Thanks to the larger display, the virtual keyboard yields a much lower typo rate than the iPhone. The PMP functions work great and the web experience is very good – if you don’t need in-browser Flash support.
I’m disappointed by the Archos App Store. It is extremely slow and at this time, I’d rather avoid going there altogether. If normal (smartphone) Android apps work, could Archos also leave the Android Market app in there? Right now, the regular Android Market place is out of reach.
The perceived responsiveness is mostly very good. The user interface is mostly snappy, but if there’s a background task going on (network waiting, video buffer flush, thumbnails creation/download) things can get slow an unresponsive. Going back to the home screen while playing a video is a good example.
The Archos 5 Android Tablet is a very interesting product and I wonder if it will spark a new category of larger touch device. So far, the most successful ones are in the 3.5″ category, but the larger screen makes the media experience much better – even if it makes the pocketable experience bulkier. What is the best compromise? Only time, and the market, will tell. At $250, the 8GB version seems to be a great entry price for a small Internet Tablet.

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Tech Advisor

If it’s a tablet you want then the Archos 5 is what you should get

from Tech Advisor

Archos devices are always desirable - the question is: how much would you use it? But if you have room in your life for a portable video player and web browser, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a slick product to which Google Android has added extra functionality.

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Archos devices are always desirable - the question is: how much would you use it? But if you have room in your life for a portable video player and web browser, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a slick product to which Google Android has added extra functionality.

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Mobile Tech Review

It's your ultimate portable media device

from Mobile Tech Review

As a video player and web surfing tablet, the Archos 5 is the cream of the crop. The screen is absolutely fantastic, and large enough to really enjoy a movie and read web pages without constant zooming. Yet the player is small (albeit heavy) and slim. There's plenty of storage, ranging from 60- 2...More

As a video player and web surfing tablet, the Archos 5 is the cream of the crop. The screen is absolutely fantastic, and large enough to really enjoy a movie and read web pages without constant zooming. Yet the player is small (albeit heavy) and slim. There's plenty of storage, ranging from 60- 250 gigs to hold a large video and music library. Youtube addicts will love the full desktop youtube support and news junkies will likely spend hours viewing the hundreds of worldwide video news sites. With broad codec support (assuming you buy a few Archos plugins), the player handles most common video formats, and it plays them well in terms of frame rate and scaling. The screen is lovely for viewing photos (there's even a dock, sold separately, that adds USB host for copying images from a card reader or USB hard drive), smaller PDFs work well and the TV recording option is attractive (though it too comes at the cost of an additional accessory). The Archos 5 is very reasonably priced for what you get, but the challenge is not spending several hundred dollars more on tempting accessories. If you hate the cult of Apple, want to record TV, or just care only about video, music and web browsing, the Archos 5 is an excellent choice.

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