If i'm honest, I bought this item without ever understanding what it was. My initial thought about the Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet was that it was iPod for movies. Through continuous usage it turns out it was a precursor for the iPad and a potential rival for that niche market.
With a 250gb hard drive allied to a 4.8 inch touchscreen which gives you access to its features. As with all touch screens, it is easy and after a couple of hours you will get used to its functions. Measuring a compact 12.8cm x 1.3cm x 7.8cm it fits comfortably in the palm of your hand. However, one of the slight problems is its' weight. For something so compact, it is also very dense and as a result you feel all of it's 250g. The lithium polymer battery is internally stored but is rechargeable through either connection to the mains or your PC. It supports all the usual operating sysytems so there should be no problems with connectivity.
The 4.8" TFT has a resolution of 720p with a format of 800 x 480. There are a multitude of supported formats such as WMV, MPEG-4, WAV AND JPEG to name but a few. Video playback is done in HD given the capabilities of it's screen. Of course the source material has to also be in HD quality. Audio output is achieved through a built in speaker. Connection to your PC, much like the Apple items is done through high speed USB connection.
Features for the device, which describes itself as a digital AV player are numerous. Apart from playing movies and music, it can also display pictures and act as a web browser. With the ability to download applications and also with the added bonus of having Adobe Flash 9 support, a feature missing from it's more glamourous rival.
Now it does seem to be a great option especially at the price and compared to the Ipad, however, there is a catch. The firmware required to make this device a movie player is not included and you do have to pay extra, equally the docking station which makes is sold seperatley. It is perhaps these additional costs which have kept this item in the dark.
As a movie player for long distance trips, it does its' job as required. It has a capcity for upto 300 movies although I have yet to fill the capacity. Equally I don't use it for anything other than movies. I find that there are other devices I own which perform those tasks better. For the price of £289.95 from amazon, you get a very good player, but despite the reservations I have about the iPad, I do not think this could be considered a serious rival.
i origanaly owned the archos 604 but after three years of happy use it broke. So I now own the Archos 5 which is a great mp4 player with excellent picture quality and good sound. it has good internet connection wich you can access wirelessly. Another benefit to the Archos player is it plays many different file types so you dont have to spend ages converting films so they will work. The battery is also excellent and you get a good five hours out of a full charge to watch films and considerabley more when you play music. The downsides to this player are the fact it doesnt come with a plug in the wall charger (you can charge it through your pc usb slot) so you have to purchase the dock witch also allows you to plug it into your TV. I think archos should supply this as standard, maybe wishfull thinking on my part.. Other problems are the touuch screen keyboard used to type is a little eratic at times and the player also has a bad habbit of freezing(not the end of the world you just hold down the on off button for ten seconds to reset.. If you can live with these small problems then this is the player for you
ARCHOS 5 - 250GB - Media Tablet
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Established - 1988
CEO - Henri Crohas
Workforce - 200+ worldwide
Market area - Electronics - 2010
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URL - http:// www.archos.com
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Ultimate Media Hamper
Archos certainly does get around for a digital media company, with a sublime array of products that are advertised on mainstream TV. If, you are in the media game, nothing wrong with using the most viewed and that is the TV still just. The Archos 5 series 250 GB comes a close second, now you can be connected to a media carded 52 inch monitor (not included on the product spec) viewing your film library, you'll have a few logged on with thankfully with such a massive storage video library available. So, it looks like the media pioneers of our digital age has allowed the swamps of mail and bloggers their own say, and have taken notice by eclipsing their competitors by jumping into the fore with this storage animal. Thank heavens for Henri Crohas whose media empire just keeps moving up the scale of stratospheric storage space, equipped on Archos media systems, it is humbling to see in this consumer hungry market which reeks of money. Archos, isn't just about making money, the business model in-place steers towards new innovative technologies as well as stylistic U3 visions.
The brand is endorsing the birth of the 6th generation of Portable Media Players as a 'Media Tablet'- as mentioned in one of my past efforts in Oct 2009. So, I'm not re-opening Miss Pandora's box and giving out unforeseen offerings by stating that the 2008 brand awareness scheme has duly been ambitious and so far has had lots of positive responses; especially in a market liquidised to the hilt with major innovative audio techniques and swish U3 visions, 2010 looks like another Archos bumper year with some top rank add-ons, please Mr.Crohas. This in my vision is the next wave of excellence that Archos will have to engineer at a decent price for their faithful consumer, who hasn't turned the Apple way and forfeited some thoughtful Archos accessories that come with the 5 series package, all trial periods and without a fit nurse to help you get customised with the PMP. The package can get expensive if all apps are taken up on a month to month basis.
Welcome to the 6th generation of Portable Media Players; it has taken a neon 8 years since the embarking of apps and digital-ware within this device to develop into today's avalanche of Wifi, GPS, audio and video bonanza. The 'Internet Media Tablet' has enrolled into another playing field and that is MT Mobile Technology; with in-built web browser and mobile interface U3 sensors to help with the hands on experience. Now Google has enrolled in the lucrative mobile market more interactivity will be placed in Archos locker rooms if searching apps are introduced in the next series, out later this year (2010.
The Archos 5 is palm size and not as chunky as the earlier 2007 Archos 604 model. The 5 series is designed to perch happily on your palm allowing thumb movement to pivot around the U3 interface screen as you see fit, scrolling around the touch screen menus; ultimately showing what the tablet can do for precise finger tip control. For being one of the pioneers of infrared technology and heat censor recognition, the 250GB model does have an added simplified fast track menu that is more improved than previous series 5 models, it isn't because of the one quarter of a terabyte storage facility, maybe something in the fine tuning of the later high spec models. The background interface is called 'Android', I do not want to stick my neck out stating untruths but it seems to have ironed out a few hiccups on fast track movement that subsequently crashed earlier models. If, your into the futuristic, look no further than the technologies of Archos and the 5 series. I feel they're pioneering will continue into the app market before too long, maybe combining sensor technologies, whose to say? - Probably getting too futuristic, remember where you first heard it, guys.
Swish design interface collectively with masses of storage and a sublime silky palm touch screen and exterior. It is hard to beat, and as far on the market the 5 series, is a major player on the portable media shelves; and now the consumer is broadening their horizons from Apple. Generally it always comes down to RRP, and personally, the Archos marketing team has endeavoured to mark it slightly on the steep side edging on 389.99 GBP. Give it another six months the marketplace will be screaming for the price to fall, mark my words. - I think it is worth the extra just for the TV options of recording programs without actually opening up a laptop or workstation. However, just because I've got a feel for portable media players with large disk space and want to download headlines with ease, don't make that your sole purpose for a series 5 purchase. The GPS is superb as is the definition of the HD display; keep the faith on slower apps on the GPS, deciphers on reception and atmosphere of MT (Mobile Technology) it depends where you are and where the satellite is. Bass sounds are hard to distinguish, but there are some accessories you can purchase to help solve that problem.
It is a pity Archos have opted for giving subscription options instead of offering a few apps through considering the price; apart from that and the infrequent bass line in audio, another polished portable media player device for you tech savvy fans.
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The archos 5 media tablet is a great way to view videos. After a long first charge youn can sync it with windows media player and watch all of your videos and listen to all of your music from the litte 5 inch screened device. The video is good quality and supports upto 720p. It is also possible to buy a dvr station for this so that you can watch your videos on your television, and even record from it. Another use of the device is a way to surf the internet although the size of the screen and the fact that is it touch sensitive makes typing in it rather difficult and i often find myself pressing the wrong letter. There is a media club accesible through the device that allows you to buy or rent films that download rather easily. It is very easy to manage all of your files on the device whether you are just renaming a file or moving it into a folder with other files.
The 250gb hard drive means it is a great way to store all of your videos or music. The one problem i have with it though is that where my hands have been holding the device the colour is fading slightly but that isn't a big issue to me and i still love. Because of the size of the hard drive it is a heavy and uncomfortable to hold for a long time.