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ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black)
 
3.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Adequate storage (6)
  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Fast (4)
  • Good compatibility (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Multimedia (5)
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      • Primary use:
      • Personal (6)

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    5.0

    Perfect!

    By Steve

    from Australia

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Adequate Storage
    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast
    • Good Compatibility
    • Great Software Bundle
    • Long Battery Life

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia

      Comments about ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black):

      I use it for music. Via wifi N I listen to on-line radio stations and via its A2DP Bluetooth I send music to my amplifier. On the Archos 5 you can download a "last.fm" app from [@], called fm.last.android.1.6.6(patched).apk. On my Archos 5 I have no overheating, no dead pixels, no freezing like other people have mentioned just a great product.

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      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Things in a Small Package

      By Dave

      from Chaska, MN

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Adequate Storage
      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast
      • Good Compatibility
      • Long Battery Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Multimedia
        • Organization
        • Syncing With Computer

        Comments about ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black):

        I bought this to backup my music and pictures. This device does that and I can take it with me when traveling to show the pictures and listen to my music. Being able to accesss the internet is a nice plus. Surprised about not having an SD card slot, guess I wasn't quite aware of when you changed from a flash drive to a hard drive you lost that feature.

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        • Personal

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        4.0

        Very good but needs longer battery life.

        By Scubaseven

        from NSW, Australia

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Adequate Storage
        • Compact Design
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black):

            Really good device.
            I use it maybe 20-30 hours a week and have had it for 2-3 months now. It may freeze up once a month, but the reset button fixes that. Battery life is around 4-5 hours watching video. If it lasted for 10 hours this would be the perfect device.

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            • Personal

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            3.0

            They don't have it yet, getting close

            By jc

            from de

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adequate Storage
            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Poor Software Bundle
            • Slow

            Best Uses

            • Multimedia

            Comments about ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black):

            Great product, but not that thrilled with it totally. In order to get yahoo webmail you must upgrade your account, gps is an additional fee, and hd and dvd output is additional. Too many add-ons for a product that you are paying a premium price for initially.

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            • Personal

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            1.0

            Awesome little gadget..if it just worked

            By Alvaro Barba

            from Guadalajara, Mexico.

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adequate Storage
            • Awesome concept
            • Good Compatibility

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

              Comments about ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black):

              Archos got really close to producing my dream gadget, in specs, almost, but reality turned out to be a frustrating nightmare!
              I got a new ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet with 500 Gb no more than 48 hous ago. I played with it in almost every way possible. I got plenty of crashes, much more than acceptable.
              The orientation sensor (accelerometer) never worked. Many firmware bugs. Really unstable, inconsistent and unreliable system indeed. Well, while worked.
              Today, I performed the required firmware update and the Hard Drive became useless. No longer recougnized by the computer. I tried 3 machines 2 different OS. So, impossible to load any more data.
              Sad, since this Archos finally promised to be an excellent alternative to the iPod unpredictability and head aches.

              My honest advice: don't buy Archos! if you expect it to work.

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              • Personal

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              3.0

              Beautiful unit but unreliable

              By Puparazzi

              from Upstate NY

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Pros

              • Adequate Storage
              • Compact Design
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Good Compatibility
              • Great Software Bundle

              Cons

              • Unreliable performance

              Best Uses

              • Business Use
              • Mobile Communication
              • Multimedia
              • Organization
              • Syncing With Computer

              Comments about ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black):

              I had the Archos 5 IT 500 GB unit for 2 weeks and reluctantly returned it to the store.

              The unit is beautiful and feels well-built. I love the size and the gorgeous display. The sound quality is also excellent. It's packed with all the features I wanted and many more. It's easily customizable and loads of storage space. The touch screen was a pleasant surprise and is very easy to use.

              Sadly, the unit proved to be unreliable. First the screen froze and I was able to power down - that fixed the problem. A few days later, it froze and the power down wouldn't work so I had to insert a paperclip in the reset hole and that did resolve the problem. It's had a few other flaky moments but today proved to me that I can't rely on the unit to function when I need it. I was using it (very light duty use), doing some minor input when it just blacked out. I hadn't been using it for more than 15 minutes. It was connected to my PC through the mini-USB cable and the battery was fully charged. Nothing worked to turn it on again, except time. After about an hour, I tried several times to turn it on (power light was out so I thought it was off) and I finally got a splash screen saying it was shutting itself down. After about another hour, I tried several times to turn it on again and it finally worked.

              I think the problem may be the battery is overheating and shutting down as a self-preservation mechanism. The unit is sealed and gets very hot, especially the docking station slots. We make sure our notebook & desktop PCs have a fan to keep them cool - this unit has no way for the heat to escape. I only had time to put it in the freezer for 15 min. which wasn't long enough to resuscitate it before returning it.

              This is a fantastic concept which I hope Archos or another manufacturer can perfect.

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              • Personal

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              4.0

              Awesome

              By Alex

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Gearhead, Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy Controls
              • Long Battery Life
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Bulky

              Best Uses

              • Commuting
              • Daily Use
              • Home Use
              • Travel

              Comments about ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black):

              The unit did need several software upgrades from Archos, but this was pretty easy. The Archos Forums also have all the details how to do this.

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              3.0

              Archos 5

              By Anthony

              from San Antonio, TX

              Comments about ARCHOS 5 Internet Tablet (Black):

              so i purchased this item since ill be on a 7 month trip and this being my only source of entertainment.[...] its very sleek and the screen is massive. much bigger than i would have imagined. its also heavy weighing in at a little over a pound. you def feel the bulk in it.i hooked it up to my computer to charge and turned it on. the first thing it asks you is to set the date/time/location. once that was out of the way i connected it to my network and updated the firmware. (took about 5 min to d/l and install on the device) after playing around with the device you cant help but notice how responsive it is. the orientation (tilting the screen to change from length to width) takes about a second to respond which isnt bad at all. after tooling around i wanted to see what apps i could d/l. in the apps store you have around 200 apps to choose from. not all apps can be dl and are meant for the archos. they are meant for a phone running android. there is a filter you can apply to only see those compatible or meant for archos tablet. i dl a divx pluggin and some games and other misc stuff like games. it takes only a split sec to dl an app. very fast.after that i threw about 5 gigs of music on it to see how it would sound. (took about 5 min to upload 5gb) the external speakers arent meant to be played at full blast. you hear a lot of distortion but at low volumes its very nice. it comes with an equalizer you can tweak and mess with to get the sound just the way you like it.after that i threw on a movie i had on my computer to see what it would look like. when i tried to play the movie it said i had to purchase the HD cinema which runs around 50 bucks. kind of angry at the nickle and dime tactic but i had read about archos doing this so it wasnt a huge surprise. the movies on the archos 5 look phenomenal. it doesnt degrade the video and keeps it crystal clear and the screen is very sharp. at all angles it looks great.i threw a few pics on it to see what they would look like and there is an app that you can d/l that can do some fun things with pictures. when you click on a picture it starts a slide show that you can scroll through. its basic but they have apps to enhance it if you are into that.i thought i would surf the net to check out how fast it was. i typed in "espn" into google and the response time was fast. almost like i was using my deasktop. pages load super quick and i didnt have a problem. i tried to go to my free movie sites but it doesnt recognize the video code. ill have to find a way around that. perhaps an app or pluggin will come out in time...the next day i was listening to some music and thats when it happened! the screen locked out and i went to unlock it but it wouldnt respond. i kept hitting the power button and nothing. it kept flashing the android symbol then it would flash to the home screen then back to the android symbol all while sporadically spiking the music to full blast then easing back to its normal setting. it wouldnt let me unlock it. i tried numerous times to shut it down or reboot the device but nothing. while i was watching it go through this spas attack i noticed something. A DEAD PIXEL! i thought i might have been something on my screen but it wasnt. a tiny little dead spot of white showed when the screen went black. i was super irritated when i spotted it since this was my 1st full day of using it! i finally managed to get it to calm down and uploaded an all black picture to confirm my dead pixel. sure enough there it was. you can hardly notice it but since i spent over $500 on this unit and it being my 1st day using it i expect it to be in excellent condition[...]another tidbit of information, you do not get a full 500gb of space on your hdd. after linux and whatever software is installed you only have about 461 gb of usable space so keep that in mind when purchasing this product.aside from that one glitch, the dead pixel and that nickle and dime tactic its a very nice and powerful media tablet. very fast, very responsive and very bright. crystal clear screen at all angles and the kick stand is nice to prop it up. speakers arent great but i would imagine you would be using headphones anyway. it has tons of space even though you dont get the full 500 gb but i was told you can purchase the docking station and hook up an external or thumb drive for additional space. i have yet to confirm this but will in time. not a lot of apps but maybe in time there might be more. wifi is very fast and pages load without delay. i give the unit a 4/5 and [...]

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