It is what it is, a cheap MP3 player
You seriously can't have high expectations for an MP3 player priced below $40.
First of all it does not work with iTunes or ANY software on a Mac, so us Mac users have to do everything manually. Not too much of a pain, but slightly inconvenient.
Second issue was loading it up with music, an absolute pain in the rear end. Again, owning a Mac required me to convert the music I wanted from AAC to MP3 (or one of the many others that it supported).
Excellent codec support
A device of highs and lows, the Archos 35 can play plenty of different video and audio types but the iffy display and unresponsive touchscreen take the shine off these capabilities. The low resolution and average display quality mean watching movies on this device feels like a compromise.
If you can stomach this and the patience required to live with its interface though, the Archos 35 is solid value and can simply do things its rivals can't.
File storage is a generous 8GB
As a fully-fledged smartphone the Archos Smart Home Phone leaves a bit to be desired but as an everyday DECT phone with the option of Skype calling, itâ??s altogether more successful. Indeed, the video calling delivered a crisp image at both ends, easily matching the performance of swankier smartphones I've tested. So if you've a Skype habit at home, having this Android around the house looks like a smart call.
Not as useful as a mobile smartphone
While it's nice to be able to use some of the smartphone features on your home phone with the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone, most of us will have a more powerful device in our pockets already.
There is a lingering sense that the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is an answer to a question that no one has really asked.
It's alright... Doesn't work like I had hoped
Purchased this with the hopes of being able to use it for some video to show others, but I can't get anything to play on it other than what it came with. Works fine as an .MP3 player and the radio works well if you have it in the right spot. The photo's look great so that's definitely a plus and I've never used the recorder. Other than that, for the price, its a decent player, but nothing to write home about.
Screen is absolutely fantastic
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.
One word, cheap
The sound quality isn't great. But, she didn't notice or care. The picture wasn't great, but again she was happy enough to play around with it.
However, after a few weeks the battery wouldn't fully charge and she was constantly bringing it back to me to charge. Manageable.
Then the screen stopped. There was sound, but that was it. She was alright with just music.
Of course, then the inevitable. About 3 months later, nothing.
Even for the price, three months just isn't good enough.
MicroSD card expansion slot for memory
What we have in the Archos 7 is a device that feels like it has been engineered to a price. And that's the scary thing about the Archos 7: the price is biggest plus point. The fact that it runs Android isn't such a benefit as you don't get to experience what the rest of the Android world takes for granted: those freedoms are denied, unless you are happy to hunt out new apps, something the average customer won't want to do.
A vast - hard drive and is very competent
The Archos 7 is an expensive box of tricks, no doubt about it, but on the other hand it comes with a huge - or in the case of the 320GB model a vast - hard drive and is very competent. Worth the extra over the 5? On balance, yes - assuming that absolutely portability is not an issue.
Very reasonable price
The Archos 7 performs a set of core tasks reasonably well, and comes at very reasonable price. On the other hand, the touchscreen is hard to operate, and you can't buy new apps at the Android Market. Many Android smartphones in the same price range (with contract) perform much better and can access better apps, although the Archos 7 does bring a larger screen.
People who want a low-priced Android tablet now may be happy with the purchase.
Handles a variety of video formats well
At $450 to $550 list, this isn't a cheap device. But it's unique thanks to the 7" display, excellent video format support and powerful CPU. Throw in the DVR station and you're spending $100 more, but it adds valuable functionality in the guise of high quality TV recording and playback to a TV (even large TVs).
Brilliant picture quality
The Archos 7 portable media player is an impressive performer and, in particular, an absolutely killer device for watching movies on the go. Unfortunately, you'll have to pay extra if you want to use all the features it can offer, which is annoying in a device that's so costly to begin with.
The brushed metal casing looks and feels robust while exterior controls are limited to a power on/off button and an LCD/TV switch, everything else being controlled through the touchscreen.
Very capable but also very big and very heavy - and with way too many 'extra cost' features for our taste.
At first, I was excited to see that this Mp3 player not only would play my music but would allow me to listen to the radio, too. It's something I kind of missed when listening to my iPod. But, unfortunately, not much worked well.
Of course, I tried out the radio first. No go. I couldn't get any of the stations in town to turn in without static. For many of the stations, I couldn't get it to stop on the exact station number, though that may have been due to the touch screen. Or not.
Massively larger applications offering
At under £170 the 16GB Archos 43 has a significant price advantage over the iPod Touch, which will set you back £189 in 8GB and £249 in 32GB form. Yes, the Touch has a massively larger applications offering - and is by far the better recommendation for gamers - but if you want a device more for listening to music, watching video and browsing the web, the Archos 43 certainly has its appeal.
Good overall performance
For $149, the Archos 32 is a pretty good deal, so long as you're willing to live with some trade-offs. It's a solid portable media player that can also surf the web and access (some) Android apps. We especially like the wide range of supported audio and video formats. You just have to be willing to put up with a lackluster touch keyboard and a resistive display that kicks back reflections.
Media playback is excellent
The A5 isn't perfect, but is comes very close. The device looks and feels superb, media playback is excellent, the internet experience is one of the best available on any current mobile device and the touchscreen UI is almost beyond criticism. Perhaps the screen lacks that last degree of fidelity found on the Cowon A3, and points have to be deducted for the lacklustre codec support, the proprietary USB cable, the poor earphones and lack of a supplied mains charger.
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