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Archos 5 review – Part 4: Testing it outdoors, public transportation, the speakers

Posted by Charbax on 13th September 2008

In this video review, I take the new Archos 5 out in the daylight to see how sunlight readable the new 4.8″ screen is, I log-onto some nabours open WiFi access points, I test it in the public transportation and do the worlds first Archos 5 test in a metro.

Archos 5 120GB review part 4

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Archos 5 advertisment video

Posted by Charbax on 13th September 2008

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Posted by Charbax on 13th September 2008

Check out the English version of the review of the Archos 5 posted at:,8336.html

Watch this video in high quality at Vimeo

It’s got 18 pages of text and a bunch of cool videos.

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iGizmo Magazine front page: Why Archos will rule the web

Posted by Charbax on 13th September 2008

Check out their first look article and their video at

Thanks to user gmiddlemass in the forum:

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Press release: Gain seamless access to the Internet, media and TV with new ARCHOS Internet Media Tablets powered by Texas Instruments OMAP(TM) 3 applications processors

Posted by Charbax on 10th September 2008

Posted: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 13:01:44 GMT
Author: Texas Instruments Incorporated; ARCHOS
Category: Press Release

OMAP 3 applications processors provide laptop-like performance and support multi-format video for the new ARCHOS 5, ARCHOS 5G and ARCHOS 7 IMTs DALLAS, and IGNY, France, Sept. 10

DALLAS, and IGNY, France, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ – Transforming the way consumers access the Internet, media and TV anywhere and anytime, ARCHOS today announced its new line of Internet Media Tablets (IMTs) are powered by the OMAP(TM) 3 applications processors from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN). Delivering laptop-like performance and multi-format video support, the new ARCHOS 5, ARCHOS 5G and ARCHOS 7 IMTs are the industry’s first implementation of the OMAP 3 processor based on the 600 MHz superscalar ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A8 processor. Since the OMAP 3 solution is optimized for an environment where battery life is critical, the ARCHOS IMTs redefine how consumers access media and data on the go by providing unparalleled performance at power-sipping levels in a handheld tablet. The OMAP 3 processors also feature TI’s advanced video digital signal processor (DSP) technology, enabling ARCHOS to push the boundaries in designing ultra-thin, ergonomic, yet powerful products that features advanced user interfaces, no-compromise web browsing and an advanced multimedia experience with high-definition (HD) video playback. For more information, please visit and

The new handheld tablets allow consumers to seamlessly explore and navigate the Internet and media on an incredibly high-resolution screen for sharp, DVD or HD quality video. The ARCHOS 5 offers 60 to 250 GB of memory and an optimal mix of Wi-Fi(R) technology, high-quality video and long battery life. The 30-GB ARCHOS 5G IMT features 3.5G-ready technology for seamless connectivity and Internet browsing through a cellular network. The ARCHOS 7 couples greater storage capacity with 160 or 320 GB options, and a larger screen for increased viewing and multimedia comfort.

“The innovative architecture of TI’s OMAP 3 processors provides the high-end performance, low power levels and video flexibility that allow our customers to experience rich multimedia on the go,” said Henri Crohas, CEO, ARCHOS. “Building on our expertise in portable media players, ARCHOS is able to harness TI’s advanced processors to design a new generation of devices for the Mobile Internet Device market.”

Harnessing OMAP 3 technology
Taking advantage of the ARM Cortex-A8 processor, the new IMTs achieve more than 1200 million of instructions per second (MIPS) to run faster code execution for a no-compromise web browsing experience. With this unprecedented performance, users gain faster access to full Web pages, TV and video clips, and are able to read, write and download email, audio and video attachments on a five or seven inch touch screen display. This means users no longer need to zoom in or out to view content on a Web page and no more endless waiting for pages to be loaded.

The OMAP 3 processors are highly integrated system-on-chips (SoC) that offer HD video with a TMS320C64x+(TM) DSP core, video and imaging accelerators, and video-centric peripherals all tuned to support multi-format video. With MPEG-4 ASP and WMV9 advanced profile at 720p as well as DVD-quality H.264 and MPEG-2, the ARCHOS devices can decode popular video formats on the web today for a true media-on-the-go experience.

Battery life was a critical factor when designing the ARCHOS IMTs. ARCHOS leveraged the multi-core design of the OMAP35x devices, which integrates power management technologies that fully optimize the ARM and DSP engines to maximize efficiency. The architecture also utilizes TI’s SmartReflex(TM) power and performance management software to dynamically control voltage and frequency based on the IMT’s activity use and modes of operation. This elevated flexibility yields longer battery life, giving users four hours of video playback on the devices’ 800 X 480 resolution display.

“TI is committed to helping ARCHOS develop high-quality products that take advantage of the world’s first implementation of the superscalar ARM Cortex-A8 processor. Coupled with a TI C64x+(TM) DSP core, the OMAP 3 processors provide the necessary performance and multimedia features for enhanced functionality on the ARCHOS devices,” said Suman Narayan, general manager, Catalog Processors and Emerging End Equipment, TI. “As consumers continually demand HD video, media-rich data and connectivity anytime and anywhere, ARCHOS pushes the boundaries as a leading innovator with its new IMTs.”

Complete system-level solution
TI’s complete system-level solution — including the scalable OMAP 3 applications processors, power management ICs, logic components and touch screen controllers — allows ARCHOS to integrate full functionality on a single platform. These solutions not only enable the high performance and video capabilities but also incredibly low power levels, which alleviates consumers’ concerns about devices running out of battery. For more information on where to buy these ARCHOS IMTs, please see

ARCHOS released the first pocket-sized HD-based MP3 player with the Jukebox 6000 in 2000 and since that time has revolutionized consumer electronics devices. The company invented the portable media player in 2003 and was the first to bring television recording, wireless and touch screens to Portable Media Players. Now, ARCHOS introduces the Media Internet Tablet, offering users instant uncompromising access to the Internet, Media Content and TV. Established in 1988, ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment B, ISIN Code FR0000182479.

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN) helps customers solve problems and develop new electronics that make the world smarter, healthier, safer, greener and more fun. A global semiconductor company, TI innovates through manufacturing, design and sales operations in more than 25 countries. For more information, go to

OMAP, TMS320C64x+, C64x+ and SmartReflex are trademarks of Texas Instruments. ARM is a registered trademark of ARM Limited. Cortex is a trademark of ARM Limited. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.
SOURCE Texas Instruments Incorporated; ARCHOS

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Cnet review coming up…

Posted by Charbax on 9th September 2008

Donald Bell at Cnet just received an Archos 5 60GB that he is going to review shortly at

Archos 5 purse

I think he is saying a couple things that I don’t really think are correct:

- While the new Archos 5 glossy screen is more prone to fingerprints and smudge marks then the Archos 605 WiFi matte screen, it’s still more viewable in direct sunlight and outdoors then the Archos 605 WiFi screen.

- The Archos 5 does look like a million bucks all the time. That smudge thing is overrated, people don’t look at the back of the device, they look at the screen, and this screen is pure awesome.

- His guessing about iPod Touch screen being more scratch resistant is unscientific.

- He misses the button hold switch, however it could happen that the Power button could be configured to be used as a button hold switch. For example Archos could probably implement 1 click on Power button to Hold and it turns off the screen until it is pushed again (saving battery). Two quick presses on Power button, or one longer press on power button (like holding it in for 2 seconds) could put the device in standby mode (it would also go automatically into standby mode if nothing is going on for a certain amount of seconds while in Hold mode), while an even longer hold on the button (could be 5 seconds) or 3 quick clicks on the power button could then do a complete power down.

I will ask Archos what their exact plan is with the Hold functionality, since the firmware is still in a beta version and that the standby/resume from suspended mode are not yet implemented. They already use one small click on power button to come back from the Hold mode. So no reason I think that it shouldn’t also let you go into Hold mode. At least let the user choose if they want to be able to use it for that.

- Donald Bell at Cnet might not know that the 120GB and 250GB models have the audio output mini jack connector located at another position on the device. It is an electronics and interference issue for Archos where to put it on a device, it comes down to hard drive size and placement of the other electronics. Also, the placement of the mini-jack connector doesn’t matter if you are going to be using the FM Remote Control.

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Archos 5 review – Part 3: Browsing

Posted by Charbax on 9th September 2008

Showing the speed and compatibility of the Opera browser in this Archos 5 product that is being released right now. It has a 4 times faster ARM Cortex processor by Texas Instruments, which significantly increases the browsing experience making this a full Internet Media Tablet experience. In this video review I am showing and testing many different graphics heavy websites.

The intro music is by and it is used with permission.

Archos 5 120GB review part 3

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Huge review on

Posted by Charbax on 6th September 2008 just posted a huge 18 page review of the new Archos 5 at,8296.html.

The review is in french but you can find lots of pictures, lots of nice videos including some like this one in HD quality on Vimeo, that looks and sounds like the 2001 Space Odyssey.

Also check their 21 minute long video on Dailymotion of them browsing around on many different websites. Browsing is really fast, although the latest firmware still is beta. Even AJAX sites like the AJAX versions of Gmail, Netvibes, Google Maps, all those sites work now in a pretty usable way!

Here’s a nice video from showing the Interface:

The new much improved AJAX and Javascripts support I think could make the device compatible with more Opera Widgets, as well as special widgets for customized versions of Google Maps and stuff like Meebo for Instant Messaging could be done now.

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Archos 5 review – Part 2: The Design, screen size, quality and the HDMI output

Posted by Charbax on 5th September 2008

Showing the quality of the design, of the screen in this HD video. Also showing how you can browse in HD using the HDMI output on your HDTV. Comparing the size of the Archos 5 screen with the Archos 605 WiFi, the Archos 5 screen is 25% bigger while the device is smaller, its quality is even higher and it’s clearer and brighter. See how you can use the Archos 5 screen as a mouse pad when outputting the Interface to the TV.

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Archos 5 120GB review part 2

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Archos 5 review – Part 1: Unboxing

Posted by Charbax on 5th September 2008

Check out this screen, it is pure awesome!!! It looks awesome in the metro, in the bus, in the train, pretty viewable outdoors in the sunlight. Everyone was looking at me at the train station and asking about what it was, it looks awesome and will amaze everyone up to about 100 meters around you. A bigger screen in a smaller device, that’s pretty awesome.

This video is just the initial unboxing. Check for more videos coming up on all the new faster features, showing the web browsing speed, the new awesome looking DVR Station with HDMI output and more in the next parts of this review.

Archos 5 unboxing

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