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PCmag.com review: Archos 3cam vision exceeds expectations

Posted by Charbax on July 22nd, 2010

Tim Gideon, reviewer at PC Magazine is rather impressed with the value proposition that Archos is now bringing with the release of the Archos 3cam vision to the sub-$100 Portable Media Player market:

With a sleek design and an intuitive, touch-screen-based user interface, the Archos 3cam vision ($99.99 direct) exceeds expectations.

The Archos 3cam vision may not be a masterpiece, but it raises the bar for budget players.

Overall, the Archos 3cam vision can’t touch the iPod nano or iPod touch or touch in terms of grace, ease of use, and overall quality. But this player is far less expensive than either one. Anytime you can get a well-built device with 8GB of storage for less than $100, it’s a good deal. The extra features on the 3cam vision may not knock your socks off, but they work well enough to be considered pros, and remember that the stainless steel version of the Apple iPod shuffle, with its dearth of features (or even a screen), costs the same as the 3cam vision. If you aren’t married to iTunes and have the patience for a touch-screen with some sensitivity issues, the Archos 3cam vision is a worthy budget option.

Archos 3cam vision 8GB = $99
iPod Nano 8GB = $149
iPod Touch 8GB = $199

I believe this Archos 3cam vision is an awesome value for the market until Archos is able to provide Android based devices at that size, as the QVGA 2.8″ one that is rumored, with possibly better than those hardware features and at the same kind of price even. I don’t know if video playback on the Archos 3cam vision has been improved to support DVD resolution XviD playback.

Read the full review at: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2366858,00.asp

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  • Kontra

    This reviewer has left out something rather important about the device: it’s inability to perform the basic, core function of playing an album of music from start to finish. This is all due to an old nemesis of mine: ID3 tags.

    ID3 tags are bits of information that are attached to media files like mp3s. Most importantly, they contain the artist, title and track number of a song. (If you’ve ever entered this information while ripping a CD, you were creating ID3 tags for the songs.) These bits of information are how your computer/mp3 player identifies what you’re listening to.

    Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter what you change the file name to. You can change the file name of your favorite mp3 to a random number, but when you play it, your media player will still identify the song exactly as it did before – from the ID3 tags.

    The Archos 3 Cam Vision DOES NOT READ TRACK NUMBERS from ID3 tags. This means that instead of your album playing through from first song to last, it will play the tracks in alphabetical order according to their title tag instead.

    Which means that unless you’re going to go back and edit the ID3 tags of every song in your entire music library so that the track numbers are PART of the song title ID3 tags (06 – I Love You), you can forget about a sensible listening experience.

    Missing this in a product review was an incredible oversight. Missing it in product DESIGN was just absurd.

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