I saw an eBay deal a couple of weeks back for an Archos 5 Internet Tablet for a low price. The specs sounded pretty cool for a small cheap handheld
- 4.8″ Touchscreen 800 x 480
- 800 Mhz
- 8 GB storage
- MicroSD/TF Flash Slot
- FM Radio and Transmitter (can broadcast to your car’s FM Radio, for example)
- Android OS
It’s really focused on “media’ playing all types of video and audio file formats. There’s even an add-on that turns it into a DVR!
So I bought it. The main thing was the GPS. I had an Acer Iconia A100 with GPS, but I broke the screen, and with the holidays coming up, I was planning a trip and wanted the GPS.
I was pretty excited to find a handheld Android tablet with GPS for under $60.
Then I got the device.
That 4.8” screen – it’s resistive and TFT. There’s only 256 MB of RAM. The GPS app built into the device is not free. It does not run Flash, or an HTML-5 browser. So while it claims to play YouTube videos – it only does so in the old-school iPhone way of downloading the originals temporarily to the device, not streaming like you would expect.
And worst of all – the “Android” is 1.6… There is no Play Store. There is no Google Apps Store. The Amazon App Store won’t even work on it. The include “App Store” has about 500 ~ 800 apps total, maybe. And most are worthless.
Do not buy this. At least not for anything more than say $25. Or at very least, know what you are getting – a glorified media player. The specs sound like there would be a lot you can do with it, but it is crippled by the software. And it is no longer supported by Archos, even though it only came out in 2010.
This all leaves a very bad impression in my mouth towards the company Archos. It really makes me question if the GamePad would actually be worth it. It all looks very good on paper, but will they kill it with software, will they drop support in a few months when the next model comes out? What specs aren’t they telling us, and how will that affect the machine?
I hope I am wrong. I was really looking forward to the GamePad, but now… I think I will just stick with my Yinlips.
What do you think? Am I being too harsh on a 2-year-old device that costs less than dinner and a movie for two? Hit up the comments and let me have it, or not – either way. The comments are open.