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I got an Archos 5 - Any questions?

Got one to check out, any questions?

Will say right off the bat that there are some things I love: the screen is bright and high-res, and the device is thinner than I thought it would be.

Things I don't like: resistive display makes it harder to use than it should be. Found myself wishing that they'd included a stylus.

Anyway, ask away!

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judson

Does it have the google apps? I thought no, but I saw some screenshot with gmail...
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deinfinityx

Now is it the 5 or the A5(android edition)
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bigbny

I really wish this class of device could/would be a remote control at the level of like a Harmony.
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humedini

My question is as follows:

Please can I have it when you are done with it?

Thanks!
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pkchrisjohnson

How is the browser? Is it based on Webkit like all of the other Android products? Is the browser speedy?
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DantheMan

Have you tried recording/outputting to a TV in HD? How is the quality?
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olc

Peter, there is a separate product page on this site for the a5s, which I assume is the one you got (the android one). I think this is leading to some confusion
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Eddie

What real benefits does it gain from using android...if any?
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ghost650

How does it handle runniing multiple apps simultaneusly?

Does it get bogged down as much as the dream/magic
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elbaso

How about a video showing us it's general usage?
Would love to see how this works day-to-day.
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olc

Have you tried pairing it with a bluetooth headset (stereo bluetooth)? It pairs for me, but no sound comes through.
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auxonic

Is support for third party apps missing completely then? What a waste.
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jmoney

anybody try an external keyboard? usb or bt?
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milkham

how does it handle odd video formats like mkv, mkv with subtitles, multiple audio tracks etc?
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Charbax

peter, I think you need to consider that in this industry there probably isn't any 800x480 4.8" capacitative screens available in any other consumer electronics devices and that resistive screens can be very good as well.

To me there is no question that having a 2x larger screen and 2.5x more screen resolution by far outweights 3.5" capacitative 480x320 screens.

If there were other devices with 4.8" capacitative 800x480 screens, then your resistive talk would be a valid complaint, but since capacitative might not even work affordably or at all on that screen size and resolution, I don't think it makes much sense to criticize it at this point.
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phi

Can we get some size comparison photos? like the Nokia 770 or N800 vs this?
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Musketeer

Hey, how's the battery life?

Also, a bit harder to answer but I'll ask anyways, can this thing connect to an "ad-hoc" wifi network (i.e. computer-computer), or only an infrastructure wifi network (i.e. computer-router)? I ask because I have an app that turns my phone's 3G connection into a wireless hotspot, but it only does ad-hoc mode wifi. My old Archos 605 can't connect to that.
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sisto

Is it possible to install listen* on it?
*: listen.googlelabs.com/
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Levirules

Peter, My buddy is a huge Google nut who was blue balling over Android for months before his Verizon contract was up. He is currently having a constant seizure in anticipation for Wave. He also loves his iPod 160GB in ways that are probably illegal. He just discovered the Archos 5 (only having heard of it because it is Android based, never having heard of Archos PMP's before the Android one...), and is considering getting one. However, basically the only reason he wants one is that he is sweating bullets as he gets closer and closer to filling his 160GB iPod. He's thinking about this thing as a 500GB iPod replacement. He doesn't watch videos on the go, doesn't need the web browser, he already has an Android phone.

So I guess my question would be: Do you think it would be realistic to replace an iPod Classic with one of these? I believe he uses his mostly in his car. He's not into the whole emo walk-around-with-your-iPod thing.
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hoehemi1

There has been talk about the Archos5 having stability issues - have you noticed any freezes, reboots etc.? Did you upgrade to the latest firmware and did you see any differences?
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