Yep, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet is running Android. But since Android is not ideal for media playback, Archos kept some Linux love aside for that functionality.
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Android means apps, and Archos has been kind enough to include more than a handful on the device out of the box. There's even one on there that would normally go for about $20--score!
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The Archos 5 has a built-in kickstand on the back as well as a removable stylus, if that's how you prefer to navigate a touch screen.
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The player is available in either a flash or hard drive-based model. The flash version is exceptionally thin, especially considering all the receivers and transmitters going on inside: FM tuner and transmitter, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS--how did they fit all those?!
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A side view with a Mini-USB connection--similar to those found on cell phones rather than MP3 players--and a standard headphone jack.
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The top edge of the device includes a dedicated volume rocker and power button.
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Yes, the back plate of the Archos 5 is a total fingerprint magnet. Shiny!
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Here, you see the video overlay menu. You can dive further in for various navigation options. There are still mini previews for video.
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Next up is music. A thumbnail of the album art for the currently-playing song pops up in the first level of navigation.
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And now games. The Archos 5 supports flash games.
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The GPS offers a real 3D map option. You can only download one city at a time because each one takes up about 2GB. Basically, it gives you a bird's-eye view of the city along with directions. And there's an adventure mode with a compass, for just wandering around a new city.
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The two versions of the Archos 5 with the various portable accessories. There's a battery pack and a portable DVR attachment.
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Here's the Archos 5 plugged into the next-generation DVR base station.
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Here's a shot of the connections on the back.
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The Archos 5 looks great when you output it to a TV. You can control it via an optional Bluetooth keyboard or a remote control accessory. This is where the HD video really comes in handy.
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