I love the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. Jenn of Pocketables, on the other hand, doesnâ€™t and weâ€™ve been having a to-and-fro on Twitter thatâ€™s worth extending here becauseÂ it shows how personal opinions can vary widly. Weâ€™ve challenged ourselves to write one paragraph on the A5 to say why we think what we think. Before that though, here are a few tweets that kicked the discussion off.
@Smith922 I’ve never had a 5, 6, 7, 9 or 10″ device that beats this around the house. @pocketables will give you a different view though.
@chippy You’re kidding! What about it beats other at-home devices for you? And do you *only* use it at home?
@pocketables yeah. The Archos 5 rarely leaves my home, just fits me perfectly. Quite stable now too. Might get digital a/v dock soon.
@chippy Stability has been OK on mine. I just can’t stand resistive screen, stock OSK, & “ungoogled” Android. Dell, where are you?
@chippy The Archos 5IT is fantastic as a PMP (like previous gens) but I went in expecting an awesome Android MID, which for me it isn’t.
Remember that this is all personal, subjective opinion!
Hereâ€™s my summary:
The Archos 5 fits my consumer internet device requirements both physically, through form-factor and font-sizing through to OS and applications and succeeds in doing it in a way that is better than any other home experience I’ve had before. Battery life is fantastic, it looks good and itâ€™s priced at an a level that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. My use-case is home-based Twitter, email, Google Reader, MP3 player, podcatcher, storage, TV-playback, YouTube, ebooks and of course, the browser that supports all the links you receive through email and social apps. When you get a URL through twitter, you want a fast browser to view it! It CAN be better (smoothness, stability, capacitive screen, 3G) but it doesn’t exist yet and that makes the Archos 5 unbeatable in my book.
For Jennâ€™s summary paragraph, see her post at Pocketables here
Any Archos 5 owners care to offer another one-paragraph perspective?