I’ve tested A2DP and BT Tethering and both work quite smoothly. I haven’t been able to transfer any files to the device via BT yet (annoying as I want to transfer images from my phone cam for editing and upload) and haven’t got a BT keyboard. I also haven’t been able to test the microphone yet. (Anyone know of any good SIP clients?)
Testing continues with the Archos 5 Internet tablet but here’s a list of notes I’ve been making on the forum (check here for my latest notes)
Positive early thoughts.
- Slick industrial design. Feels great.
- Good stand.
- Quality video playback to 720p (as expected on a PMP)
- Great screen brightness, viewing angle.
- Good support for YouTube playback
- Battery life seems good (estimated 4hrs with Wifi-on, near-constant browsing)
- Good ebook reader s/w (FBreader and Aldiko work well and are very comfortable in the portrait format)
- Twidroid app works nicely.
- On screen keyboard comfortable (although i’m missing some sort of intelligence e.g. word completion, common mistake correction)
- Notifications bar (a great Android feature)
- Access to Archos TV and radio streams data.
- File transfer speed to built-in flash is way faster than on my 605Wifi. Phew!
- Browser does re-flow on zoom.
Negative early thoughts.
- No in-browser flash support (I know it’s coming next year) (Flash game support is supported in a separate app. Download the SWF file and it should work in the flash application)
- No case (it really needs a soft case and the supplied cleaning cloth is cheap)
- System Crashes (about 10 in 6-8 hours of testing requiring a 10-second power-button reet. Some crashes were with no extra software installed. One crash even reset the firmware and removed installed apps and configs. (personal files remained)
- Many application crashes (even the browser is crashing a lot)
- Android. This isn’t really a full Android device. i.e. it doesn’t integrate with Google. No contacts sync. App store.
- Archos App store is currently poor. A lot of apps don’t work or don’t even install. No way to easily get to pure android apps and try them out.
- Very surprising that Google Maps support is not there. Kind of expected on an Android device with a
compassGPS. (Archos nav app is pay-only)
- TV out. A PMP without TV-out. I know how Archos operate but many will be pissed to have to buy and carry a dock for even composite video out.
- Hard to get to screen brightness. (needs a wdget)
- Medium quality built-in speaker. Maybe i’m spoiled by the great speakers on my Nokia N82
- Still looking for a podcatcher. It’s crying out for an easy client-based solution.
- USB host requires additional clip-on hardware. (AFAIK) Not very elegant. I want to be able to TX photos from my camera via USB or SD card adaptor.
- No haptic feedback on keyboard. (Probably not important to people that have never experienced it)
- Shame it doesn’t support AC3, WMV HD and MPEG-2 out of the box although the codec cost is really not that high.
- GPS is not internet-assisted (A-GPS) as far as I can tell.
- Cold boot is slow.
Battery Test Notes:
In a battery test the Archos was on for about 7hrs over a 10 hour period. (In suspend when not in use.)
- Wifi was on for 7hrs
- Browser was used for about 2hrs
- Video playback: 45 mins (full-screen DivX)
- Twitter and Email running in background
- I guess I was messing about with apps and video tests for about 30 mins too.
in active-standby for the rest of the time.
That’s looking very good for the size of the device and for me, acceptable as a home / coffee-shop device.
Note that it’s difficult to find applications from trusted sources. Many app developers don’t provide links to their application install packages. A google search helps but this is a risky process as you can’t check the apps for viruses beforehand.
Last.fm apk works
Spotify installs and runs. Can’t test it here as I don’t have an account (and I don’t think it works in Germany)
Aldiko working very nicely (Epub format ebook reader) Available in Archos store.
Doggcatcher Beta (podcatcher)
FBreader available in Archos store
Shazam installs but doesn’t seem to work. (Maybe it can’t find the mic?)
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