LABS GALLERY: Android-Based Archos 5 Internet Tablet--That's Entertainment

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LABS GALLERY: Android-Based Archos 5 Internet Tablet--That's Entertainment

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More iTouch than iPod

The Archos 5 Internet Tablet is an Android-based device, but it isn't a phone. It's an entertainment and media device that competes more directly with the iPod Touch than the iPhone.

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Video

Video capabilities on the Archos 5 Internet Tablet were excellent, providing a small-form-factor HD viewing experience.

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Stand and Deliver

The sturdy metal stand that folds out of the back of the Archos 5 Internet Tablet makes the device an excellent option for watching videos while on a plane.

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Solid MP3 Player

The Archos 5 Internet Tablet is a pretty good MP3 player, with intuitive browsing options and surprisingly good built in-speakers (though headphones are still much better for listening).

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Android Browser

The standard Android browser provided a decent Web browsing experience when the Internet Tablet was connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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Image Browsing

Browsing through images on the Archos 5 Internet Tablet was fairly easy, and the quality screen provided a clear and detailed view of photos.

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App Library

When connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi, users can add applications to their device through the Archos Application Library.

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External Controls and Slots

With most of the device's controls being touch-based on the screen, the Archos 5 Internet Tablet has only a few external controls--for power, volume and headset jack--as well as these slots at the bottom for MicroSD cards and for connecting additional Archos accessories.

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