Okay, so this past weekend I was at Best Buy looking at their goodies. I had some time on my hand, and I wanted to just goof off and go into my favorite store and see what they had (Going this weekend for the Apple iPad roll out). Well, I was walking to the portable media section, and stumbled upon the Archos|5it. This is a nifty little internet tablet running Android 1.6. Granted, I would have liked it to be 2.0, but oh well.
So what is this little device? It is exactly like the Motorola Droid, but a bit bigger. This device is about twice the size of the Droid, actually. However, it just do esn’t feel as heavy. It is responsive, and enjoyable.
With the bigger screen, you can enjoy videos a lot better, especially when watching TV.com, or movies you download to its 16gb memory. The screen may be big and bright, but I felt that it just wasn’t as smooth and responsive as the screen on the Moto Droid. I am not sure if this is just because it is a display model and gets a lot of fiddling with, but without an actual model in my possession, I can’t really give a definitive answer.
What can it do? It can do everything the Motorola Droid can do, plus one. It comes with a specially designed media dock that actually lets you connect it to a television and watch your video content on the big screen. This is more than a novel idea, this is awesome! Imagine, streaming video from TV.com, or YouTube, right on your television. Watching movies that you downloaded to the device, viewable right on there on your television! You can even view photos this way as well. Not only this, but the dock turns the device into a DVR so you can record your favorite shows and take them with you on the road!
Now this is one of those devices that would be cool to have, and to use. However, I run into the problem that it does not really do anything my Moto Droid does, or even better. The one thing that this device does over the Droid is act as a DVR. Great, but with software from Slysoft (anyDVD and cloneDVD), I can record my movies into a compatible video format, and take them with me. As for television, TV.com’s app is great, and with the advent of flash, I will have my Hulu on the go as well.
The one or two things that this device has over the Droid is the dual OS boot system that Archos put into it so anyone can be a developer, and the extra size. The extra size makes it much easier to view websites, and other content. The one question that I have to ask though, will it get Android 2.1?
All-in-all, this is NOT an iPad killing device. It is well thought out, well designed, and fun to use. However, it is not the device that will be the worm in iPad’s Apple.