Archos strikes back against iPhone

The Archos 5 - ain't she purdy?
The Archos 5 - ain't she purdy?

French PMP manufacturer Archos has decided to up the media game against Apple by releasing the Archos 5, 5g and 7 Internet Media Tablets.

Boring the names may be, but each comes packed with a 4.8-inch screen (or 7-inch in the case of the Archos 7), and up to a 320GB hard drive.

These are also among the thinnest devices Archos has ever come up with, and a recent hands-on by TechRadar confirmed these are gorgeous little creatures, with a veritable plethora of file reading and functionality.

The changes from the previous series are more than tangible; the touchscreen interface is much improved and the internet browser now can connect over both Wi-Fi and 3.5G HSDPA (though a docking station with dongle is needed for the 5 and 7 versions).

Noise and standing

Each has built in speakers and a leg stand for easy watching of your devices (though we can't see the problem with holding it in your hands).

The three can also handle HD content up to 720p; though this is through a paid-for add on. The docking station too is also an expense, rolling in at £80, which is more than a tad pricey for recording things via line-in.

The internet option comes with an email reader too via POP, so BlackBerry users may be confused and upset by this recent announcement.

Archos also has a Media Club coming out for the devices, where you can buy over the air, with movies, documentaries, music albums and games available.

However, as you can guess, these are a bit costly. We're talking £279 for the 60GB version, £320 for the 120GB, and £360 for 250GB with the Archos 5, and £360 for the 160GB and £440 for the 320GB in the case of the 7.

The 30GB ARCHOS 5g device is priced at £359.99.

The Archos 5 will be coming first in September, followed by the 7 in October. The 3.5G connected brother, the Archos 5g, will be coming in Q4 this year, so plenty of time to stop eating to save up...

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.