Archos is in the midst of preparing four new phones for the European market. Those devices, ranging from a very basic offering dubbed the Carbon 35 to the top-end Platinum 48, provide an offering from Archos at just about every price point, and to suit a variety of needs.
A chart from Mini Machines is below, and upon closer inspection… the devices really aren’t bad. All are dual SIM, all have Android Ice Cream Sandwich or better, and are available very soon. Only the flagship Platinum 48 is listed as being available in May, with the other three (Carbon 35, Titanium 4, and Titanium 52) showing availability this month. The devices have already started popping up in some online shops.
Starting at around €80, and ranging to about €240, the phones are appropriately priced. Even the top-end Platinum device won’t top any “best” lists, but that’s not to say it’s a poor offering. The devices have nice specs, and are aptly priced. These will be a solid offering for the European market, and the availability dates outpace a few offerings from other manufacturers. These four phones should find their way into many pockets, without emptying them too much in the process.
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Bought an Archos 5 tablet in 2009, it was never updated, and stuck on android 1.6 forever. I will never buy an Archos device again.
I bought the Archos 5 that was released before yours. This device did not have Android but some sort of custom Linux OS. It was prone to crashes that resetted the device, had a resistive touch screen that was unresponsive, the web browser software was awful and slow, the pdf reader was awful and slow, they never updated the Flash version to 10 (rendering many sites unusable despite Flash being an advertised feature) and was thick and heavy. The only good thing was the built in 160GB hard drive being available as an external storage device on PCs, so basically an external hard drive.
I bought an iPad in 2010 and its still faster than any tablet running android.