LImage from Laptop Magazine

Image from Laptop Magazine

Laptop Magazine has managed to get their hands on the new Archos 5 Internet Tablet. This is the 5-inch Android device that you have probably heard so much about recently. It runs an ARM-based processor and is entirely free from a stylus, relying on fingers only. Laptop Magazine recorded a video review showing that, despite the fact that you cannot perform multitouch gestures, the screen is smooth and responsive, performing rather nicely.

In the review, Laptop Magazine point out the GPS system as a particular highlight, but also the web-browser. In particular, they liked the fact that when you launch the browser you are able to see multiple windows at once, neatly laid out on the large screen. This makes the browsing experience much more akin to what we are used to on our normal computers. In general they seem rather taken with Android on this type of device. They clearly show how the HDD (160GB and 500GB) version of the tablet is much larger than the flash versions, which ship in 8, 16 and 32GB sizes. The price differs ‘wildly’ between the models. For example, you can pay $250 for 8GB flash version or $430 for a 500GB HDD version. Video review after the jump…

James Tromans
Contributing editor of, based in the U.K.