October 10, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
Good news for anyone who may have been waiting to grab an Archos 5 Android portable media player — it is now available from Amazon. Well, to be more specific two of the three models are available for sale.
So far the 32GB SSD and 160GB models are available and retailing for $369.99 and $389.99 respectively. As of now the larger storage option, which is 500GB is still listed as being available only as a pre-order.
Feature wise, the Archos 5 (at least on paper) looks nice and includes a 4.8-inch 800 x 480 resolution display with up to 10 hours of audio playback and 4 hours of video playback. The PMP also appears to have a wide range of supported file types.
Supports MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC, AAC+, FLAC, and OGG Vorbis audio formats; MPEG-4, MPEG-4 HD (up to 720p), H.264 HD (up to 720p), WMV, and M-JPEG video formats; JPG, BMP, PNG, and GIF image files
Given that I am a little more than curious and have been considering making a purchase, specifically the 160GB model, however the reviews are not entirely good. A recent “preliminary thoughts” style post over on AndroidGuys has me deciding to wait, at least until I can see a few more hands on reviews. While the AndroidGuys post did mention a few positive items such as a slick look, nice display and “snappy” 800MHz processor there was also a nice list of cons. That con list included complaints such as an inaccurate touchscreen, rough translations as well as a lack of promised pre-installed apps. Overall, not enough to convince me not to make a purchase, just enough to make me hold off for some more information.