[Update] Archos 35 IT review part 1: introduction

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(Edit) 2011/11/14: The new Archos 35 IT is now visible on Archos website.

The Archos 35 IT is a latest update in the sub 5 inches portable multimedia players from Archos. This small 3.5 inches device is based on the Archos Gen8 platform like it’s older brothers, Archos 28 IT, Archos 32 IT and Archos 43 IT. Priced just under 100 euros, the device offers an intermediate product between the Archos 28 IT and the Archos 32 IT. Compared to the Archos 32 IT, the 35 IT looses the back camera and bluetooth support, so it actually offers the same equipement as the 28 IT.

On the picture below, you can see the following devices, from left to right:

Apple Ipod Touch 4G, Archos 32 IT, Archos 35 IT, Archos 43 IT

Specifications


Here is a summary for the Archos 35 IT (Internet Tablet) specifications:

Archos 35 IT (Internet Tablet)
Operating System Android 2.2 (FROYO)
Stock Firmware version says: 2.3.21
Firmware can be upgraded to latest Gen8, that is 2.4.19
CPU Texas Instrument TI OMAP 3 running at 800 MHz
Flash Storage Memory Capacity 4 GB
Speed: Class 4 range (tested Read 14 400 kB/s, Write 3880 kB/s)
System Memory 128 Mb
Additional storage Micro SD slot (SDHC compatible)
Display 505×286 TFT LCD 3.5 inches
resistive screen
Bluetooth No
Wifi 802.11 b/g
Gravity Sensor Yes
Camera No
GPS No
HDMI No
Interfaces USB 2.0 Slave MSC (mini USB format)
MicroSD slot
Battery life Video playing test: To be done
check our battery tests
Kickstand No
Dimensions 110 x 57 x 10 mm – 4.3” x 2.2” x 0.39”
Weight 80 grams – 2.8 oz
Price 99.9 euros

Packaging

The Archos 35 IT box contains the device with the screen covered by a plastic protection, an headphone and micro USB cable that serves for data connection to computer and device charging. The box also contains usual Archos documentations: User guide, Legal & Safety notices, Warranty information and a $10 Archos/ eMusic coupon.


Device body


The Archos 35 IT shares the metalic case of the older Archos 32 IT model, with slight changes on a more rounded design. The device feels quite light in the hand. The connectors are located as follows:
On the bottom side of the device, a micro USB port, with a power LED (indicating power supply) and a 3.5″ jack connector for headphones. On the Left side of the device has a power button and the micro sdcard slot. There are no speakers on the Archos 35 IT, audio output has to go thru the headphones.

The Archos 35 IT has six sensitive hardware buttons: four for the main functions: back, menu, home, search and two buttons for volume up and down.

On the contrary to the Archos 32 IT, the back of case cannot be removed.

Please visit us again for more information on the Archos 35 IT.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Wow.. so it’s a refresh of the Archos 28, not the 32… I can’t imagine there’s even a demand for this… possibly in the Portable Media Player market.. as a $40-$60 pricetag (nowhere near worth $100+US), but above that? It’s dead in the water let alone on shelf space at a brick and mortar store or etailers. This just made me think that Archos IS retreading ground that the FAILING company called Creative Labs has been 2+ years ago. Sad..