Archos 32 (8 GB)
Internet, email, apps – the Archos 32 promises almost same features with iPod touch. Archos 32 is runs Android for it’s mobile operating program.
Archos 32 works with Android operating system that provides a variety of functions. If you install additional programs (Apps), your MP3 player must register on the producer side www.archos.com with serial number, an e-mail address and a password. You need “AppsLib” software in your main menu to install the new apps, such as internet radio, or games. 8 GB of storage space available for music, videos and programs.
The Archos 32 in the product name stands for the Archos screen size: The size, it measures 3.2 inches – which corresponds to 8.1 centimeters. Pictures and movies showing the touch screen because of its low resolution of 400×240 pixels only focus. By comparison, the iPod touch (iPod nano 4th generation) is six times more detail (960×640 pixels). Moreover, the anti-reflective screen of the Archos is bad. Even in normal room light reflections interfere, is outdoors in bright sunlight is barely visible.
Touch screen operation
Archos 32 on screen menu are understandable and clear. The touch screen (capacitive touch screen) very inaccurate to touch. When you search a song list, the Archos often chose a song – even though you (scroll down) off the list as wanted. Also, the motion sensor in the test hypersensitive response: Even at low inclination flipped the screen from portrait to landscape and vice versa. This goes beyond the menu items “Settings” – “Display” – “position automatically”. The Archos 32 was playing with one battery charge over 22 hours of music or just under six hours of film. To charge the battery, it comes to the USB port of your computer or power adapter and it’s not included with the device.
Music and video formats
Archos 32 handles all common audio formats such as AAC, MP3, WMA and more. Also and uncommon one like Flac and Ogg Vorbis. It’s video format will play on delivery DivX, MPEG-4 and WMV. If you play DVD movies (vob files) with Dolby Digital audio you will need “cinema” plug-in. For video playback, you don’t need to reduce their resolution. The Archos accepts the movies in full DVD resolution.
The supplied earphones music sounded a little dull and weak – but just barely acceptable. It’s manual equalizer setting can spice up the sound a bit: This one has to move up the treble knob about one-third and allow the 3D effect off. Who would not compromise sound quality, however, should invest in better earphones, such as the Koss Porta Pro.
WLAN is a an online device for Archos 32.You can view that your e-mails and web pages will likely worked well – except for Flash video, which not showing in your player. Thus, the texts are legible, but the pages must be greatly enlarged. This is cumbersome, since the Archos, no two-finger control (multi-touch) support.
The built-in camera would can save Archos: The photos with only 640×480 pixels (VGA resolution) were blurred and faded. And turned itself in films, the white balance worked poorly – had mainly interior shots in the test abnormal colors. The most mobile phones can do better for the camera function, no appreciation of the Test score.
Bottom Line: Archos 32
With Android operating program of the Archos 32 provides Although many expansion possibilities (Apps) and a fairly clear user interface. Due to the moderate touch screen and poor picture quality of the Archos 32 media player but not the stuff to the iPod-killer.