Archive for January, 2010
I recently picked up the Archos 5 Internet Tablet, so I could use it as an ebook reader. Well I’ve had it a little under 24 hours and have been very frustrated with it so far. What this thing can do is LIMITLESS, with android and the Internet.. I thought this could be a contender for any ebook reader. It’s small, it has an awesome screen. It has an eBook reader. It has Multimedia capabilities and WiFi.
My hopes were violently trashed as I tried to setup this device. First, I could connect to WiFi on my home network, but I couldn’t actually get anywhere. Due to this fact, I had to download the newest firmware manually and side load it into the device. The update was easy and no problem have happened there. With new firmware in hand, I try WiFi again.. Still no network connection, regardless that it has a local IP.
I took this device to work and was FINALLY able to connect to the WiFi network. Now, mind you, I have another WiFi device sitting right next to it (my iPhone). Both had a network connection, however the Archos would continually DROP the wifi connection, forcing me to manually reconnect every time. I was able to get to the Internet, update Appslib (Archos’ Android Marketplace) and download the eBook Reader (Aldiko). However, 70% of the time (with an active WiFi Connection) I was getting a “Network Error”
Once I finally got my eBooks on this device, they look wonderful. I did however have issues of the device just shutting itself off, and having to reboot, clear cache and restart what I was doing.
All the issues I am having with this device is thinking, I should just return this and wait for the Alex, or maybe get the Nook. The reason I got this device, was that it was the same price as the nook, I thought it would do it all.. but more and more I’m just getting frustrated!
I figure, by the end of this year, I’ll have tried EVERY popular eBook reader, in my futile attempt at the perfect reader.
More to come…