Archos Home Products

Archos have a few new products that are starting to appear in stock on their website. The have the 35 Home Connect which is designed to be a small beside radio clock type thing and there is also 35 Smart Home Phone which is a 3.5 touch screen home phone. Here are a few pictures of them and a few specs.

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The specs for the 35 Home Connect are below.

Internal Storage 4 GB* internal memory + SD slot to extend memory (up to 16 GB* cards)
Application Framework Android™ 2.2 Froyo
Processor Omap 3630 @ 1 GHz with OpenGL ES 2.0 graphic accelerator
Screen 3.5” TFT touchscreen
Music Playback1 MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV
Photo viewer1 JPEG, BMP
Video Playback1 Plays MPEG-4 AVI and most common video formats
Video recording Records from the built-in front facing VGA camera equipped with a microphone
Speakers 2 built-in High Definition Speakers, 3.5 mm audio jack
Other applications Alarm clock, Weather forecast, TuneIn™ webradios, Traffic, Web browser, e-mail, AppsLib
Dimensions & weight Dimensions:
Weight:
Compatibility Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7® and Mac® OS 10.4 or above in mass storage mode
Connectivity microSD slot, micro USB 2.0 High Speed, integrated Fast WiFi-n
Package includes ARCHOS Home Connect, Integrated battery (not removable), Power Adaptor, micro USB Cable (2 m), User manual

I think this could be a really nice device. Used in the kitchen or the bedside it would be pretty useful. The screen resolution looks strange though and it does not have access to the Android Market. But transfer a few radio apps or hack Google Music onto it and you have got a pretty decent device on your hands. It would also be a useful beside news reader as well. Maybe I’ll buy one and review it some day.

Next up is the 35 Smart Home Phone

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The specs for the 35 Smart Home Phone are below.

Internal Storage 8 GB* internal memory + Micro SD slot
Screen 3.5’’ color touch screen.
Resolution: 272 x 480 pixels
DECT Frequency 1.9 GHz
GAP compatibility Yes
Name & number memory Unlimited
Hands free mode Yes
Caller ID Caller contact display: Name, number, email …
Intercom Calling another handset
Application Framework Android™ 2.2 Froyo
Processor OMAP™ 3630 @ 1 GHz with OpenGL® ES 2.0 graphic accelerator
Music Playback1 MP3, FLAC, OGG, WAV
Photo viewer1 JPEG, BMP
Video recording Records from the built-in front facing VGA camera equipped with a microphone
Video Playback1 Plays MPEG-4 AVI and most common video formats
Speakers built-in speaker, 3.5mm audio jack
Dimensions & weight 126 mm x 61 mm x 11 mm – 90 g
Compatibility Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Windows 7® and Mac® OS 10.4 or above in mass storage mode
Connectivity Micro USB 2.0 High Speed,
Micro SD card slot,
WiFi® b/g/n
Package includes ARCHOS 35 Smart Home Phone, base, support, power supplies, micro USB Cable (2 m), Quick Start Guide, phone cable

Again this is another interesting device. My cordless phones around the house are seriously dated and having a fancy touch screen would be nice. Again no Market access is unfortunate but I guess you would survive. It’s not like you will want to put many apps on it with the resistive screen. You could easily create to do lists and different calendars on this it would be like a family organiser. Again some hacking to get Google stuff on it and this would be great. You could sync contacts and calendars between different units.

Both units are set to be £119.99 and you can already buy the Archos Home Connect on the Archos Store.

What do you think about these? Are Archos just trying to find another area of the Market or are they just barking up the wrong tree?

Links – Archos Home ConnectArchos Smart Home PhoneArchos Store

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