Today I am going to check out the Archos Home Connect 35. This is a small alarm clock sized device intended to sit on a desk or nightstand and give you access all sorts of media. If you like Android and need a new and fancy alarm clock, read on for all the details.
The Archos Home Connect 35 has 4 GB internal memory and a microSD card slot to expand storage. The device runs Android 2.2 and has and OMAP 3630 1 GHz processor. The screen is a 3.5" touchscreen and the device supports video, audio, and photos. It also has two integrated speakers and Wi-Fi. You can buy the device now for $129.99.
The Archos Home Connect 35 is an interesting, if somewhat odd, little device. It's designed to sit at your bedside to access to any content you might want without having to dig out a smartphone, notebook, or tablet. The 3.5" screen is about the size of a smartphone, but lacks the resolution on most smartphones. The device has an internal battery so you can take it with you around the home or outside and run off with an AC outlet as well.
Internal speakers have nice audio quality, but no bass to speak of. You can clearly hear your music and audio playback from video or games. The little device is very attractive and easy-to-use for people familiar with Android. I felt that the screen required a rather heavy and deliberate touch. I often had to go back and hit keys or icons again to activate them. For instance when I used the on screen keyboard on the Archos Home Connect 35 I had to type very slowly, whereas on my Android smart phone I can type very quickly with a light touch.
The device supports the ability to wake up to web radio stations and you can set multiple alarms. I like that the screen has the time and shows you how warm or cold it is outside from the alarm clock view. The display can also be dimed so it's not too bright at night. You can access just about anything you can think of that supports Android such as maps and streaming video among many other things. The screen will also adjust its brightness automatically based on lighting in the room.
The screen is relatively low resolution, as I mentioned before. Video streams smoothly via Wi-Fi, but the image quality isn't as good as you might expect from being used to watching the other devices. 4 GB of storage is plenty for many people's music collection and to download a few apps. If you need more space the device supports up to 16 GB microSD cards. You can also use the Archos Remote app to control music playback on the Archos Home Connect 35 from your Android smartphone or tablet.
- Supports hundreds of alarms
- Supports apps and video
- Internal battery
- Low resolution screen
- Old version of Android
The low resolution screen and antique Android 2.2 OS may turn some people off, but for highly functional and clock this is a great device.
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