My year-old Archos 5 Internet Media Tablet was very unhappy yesterday when a thinner, lighter, more powerful version of itself waltzed into Pocketables HQ and had the audacity to demand that it be addressed by an almost identical name.
The brazen, just-released Archos 5 Internet Tablet with Android (which we’ll simply call the Archos 5 Android from now on) stripped off its packaging and challenged the old timer to a hardware throwdown. They would meet again in a web browsing duel and other situations in due time, but a superficial battle of outward appearances had to be done first. Though showing some definite signs of wear on its once-glossy casing, the non-Android Archos 5 accepted the challenge. See how it went below.
But first, the requisite Archos 5 Android unboxing:
Compared to the lakeside unboxing it had last year, the Archos 5 IMT was unfazed.
Still, it was quick to point out that its hefty 250GB hard drive made it 0.3 inches thicker than the 60GB IMT released alongside it last year. It also noted that the Archos 5 Android Flash series was about half as thick as the Android Hard Drive series. In other words, pitting a 250GB HDD-based IMT against a 32GB SSD-based IT isn’t fair. If nothing else, then, you can at least get an idea of how the flash and hard drive versions of the Android tablet will compare.
That said, let the pictorial battle begin!
The Archos 5 mini dock, which was originally released to expand the functionality of the Internet Media Tablet, is also compatible with the Android tablet.
Is it silly to ask which one you think should be declared the winner?
The Archos 5 Android Internet Tablet is available now from Amazon starting at $370.