Feeds
75%
Archos 35 Home Connect

Archos 35 Home Connect

Net savvy Android clock radio, anyone?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Security for virtualized datacentres

Aerial view

The keen-eyed amongst you will have noticed there is no snooze button. Also there’s no FM radio, so I won’t push the clock-radio analogy too far but the pre-loaded TuneIn internet radio app is a good replacement and has a one-button record facility.

Archos 35 Home Connect

Given the connectivity, is this is PMP in a box?

Around the back you will find a MicroSD slot to expand the 4GB of internal storage to a maximum of 16, a 3.5mm audio jack and a MicroUSB port for syncing and charging. Archos doesn’t say what the battery capacity is but it’s certainly good for at least 8 hours mixed use away from the mains.

Loading apps other than those in the Archos-endorsed AppsLibb requires that you instal ArcTools from said. One you have that you can use it to install the Android Market and any Google apps you want.

Archos 35 Home Connect

Internet radio player

Because the Home Connect’s screen is locked to portrait most apps are flagged as not being compliant. I got around this by exporting the apps I wanted from my phone using AirDroid. Once I had side loaded them all the ones I tried worked just fine.

Once installed Skype worked perfectly with the VGA web-cam above the screen and turned the Home Connect into a handy video and VOIP communication device, though who would want to video chat with me when I’ve just woken up in anyone’s guess. It’s really not a pretty sight.

Archos 35 Home Connect

Web browsing

Verdict

The Archos Home Connect is an interesting modern take on the good old bedside clock-radio with a decent screen at the front, Flash-playing Android underneath and a fine pair of speakers at either end. I’d like a snooze button and physical volume controls on the top though and the system buttons should be backlit for night-time use. ®

More Android Reviews

Orange
Tahiti
7in tablet
Samsung
Galaxy
Nexus
Ten… Androids
to outshine
the iPhone 4S
Motorola
Razr
Asus
Transformer
Prime

New hybrid storage solutions

75%
Archos 35 Home Connect

Archos 35 Home Connect

The Android-powered connected bedside companion with Flash.
Price: £120 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
The Apple Watch and CROTCH RUBBING. How are they related?
Plus: 'NostrilTime' wristjob vid action
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.