Apple iPad Wireless Fix

by Clayton on May 12, 2010

Come on baby, connect!

So the ongoing saga with the Apple iPad continues with the confirmation of a ‘fix’ announced for the wireless woes of a ton of US customers. The UK release of Apples premium ‘Hand Warmer’ will be later this month, 28th I believe, so hopefully for all those wanting to buy this piece of tech it’ll be fixed with a software download.

One of the lads in the office bought one of the Archos 5 tablets last week and I have to say it’s very impressive;

Display characteristics: High resolution screen, 800×480 pixels, 4.8” TFT LCD, 16 million colors

User interface: Touch screen, ON/OFF, vol+ and vol- buttons, retractable virtual keyboard

Processor(s): Central Unit:

- Main processor: ARM CortexTM-A8, 32 bit, In-order, dual-issue, superscalar core @ 600 MHz

- Additional processor: 32 bit DSP @ 430 MHz

RAM memory: 128 MB* (Low-Power Double Data Rate SDRAM)

Mass storage memory: Hard drive, capacity according to the product version

- 60 GB* (stores up to 80 Movies, 600,000 photos or 30,000 songs1)

- 120 GB* (stores up to 160 Movies, 1.2 million photos or 60,000 songs1)

- 160 GB* (stores up to 210 Movies, 1.6 million photos or 80,000 songs1)

- 250 GB* (stores up to 300 Movies, 2.5 million photos or 145,000 songs1)

The screen quality is amazing!

Operating system: Linux

In its normal use mode, the ARCHOS 5 being a miniaturized Personal Computer:

Program language C – requires special developer-edition firmware15

Connectivity: On board WiFi (802.11 b/g), USB 2.0 host with optional accessories

PC accessories: Possible attachment of numerous standard USB PC accessories**** (keyboard, mouse, memory key, memory cards reader, camera and other future computer accessories)

Video playback**: MPEG-42 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution)

WMV (MP@ML, up to DVD resolution) included WMV protected files

M-JPEG (in QVGA resolution)

With optional software plug-in:

HD support: MPEG-4 (ASP 720p) & WMV HD (MP 720p)

MPEG-2 MP@ML up to 10 Mbps (up to DVD resolution) and AC3 stereo sound (5.1)

H.264 up to DVD resolution with AAC

Audio playback**: Stereo MP3 decoding @ 30-320 Kbits/s CBR & VBR, WMA, Protected WMA, WMA pro 5.1, WAV (PCM/ADPCM).

AC3 stereo audio and 5.1 sound files (via SPDIF output of DVR Station)

Flac and OGG Vorbis audio files

With optional software plug-in:

AAC3 and AAC+ stereo audio files

Photo viewer***: JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF

PDF viewer: Reads PDF documents (may not implement all PDF features)

Video recording6: Via the optional DVR Station or DVR Snap-on. Records NTSC/PAL/SECAM in MPEG-4 AVI format with stereo sound, VGA resolution (640 x 480) @ 30 or 25 f/s

Audio recording: Via the optional DVR Station or DVR Snap-on: Stereo line-in, WAV (IMA ADPCM or PCM) format

Voice recording via the optional FM remote and its built-in microphone in WAV format (IMA ADPCM)

Email client Compatible with Email accounts supporting POP3 and IMAP services Import/export of vCard contacts

Interfaces: USB 2.0 High-Speed Device (compatible USB 1.1 at a lower speed): Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Media Transport Protocol (MTP)

USB 2.0 Host: Mass Storage Class (MSC) and Picture Transfer Protocol (PTP) with optional Mini Dock, Battery Dock and DVR station

Connections: WiFi (802.11 b/g) connection. Free Web Browser (Opera® Web browser with Adobe Flash® 9 video support) upon registration

3.5 mm mini jack for headphones

Accessory connectors to connect to the DVR Station and other ARCHOS accessories

Miscellaneous Built-in speaker

Built-in leg stand

Battery life: Music playback time: up to 22 hours4

Video playback time: up to 7 hours4

Power source: Internal: Lithium Polymer battery

Device charges via computer USB port

External: Power adapter/charger (via optional accessories)

Scalability: Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated

Updates can also be downloaded at

Dimensions & weight: Approx 127,5 x 78,3 x 12,9 mm (for 60GB* model) – 250gr

Approx 127 x 78,8 x 19,4 mm (for 120/250GB* models) – 300gr

In a possible use mode, in connection with an external computer through the USB B connector available on some optional accessories:

Minimum system requirements: Microsoft® Windows® Vista, XP, ME, 2000 or higher

MAC OS X and Linux (with Mass Storage Device Support)

USB 2.0 interface

Package includes: ARCHOS 5, headphones, ARCHOS USB cable, DVR Station adapter, screen cleaning cloth, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice.

All this in a device that fits in one hand! Oh and the wireless works AND they start from £180

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