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4.0 out of 5 stars A capable portable Wi-Fi radio (and, for geeks, rootable), 21 July 2013
This review is from: Archos 35 Home Connect Internet Radio (Electronics)
The Archos 35 Home Connect makes a great portable radio around the house and garden, providing access to tens of thousands of radio stations. And, once you've installed Google Play, a larger range of apps can be installed - BBC iPlayer being top of my list (for the radio catch-up, though it streams catch-up TV very well too) - to enhance its capabilities further.

In my view the designers should have made this look less like a bedside radio alarm clock; it really deserves to be used outside this niche. And, since I carry this around the house with me, I'd move the on-off button too, as its possible to accidentally turn it off. And, as many others have said here, the biggest single improvement that could be made would be a more responsive screen; it current version is usable (a stylus helps), but can be annoying at times, especially when scrolling landscape-oriented vertical menus (which most apps have). And it would be good to add a motion sensor so that it switches from landscape to portrait mode when turned. And to add a more recent version of Android for greater app compatibility. In short, while I'm finding this model very good, and I'd certainly buy another, I'd love an updated version with these improvements.

For those with a geeky streak, it's also possible to root this device using information available on the Internet. I rooted mine so that I could disable the alarm clock and make it look more like a regular Android device.
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