Archos 50b Platinum Review

The Archos 50b Platinum is one of the simpler modern smartphones. In the following review i have chosen to go into more detail on a few things (as usual) such as the specifications, screen, battery life and camera. Also, i have been out and about with the Archos 50b Platinum taking some pictures and videos and I am going to compare these with some taken by an iPhone 6. So here it is, I hope you enjoy.

Specifications

The Platinum is powered by a  Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 processor. The Platinum features 512 MB RAM.  The specifications seemed quite average compared to other phones we have reviews recently so I though i would test the phone capabilities using Geekbench 3. The Platinum managed to score 351 single-core score and 1181 as a multi-core score. The Sony Xperia Z3 we tested this week has very similar specifications to the Platinum but managed to score 2845 in multi-core.
The Archos 50b Platinum has a 5.0 inch display with 540 x 960 resolution and 220 ppi (pixels per inch). There are a lot better screens out there, however there are a lot worse ones too. The brightness of the phone (when on the maximum setting) really did not seem too much more than when the phone was on the dimmest setting.  This may cause an issue on sunny days when you’re trying to use your phone in direct sunlight.

Battery Life

In our test the Archos was able to keep up with Wi-Fi on for roughly 9-10 hours (not using it) which is one of the longest we have ever tested.On a daily basis I was getting an average of around 6-7 hours with normal use and 4G switched on which is less that you can get with an iPhone 6 or a Sony Xperia Z3.

Camera

The Passport features a 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels with camera autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. It is capable of shooting videos in Full HD, [email protected]
The front facing  camera has a 2 MP sensor capable of 720p videos.

Verdict

Cons: All in all the 50b is a nice low-end  smartphone but as always there are some problems. The most important problem is the quality of the display. The colours look faded and the brightness lets just say is not the best. Another problem is the poor battery life and the limited internal storage although you can extent it with microSD.

Pros: On the other hand the Archos 50b is a cheap smartphone that offers decent  Quad-core processor and a good camera. The only complain about the camera needs to be the autofocus. But you can touch the screen and select where you want the camera to focus manually. The 50b also comes with three back covers in Blue, Pink and Black so you can change it whenever you choose. Last but not least the Archos accepts two sim cards at the same time so it can come handy if you are a traveller or you want to have your business and private number in one device.

Sample Videos & Photos

Video Taken by Archos at Devonshire Green, Sheffield (720p)

Photos taken by the Archos

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In comparison you can have a look at pictures taken by an iPhone 6

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