Archon 50 Diamond Review, Shine on You Crazy Diamond!
The smartphone that I’m going to be reviewing today comes from Archos, a French manufacturer that is mostly known for making tablets (at least, that’s what I know them for). Their flagship goes by the name of Archos 50 Diamond and sports some tempting specs, such as dual-SIM support for those of you who depend on two carriers, a 5 inches 1080p screen, a Snapdragon 615 chipset, a 16 MP primary camera and an 8 MP secondary one, a bloatware-free Vanilla Android 4.4.4 KitKat and much more. All these come inside a handset that will pull around $300 from your wallet, which is a more than reasonable price for a big amount of offerings. Feeling tempted? Keep reading and find out more.
Inside its retail box, the Archos 50 Diamond comes accompanied by its charger, a microUSB cable for making data transfers and re-charging your unit and a pair of headphones with in-ear buds.
Let’s take a look at it. The Archos 50 Diamond stands at 146 x 70.4 x 8 mm and has a weight of 142 grams, which is reasonable for a device of its size. Its design is nice and simple, consisting in a rectangular body with curved lines that define its bottom and upper parts and a matte finish for its rear-side, which offers a good hand grip and keeps away fingerprints and smudges. The phone comes in two tones, black and yellow, the latter being dedicated to those of you who are fond of crazy colors.
The handset’s build quality seems top-notch, solid and reliable, just how I like it.
The Archos 50 Diamond features a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen that offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 440 ppi. The image quality is beautiful, with punchy colors, good contrast and wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is also very decent for a device that comes at this price.
At the software department, you’ll be pleased to find out that the Archos 50 Diamond holds support for a “clean” Android 4.4.4 KitKat, which wasn’t burdened with any bloatware, but offers a pure Android experience. A Lollipop update is in the works, so you’ll be soon enjoying the latest and greatest from Android.
The lockscreen will greet you by showing the date, time, swiping left will pop up the camera shortcut and swiping right will display some widgets. Beyond the lockscreen is the homescreen, which supports an unlimited number of panes and holds shortcuts, folders and widgets.
The Notification area holds your notifications and an icon for accessing quick toggles.
Browsing through the friendly and intuitive interface is done smoothly due to the lack of bloatware, but mostly thanks to the handset’s hardware. The Archos 50 Diamond is powered by a Snapdragon 615 chipset, having a quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and a quad-core 1 GHz Cortex-A53 processors, Adreno 405 GPU, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, which can be expanded with a microSD card of maximum 128 GB. As you probably figured if you’re a techie, the handset belongs in the mid-range area, but is a very good performer and will handle tasks without hassle, offering a pleasant user experience free of any kind of lag and inconveniences like that.
Inside its connectivity package, the Archos 50 Diamond comes with support for quad-band GSM, GPRS, EDGE, tri-band 3G, quad-band LTE, Wi-Fi b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct and Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, NFC and microUSB 2.0.
The Archos 50 Diamond comes with a 16 MP camera on board and can capture stills with a maximum resolution of 5312 x 2988 pixels and is helped by a LED flash in low light situations. The camera application offers support for HDR, Panorama, manual settings for adjusting the white balance, contrast, ISO, exposure compensation and metering, and much more. The camera offers some good looking pictures, with plenty of details, accurate colors and a good contrast.
The video camera is also a capable performer and will deliver some pleasing 1080p videos @30 fps.
Also on board is an 8 MP front-facing snapper for making video calls. Or taking selfies.
Some other useful features that might interest you are a GPS receiver with A-GPS and GLONASS support, Google Maps for navigation, the Google Chrome browser, which delivers a great browsing experience, some capable media players for audio and video playback, an FM Radio and more.
The Archos 50 Diamond holds inside a 2,700 mAh non-removable battery and will endure two days and a half under a single charge if it’s being used moderately, with two SIM cards inside. If you use only one, you can expect it to perform even better.