ARCHOS 43 internet tablet
|Before using your ARCHOS for the first time, completely charge its battery. Connect the supplied USB cable to the ARCHOS and to a running computer or a USB power adapter (available in most electronics stores). The ARCHOS will turn on and start charging. It will ask if you want to "mount" the device or "Charge only." Select "Charge only." The battery icon in the upper right corner of the screen will animate a green “filling” action and the power/charge indicator light next to the USB connector will remain solid. Once the device is completely charged, the indicator light will start blinking. When not plugged into a computer or power adapter, the icon will display the percentage of battery power available.|
|When you do not need the WiFi or
Bluetooth® connections, remember to
deactivate them in order to save battery power.
The Power control widget
found on the far left home screen allows you to turn the WiFi on and
off (WiFi, Bluetooth®*, Tethering,
Sync, Brightness) as needed. To configure
a WiFi connection, you need to be in a WiFi zone that will allow you to
connect to it. Every time the ARCHOS is in range of a network that you
already configured once, it will attempt to make a connection (so long
as the WiFi setting is enabled).
|In order to improve your device’s WiFi reception, avoid placing your fingers in front of the WiFi antenna area (zone in red).|
|Use the settings to modify your ARCHOS to function for your particular needs. You can scroll the screen up and down to reveal settings that you don’t initially see. When it is possible, you can use the Menu icon to access more options within one of the settings.|
|Bookmarks: You can also just tap on the bookmark icon on the top right of each page. Here you can see your list of bookmarks. Just tap on one of them to open it in the current window. Holding down on a bookmark will give you access to several options (you will be able to edit it, rename it, delete it, etc.). To add a new bookmark, tap on the top left box that shows * Add. The two other tabs allow you to access your Most visited sites and your History. In the History tab, the Menu icon allows you to clear the history.|
on this icon (WiFi Internet connection needed) to go to the online
AppsLib (Applications Library) store. This online library of free and
purchasable applications has hundreds of fun games and useful
applications to download and use.
Select one of the categories and then browse through the various applications to find the one you want and then tap on the Install button which will download it to your device. You can then just tap on Open to run the program. These applications have been created by the Android™ software developers' community and made available on an "as is" basis.
on this icon (found in the applications tab) and you'll see a list of
all the applications that have
been installed on your device. Scroll down to the application that you
want to delete and then tap on it. The application will be permanently
deleted. You can of course redownload free applications from the
AppsLib store again.
|The Video browser allows you to navigate through and play the video files stored in the ARCHOS internal memory or an SD card (for devices that have an SD card slot) or even files stored on other computers on your local network (see the chapter Playing your PC’s shared media). The initial choice allows you to choose between the interally stored video and video on a network. When you choose Video Folder for example, you will see the list of videos just in the folder named video. If you choose All videos, you'll see a list of all the videos it has found on your device. Each line contains a thumbnail from the video, the total play time, a Resume icon if it was last stopped before it was completely viewed, a Bookmark icon if you set a bookmark in the video at specific point, and the reveal icon in order to select Resume or Bookmark. Tap on a video to play it from the beginning. Press and hold down on the item to get more options.||ARCHOS 43 Technical Specifications
MPEG-4 HD (up to 720p, 30 fps@12Mbps)
MPEG-4 (ASP@L5 AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 fps@12Mbps
H.264 HD (HP@L3.1 up to 720p, 30 fps@7Mbps)
WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 30 fps@10Mbps)
MJPG (Motion JPEG) in VGA resolution
With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MOV, 3GP, MPG, MKV, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, WMV.
With the optional Cinema plug-in: MPEG2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30 fps@15 Mbps). Plays VOB, TS, PS.
Video subtitle support
SRT, SSA, SMI, SUB text subtitles, MKV embedded subtitles (TXT, SSA), VOB embedded subtitles
display the menu overlay, tap once anywhere on the screen. You can use
this to pause/resume the video or to move to a specific part of the
make it disappear, tap again. To display the available menu items
including alternate languages*, subtitles*, bookmarks, and settings,
tap on the menu icon .
To exit the video player at any time, tap on the back icon
to go back to the video list, or tap on the home icon
to go to the home screen.
* Only if multiple audio tracks or subtitles are included inside or alongside the video file.
Connect the ARCHOS to
your WiFi network (see Making
2. Connect your PC to the same WiFi network and start Windows Media® Player, version 11 or higher.
3. Click on the Library tab, and select Media sharing...
4. Check the box Share my media to, and click on OK. The ARCHOS icon should appear in the window, with a warning symbol next to it*.
* ATTENTION: the first time you set your sharing options, it might take a couple of minutes for your PC to display the ARCHOS icon.
5. Select the ARCHOS icon and click on the Allow button.
6. To modify your sharing settings, click on Settings. You can, for example, enter a name for your shared media files. You will then see this name on your ARCHOS. Click on OK to save the modifications.
7. Click on OK to close the Media Sharing window.
8. You can now close Windows Media® Player, and start viewing your PC’s shared media files directly on your ARCHOS (see next section).
you see the music library screen with the cover-roll album art display
on the left. Scroll the albums vertically to see all the albums
stored on your device or scroll it horizontally to see your Favorites, Recently added, Recently played,
or All albums.
If your music files do not include cover art, then a standard cover
icon will appear.
You can browse through your music by album, artist, or song name, via your created play lists, your favorites, or as files and folders in the storage* system. If some of your music files do not contain information tags, they will be classified as (Unknown) in the Music Library. If not already present, the music player widget can be placed on one of the five home screens to give you quick access to your recently added and recently played music.
* In addition to the internally stored music, you will see the option External in Storage. This allows you to play music from media servers or from a file server over your WiFi network.
playlist is a list of audio tracks that the music player will
automatically play one after the other (in order or randomly). You can
play, create and edit as many playlists as you
want. To create or add to a playlist, find a song or an
album in the
music browser and hold your finger down on it to bring up the list of
options. Select Add
to playlist, and then you have the option of putting it into an
already established playlist or creating a new play list.
When you delete a playlist (hold your finger down on the name of playlist then select delete), you are only deleting the list and not the music itself.
|The "Favorites" is where you keep the music you play the most often. To add a title, an album, or an artist to your favorites list, just hold down on the item and a few options will appear. Choose Add to favorites. The item will be marked with a star icon . To access your favorites list at any time, go to the cover-roll browsing screen and flick the albums left/right until you see the music called Favorites. To remove an item from your favorites list, roll it into view and then hold your finger down on it and choose Remove from favorites.|
music playback screen includes the standard playback controls.
You can tap on the progression bar to
go directly to a different
location in the song. The previous and next buttons can be tapped once
to jump to the
beginning of the current song or jump to the next song, or held down to
reverse or advance rapidly through the current song. The icons to the
right of the album cover do the following:
- Switch to the music selection screen
- View the current play list*
- Choose between repeating all songs in the current list, just one, and not repeating.
Using the menu , you can choose additional items such as the Audio Settings (shown to the right) or Party Shuffle. Selecting the party shuffle will create a playlist of several songs from the entire music library. The idea is that while the list is playing, you can add more songs (find the desired song, long hold on the item, and then select Add to playlist > Current playlist) and it will add it to the end of the current party shuffle. Or, if you do nothing, the player will just add songs as needed to keep the party going.
* In the list, it is possible to change the position of the upcoming songs by holding down on the icon on the left of the song and dragging it to the desired position.
|The gallery organizes your photos for you by the folders you have put them into and by the date the photos were taken. This includes both the photos and videos you have taken with the built-in camera or photos you have copied onto the ARCHOS. The initial gallery view shows all the albums (folders) that contain photos. Flick the albums to the left or right to find the one to view, and then tap on it to see a photo wall of its contents. If not already present, the photo widget can be placed on one of the five home screens to give you quick access to your recently added, recently played, and favorite photos.|
|You can flick the photo wall to
the right or left to see a thumbnail of all the photos.
1. The name of the folder you are currently looking at.
2. Tap to view the album as a photo wall (shown) or as small stacks of photos (below) grouped by date.
3. Drag the date slider to go through the entire photo wall by date.
4. The date of the photos is displayed as you drag the slider.
5. Example of new pictures created with the cropping feature.
|The ARCHOS 43 has a built in camera
that allows you to take still
photos or video recordings. When taking still images, be careful to
hold the device completely still in order to take photos that are crisp
and clear. To the right is the screen for taking still pictures
(and which is the same for taking videos).
1. Settings tab. Tap on this (or tap on the menu icon then Settings) to access the various camera settings (color effect, burst mode, picture quality, etc.).
2. Last photo or video made. Opens a view to inspect the last photos or videos that you made.
3. Switch between video camera and still image camera.
4. Take a photo or start/stop a video sequence depending if you are in photo or video camera mode.
|The file browser gives you the possibility to navigate the file system of your ARCHOS' internal memory. In the Home screen, tap on the applications tab, and tap on Files to enter the file browser. Tap on a folder to open it. Use the back icon to go back up one level in the file hierarchy. By holding your finger down on a file or a folder, you can cut, copy, delete, rename, or get details about that specific file or folder. To paste a copied or cut file or folder, use the menu icon . For folders with many files, you can "flick" the list and it will scroll up or down quickly.|
The Email and Contacts applications work hand in hand. These are standard email and contacts applications that you will need to set up yourself. You will need to check with your Internet service provider to find the parameters needed to set up both incoming and outgoing mail. Typically there are "Help" pages on service provider's website for setting up email for various email programs. This will give you the incoming and outgoing mail server names and other information that you will need to enter into the mail setup. If you have a Google Mail™ account, the entire email setup only requires your user name and password.
application is more than a simple clock. It displays a stylish digital
clock on the screen, plays photos from the Photo Frame application, gives access to your music,
and let's you set alarms. If your device is in Deep Sleep mode (long press on
power button > Power
off > Deep
sleep), the alarm will not bring it out of this sleep
mode. Just press the on/off button once to put it in regular sleep mode.
|This application allows you to view slideshows of photo albums from Flickr®, Picasa™, or Facebook accounts. Open the application and then tap on the bottom area of the screen to display the available options. You can view a slideshow of the photos that are stored on the ARCHOS, from your own on-line photo albums, on-line albums of others, or view selected photos by keywords.|
when you have been using
Android™ for a while, it may hold a
number of applications in active memory and slow down. You can stop
individual applications or stop all of them to give more space to
working memory. You can also see which applications are preventing the
device from sleeping or which ones are waking it up too often.
|A quick way to enter a search term for a Google Internet search.|
|A quick method to access your music
instead of opening the Music player.
There are also similarly looking widgets for the Gallery (photo
viewing) and the Video
Audio/Video cable plugs into the ARCHOS to allow
to play video out to a television. Use the Switch to TV
widget (go here
to install the widget if it is not already on one of the home screens)
switch from watching
on the built-in screen to watching on a television. You can also use the menu button
to see the TV switch
option. Before you switch
to the TV, make sure you have switched your television to the correct
video input, often this is done with the A/V select button of your TV's
Be sure to orient the device as shown below in order to use the correct touch zones of the screen.