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Hello,

I'm looking for a portable tablet or touch screen mp3 player that runs android. I'm essentially looking for an ipod touch equivalent, but with a few specific details:

-Must have wifi and bluetooth
-Must be able to play standard/popular multimedia
-Around 5 or 6" diagonally (Something pocket sized)
-Minimalistic buttons (Pretty much just a touch screen, like the ipod touch)
-Must be running/compatible with Android
-$200 - $400

The reason I'm looking for a portable Android tablet is because I wish to tinker with making apps. I'd like to try to make an app that would use bluetooth to communicate with electronics or at least with my computers. Since you can't make apps for the ipod touch without apple sucking your blood, the open source policy of Android would allow me to make apps and load them to my device as I please.

Also, I don't have a portable multimedia player, so that's a bonus.

I don't have a good perspective on hardware/speed for portable devices. However, I don't think I require anything too fancy. Just as long as it can play videos and run simple apps. I think the specs of an ipod touch or better would be good. I've been looking at the Archos 5 series (the internet tablet has bluetooth). The not yet released Creative Egg Plaszma, but these are for branding or something, I'm not sure what's going on. There a few HTCs. Samsung is coming out with Galaxy S, but I think that a smartphone.

On the subject of smartphones, I'd imagine you can get one as a portable media player, and just ignore the phone features? Like the Nexus One or something similar?

Anyway, if you could recommend anything, and your reasoning behind it, I would greatly appreciate the help!

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Other than size, an Android phone should do what you want. I have the Nexus One and it has a nice music player that I use frequently. It does MP3, OGG etc. It also has WiFi, Bluetooth and more. I have used it to connect to my computers and it also supports IPv6, IPSec etc., so you can really experiment with networking.
 

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Dell Streak (5" screen) should be available any day now on the U.S. site. May run a little more than your budget though.
 

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I did look at the Streak. Looks really good, but it's too expensive.

I looked further into the Archos 5. Seems to be what I'm looking for, and has an advantage over most other Android devices with it's large range of compatible media file types, however some users noted that it tends to crash easily, and is only running Android 1.6. Also it has resistive sensing as opposed to capacitive.

Multi-touch capacitive sensing is a plus if someone has an alternative to the Archos.
 

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Personally, I don't think you can go wrong by getting the Archos 5 Internet Tablet - it's a mature product with lots of support for developers. The latest firmware is quite stable, and it can access the Android Market.

There are those with a different opinion, though. If I can suggest you refer to these discussions from an Archos-specific forum, you can see that most of the A5IT's competition is either vapourware or has limited availability and support:

http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=35796&sid=e810c9016525547d29c06e6a8e699065

http://forum.archosfans.com/viewforum.php?f=14
 

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the only real beef I have with my archos is that it's resistive, and not multi-touch capacitive

if it was, I'd ditch my ipod touch in a heartbeat

it beats the ipod in virtually every other way than that
 
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