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Archos 35 Home Connect: Android-running TuneIn Radio-powered radio

Alongside the Archos 35 Home Smart Phone comes the Archos 35 Home Connect. This is basically an Android-powered radio unit with a 3.5-inch touchscreen and some speakers built in.

The Pro version of the TuneIn Radio app comes pre-installed on the Home Connect, so you’ve already got an out-of-the box internet radio solution.

But the really cool thing is that you’ve got access to the Android Market on this bad boy. So you can install whatever other radio or music-streaming app from the Android Market; Last.fm, Spotify you name it.

Even sweeter, using the Archos Remote Control app, you can use your Android phone as a remote for the Home Connect, as we did when we reviewed the Archos G9 101 tablet.

This is very very cool; one remote control app for whatever music streaming service you want to use.

On the back, there’s a 3.5mm audio jack in case you wanted to hook up to some bigger external speakers and a microSD slot as well. So if you don’t fancy streaming music all the time you can have your own tunes sitting in there on some physical storage. You get 4GB of internal memory already and support for up to an extra 16GB.

We’re very much sold on this; like the Smart Home Phone it costs £119.99. Dear Santa Claus Father Christmas, we’ve been very, very good this year. Can we have one of these alongside the fire engine and that new bike please?

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