When Issac Asimov wrote about Androids serving us in the home we bet he didn’t have this in mind. Archos, makers of the super-inexpensive and video codec-pally G9 series of Android tablets, has released a couple of Android-based devices for use in the home.
The Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is an Android-based DECT cordless phone that’s something of a missing link, evolutionarily speaking.
There’s practically no need to have a home phone anymore, thanks to the humble mobile, but the Smart Home Phone straddles both worlds.
It’ll handle your calls and contacts ably and it’ll allow you to transfer your contacts from your existing Android phone’s address book.
Featuring a 3.5-inch touchscreen, you’ll also be able to browse the web, check email on it and play music, so it acts as a kind of entertainment hub too. That said, we use our regular Android phones as entertainment hubs too, but we’re sure that their poor batteries could do with a break.
Froyo Home Phone
Running on Android 2.2 Froyo, the Archos 35 Smart Home Phone ought to be able to run the majority of games and apps out there.
There’s a front-facing VGA camera for video calls, microSD slot for contact storage and a microUSB port. The handset portion of the phone measures up at 126 x 61 x 11mm so it’s pretty slender. The whole thing runs on Texas Instruments’ OMAP 3630 1GHz processor.
The Archos 35 Smart Home Phone is compatible with ADSL boxes and standard phone lines and as it uses the standard DECT protocols, you can pair it with other DECT phones in the home as well. Costing £199.99, it’s available to order now.