Archos 53 Platinum hands-on (Video)

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One nice thing about events like the IFA is that they give us the chance to go hands-on with phones we might have heard about already, but haven’t yet had the chance to interact with ourselves. That’s the case with Archos and its 53 Platinum, an Android smartphone the company announced back in April. Along with the 35 Carbon and 50 Platinum, the 53 was also crazy cheap, with a list price of only $250. Is it going to come across as a cheaply made phone, or would we be impressed by the build quality? We stopped by where Archos had set up at the IFA 2013 to take a look.

The Archos 53 Platinum has a 5.3-inch qHD display and runs a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 play – sacrifices, maybe, but specs like that help Archos keep the price down. The phone has a mere 4GB of internal storage, but Archos lets you greatly expand upon that with microSD support. For cameras, there’s an eight-megapixel main shooter, with a two-megapixel component around front.

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!