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Archos 50 Oxygen Plus: Taking the ‘smart’ out of the smartphone?

Archos, the French multinational producer of tablets, phones and other electronic devices, has extended its range with the 50 Oxygen Plus. Okay, so its name might sound more like a medical device designed to help people breathe than a smartphone, but that doesn’t mean to say it’s not worth bothering about.

On the contrary, according to Archos, the 50 Oxygen Plus combines an ergonomic design with performance and power for an affordable price. Well they would say that, but what we ask is what do the critics think?

Tech Radar: stifled by the ‘big shots’

After a hands on review of the Archos 50 Oxygen Plus, Tech Radar came to the conclusion that whilst it’s a decent affordable smartphone, it will be difficult for the 50 Oxygen Plus to stand out amongst the ‘bigger names’ in the market.

With a SIM-free retail price of just £149.99, Tech Radar is quick to point out that the 50 Oxygen Plus offers value for money – on paper at least.

While the current model is available on 3G, Tech Radar advise to hold out until June when 4G variant with Android Lollipop makes an appearance for just £30 or so more than the current model.

Asides its low cost and incoming 4G with Lollipop, Tech Radar praise the 50 Oxygen Plus for its “strong spec.”

The key features of this “strong spec” include a 5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 1.4GHz octa-core processor, 8MP and 5MP cameras, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot for expansion, dual SIM support and a 2000mAh battery.

On the downside, Tech Radar thinks the 50 Oxygen Plus looks awful and a “bit like the iPhone 6” but with a cheap look and feel. As well as limited availability another weakness of the low-cost French smartphone is that its performance is a “little lacking.”

Digital Versus: Uncanny iPhone 6 resemblance

Deeming the 50 Oxygen Plus as an “extremely thin mid-range smartphone with an undeniably Apple-inspired design”, Digital Versus doesn’t seem too impressed with Archos’ new smartphone.

The review places the phone’s spec as “pretty traditional” but quick to point out the fact the handset is available in two versions.

Mobile Tech

Mobile Tech Review seem a little more forthcoming of the 50 Oxygen Plus, claiming that because the phone is powered by an Octo-Core 3G processor and a powerful GPU, users have the ability to “enjoy games, video and applications without lagging.”

Mobile Tech Review also seems pretty impressed with the handset’s 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera with multiple picture-taking modes to apparently capture “crystal clear memories”.

All in all, the Archos 50 Oxygen Plus is a cheap smartphone and, as we all know, cheap can often come at the expense of quality.

That said, it’s not a total thumbs down for the 50 Oxygen Plus and to regard the handset as taking the ‘smart’ out of the smartphone would be a little unfair.

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If you’re looking a smartphone that doesn’t break the bank and with its iPhone 6 resemblance certainly “looks the part”, then the Archos 50 Oxygen Plus could certainly be one to consider.

For more information visit Archos.