Archos 59 Xenon – Budget Priced Wonder

My first 6 incher android phone was the Tecno A3. Nice phone, we’ll built but it’s functionality was limited by its extremely low app installation memory. One had to delete an app to install another. At a point it even became difficult working with the phone as insufficient memory error messages kept coming up for simple tasks. I loved the screen size. Just the perfect size for mails and movies and of course games. Not too big for a handheld, one hand operation. Regretfully I had to sell it off and have been looking for a replacimageement since then.

Just last week I stumbled upon the Archos 59 Xenon on a merchant site. A 5.9 inch screen android smartphone. Going through the specs, I felt I got all I ever wanted. It’s specs exceeds that of Tecno A3 in many areas. It has a HD display, with a quad core processor and 1Gb RAM. It is a dual sims phone with internal unpartitioned storage of 16Gb and SD support up to 32Gb running KitKat. And the icing on the cake is the price. Just N23,500 (about $118). I felt there must be a catch. But curiosity took hold of me and I placed my order.

First Impression
The phone arrived yesterday and I was not disappointed. In fact I was awed by what I got. The phone exceeded all my expectations.

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Unboxing
As seen above, the box is compact and looks ordinary. Inside the pack, you have
– The phone
– Battery
– Charger
– USB cable
– Wired earpiece
– Instructions manual (186 pages)
– Warranty manual
– International warranty Centres
– Free screen guard
– A micro sim carrier

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The charger looks solid and the type you see with premium quality handsets. Top marks there.

This post is about my first impression. Hands-on review will follow. But before I treat you to more pictures let me just mention that this phone has USB OTG functionality and a special feature called Archos Fusion Storage –  more on those in the upcoming review.

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One thing I noticed is that Archos brand has been around for sometime and is an international brand. If it could start making budget priced phones with such high specs, then our local Tecno, Infinix, and Innjoo  brands had better go back to the drawing board or they end up losing the market to the likes of Archos.

When looking for a low or midrange device, would you buy an Archos?
Would you rather stick with your Tecno, Infinix, and Innjoo?
Or you’ll rather wait for my hands on review?

6 comments for “Archos 59 Xenon – Budget Priced Wonder

  1. Eye_Bee_Kay
    July 23, 2015 at 11:26 am

    Now, I have a covenant to use my present Tecno Phantom AIII until it falls to pieces (@ least 3 more years). but this Archos is one of hell of an evil temptation.

    I am also a great fan of big screens, and at this price point, with those spex, this device would take some beating.

    Clearly, it is not just only the Infinix, Innjoo and TecNose of this world that need to sit up and shape up. Even the big boys like Samsung need to do something drastic. Otherwise, katakata will burst. A matter of time.

  2. July 23, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Nice review. For me, 7 inches is the new sweet spot for a “smartphone”. Even with my additional lenses, i find screen sizes less that 7 inches a strain.

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    • July 24, 2015 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for the AdSense banners info Wale. We shall make the needed adjustments.

      But 7″for a phone? Some guys in my Whatsapp group would label you a heretic for that 😀 . However, with phones getting slimmer and acquiring tiny bezels nowadays, that might really be the way to go.

  3. WillyWest
    July 24, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Great review Sir, the Archos 59 Xenon is definitely a good buy going by the price stated.

    In answering the last question you asked, I’d say most low range Asian products are the same, there’s always one reason or the other for dissatisfaction on the long run we just buy them because either we are not phone freaks or we have to work on a budget.

    For instance Sir its only a matter of time before the “insufficient memory” issue comes up oweing to the 1GB ram or the earpiece starts acting up. Exactly what happened to my tecno phantom 1, that in addition to not being able to hear callers without having to use an earpiece, so right now my phantom has been relegated to a browsing and entertainment device.

    In summary if you have the finances go for high end devices that as expected comes with superior hardware and accesories.

  4. July 4, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I bought Archos 59 Xenon this year, and buy mistake the phone felt down et the screen has brocken. since then I have been looking for the screen to buy but nowhere tobe fund. pls where can I get it

    • July 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Linda, if you are in Nigeria, or Lagos to be precise, I can give you the contact of the person that repaired mine at the Computer Village.

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