Dec 15 AT 3:21 PM Dustin Earley 85 Comments

Archos 35 Home Connect brings Android to your alarm clock

Archos 35 home connect

Are you tired of using your Android phone as your alarm clock, but still want an Android device to be the first thing you look at when you wake up in the morning? Look no further than the Archos 35 Home Connect.

Originally announced back in June of 2011, the Archos 35 Home Connect is now available for $149.99. Running a heavily skinned version of Android 2.2, the Home Connect comes with stereo speakers, a 3.5-inch touchscreen display, a 1GHz processor and 4GB storage. There’s no access to the Android Market, but there are apps for weather, videos, email, traffic reports and a TuneIn app that boasts 50,000 streaming radio channels available from Archos’ AppsLib. Oh, and you can side-load apps as well.

Personally, I don’t think I’d ever buy something like this. I’d rather continue using my phone (and a stereo if I really want to bump some jams), but it’s always neat to see the things manufacturers are doing with Android. How about you? Would you ever buy an Android powered alarm clock, or would using a dock be enough for you?

Source: The Verge

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Deeds

    This is useless, just get an alarm clock app

    • azswift

      I’ve been really happy with Gentle Alarm.

      Maybe when the price comes down. Archos were all about $200 last Christmas and i’ve seen a fewat around 50 bucks this year, It will be a pretty cool gadget at that price.

      • lxgeorge

        Yeah I’d probably buy one for around $50 if it was actually really good. But this doesn’t seem to be that product

        • mothy

          This would be the perfect price point for my kids to have music and an alarm clock.

    • McLovin

      Agreed! That’s my first thought also. I never use the “standard” alarm clock I’ve had for 30+ years anymore. I use the one on my phone.

    • zerosix

      I don’t use my phone as alarm. I don’t trust it, it doesn’t work like clockwork. Even with alarm clock apps.
      I prefer my Motorola A1200 for this purposes.

  • David Gomez

    I’d rather just get a dock and use that.

  • stenzor

    If it had wheels (a la Clocky) and some sort of intelligent sleep cycle detection, I’d buy it.. but for now I’ll stick to Clocky and my phone

  • zyphbear

    I would have to agree with the writer of the article, not only is the price point out of my range for buying a new gadget for what it does, It also feels like I could just use a dock for this kind of stuff.

    Now if it came down in price, to maybe the same cost of a dock (like $50-60), I might have to consider it.

  • Anthony E

    Why?! What a waste of materials.

  • ranwanimator

    Seems a tad overpriced for an alarm clock.

  • goncalossilva

    It could make a solid sound system if it has good speakers.

  • mr 1338

    i really like it but it is plain useless
    ah…. the world of gizmos <3

  • Steve Heinrich

    $149 for a heavily stripped down Android alarm clock?… Only if Google will be providing the system updates.


    LoL I would buy it if they knocked $120.00 off the price
    150 for an alarm clock is a bit mu
    ch to say the least.


    LoL I would buy it if they knocked $120.00 off the price
    150 for an alarm clock is a bit much to say the least.

  • cb2000a

    Let me know when this hits $39.95

    • damambt

      for an archos product, price is still steep.

  • ajonrichards

    Looks way cooler than a Chumby, or the Sony Dash.

  • Hall Lo

    LOL no thanks a dock for my fone is still much cheaper and more useful ;)

  • Scott Webster

    There’s a lot more than just alarm clock going on here. There’s web radio, Wi-Fi connectivity, weather, sports, traffic, and other apps. Lots of functionality, but the cost might still be a bit too much.

  • Thomas Biard

    I would like to see one that has a vibrate pad to go under the matress, one that will also control the lights to go on. If it were more of a hub to control settings for when you wake up that would be nice. But 150 for an oversized phone that doesn’t work as a phone…no thank you

    • Futureboy

      You could probably pull all of that off with Tasker and a few smart home devices, no?

  • YMS123

    I can see it now “Worlds First Alarm clock With Angry Birds “

  • damambt

    I dont trust Archos, ever since i took a leap of faith into the Internet Tablet 5 w/ Android. What a let down, that thing is still stuck on 1.6 and devs didn’t even bother making any developments for it. Their touch screens are of poor quality as well. Cant say that Archos or an Android alarm clock is appealing. I love android but this is not necessary. maybe if the price was a reasonable one then i might entertain the idea, but for 150, its a definite “Hell No!’

    • Dan Jones

      Yeah, I’ve had the same bad experience with Archos. They over-promise, and under-deliver. I bought an A101 because I really wanted an Android tablet, but there weren’t any really out yet besides the Archos ones. They never upgraded past FroYo, and then when it busted (shoddy workmanship as well, apparently), it was a hassle to figure out how to get them to fix it. Even worse, they expected me to pay for shipping to get it to them so they could fix it.

      I never bothered even sending it in, because I was sick of their crap. I’m never buying an Archos product again.

  • DroidSamurai

    You can buy an OG Droid now for less than $50. Why bother with this junk?

  • jst4tim

    This better have some awesome sound coming out of it for the price.

  • wild

    for 150$ you can buy mp4 player/phone on android + wired/wireless speakers…

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    • Homncruse

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    • Futureboy

      I *almost* want to vote you up just for the honesty.

  • thechad

    I wonder what target market they were actually going for on this one?

  • eioous

    While this is pretty awesome, $150 is pretty steep for and alarm clock.

  • azswift

    They’ve also got an Android powered home phone. Android powered convenience without a contract OR phone calls if you take it outside your home. Unless you wanted to use that as a Skype phone on WIFI.

  • Lewis McGeary

    I can’t see it selling well, anyone who’s savvy enough to make use of the more advanced functions will likely already be doing it on a phone, and would be better with a dock.

  • Marc’us H.

    Tired of using your Android device as an alarm clock? Why not use an alarm clock as an android device! … Why does an ALARM CLOCK need a 1GHz processor?

    • johnnycsx

      My thoughts exactly. It’s a cool idea, but definitely useless as anything that would need a processor past 600mHz. No one’s going to play Angry Birds on their alarm clock..

  • Joe

    I think it’s great! I just ordered 7 of them for family and friends Christmas gifts.
    Thanks for the tip!

    Merry Christmas

    • Geraldo Riviera

      Can I be your friend?

  • xfaith

    Why dont they just over it as a dockable alarm clock or something. 150 is crazy. I thought there was at least one dockable radio for android, I think it was JVC or something.

  • Reuben DeVries

    Yeah I would like to see some sort of smart alarm like gentle alarm or something of that nature. Maybe then it would be worth the price… but then they would need to create an accelerometer pad or something to go underneath your sheets… right?

  • alxrock

    For the price, I’d rather get the Philips Fidelio dock.

    • kazahani

      Does that have a decent sound? I’ve seen it in stores, but the price is so steep, and I don’t know if the sound quality is really that good…

  • charliethesuperturtle

    I hope apple doesn’t copy and make a ialarm or iclock. But I would only buy it if it were $50.

    • azulpiscina

      apple doen’t copy. Acctualy Archos copied apple in the future and went back.

      Apple will sue Archos for sure!

      • johnnycsx

        It’s fair. Look at it, it’s clearly violating patents. Didn’t Apple patent time, touch screens, and shapes?

        • Geraldo Riviera

          And Jobs said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. Jobs saw that the light was good, but not quite perfect, and he separated the light from the darkness. Jobs called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.

    • Futureboy

      Apple doesn’t need to. There are a billion companies out there building stereo/clock adapter/docks for them.

  • azulpiscina

    I prefer using a alarm clock.

    8hrs of charging for nothing shits up the batteries! :P

  • SCJaredJ

    Great concept….but for $150 I’d rather just buy a used Touchpad, slap CM on it and have a ridiculously cool alarm clock.

  • PaulPaulson

    A bit pricey but its not a horrible idea. Cut the price in half and maybe I’d think about it.

  • staryoshi

    I would buy a dedicated “alarm clock” type android unit if it were more functional and integrated with my other devices. This one, though, does not appeal to me, especially for $150.

  • HoLfElDeR

    Wow Androdi all around us, everythng will be runing on android :LD

    • Geraldo Riviera

      It’ll be interesting to see if it becomes as popular in devices as embedded Linux is. All those “smart” devices have to have an operating system… might as well be android, no licensing fee, and you can actually license it.

  • Dale Bebeau

    Screw this clock, I want my whole house to run Android!

  • securifirm

    Useless gimmick

  • Geraldo Riviera

    Archos has a reputation for making crappy products, this is true, but they’ve always been first to market with new ideas. I wonder if this represents the first of an oncoming wave of consumer devices with Android as the operating system (in lieu of embedded Linux).

  • Jorge Eslava

    Why would I not want my Android phone to be my alarm? thats one of the reasons people get smart phones, to have multiple tools in one device.

  • xwaylayx

    What a waste!…
    Archos build a nice charging station ,with nice speakers and bluetooth. There a million of them for the iphone but only 2-3 for andriod.

  • Andy_jr

    I’d take it if the price comes down, or if Cyanogen gets ported to it. ;^)

    • Samar

      Gud one man.

  • aranea

    Android is really everywhere. It would be nice though if it came with and alarm app that let’s you set it from your phone and if it synced with your calender.

  • Aleksandar Simov

    I would buy it if the price was $75 max.

  • jefflarkin

    I like it, but I can’t see myself ever paying that much for an alarm. Also, it looks really big and I don’t have much room to spare on my bedside table.

  • donger

    wow, no market support, then that’s one expensive alarm clock.

  • Adryan maldonado

    Its cool and all but im sorry no. just no. it has terrible specs. I know its not suppose to be a tablet or phone but still. If im going to lay 150 dollars for an android based device its going toward a new phone or tablet not an alarm clock. There are hundreds of im sure much better sounding quality stereos or alarm clocks out and as mentioned in the article alot of stereos can be hooked up to your phone.

  • Ilyse Rose

    I’m digging seeing Android all over the place but I can’t see myself spending that much on an alarm clock.

  • Joshua

    Umm, no… but maybe, just maybe if it had a nice look projection beam or better yet a projector for the ceiling I mean for that price it should!!!!

    I think it would be badass to have a prosumer dslr with Android built in though. Some of the photo editing apps are so nice, it’d be cool to see what you could do with a real lens system.

  • lokidokie

    Yeah, that’s dumb.
    Want an Android alarm?? Use your phone!!!

  • ramenchef

    Interesting concept. I don’t think it will take off, though.

  • eliander mendoza

    I would not buy this myself… Just like you did i would connected to the radio or something :)

  • IamHenri

    The saddest thing that some people are paid for inventing such uselss tools, which are more gadget than actual tools…

  • Louis A

    Lol too funny. No I will pass on it

  • Lee Swanson

    For a little more, you could get a Samsung Galaxy Player 4 PMP which would be more versatile. For a little less, you could get a Chumby. I think Archos does many things well, but this misses the mark.

  • pritams

    Another FAIL device..

  • Samar

    So they have gone from tablet to Alarm Clock…!!

  • humidity

    This is an interesting concept. Wonder how well it’ll do.

  • Danny Calderon

    Does anyone know if archos makes good tablets? Been thinking about buying one

  • Luke Haviland

    finally i can throw away my iHome
    and get an android alarm
    i need more android devices

  • Robyn

    You people really ought to have an Archos 35 Home Connect in your hands before sounding like you know what you’re talking about. If ANY of you know of ANY device that can do the following in the $100-$115 price range then I’d sure like to know about it!

    -great sound
    -record radio broadcasts
    -a REAL full color touchscreen display
    -surf the internet
    -plays all sorts of audio AND VIDEO files
    -AC and DC and USB powered for real portability with rechargeable lith-ion battery
    -runs zillions of android apps
    -micro sd card slot
    -local temperature and forecast
    -local traffic conditions
    -set up limitless number of alarms
    -built in camera for video and stills
    -built in stereo microphones
    -remote controllable through smartphone

    and that’s just scratching the surface! :-)

  • Kevin

    I just ordered one of these hopefully it lives up to my expectations.