Archos

Archos 53 Platinum: Pros and Cons

Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q
Adreno 203
1 GB / 4 GB
5.3 inch (540 x 960 px)
8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus

Archos announced the launch of the 53 Platinum smartphone in 2013. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5.3 inch IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q SoC, and 1 GB of RAM. It comes with Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) out of the box, and a Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery. The IPS display panel has good color accuracy. It can display a wide range of colors, this makes visuals look more lifelike and vivid This smartphone has a single camera on the back (8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus). Is this phone a good value for its price? My review aims to answer that question by the end.

Table of Contents

This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Archos 53 Platinum smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

Archos 53 Platinum / 1

Archos 53 Platinum specifications

BrandArchos
Name53 Platinum
Model53PLA
Release date2013

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight6.67 oz
Dimensions6.05 x 3.07 x 0.36 inch
Colorsblack
SIM typeMini SIM

The weight of Archos 53 Platinum is about 6.67 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size.

Archos 53 Platinum / 1

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play MSM8225Q
CPUQuad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A5
GPUAdreno 203

The Archos 53 Platinum comes with Android OS v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. Google has integrated many services with Android. These include Google Maps, Gmail, and Google Drive. The mid-range CPU can deliver fast, efficient performance for many tasks. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

Archos 53 Platinum / 2

Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size5.3 inch
Resolution540 x 960 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 5.3 inch IPS display has better features. These include optimal viewing angles, color accuracy, and unchanging color reproduction. The 5.3 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

Archos 53 Platinum / 3

Memory, storage

RAM1 GB
Internal storage4 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

1 GB of RAM is not typically considered to be enough for a smartphone. Having more RAM alone does not guarantee better performance. Most people think a smartphone needs at least 32 GB of storage. The 53 Platinum has only 4 GB. You can expand the internal storage (4 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

Archos 53 Platinum / 4

Cameras, flash

Main camera8 MP, 3264 x 2448 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera2 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The 53 Platinum does not have optical image stabilization (OIS).

Archos 53 Platinum / 5

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetoothv3.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS
NFCno
FM radioyes
USBmicroUSB 2.0
Headphone3.5 mm jack

This phone like all modern smartphones, is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The 53 Platinum smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Archos 53 Platinum / 6

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 2800 mAh

The Li-Ion 2800 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. You can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by yourself.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, light, proximity
SpecialsDual SIM

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer provides information about the smartphone's movement in three axes. These are X (horizontal), Y (vertical), and Z (depth). The light sensor detects the level of light in the environment. Dual SIM is great for businesses. They want to give staff a device with separate numbers and bills for personal and business use.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Archos phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • microSD slot
  • Dual SIM support

Cons

  • limited-size screen
  • insufficient memory
  • insufficient internal storage
  • single camera setup
  • no OIS function
  • no 4G support
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
  • no Type-C USB port
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
Add Archos 53 Platinum to your comparison

Please let us know if you find incorrect information or something isn't working. Also, tell us if you have a suggestion for improvement.

Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
Phone42.com / Smartphones / Archos / Archos 53 Platinum