The power/hold button and volume rocker is along the left edge. Headphone jack, USB port, and microphone are on the bottom edge.
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- Music: The 32 will play nearly any music/audio file you put on it. See the specifications for a complete list. When you first enter the Music app you'll see a spinning array of your album covers, next to other options for sorting your music.
There are small and large Widgets for videos that you can put on any of the 5 home pages. Both give you one-tap access to Recently Added or Recently Played lists, as well one tap to playing that last video you were watching. You can stretch a video to fill the screen. The menu button brings up options for Info, Set Bookmark, Brightness, and more Settings. Movie information and cover retrieval is available in video info. The additional Settings include Play Mode (Single/Folder/Repeat single/Repeat Folder), Sound(Audio Settings), and Display Video Title(enable or disable). I am very impressed with the 32's video playback capability. Video gets an A from me.
- Photos: There are two way to enjoy your photos that come standard on the Archos 32. You get a typical Gallery app, and the Photo Frame application. The 32 will display JPEG, BMP, PNG, and GIF graphic files. The initial view when you open the Gallery app shows separate "stacks" of your photos from each folder (gallery). If you've taken photos with the 32's camera they will show up in a camera stack. Photos in the Pictures folder show up in a Pictures stack. The number of photos in each stack is also listed. A tap on any stack will spread the photos in that stack out into an array of thumbnail images. The array is spread out by dates, with earlier photos toward the left and later photos toward the right. There is a slider tab on the bottom edge of the screen which will display the date as you slide the array left or right. You can also simply swipe the array either direction. Tap on any photo to enlarge it to full screen. Double-tap to zoom the photo out to its full pixel resolution. You can then pan around the image with your finger on the screen. Any single tap on a full-screen photo brings up other options. You can play a Slideshow, or tap to get more menu items. Those items include Share (Email, Bluetooth, Twitter(Touiteur), and GMail if installed), Delete the currently displayed image, and another "More" option (Details, Set as, Crop, Rotate Left, Rotate Right, and Add to Favorites). Across the top edge of the screen will appear quick links to the Array or gallery views, as well as a file name/sequence number toggle. The photo options are very complete. The screen isn't very high in resolution though, and that is the only shortcoming of using the 32 as your primary photo show-off device. For a better presentation consider anything with a larger screen and higher resolution. Archos' 43it is perfect for photos. Photos on the 32 get a B from me.
Camera: You can shoot photos or video with the 32. Photo size is limited to 640 x 480 Pixels (4:3) and 24BPP (bits per pixel) or 16.7 million colors. This is a sample: