I got an Archos 5 - Any questions?
Will say right off the bat that there are some things I love: the screen is bright and high-res, and the device is thinner than I thought it would be.
Things I don't like: resistive display makes it harder to use than it should be. Found myself wishing that they'd included a stylus.
Anyway, ask away!
Since Android 1.6 was released a couple of weeks ago, and that Archos has announce they will integrate 1.6 in a firmware update later in October, I expect we will see the Google apps available on Archos soon.
For now there is only Google's Webkit based browser available in Android, and Archos is using that one.
Though I think I've seen rumors that soon enough there will be full Firefox, Opera, and even the full sized Google Chrome browsers available in Android as well. Since the Android Native SDK has been released for a couple of months, developers have only been able to work on this since then.
Does it get bogged down as much as the dream/magic
Whole thing seems a little silly and confusing to me. Why not just let every Android device access the Android marketplace.
But yet, this should all be solved when Archos upgrades it with Android 1.6 support, since Android 1.5 has not had "official" support for such higher resolution screens.
To me there is no question that having a 2x larger screen and 2.5x more screen resolution by far outweights 3.5" capacitative 480x320 screens.
If there were other devices with 4.8" capacitative 800x480 screens, then your resistive talk would be a valid complaint, but since capacitative might not even work affordably or at all on that screen size and resolution, I don't think it makes much sense to criticize it at this point.
Resistive touchscreens have been in consumer electronics devices for 10 years and it has been fine.
800x480 4.8" capacitative screens are simply not made by this industry.
This device starts at $249 for the 8GB model, MSRP thus below $200 street price. Nobody would want to pay twice the price just to be the first in the world with 4.8" 800x480 OLED or Capacitative.
Just because resistive was standard for the past ten years means nothing.
That HTC 4.3" 800x480 capaticative WM6.5 phone most likely will be sold above $500 unlocked.
Archos will most likely use capacitative on the 4.3" Archos Phone due in 3 months or so.
Though that doesn't stop the fact that no device has been announced for 4.8" 800x480 capacitative and that if by a year from now there are such screens, Archos today can sell this device below $200 for the 8GB version as street price totally unlocked. That's about the price of the ipod touch and obviously so superior in every way.
I will certainly agree with you that given the choice I would take a capacitive version of this over an iPod touch.
As Peter pointed out, this Archos device doesn't even come packed with a stylus. It is not designed for stylus use, but rather finger use. In my personal opinion, when you remove the stylus and a stylus-centric OS/UI, you remove the benefits that resistive has over capacitive. Regardless of my opinion on the overall subject, it doesn't matter what the device costs or how many variations of capacitives are available. These facts don't change the overall usability of the device, and obviously hasn't changed his opinion on it either.
If poop was the only food available in massive quantities, but there was a small number of cupcakes available, you can bet your ass people would want cupcakes, regardless of how expensive they are. Now, I'm not saying resistive is poopie, but I think you get my point.
Relevant question below... sorry to hijack the thread for a rant. ^_^
Also, a bit harder to answer but I'll ask anyways, can this thing connect to an "ad-hoc" wifi network (i.e. computer-computer), or only an infrastructure wifi network (i.e. computer-router)? I ask because I have an app that turns my phone's 3G connection into a wireless hotspot, but it only does ad-hoc mode wifi. My old Archos 605 can't connect to that.
It can tether to a phone over Bluetooth or USB, for what it's worth.
So I guess my question would be: Do you think it would be realistic to replace an iPod Classic with one of these? I believe he uses his mostly in his car. He's not into the whole emo walk-around-with-your-iPod thing.