Pros Not many..
Very good picture quality and bright screen.
Large Storage capacity.
Cons -Software is very buggy. Sometimes the touch screen works fine, other times it doesn't register the touch & reboot is required.
-Wifi doesn't work on public networks
-DVR records only the current channel you are viewing
-Purchased plugins don't work
Summary Over all this is just a horrible product that I am very surprised has not had a massive recall. I know 4 other people who have the Archos 5 250GB and we all are having very similar problems. The DVR functionality is a joke and the menu is completely counter-intuitive. The software quality is extremely poor; the user interface looks very nice, but the user experience is inconsistent. Sometimes it works other times it doesn't. The upselling of additional add-ons is also quite obnoxious. If Archos doesn't produce a quality product soon, I give them 2 years before they are pushed out of the market by a competitor that is more dedicated to producing a more stable and better functioning product.
Pros nice large finger print screen...
Cons Unlike PSP, you can not buy a new battery after it dies....the sales person at BestBuy said it could last up to a year and a half....If it was 99$ i might accept that...
Summary There seems to be less and less toys that cannot use a rechargeable AA so they can sell more proprietory or no batteries at all...
Pros Nice display, great storage capacity.
Cons Wifi is spotty at best. Questionable build quality. Archos support is a joke.
Summary I really want to like this product but the quality control is pathetic. Archos support does very little to help the situation. Buyer must be aware of this fact when purchasing an Archos product. There's a reason why Apple & Microsoft have the top selling devices in this category. Until Archos addresses their lack of customer support and satisfaction, they will never compete.
Pros Nice screen....that's it.
Cons Like CNET said Flash 9 doesn't work on most sites so full flash 9 support if bogus advertising. Expensive to own and even more expensive to operate with every extra add-on costing $20 a pop. No case included that is an extra $25.
Summary Not worth it whatsoever. Three different plug-ins are $20 each just to get the stupid thing to do what you want. To buy a case $25 plus very expensive shipping costs. They used to include a case/sleeve before that is no more..now it's extra, extra upsell fees to the max!
Battery life is hardly impressive and low and if you want the battery dock that costs $50 BUT the shipping costs are $27!!! Yes. to ship that one battery to Ontario, Canada they want $27...what a rip off as usual from Archos for something that should cost no more than $8 to ship max. After ALL the costs are totaled together you can almost buy yourself a very nice small screen laptop that does everything you want and much more productive.
Don't believe the Internet Media Tablet hype. To contact customer support (1-877 300 8879) the average wait time on the phone is and I do mean AVERAGE is 50 minutes to 80 minutes on ANY given day, today I waited 55 minutes and after the LONG wait they hung up on me prior to even answering by disconnecting the call.....I was furious! As a kicker, they don't even have an email address for customers to contact them on their main website. Unless you're a reseller or distributor Archos doesn't want to hear from you. The email addresses they do provide are as they put it NOT for end users!!
Save your money, save your sanity and if you really, really want one keep all packaging and your receipt. Your chances of returning it are 95%.
Pros Beautiful 5 inch screen and easy to use interface.
Cons Extra charge for plug-ins
Summary If you want the best PVP for watching videos on the go the Archos 5 is the answer. I have the 250 gig model and I'm still dumping tons of movies on it. This is the sexiest gadget I've ever owned. It just looks great and have not had any problems with finger prints except for the chrome at the back but hey no big deal. If the ipod is the mecca of music than the Archos 5 is the mecca of portable video players. Too bad you couldn't have them both together. I really don't surf much with portable gadgets but you can easily with the Archos 5 but this really is a video player first and it does a great job. Jamie