"Wifi won't work at Starbucks, Barnes & N. or McDonalds."1.0 starson by Davemhead
Pros: Great screen. So good that anyone that see it immedaitely wants to know where they can get one! Great audio. Nice interface. Smooth video playback. Large 60 gig hard drive.
Cons: Will not work at a wifi hot spot other than your home, Panera bread, and your local library! Released with beta firmware! Long battery charge time. Doesn't come with a charger-Must use USB charger unless you buy a power cord or charging dock.
Summary: The screen is amazing. It sounds amazing when you use good quality headphones and play mp3 that have not been compressed too much. Video playback is smooth. Touch screen is responsive and just big enough to type on. I can't imagine using anything smaller. (like the IPOD touch)
The deal breaker is, the adds make you think you can use this player at any wifi hotspot. YOU CANNOT! I have verified this at Starbucks, Barnes & Noble and McDonalds. WHAT A PITY! That is the whole reason I got it. Archos needs to address thei grave oversight immedaitly. Most people already have an ipod. A lot of people will be buying this to get Internet on the go. They will be foreced to go to their local libray and Panera bread. (Those are the only free connections in my area)
And, and one more thing. It does not work with large jpg files. I have a Canon 40d and uploaded some of my pics just to see what they would look like on the screen. The Archos could not deal with these files. They were too big. The problem is easily solvable though. Just downsize your pics to under a meg and they should display properly and the slide show feature will work.
Bottom line: if you are getting Archos 5 for Internet on the go, you should be looking at the Ipod touch. Yes, the Ipod touch doesn't have flash at the moment, but at least it will let you sign onto the Internet at more then just your house, Panera bread, and your a public library!
Come on Archos! You really dropped the ball with your Internet feature! Please fix this ASAP.
Why one star for my rating? Because I feel like they should mention on their website that you cannot connect to certain wifi connections. I shouldn't have to find this out by buying the product and testing it out myself. They already knew information but they sold us these things anyway! That is sneaky and I don't appreciate getting duped by their marketing department.
I saw in an Archos 605 review that they don't support the above mentioned wifi spots. But, I was hoping that they would have addressed this very important matter by now. Sadly, they have not!