"Good, but needs some serious debugging"3.5 starson by Chaku01
Pros: Easy to use, Gorgeous screen, Excellent audio, supported audio/video formats
Cons: Device freezing 5 times in 2 days, slightly unresponsive touch screen, absolute necessity to buy wall charger, No SDHC support by default
Summary: I've been using the device for 2 days and it managed to freeze 5 times, and seriously slowed down a few others. After 24 hours charging on my laptop's USB, the battery is still not considered full by the system; I will test it with a wall charger. The screen is sometimes a bit unresponsive. But all this is nothing compared to the absolute pain in the a** to find a compatible SDHC card to upgrade the 4GB unit.
After searching on internet's forums, I stumbled across a user created list of compatible SD cards with the Archos 605. It seems according to a post, that customer service asserted SDHC is not supported by default, for the High Capacity SD cards to function with the device, it requires a line of code in the firmware FOR EACH BRAND AND MODEL of SDHC. As such, Adata 8Gb class6 will work, but Adata 16Gb Class6 will not, but Integral 16Gb Class4 will... Added to this madness, Archos does not provide a list of compatible SDHC cards, has apparently only tested Sandisk SDHC cards, and yet, still maintains the device is upgradable with SD cards up to 16Gb... This behaviour is intolerable. How can you say to support SD upgrade up to 16Gb and not be compatible with ALL SDHC cards? Why screwing up people that buy your device by making them buy memory cards that won't work?
This device has the potential to be the King of PVP's, a few serious firmware updates should do the trick.
As a music player, sound is perfect, but would have liked some more visual customization during playback.
If your emphasis is on video don't hesitate to buy the 605 but with a 40Gig hard drive or more. It's a tad heavier, but you'll avoid the hassle of upgrading with unsupported SDHC cards.