"Review after owning for over a year."1.5 starson by deus-x
Pros: Wireless g. Decent touch screen. Screen resolution and viewing angle is good. Plays back 80% of my video collection which is pretty good in comparison to other products out there. Syncs with any program. Feature rich. Long battery life.
Cons: Crashes constantly and randomly multiple times every single use! Support is useless. Content portal is too expensive to be realistically used. Nickle and dimming for things that should be standard.
Summary: On paper it's fantastic and when I show it off to my friends, they're amazed at how much better it is than an iPod and they had no idea there were other options instead of iPods.
In practice though, and after owning for over a year, I can honestly tell you it's useless. It crashes constantly and randomly for no reason. I'll boot it up and play a song, plays great, then it goes to the next song in the list and freezes. The only thing I can do is hold the power button down for a minute to turn it off, then turn it back on. Then I play the same list over again and it plays the whole thing fine. It's completely random! Also, when I plug it into my computer it freezes randomly when transferring files. It freezes so often, every time I use it, that it just turns this awesome device into nothing more than a paper weight. Archos support just said to run a disk check on it, which I did and there were no errors. So it's just the programing... And after a year, no firmware update has fixed it.
I used to be the proud owner of the old Archos AV500 PVR, upgraded to this, and this has just been the worst disappointment and biggest waste of $500. It would be worth 4 stars, if it worked. But it simply doesn't.