Pros - Supports USB host, so you can connect keyboard and mouse to it
- Has motion sensor
- Supports 3D acceleration / 3D games
- light weight and compact
- Runs apps downloaded on phone - see below
Cons - Screen is really below standard. Compared it to LG 540 phone (low end of market type)
- Pixels are "compressed" as if higher resolution is "scaled down" to fit Archos32 screen
Summary Archos should really get another type of display than they use right now. If they do (in the next release) this device is an absolute winner for this price.
I am also not sure about the WiFi. It seems to be unstable as on the Archos7.
The limitation of the Archos market is an issue as well. But can be overcome. If you root your phone, copy the downloaded apps to your SD card and transfer them from there to the Archos, that problem is solved.
The USB-host option and bluetooth is not mentioned in the article, neither is the possibility to connect the Archos to a TV via the audio-plug and a cable available at the Archos store. They should be.
Allowing this device to host USB devices and do bluetooth opens some very interesting options for hardware hacking, including Arduino and XBee (provided the serial drivers become available for Android) and sending data over WiFi.
Apart from the hacking: connecting a keyboard to your device alone is already fun.
I did not connect it to a TV yet.
Pros - As unreadable outdoors as Apple products
- Keyboard nearly as small as iPhone (3.2" vs 3.5"), you can use external Bluetooth keyboard or voice recognition
- Latest firmware already fixes podcast issue
- 8GB is same as on Apple products
Cons - Bigger screen with more resolution is on Archos 43, 70 and 101
- HD camcorder is on Archos 43
- MicroSD and more storage is on Archos 43, 70 and 101
- Capacitive is on Archos 70 and 101 where it's more useful
Summary It's the best value Android device for under $150. Get the Archos 28 if you even want a device under $100, and get Archos 43, 70 or 101 if you want more and larger.