"An Excellent Internet PMP"4.0 starson by mrhumble1
Pros: Great browser, brilliant display, supports a TON of video formats, Android OS means app availability and future product growth
Cons: Not all Android apps are compatible, needs official Google support (for Market and Gmail)
Summary: This is an excellent media player with internet connectivity. If what you need is a small computer, get a netbook.
The official CNET review is unnecessarily harsh. Knocking a device because it shows fingerprints?? No multi-touch?? So what?? This is not an Ipod, which is a good thing. The Archos 5 IMT plays a TON of formats and is just the thing for those users who have a clue and don't want to be restricted by Apple/Itunes. Just copy over your media, and go. Since it plays so many formats, it's likely your media files will play without any conversion necessary.
The browser is VERY good. I use it from my couch as if it was a netbook, and I use it when I'm out and about when I find a WiFi hot-spot. All it's missing is the ability to play Flash vids. Otherwise, it loads complicated pages (like IGN and CNET) quickly and completely. The bigger screen makes browsing much better than on any phone. It handles multiple pages easily and remembers passwords/cookies as well as other settings.
I could have spent a little more and got a netbook, but the Archos 5 IMT is the perfect size for me to put in my backpack and not even notice it's there. Even the smallest netbook would be too big to carry everywhere and too cumbrsone to use on a bus or train. I can grab this thing and fire it up (with my bluetooth headphones) anywhere and not bother anyone.
I haven't even mentioned Android. It was a brilliant move for Archos to choose Android as the OS. The release of v2.0 will make a great media player only better.
One final note. This is the first Archos product I've ever owned. I'm no fan-boy. I do, however, appreciate a very functional and well-rounded product. It's certainly not perfect, but no device is completely without fault.
If you are looking for an excellent media player that supports a ton of formats and has a great browser, this product is worth a look. If all you care about is multi-touch (CNET) then go buy an Ipod.