I have been a loyal and avid Archos lover ever since I got my first AV320 when they first came out, it cost me over $ 600.00 at best buy, I have had 5 AV320's and currently own 3 Archos products, including the most disappointing of all, the 605 WIFI.
I did research the 605 WIFI, even spoke with others that had one. But nothing could prepare me for the crushing let down after traveling all the way to Texas to get a brand new 605 WIFI 30 GB, "still in the box".
To start with, it is after all call the 605 "WIFI", and yet is absolutely useless as a WIFI device, unless you spend a whopping $ 30.00 on the web browser plugin. 605 "WIFI" implies that it is WIFI ready right out of the box. You can not even use any of the hacks or mods unless the web browser is installed. Then there is the dismal charge time, nearly 16 hours, on a wall charger, right out of the box. Even right now, after a full charge last night, blinking green and all, with NO USE, just put it away last night at midnight and pluged it back in at 1400 this afternoon and still not charged. Next there is the whole thing with Archos coding the circuit boards with the hard drive serial numbers so that even a 15 year computer tech can not change the hard drive in HIS OWN PROPERTY, " WAY TO GO APPLE, I mean Archos". And yes I too have a low volume issue, not as bad as others seem to be having, but no where near the level and quality that has been an ICON of Archos quality in years past.
As a computer tech and an avid Archos lover I have HIGHLY recommended "ANY" Archos product over Apple or any other media player or tablet, BUT, as they say " ALL GOOD THINGS MUST COME TO AN END ", and Archos seems to be hell bent on proving that. I have seen the quality, functionality and features of Archos Products continue to decline, steadily, perhaps even on purpose. These are the kind of things that Apple does to control what we can do with and how we can use OUR OWN PROPERTY, like after paying over $ 600.00 for an Ipad, you cant even use it until you connect it to a computer with itunes, great, now I have to install itunes, let it screw up all of my music, activate the ipad, uninstall itunes, and the spend the week straightening out all of my music. I know, I know, there are other ways to accomplish this, the point being, The Archos slogan is, and I quote, " entertainment YOUR way ", and then they pull a double Apple stunt by FORCING me to register MY PROPERTY and then CHARGING ME an extra $ 30.00 before I can even use it for it's ADVERTISED PURPOSE, again way to go APPLE, I MEAN ARCHOS.
To sum things up in MY OPINION, my 10 year old AV320 is still the best Archos that I have ever had, I truly love my Archos 7 home tablet, but the lack of OS upgrade options is disappointing, however the hacks, mods and free apps at apkshare.com more than make up for that. The 605 however, on a scale of 1 to 5, I just can not give it more than a 3. It looks nice, great size, great screen, button layout is good, user replaceable battery is nice, but the hard drive coding and charging for the web browser sucks, that is a sleazy move that until now only Apple would pull.
One other thing, another sleazy move by Archos like this, and I will just have to scour the planet for more AV320's, or dare I think it, get an ipod, at least there are some good mods for the ipod, and I see that even Apple is going to allow third party apps.
OK, I am done venting my frustration.