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 Post subject: April 22 Announcements
PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:50 am 
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So, not a lot of news for the 405 device then.

In fact, none at all !!

So, do i buy one, or a 605 ??

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 9:49 am 
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My brother has a 405, it's not bad but trust me when i tell you that he feels jelous of my 605. Get the 605 it worth all the extra cash. Anyway by the looks of it archos really isn't going to release new things for the 405. So i suggest by the 605. It has flash 9 and now a GPS attachment and a better screen. ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:47 am 
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I already have a 704 so not sure I can warrant the need for a 605.

I have a 105, but can't find anything to convert to WMV9 format at the resolution it accepts, which was why I was looking at the 405.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:59 pm 
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Its a pretty decent device... Im still sticking to my old av500.. but my mom's 405 looks pretty good...

Mostly for music... but it is good for watching videos...

Pros (over av500 which i can compare):

-Subtitles
- Music + photos.
-Dedicated Volume buttons
-SDHC Slot
-Standard USB mini B and Propietary Archos conector

Cons:

-No built in speaker (i found this to be useful even though they arent loud)
-USB host separately (some dock)
-No TV out directly (it also applys to 605... you need some dock)
-relatively low pixel res... 320X240 in a 3.5"... versus 480X272 in 4"
-No mic for audio rec.
-Awkward interface:
That is having to use the menu buttons to select "settings" to go to each screen to set...
No in and out of folders with right/left buttons (found in older gen) you will have to click "ok" or "x" every time




Is it worth to have? Depends of your needs, but im guessing yes... I like it very much despite all the flaws... My girlfriend have a 402cc and she is looking forward to the 405 30GB

The 405 its a very cheap version of the 404 but i think you can live with that...

If you are going to get it... my recommendation is to get the Mini Dock altogether...

USB charging sucks and I found really useful the USB host feature as well as the video out one...

Good Luck..

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:13 pm 
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CBers wrote:
So, not a lot of news for the 405 device then.

In fact, none at all !!

So, do i buy one, or a 605 ??

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i have both, the 405 is an ok unit but not an upgrade imho from the 404. the 605 is out of this world in comparison, better battery life, MUCH MUCH better res screen, more toys (ie web browser, touch screen, widgets, games), + more support. but these things come at a price. the 405 is more stable than the 605, i only had a few recovery mode screens come up on the 405 but its more constant on the 605 (but workable) but hopefully this will eventually become a non issue with new firmwares. I found the battery life close to terrible, well no where near the quoted amount on the 405, the 605 is a lot longer lasting (my 605 is also flash).
the 405 is on the other hand a lovely size, it fits in the palm of your hand. there is only a few squids difference in price between the two units (605 flash) you will be pleased if you invested in the better machine if you decide to go that way, there is also a LOT more support for the 605.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:41 pm 
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Well I suppose it depends if I want to use TVPortation or not.

Can't use it with my 704 and I don't believe it's available on the 405.

Looks like I might have to get either the 605 or the 705.

Decisions, decisions !!


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