[...] More plasticky than 404 but more mainstream cool[...]
A friend of mine bought the 605 after I had shown him the 604. He really didn't give the appearance much thought when he bought it. Well, when it came in I was there as he took it out of the box.
His exact words, "Aww, crap. The gunmetal and silver looks so much cooler."
We went on to discuss how Apple has made white and black plastic the defacto standard for portable electronics. I have to say, the 605 seems a lot lighter than my 604 but in my hands, it feels cheaper to me. Also, the kickstand is off to one side. Which we both agreed was rather disappointing.
From an artistic standpoint I like the 604 and think it stands out from the "mainstream" crowd of black and white "plasticness". I think it looks futuristic and reminds me of something right out of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
The change in the construction and design in the Archos x05 line is one of the reasons I'm not going to upgrade. I really, really
like the silvery metallic looks of the x04 series. It's not that cheap silver-grey but a steel and metallic look. The x05 series has a more plastic and overall "cheap" look to it, IMHO.
As an aside, even though the Archos 605 has a higher dot-pitch than the 604, overall color and contrast representation (in a side-by-side comparison) isn't any better than the 604. I played the same DVD rip side by side and looked at the "color test" picture at the same time. I like my 604's glossy screen. It's the same type of glossiness that my Macbook's screen has. It was also one of the reasons I chose the 604 over the 604wifi. The 604wifi has an inferior screen, IMO.
Bah! I went off on a tangent, sorry!