Having a better subjective movie watching and web browsing experience on the iPod Touch screen is simply impossible by definition.
No, its not, I have both, right in front of me.
Yes in regular lit room the Archos is a much better movie watching experience, except, once again, on my bright train ride home, when it is unwatchable.
As for web browsing, there is one and only one advantage to the Archos, and that is that it has a larger screen.
-To use the browser, I need to hold down the power button to bring it out of standby, double-click the web browser, select my wifi network, click 'connect...', and the Archos then connects to the wifi network and start the browser - this takes 26 seconds, every time - if I switch applications or suspend (or just leave it on the table for 10 seconds), I need to repeat the whole process again, adn the browser isnt in the state I left it.
With the iPod touch, you press the hardware button, slide to unlock, click the safari button, and it switches to Safari - this takes 5 seconds - basically only limited by your finger speed - there is no wait time, no hourglass - it just happens.
If I switch to another application, like change the music I listen to while browsing (ahem), swtiching back to Safari, which is still on the page and place where I left it and still connected, happens again, as fast as I can hit the buttons.
-The range and reliability of the wifi on the Achos is simply horrible. I have two access points in my house, Archos usually can only see the one I am closer to. All ofther wifi devices in the house (two tivos, psp, two laptops, touch) can all see and use either AP.
-Archos cannot reliably connect to my AP, even if its in the same room. With no ryhme or reason, the Archos will 'fail to connect' to the AP 5 feet away, with no specific error. I have to retry 3-5 times and eventually get a connection, then it works fine, no idea why this would happen - again, none of the other wifi devices in my house have this problem with this AP.
(lol, I just went to use it, and it couldnt even SEE the AP in the SAME ROOM! - its just random)
-Finally, the Archos browser is very sluggish compared to the Touch when it comes to page clicking and scrolling.
Clicking is the biggest issue - sometimes I can click on an input box 4-5 times and the click will not register - this happens *all the time* - also, tryibng to move between text input fields on a web form with the virtual keyboard open is simply frustrating on the Archos. It often gets backed up and input gets queued and cannot be registered in real time.
Browsing and viewing YouTube is also much easier, MUCH faster, and great on the touch.