http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Qu ... ationKey=0
UK price is ┬ú225. 4GB 605 with necessary plug-ins to make it equivalent is ┬ú210.
Why do you keep bringing back the same BS argument?
Archos 605 WiFi 4GB is 130┬ú. One-hundred-and-thirty-pounds including the EU-type taxes.
That's about half the price of this HP PDA that has less storage. For the price of this HP PDA (┬ú260+) you can get the 605 WiFi with 160GB of storage.
Archos plugins do more than this PDA. Show me this PDA supporting full screen Flash video streaming, Mpeg2 DVD rips in .vob format, DVD resolution h264 video at full bitrates.
Dabs are the cheapest supplier in the UK. You're lucky today because they have dropped slightly from ┬ú149. Add on postage though. Then you need these:http://www.archos.com/store/plugsearch_ ... gb&lang=en
So, that makes ┬ú206 at current exchange rates. No magic here. Slightly cheaper, but certainly not twice the price you originally claimed. The HP is currently ┬ú223 at Dabs. This is a remarkable price considering the technology in this thing.
The 160GB 605 is ┬ú292 + deliveryhttp://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Qu ... ationKey=0
and again you'll need the plug-ins. So you're looking around ┬ú340.
No doubt you'll fiddle and spin this to shift this by a few pounds and also use the Bloomberg banking euro rate rather than the valid tourist rate, but you won't make much difference. The pricing is on a par no matter how you twist it.
And again only less then half of the mainstream consumers need those codecs, so why doesn't Helwett Packard offer those codecs as optionnal plugins so that core users have the option to buy the basic device for cheaper?
Oh dear. You really don't get this do you? HP just ship their utilities and what they get from Microsoft out the box. So that's WMV,WMA, MP3. Everything else a user desires can be downloaded and installed by the user. That's the beauty of an open platform. There are free players for the Pocket PC that will play all the formats you need. You clearly haven't checked out the Adobe site re. Flash support either.
Now it is my turn to compare. Fair's fair after all.
Can you read proper ebooks on the 605? No.
Can you play games on the 605?. No
Can you download thousands of 3rd party apps for the 605? No.
Can you upgrade Opera without being at the mercy of an Archos firmware upgrade decision? No.
Can you connect bluetooth peripherals to the 605? No.
Does the 605 have GPS mapping software available (I forgot I've got this on my PPC)? No.
Has the 605 got instant messenging? No.
Has the 605 got Skype? No.
Does the 605 play Ogg, Flac files? No.
Can you sync all your contact details with your Windows/Linux PC? No.
Can you sync your task lists, notes, email etc with your Windows/Linux PC? No.
Can you securely store all your PIN numbers and passwords to save you remembering them all? No.
Does the 605 have Adobe Flash Lite (this is so
much faster than the ported full plug-in)? No.
Can you view the 605's screen in strong daylight? No.
Can you plug-in just a standard USB cable to a 605 to sync/charge? No.
Has the 605 got a Compact Flash slot for data and peripherals? No.
Has the 605 got SDIO to support peripherals? No.
Can you use your 605 as a programmable remote control? No.
Can the 605's battery be easily replaced? No.
Does the 605 have a stylus slot? No.
Is there a SDK available from Archos? No.
Does Archos provide great customer service? Er. No.
You are so completely blinkered that you have missed the big story here. HP has clearly decided to move much more heavily into the mobile market. This new range of theirs is a bolt out of the blue. They clearly want a piece of the action. HP are absolutely huge and can throw millions of R&D dollars at this. They are one of the largest electronics companies in the world. You want a media capable PDA? - they've got one. Want a 3G Smartphone with VoIP, PDA and media functionality? - they've now got one. Want a GPS/media device? - they've now got one. This is a huge shift of thinking. If they decide to combine the 214 with the 314 then they will sell them by the bucket load (this would be my perfect device). Especially in the US where Archos are currently struggling. Americans will always buy American products whenever possible.
No matter how you scream, kick and spin it Charbax, the world is catching up on Archos fast. The points you have raised in response to my post are trivial at best.
Why can't you for once just say "That looks like a nice device. Let us know how you get on with it"?