The review is here: http://blog.wired.com/gadgets/2008/09/r ... hos-i.html
Here is the comment that I posted regarding the minuses that the Wired journalist wrote in this review:
I go through each of the minuses, which I think are not well founded:
Linux-based custom OS too glitchy for comfort
the firmware is currently in beta "pre-release" version, within weeks such bugs as:
the player dropped the Wi-Fi connection and didnÔÇÖt allow us to change the connection
This is a well known bug of the beta firmware and should be fixed in a firmware update coming up soon.
Doesn't include a built-in mic, so you canÔÇÖt use it as a VOIP phone.
It comes with a microphone on the optional $29 FM Remote Control accessory, which could in theory be used for VOIP such as Skype and SIP, but only if Archos and carriers decide to add VOIP applications to the device.
Brassy-metal design might prove too ostentatious for geeky tastes.
The basic definition of being a geek is to have gadgets that impresses others. For example 99% of the use people have of an iPhone is to brag about it and show it to others. I don't understand why the Wired journalist would say that its cool design should be a weakness.
Need separate dongle for 3G and HSDPA connections. They couldnÔÇÖt embed 3G in the player? CÔÇÖmon Archos, stop pulling our wallet and just add these features to all versions. Please?
Archos is releasing the Archos 5G model which integrates HSDPA into the device. Thing about the HSDPA device is that not everyone wants it, and integrating HSDPA costs slightly more, so why should everyone pay for it if not everyone wants to use it? In some countries for example, you can't even get HSDPA service on "unlocked" HSDPA devices, carriers want total control on which devices are used on their network. So rather then to have to make deals with all the carriers in every country, Archos can release a reseller-friendly non-HSDPA model that can use the broadly available USB HSDPA Dongle.
Though in reality I do agree, it could have been cool and easier to deal with if simply all the Archos 5 models has built-in HSDPA, eventually I also think that they will. So even if not everyone will use it, eventually building in HSDPA will not cost too much more.
Especially I would like to see the HSDPA model with 250GB even 500GB capacities. All this should come though in the next few months (unless somehow higher capacity Archos 5 doesn't work with built-in HSDPA for now for some engineering reason).