No Mac Support???????
Yeah, that was a huge shocker. It's kind of odd since it supports Linux (and very few players do), but it doesn't mount whatsoever on the world's second biggest OS. That's crazy.
I would wait and see, if this is really an issue. I have an archos 605 and there are different settings for usb. So I would guess, that maybe tha a5 was in charge mode or something. Archos devices have always worked as simple usb-drives, can't imagine that it would be different this time.
A demo on the Archos site shows that the device has the option of being a storage device and Android supports this very well (I use my G1 for this function). The USB is also used for host device connection, but I think the device needs to be powered (I doubt the Archos pulls enough voltage for a USB powered drive). Not sure how Android handles host connections, since that is not a normal function for Android (at least on phones).
I wish the "review" was more detailed. it is more like an overview, rather than an actual review. No details at all, so I guess it really is an overview.
Need to know about sound quality and if a controller is recognized (such as keyboard). I am betting it will not be, but that is just my guess due to being familiar with Android. My hope is Archos Android netbook efforts have carried to this device. If they used the Android phone framework for the OS, the device is screwed, because it does not have USB controller function.
In regards to the overview- er sorry, "review", here is a point for concern:
"Despite the 800Mhz processor, the *perceived* performance of the user interface is very close to what you can see on a phone like the HTC Magic"
The HTC Magic- AKA G1 is not a speed demon and you would expect more from a device that is suppoesed to have 3D and 800mhz behind it. Sounds like drivers have not been optimized for the device and they are using stock OS function.