This is a complete waste of resources, IMO.. the chinese made no-name brand tablets have this (android 2.1 or less) market just about locked up. Archos should concentrate on getting more capacity into the 32, 43, 70, 101 tablets. Revamping the gen5 is taking a step backward. There was no doubt these new versions of android were gonna be released. Betas were already released around the web. Consumers just want to see a polished GUI so they can do the things they want to do.. the mass market doesn't want to root the device & get access to the linux operating underneath. That's why what should have been out in September took until about November (2.2). If indeed there is a market for a 5" tablet, that should be a gen8 tablet beyond the specs of the 43.... maybe a gen8 "53".. I think 50 is taken for a non wifi media player. My suggestion: dual core 1.2ghz, 1ghz Ram, 32gb internal memory, sdxc slot, usb 3.0, hdmi, etc. $259.99 Release date 8/31/11--- actual ship date: 01/20/2012 (just kidding).
Suggestions: The archos 70 get a 640gb hard drive.. the 101... 1tb hard drive.
Waste of resources? I am so close to buying a Archos 5 Internet because of the size and features.
The size is just right. Big enough to not be unusable, and small enough to not require a satchel or
other carrying case.
I like the onboard GPS, but realize that it's probably lame compared to the new Garmin Nuvi I just
picked up for $70. I'm disappointed in the Archos new home series as they appear underpowered compared
to the A5IT and less featureful in terms of HW options. I really have no intention of buying a 7" or
10" pad given the current feature list in those products. I'd be happy to fork over some bucks to
Archos for a "support" contract for the A5IT, assuming they are willing to keep it up-to-date for
a reasonable amount of time. I'm hoping that some company will pull it's head out of the sand
(or other places) and make the killer tablet. I don't expect a 12MP camera with flash and 3x O zoom
on a 5" tablet, but I have to wonder why not if DVR is an option (and an attractive one at that) for the
A5IT, why something like a 5MP/Flash/zoom isn't available. I mean heck, IPhone 4 has 2 cameras now....
What I've seen out of the Chinese knockoffs is interesting, but none of them have what
I consider to be features that I'm willing to compromise on for the lower price. I just returned a PMP
because the touch screen was horribly slow, the camera stopped working as I got the thing on,
and the documentation was absolute tripe, and hopelessly inadequate. Not to mention that simple
features like date format were strictly Chinese, and things like drivers and media conversion software
were just flat missing.
My idea for a gen 8 A5IT?
I'd start by doubling the memory to 512M, a processor bump and whatever Google thinks is needed
for at least a couple of minor revs or one major rev of Andriod in terms of HW features, the G receiver,
and fix whatever HW issues have been found in the current run of devices. A fix for the browser cause
a 500GB device deserves a better file manager (and at least be able to reasonably support the large
storage subsystem). I see no reason that two micro SDHC devices could not be supported, and it's
reasonable to assume that one would be for enhancement, while the other device used for transient
data. An onboard camera above and beyond your basic pinhole (flash, zoom, etc) or a USB mountable
camera with more features as an optional device.
With the right setup, it could be used as a camera or a webcam.....
I'd probably be willing to hack on an android 2.2 A5IT assuming I could pickup a SD16/32 cheap enough
not notice if it blows up or dies after several months of testing, while I would not with the
A5IT with 500GB disk I've already found heavily discounted.