Good evening (East Coast USA), I'm a first time poster. <snip> My only disappointment was not having a camera, especially a front facing one for Skype (my wife has family in the Philippines). It boggled my mind that I would have 500 gig of storage for music and apps. But now I'm learning (even before I receive my A5), that I won't be able to do the things I thought it could do. Youtube aside, I really wanted to do voice chat on SKYPE. Now is seems that many apps won't work on this model, not even including the ones that require 2.1 and above.
Since this model is advertised as an Internet Tablet, with Android, is it too much to ask that Google Apps work as well? <snip>.
PRICE CORRECTION: I paid $240 including shipping.
I want to use the A5 for music, viewing videos, internet radio/TV, and Skype/Audio Chat. My wife has family in the Philippines. It would also be nice to use it as a phone when near a wifi hotspot (I have pay as you go cell service....it would save me money)
So do you think I wasted my money? I know from this thread that it is very frustrating not to have another Archos product that has all the hardware that the A5 has....and yet be limited by not getting anymore updates.
I thank this forum for your advice, and hope that as an intermediate computer user, I'll be able to make necessary updates as needed.
Did you 'waste your money'? .. Depends on perspective, the A5IT is a good multimedia device and if you have need to carry around 500G of that kind of stuff, well it is probably an OK deal .. OTOH if you wanted other stuff like phone stuff and up-to-date apps you made the wrong buy .. haven't seen anyone successfully
use the A5IT in a phone-like context and yeah no camera .. so you could have gotten a lot less expensive and more up to date multimedia device elsewhere (but less storage) .. as for Google Apps, most run but with no more version updates from Archos, being stuck on 'old' android will affect what Gapps will run more and more ..
Archos seems more and more to be rolling out product that will be 'stuck' at a certain point w/no upgrade path and moving on to sell more hardware .. researching b4 buying is your friend, no matter how good a 'deal' seems.