I own both an A5IMT (250GB) and an A5IT (500GB).
I got the A5IT when the A5IMT battery life started falling off. Recently (ie, LAST WEEK), I replaced the hard drive in the A5IMT and the battery in both. So, as of today, both are running "like new."
I have no intention of replacing my devices anytime soon. This is because I've never felt the need to be "up to date with the latest" but rather DO feel the need to "have a device which does exactly what I want it to do" and really couldn't care less about whether or not it does things I don't need or want.
The A5IMT is still an EXCELLENT media player, which was the point of buying it in the first place, and in some ways is superior to the later A5IT, though "technically" it's less robust... it does have the advantages of a more straightforward, logical, unified UI, slightly smaller overall size, and better "no headphones" sound quality.
The A5IT is a faster, more versatile device... though it absolutely over-reached in some areas (I've never once actually used the microphone in it for anything, and the GPS is of "minimal usefulness," I've found. On the other hand, the UI is not ideal... a hybridization of the Archos UI and the Android UI, and not really totally logical. It also has the annoying issue related to all earlier Android versions, of having a limited "device memory" (even if the "external storage"... ie, the hard drive... is just MASSIVE). So, I can't install as many Android apps as I'd expected to be able to.
Both have poor battery-management systems inside... but now that I know how to replace the batteries (it wasn't nearly as painful as I'd expected... the worst part was getting the device OPEN, I mean!) this should not be an issue anymore.
When will I replace my Archos devices? Well... the A5IT was originally a "replacement" for the older A5IMT, but I use both now... so if just one dies, I may well not replace it with anything yet. But I will only replace my device with a comparable device, in terms of capabilities... and I haven't found one yet.
I want a device with 500GB or more internal storage. Seriously... why would I consider an 4GB device or an 8GB device? I LOVE the massive, huge storage of these devices! I want a device running an OS which is "standardized," like Android, but I'm not necessarily married to Android. I do NOT want to have to give control over my device, or perpetual info about myself (and my location) to anyone... so, honestly, I don't want this to be a cell-phone... I want a discrete player, which, at most, can have the "wifi" or "BT" or even "cell phone functionality" to be TOTALLY DISABLED at my option.
I want a device which can easily be connected to my home media hardware... today, I own three DVR stations (upstairs office, master bedroom, and living room home theater setup).
Oh, and I want it to be of a size so that I can carry it in a pouch on my belt, or inside a jacket pocket... meaning, no 10" or even 7" devices. The ~5" viewable screen on the A5 (and A48) devices is ideal from my standpoint).
I think that Archos got it "mostly right" with the A5IT, and could have done a lot better by sticking with what WORKED in that case and only fixing the problems and upgrading the technology. Right now, there's nothing in Archos' "product stable" which I would want to buy, and I WILL NOT buy any Apple product (for both privacy and "personal preferences" reasons). I suppose I might be able to find something like what I have now... except "better"... but so far, I've yet to find one.
I do not want and "iPhone" type device, OR an "iPad" type device, or so forth. I want a belt-size media player with massive storage and plenty of fast "application" support.
Nobody's making something like that right now. Once someone does, I'll consider buying one. Maybe Archos will make that device. Maybe not.
By the way, my first cell phone was a Motorola StarTAC. I kept that 'til I bought a Razr. I still own the Razr. I'd replace it today, if there was a "non-iPhone clone" phone which, like my Razr, fit comfortably in my pocket or little belt pouch. I want a flip-phone. I'd gladly take a "smart phone flip phone" of a similar size, but nobody makes one right now because everyone's slavishly imitating the iPhone... and I, personally, HATE "big slab of glass" "phone" devices.
Personal taste, personal needs... and that's why I still have, and continue to use, my Archos 5 devices. Because there's nothing "better" out there yet, for my particular needs and wants.
Last edited by Cary L. Brown on Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:47 am, edited 1 time in total.