I didn't buy an A5AT because Archos will never get it updated to the latest version of Android, it's really that simple. We'll never see Froyo on the A5AT - Archos isn't going to continue investing time and effort into creating a workable Android 2.1 or 2.2 or heaven forbid a 3.0 firmware for the A5AT or any of the older devices when they've made it quite clear that their focus now is on the newest generation of products.
What load of waffle. Archos have real customers, who buy real products, based on real functionality.
I'm just trying to picture a hypothetical advert, placed by Archos, which would offer what you say you want, but which Archos isn't offering (remembering they never offered it in the first place anyway, but which you blame them for not providing) - Froyo.
"Roll up, roll up, come to Archos, buy one of our devices and get - wait for it............ FROYO!!!....... Tada!!!"
"FROYO"??? what the f*** is Froyo???? (I hear the viewers of QVC say). QVC? Why QVC? Because, in the UK, QVC is THE main outlet for Archos products, en masse. That's where they target their main promotions. So who are these potential Archos customers who watch and buy their technology from QVC? Families, that's who. 98.725% of them have never heard of Froyo, and couldn't give a stuff about specifications and operating systems. They buy their devices based on demonstrations of features, function, and performance. Then they try those functions for 30 days, and, if they work, they keep them.
Unfortunately for Archos, when they released the A5IT, it didn't do what they said it would do. They released it far to early for the "must work straight out of the box" brigade. So the QVC crowd sent them back en masse. I was techy enough to be able to get things to work, and patient enough to wait for firmware updates.
Now finally, after 12 months, my 2 A5IT 32GB models do exactly what they were / are supposed to do, including GPS which is excellent on the SSD models. I also have a 160GB model which works perfectly except for one thing - the GPS takes longer to get an initial lock.
They never promised Froyo, and if they had, they would have had to explain to a load of mums and dads, exactly what Froyo is, and why it matters a damn to what they use the things for. To the best of my knowledge, I've never heard an Archos employee / demonstrator use any of the terms Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, or Gingerbread. It's only a few techy types, some of us who have bought the A5 IT's, rooted them, put on the Market, yada yada, who are even aware of these terms.
Ok, I promise, this is my last post. The fact that there are 4000 posts on a bunch of devices which aren't yet available just proves my point about people with no experience of stuff, but want to drone on endlessly about specifications, and theoretical possibilities and which is "theoretically" better or worse than anything else.
I've been around for a while, and have participated in many forums over the years. There's nothing new about this behaviour. I used to be interested in Photography. By "Photography" I mean taking pictures, and using cameras. Both of these pursuits involved investing time and money. So most people on forums had made such an investment, and therefore had an informed opinion.
When you asked for examples of photos, demonstrating what people were talking about, that was when you discovered the ones who argued about cameras based on specifications. Forums now are full of spec readers / quoters. It is only once you actually commit you own cash to buying something that you properly appreciate the real pros and cons of things.
It's dead easy to reject something in your mind, when you have invested nothing in it.
Anyhoo, I'm done with my brief foray into fantasy land. I'm going back to reality, where I belong.
I know my place ...
p.s. It's taken me so long to write this, that another post has appeared in the interim, mentioning flash.
Just how much of a problem is the lack of flash, in real world browsing? For me it doesn't matter at all. I can see that it might hamper your porn viewing, if you're so inclined. If that's so, then you have my sympathy.
Oh, by the way, QVC is on right now, and an "expert" demonstrator of a laptop is explaining what "VGA" means, to the customer base.
Froyo? Ha ...