Well I have cancelled my Amazon order for my 101, and my impulse order direct from Archos after it appeared as available on their site. I wish all of you lots of fun with your new toys.
I now realise that any tablet at the moment would be a compromise and lacking in operation and performance against my HTC Desire.
I now after much research think that as google have said all along Android builds up to 2.2 are not viable for a tablet. I have a netbook that gives me 8 hrs running win 7 that will do untill a tablet appears that can touch the UI of the IPAD.
Don┬┤t get me wrong, I have been on board with Android since day one. But put a 101 against an Ipad, there is no comparison.
I am not knocking the Archos 101, but they have blown it in my opinion, off course this is an Archos dedicated forum, so most of the fan boys or girls on here will bleat forever the virtues of Archos.
Had Archos had the for sight to make their product good enough for froyo let alone Gingerbread they would be OK.
Its Ok bleating that 2.2 needs less RAM but as independent posters such as rushmore have pointed out there are no smart phones out there sprting 256mb of RAM and Froyo.
From what I have read on here most of you will use your tablets for different reasons.
I cannot see any point in watching any movie on a 10 inch screen unless I am on a trip, I don┬┤t need the market as a necessity, or store loads of media files, as I have a 1TB hdd hooked up to my TV.
Ok its a cheep product but if the IPAD had flash support there would be no competition for what the majority of us would use this for. IMO andoid phones now are superior to Iphone, but until the near future tablets with Android are beta.
The sad thing is that Archos have every thing right, updates backup, support etc.
Just a devices crippled by lack of App space, ROM, but most of all the chance to become brilliant with future updates due to its restrictions.
First off, I am not an Archos fan - I own zero Archos devices, but I do own an iMac, I run MacOS on two other systems and I own two iPod Touches. So I guess that makes me more of an Apple fan.
With that in mind, I don't agree with you (yet). On paper, the 101 beats the v1 iPad. I will explain why:
1- Better audio codec support
2 - Better video codec support
4- USB ports, with the ability to use external devices for storage
6- MicroSD slot
8 -PRICE. Seriously, this is a major factor and should not be discounted
You forget that the iPad is a gen1 product, riding off the coattails of the iPod Touch / iPhone. It's not "magical", it's marketed well. It also has 256MB of RAM, keep in mind. And anyone semi-technical can get the Marketplace up and running fairly quickly on the 101, so apps are not an issue imo. Think of it as similar to jailbreaking an iPad.
The iPad has market clout so points there for Apple, and the audio output might be superior (remains to be seen). But it's so closed that I would never consider buying it. I love MacOS, but the iPad is just a mystery to me - I don't understand why anyone would buy that closed piece of carp.
And notice that I haven't even mentioned Flash - AFAIC, until 2.2 is released on the Archos and Flash is confirmed working, I will judge it against the iPad on its current capabilities.