1st post on the forum, just wanted to share my experience of the 70 IT.
I've had it for a couple of days and have to say overall that I'm impressed. I decided to go for the 8Gb version as I wanted it as slim and as light as possible and didn't want the extra point of failure that would be the HDD. Anybody who has had any previous experience with Archos products will understand that one...
Straight out of the box, I charged it for several hours, although it took 2 charging sessions before I saw the charge LED blinking to indicate it was full. Haven't installed the Google App Store or upgraded AppLib yet but have updated the firmware to, I think, 2.0.71(?)...anyway, whatever the latest available version is via the firmware update.
It feels good although a little too 'plasticky'...the extending 'arm' used to hold it upright seems to be made out of the same material as the plastic trays inside boxes of chocolates and looks like it will last about a week...luckily, I don't plan on using it like that. The speakers are good but it seems to suffer from the same problem as my 604, which is Archos deciding how loud they will let you have the volume.
The touch-screen (and the display itself is very bright & crisp) is nice but it makes you realise how good something like an iPhone is, as it's unfortunately not quite as pleasant to use and not as responsive. The screen itself is extremely reflective, more so than most things I've come across (including some mirrors) and saying it's a 'finger print magnet' just doesn't come close...trust me, you'll be removing marks from it every 5 minutes for the first few weeks you own it. The same goes for the case surround...I'm sure Archos could have prevented this. Also, I personally don't think the viewing angle is perfect...it's good, but just needs to be that little bit wider...maybe it's the way I hold it but I don't have the same 'problem' with any of my other devices.
None of these things are show stoppers and I've come to expect the Archos foibles such as having to buy a plugin so that I can play MPEG-2 video, even though I've just spent over ┬ú200 on the tablet. I've owned a 604 for 4 years and it's just about on its last legs so I wanted something purely to watch video on the move and the 70 IT seems to be the perfect device. Yeah, I could have gone for a series 5 but wanted something a bigger than the 4.3" screen on my 604 and something that's current rather than near or at end of life.
The only real annoyance is the limited availablity of accessories for it here in the UK. I don't really want to use it on the move without first putting it in a case and trying to get a case for it is near impossible...looks like I'll have to wait at least 3 weeks before a decent one becomes available (Tuff-Luv), the same goes for a screen protector.
All in all, I'm glad I chose it and that's about the best recommendation I can give.