If the device your looking at does not do what you want it to, DONT BUY IT! or if you find out afterwards, send it back. I'm not a techie, I buy products for a purpose, and use them for as long as possible. I've only had 2 mobile phones (that will shock everone I'm sure), as they suited my needs, the first one was a nokia 5146 with a green screen (still works), current one is a nokia music express 5310 (oh, I'm 39 by the way)
I've just started to read the forums, and have found out loads from them.
I was very worried about buying an Archos product, because of reliability issues. I had my A5A less than 3 days before it developed a fault and i sent it back, (I had the 43 vision before, and that packed up too!) as it went back, the new ones were announced! I will now only buy an archos product with an extended warranty, as my worries were justified.
I did not know about the flash situation properly, so was very dissapointed when I could not play web video (it's an internet tablet, why wouldn't it play web video?), but I did buy it as a video player mainly (and it is superb for this! I even bought 16GB of cards to expand it). Then I thought, what was the point of an internet tablet if you can't use it fully on the internet? (might as well get a netbook) I have since got my money back, as I don't like compromise. Unfortunately I believed the archos speil! (wish I knew about the forums first)
I don't want the A43It, it's shipped with 2.1 (have to wait and see IF they deliver 2.2 for it), and the screen is too small and the memory is useless, so won't buy one. But I will read the test reports to see how it performs, and does what they say it can.
I'm very into photography, my last digital camera was ┬ú1000 (a lot of money, but it did what I wanted), it is 2 years old and now obsolete, but it STILL does everything I want it to. My film cameras are 11 years old, and can produce even better quality, and will probably last longer as well (and I actually prefer them).
The new replacement for my digital one will do HD video, has a higher MP count and use an electronic veiwfinder (the work of the devil), I don't like this feature, so I will not buy the new one!
I want an Archos 5in screen version with decent memory and froyo 2.2 or higher, if they don't release one, I won't be buying an archos, simple!
Everyone knows archos' reputation for pissing off it's customers. But if you buy tech, it will be outdated and left behind, you HAVE to accept this.
they do make good products, their reliability is deffinetely suspect, and their promises should be taken with a pinch of salt. But they continue to sell products because there is nothing to compete with them, and people put up with their quirks as a result.