I think you're right ... for the most part ...
Overall I think the Archos 605 is the better product ... overall. :-/
Oh and I didn't know that torrentz worked as is, I usually had to use VLC media player to watch my downloads on my computer back home. However, the Archos doesn't allow you to use bittorrent directly does it? If it does I may reconsider my purchase.
But yeah all in all I'm very happy with my decision. My main uses for either of the products would be for browsing the web and listening to music, occasionally watching videos. The sites I go to are as follows: Facebook, MSN, EPSN, YouTube, BankofAmerica, Gmail, Google (to catch up on news about Randy moss, Kobe Bryant, and Ronaldo), Cnet, Engadget, Sneakerfreaker, and my school email account ... so my internet usage is very basic and not so flash intensive. Also, in terms of price, I bought the 8gb (lol, don't laugh) with a 2 year warranty accidental warranty which I plan on using. I figure, like all iPods, the storage capacity will go up while the smaller capacity iPods get phased out, ala the 4gb iPhone) ... so basically when I do upgrade/"accidentally" drop my iPod I'll get a slight capacity bump.
Also, I don't have a computer or laptop, so I can't really download movies etc. anyways and I don't really plan on buying too many movies either. The one show that I use to use bittorent gets put on YouTube now and so I can basically watch it without downloading it which saves me tons of space.
I will need a movie or two for those long plane rides overseas or the weekend trips on the train but I'll figure that out when it comes time for that.
Again, I do think that overall the Archos wins in terms of price and functionality. However, it terms of portability, meaning sliding it in my pocket (and I don't wear baggy jeans), the Touch wins hands down. Also, the glass screen is VERY nice - but again, Archos doesn't have a storefront to let you test things out in person so I wasn't willing to gamble with the Archos when Apple had a winner I could see for myself without buying first.
Also, in order to use the Archos to record shows, movies, etc. that would mean I'd have to leave my Archos home to catch those shows and my Touch goes pretty much everywhere with me. So even if the Touch had that capability I don't think I'd use it since I'd want it with me rather than at home.
But yeah, I'm in my final semester of college and I really just wanted something portable to check websites and email etc. between (or during) classes with the option of watching YouTube wheb my shows come out. After class I have to commute on the bus between North and Central campus so I enjoy listening to my music then and when walking around campus.
While I'm pretty sure the Archos could do the same and more as the Touch I'm also pretty sure that it would feel awkward in my pants pocket being as it's much thicker and heavier than the Touch. Basically I forget that the Touch is even in my pocket most of the times.
Also, I don't think that looks should be a debate as most would PROBABLY agree the Touch looks a thousand times better than the Archos. Oh and the GUI is much better on the Touch than the Archos and because of my Industrial & Operations background I think that stands out more to me.
But yea, I don't have a lot of music or any videos so space isn't a biggie. Portability, ease of use, and ability to check email/webpages are what I need it for when not listening to music - which the Touch does a good job of providing.
Archos is better but Apple still wins??? That kind of sounds right ... and really Archos should be happy with itself and learn from the one or two minor mistakes it made in its styling and graphical user interface. (The 606 should be even better!)
Oh and I think Archos needs a store front, I seriously NEED to talk to people in person to see their face and reaction when I have questions about their products ... because I also need a name and face to associate the purchase with in the event that I'm not satisfied and have to come back and speak to a manager about so-and-so who blatantly lied to me about X-product. :-D
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