Very well made and you will get updates from Archos as they fix problems, which is more than can be said for the Chinese knock-offs. Archos are rapidly fixing problems as they are being reported, they have already released 2 firmware upgrades since the device was released a few weeks ago.
If you buy one now it will come with Eclair (2.1) but you should update to Froyo (version 2.0.71 or later, don't accept 2.0.54) almost immediately - before you install new the Google Market fix. You can do this over the air once you have charged your device and established a wifi connection.
I showed mine to an iPad owner yesterday and I thought he was going to offer to trade me. Suddenly that iPad looked big, heavy and expensive.
The one thing you cannot do yet is root the device, there was a temp root hack that worked with earlier releases of the firmware but the current release has not been rooted yet. However, if you really want to mod your device then Archos provides an SDE (Special Developer Edition) that allows you to do pretty much whatever you want (including dual booting Linux) at the expense of having your device marked as out of warranty.
thats where i got mine last week and at that price too..you MUST root this device and flash a new rom though...the stock software is DISGUSTINGLY horrible..if you dont plan to root dont waste the money..but if you are..this is a must buy!
I'm not sure if you are familiar with the Tegra 2 CPU. Its the next generation CPU. There are only two devices that I know of that is available at retail stores in the US, the g tablet is one of them. So I am positive that this device will be gingerbread and honeycomb capable. It also has 512mb of RAM which also explains its price tag. There is a development section in the xda forums that have 3 great devs there supporting this tablet. I think with a little work you can have an awesome next gen tablet. The viewing angles isn't the greats but the screen isn't too bad. There's a ton of videos on you tube running various ROMS. You can see how smooth this Tegra 2 device is. Its smoother than the stock galaxy tab, IMO.
It does not have the android market but you can get that when u install a custom rom.
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