Archos 32 PMP

Now for something completely different -- J&R has put up the pre-order page for the Archos 32, a 3.2-inch 8GB personal media player.  Don't hit the back button on your browser just yet, because this little device is big on the spec sheet: 

  • 3.2-inch TFT LCD touchscreen at WQVGA (400x240) resolution and 16 million colors
  • Android 2.1, with plans to upgrade to Froyo at release
  • Access to over 2000 apps in the Archos AppsLib app store
  • 800 MHz A8 Cortex processor with OpenGL support
  • 802.11 b/g/n WiFi suport
  • Standard USB connector with USB Host and composite video out
  • VGA camera with camcorder mode
  • Support for every audio and video format I've ever heard of, and a few I haven't

Shazam!  Now pack all this into a 2.5-ounce device with a $147.00 price tag and you've just piqued my interest.  I've searched high and low for a leaked pic to no avail, and no word on just when we'll be seeing this one, but you can sign up to be notified at the pre-order page.  [J&R via NetbooksReview] Thanks Jazz!

 
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Pretty much the case with all Archos products. If they had access to the Android Market, they would be nifty devices to have.

Sounds pretty nifty tho the main drawback would be memory. 8GB is nothing in today's world of music and video.

Gonna have to agree with sveilien about 8GB being pretty pathetic. Needs an SD or microSD slot for expansion, then it may be worth considering.

VGA camera is nice and 2.5oz is really light, but is this going to be competitive vs. the next gen iPod touch when it lands next month?

Id stay away from Archos. Bought the 605 wifi awhile back and they promised a lot of stuff for it but as soon as the next model came out they forgot the 605 exisited. The battery died on mine and I sent a service request in to replace it. Never heard from them. Do yourself a favor and go with some other brand. Archos looks good but its not.

Also, sounds like their Android version of the Archos 5 is quite unstable. I have the original Archos 5 with their own OS on it, which has served my purposes well, but Archos likes to over promise and under deliver, as well as charge extra for every imaginable thing. Also, in the past their systems have been extremely hard to hack, I'm not sure if a switch to Android would change that philosophy.