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Old 06-09-2011, 04:10 PM
Zapp Zapp is offline
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Default One Month With The Archos 43

It's been 30 days and I am ready to offer a few observations/opinions on the Archos 43. In brief, I like it. In fact, I like it a lot. I travell a lot, and the wifi on the 43 has proved to be invaluable for directions, maps, phone numbers, and restaurant and hotel reviews. Given a good web connection web pages load on the 43 in just a few seconds. NOTE: many, if not most, public wifi hotspots are slow, the 43 can only load as fast as the wifi connection. The wifi reception of the 43 is excellent. If there's an open wifi connection in the area, the 43 will sniff it out. You can use Skype on the 43. It's not a great wifi phone, but in an emergency even a mediocre phone is infinitely better than no phone.

When I first got the 43 the resistance screen made me want to smash the unit against the nearest wall and send the pieces back to Amazon. There's a steep learning curve with the resistance screen, but once you make curve, the resistance screen works very well. If you're going to be writing a novel or web surfing for hours at a time, get a lap top.

The 43 actually fits into the front pocket of a pair of jeans. You can read an e-book on it without much trouble. I would say it's close to the optimal size for portability versus usability. I might buy the new Archos with a 5" screen when it comes out, but I would not go smaller than
the 43.

It's not perfect, and it will soon be superceded by newer models. But it fills enough of my particular wants and needs that I feel it was money well spent. My emphasis was on portability. If I can't carry a device in my jacket or jeans pocket, it's of no use to me. The combination of portability, features, and price of the 43 was right for me. Your mileage may vary.

Last edited by Zapp; 06-10-2011 at 07:39 PM.
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