In this current version of the review I think Hubert Nguyen is inaccurate about a few of the complaints This is the comment that I posted:
- You can install any Android app by simply downloading it to the device and double clicking on the .apk file. Alternative app libraries should become available simply by downloading and installing those as apps. The full Google Applications Marketplace should also become available as soon as the industry updates to Android 1.6 in the next few weeks.
- Archos did support Flash 9 in their own Archos OS, but since Google’ webkit browser does not support Flash yet in Android, Archos has to wait a bit. But it shouldn’t be long before full Chrome, Firefox and Opera will be available in Android now that 1.6 and Native SDK are out. And Adobe has announce Flash 10 for Android for within a few months.
- I think you can “undo” the mobile mode of the browser to only load full webpages for those websites that detect mobile browsers to load mobile versions of them. If you can’t Archos should be able to fix that browser user agent ID thing.
- The GPS software is just Archos partnering with GPS technology provider to provide a kick-ass high resolution 3D GPS application for Android, but you can run any other Android application for GPS and location based services.
- For email I expect you can find the Gmail .apk or Google will make a full Gmail app for it in 800×480 resolution then you’d have the best and full email experience with exchange or whatever you need.
- About that capacitative business, I haven’t seen any device in the world with 800×480 4.8″ capacitative touchscreens. I just don’t think it exists.