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on 4 April 2012
Well I was highly excited about the impending arrival of my new pad, having spent some time perusing the specifications of a number of potential contenders. It was interesting to note on arrival, that I had ordered the 1Gb version of the 1.5Ghz, which is now being advertised as a 512MB 1.5Ghz, as you can see above. Strange as I was assured that the 1.5Ghz models only come with 1Gb.
Anyway I excitedly opened the box, and powered up. Oh dear, exactly 50% of the screen was pure white, the entire right half, whilst the left showed the normal Archos boot screen. So I thought, maybe that is normal as it hasn't been fully charged yet, so I put it on charge for a couple of hours.
When I next powered it up, I was gratified to see that both halves of the screen were working, and proceeded to set up the wireless. Five minutes later I was upgrading the OS to ICS. I then searched for my network SMB shares, which it found, and I could stream music no problem, however it complained that I needed to install some additional codecs for my films. So I went off to the app store to get them. Sadly it refused to allow me to add a device to my account, as it failed to recognise the product code. I then added the Netflix app which worked perfectly, and I was just starting to think about those codecs again, when the right hand 50% of the screen suddenly turned white. Game over.
I have now returned it to Amazon, (3 days ago) for replacement, and can only hope that this is not indicative of the build quality in general. Time will tell. I have given it 3 stars based on the fact that it had a hardware fault, with a fully functional unit I would be very much inclined to give it all 5.