Originally Posted by julian67
There are a couple of series of Android based media players from Archos which arer not current but possibly still available new if you search, and which can often be found really cheap as used items.
The most recent would be the "generation 8" series A28, A32 and A43 Internet Tablets. The numbers refer to 2.8", 3.2" and 4.3" screen sizes so these are very small and extremely slim devices. They run Froyo and only have resistive screens so will not suit anyone who wants to try every latest app or requires multi-touch and pinch zoom and so on. The audio output is really good except for high output impedance so you need headphones/IEMs which don't sound different at different loads (so no balanced armatures). I have an A43 and it sounds great with my Shure SE215, Sennheiser Momentums, Sennheiser CX95 and Koss KSC75. It has 16GB onboard storage and a microSD slot. The smaller players don't have a microSD slot. I find mine is great for internet radio, www browsing, rss client, remote control of my torrent server, music server and so on. It plays video up to 720p. Battery life as an audio player is at least 24 hours, maybe quite a lot more. It is less if you play video, browse www etc but still very good. As a very versatile audio player the A43 is great once you add stuff like DeadBeef and Rockbox. The tablet stuff is secondary and these things absolutely do not offer a slick Apple type experience and there is a lot of negative opinion of them for this reason.
I broke mine beyond repair (totally my fault) and in the end bought a used one to replace it. I wanted a replacement and found that small Android based media players have almost vanished from the market since larger tablets got a lot cheaper and smartphones got better. I considered the Samsung Players but they are known for having lots of annoying system noise intrude into the music while the Archos players don't do this.
I notice when you find these new they are expensive and not good value. I paid about £45 for mine, boxed and condition as good as new, at which price I'm happy.
1) I primarily use BAs. I've got the TF10, UE 900, PFE 112, ER-4PT and so on. I'm not a fan of Dynamics, so I guess it can't work for me.
2) I don't mind the resistive touchscreen. Not much, since my primary device would be my iPhone. Still, it hampers me greatly because most apps run best on capacitive touchscreens. Remember that I'm also using this as a backup laptop when I have no access to my MacBook for basic functions.
3) I don't think I can find these anywhere in my local stores unless I get them online.
It seems like no one thought to pull Apple's iPod touch idea and put that into a 'droid.
P.S. I was wondering... Can I get my 'droid to sync with my iTunes? I know I can sync data to and fro, but the thing here is that... Well, iTunes users should have by now realized that iTunes logs the number of times you play a song. Can I sync this data to and fro? I'd just like to see how many times I've played a particular song.Edited by AONihilist - 12/10/13 at 3:45pm