- Reliability: Tie. The Touch I have now is a replacement for my original purchase. The power button failed and Apple replaced it for me. So far my 43 doesn't work using 802.11n for WiFi connectivity as it claims to. It still connects using 802.11g. Archos is aware and hopefully will fix it in an upcoming firmware release. Of three iPod Touches I've owned, two have gone back to Apple as defective. Of the 6 Archos product I have none has needed to be sent back as defective, yet nagging firmware glitches so far keep this 43 from being all that it can be. Both products thus appear tied for reliability.
43 = 16. Touch = 12. Wins worth 1. Ties worth 1 point to each device. By numbers the 43 is easily the winner. Android 2.21 is a more versatile OS than iOS 4. Since my 43 arrived it has become the one device I prefer to use over everything else you can find reviewed on my blog. The larger screen of the 43 is more welcome than the higher-resolution screen of the new Touch. Applications are available for both. The range of android apps, despite fewer in number than Touch apps, covers every category well. With no restrictions there are Android apps that do things Apple doesn't allow Touch/iPhone apps to do. The Touch is a great piece of hardware. Archos has a better device in its 43 though. In fact, Archos can't seem to make them fast enough to satisfy demand.
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