I said just a month back in the comments section that wouldn't it be nice if Apple made an iPod touch with 3G mobile broadband connectivity. Well - I'll fess up - I knew something you didn't...
Sworn to secrecy by a legally binding NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement - we get a lot of these), the inventive French PMP manufacturer showed us something rather special which we can share with you now: the 'Archos 5' and 'Archos 7' media players.
Seemingly styled with the attitude 'what would happen if we took an iPod touch to its logical conclusion' the duo sport superb 800 x 480 resolution 4.8in and 7in LCDs respectively and completely do away with the company's famed vertical buttons in favour of slim bezel, full touchscreen affairs that definitively enhance their raison d'être.
Equipped with 60-250GB and 160-320GB HDDs respectively the 5 and 7 series really cause a storm with WiFi, a fully scalable web browser, email and - in the case of the '5g' - integrated 3G connectivity (just buy a 3G sim card and you're away). Interestingly, 5 and 7 series models can also support 720 high definition playback and put this to good use with HDMI outputs meaning quality playback on an HDTV is just a cable away.
"Today we break the rules" said UK MD Tony Limrick. "We want to push the boundaries to meet the needs of the modern day consumer by delivering the Archos Internet Media Tablet, a device which truly redefines media on the move."
I must admit, from my hands' on I'm inclined to agree.
The Archos 5 goes on sale in September for a wallet busting £279.99 (60GB) £319.99 (120GB) and £359.99 (250GB) while the Archos 7 continues the theme at £360 (160GB) and a whole £440 (320GB) in October. The exciting Archos 5G meanwhile sees its price and availability hidden for now, but 3G add-ons will be launched soon for both the standard 5 and 7 series.
Archos, these could indeed be truly game changing. I just hope you haven't priced yourself out of mass acceptance...