Bought, played, annoyed then I gave in...
Being a guy who doesn't usually follow the pack and also wanting flac support, this device appealed to me a lot. Until I realised several things!
1) I did not know all the andriod app's were not availible for this device. That was a big hitter and I could not find bearly any useful app's I wanted. You can get around this (sort of) by following this link - http://forum.archosfans.com/viewtopic.php?f=63&t=42067
Obviously not all the app's work and some crash the device. Look at it on an app by app basis.
2) The sound quality, imo was rubbish. I wanted this device to replace my recently blown up creative zen vision which had great sound quality but sadly no flac support (grrr to transcoding but for everything in 320kbs VBR mp3 it was great). This on the other hand had no real 'presense' of sound, it was lacking bass and reasonable mid-range which to me felt like it was tinny. It sounded (metaphorically) to me like a cheap stero rather than seperates, and that is not on.
3) The responsiveness of the screen was - annoying. I suppose you get used to these things but I just could not. Having played with iPods in the shop, everything scrolls as you want and there is no repressing/rescrolling when things go wrong. This has a big problem scrolling - particually the app menu. Once you have opened and if you have many apps to scroll up and down, half the time it would scroll far, far too much and others not the right amount.
So in the three days I had this device, I found three major annoyances. I gave up, took the device back and spent the extra £70 to get an iPod touch 32gig. Sound quality is much better and even better than my old mp3 player, app's are great fun and the size is suitable.
If you need the size, go for the classic.
Hope this helps you all - I would of only given this 30% at most, as the main thing it has going for it is the tv out and the great quality video.