Conclusion: At $450 to $550 list, this isn't a cheap device. But it's unique thanks to the 7" display, excellent video format support and powerful CPU. Throw in the DVR station and you're spending $100 more, but it adds valuable functionality in the guise of high quality TV recording and playback to a TV (even large TVs).
Pros: Handles a variety of video formats well, handles high quality VGA video at high bitrates well, lots of storage, fantastic 7" display, excellent battery life, slim, solid, really good looking (until the fingerprints set in), excellent DVR features with optional dock, very good photo viewer and web browser. Flash games will keep the kids amused on trips.
Cons: Some of the most desirable codecs cost extra, shows fingerprints like mad, heavy. Add about $140 for the DVR Station and those codecs. The new Archos 5 and 7 connectors aren't compatible with older Snap ons like the old DVR Station.
Excerpt: The Archos 7 is a Google Android tablet meant for people who want to access (not create) media such as video, audio, images, email and web content, but don't have high performance expectations.