Initially i couldn't decide between the Cowon iaudio A2 and the Archos Av500. i have read various forums on both units, and it seems the Cowon A2 crew seem to be pannicking about the possible lifespan of the none replaceable, none detachable built in battery.
Because of this i have decided that i wish to buy the Av500 with the intention of buying a second back up battery.
Wishing to pay as little as possible, I now need help to decide on which gb memory unit to buy. I can buy the Av500 30 gb from Argos for the price of £299.99 which seems to include an offer of ordering a free second battery.
I am just concerned that i may end up being dissapointed with just 30 gb not being able to record enough programs and films onto the harddrive.
My main use will be to record directly from the Tv / DVD / digi Humax PVR 9200T recording tv programs and films and to then take it on holiday to view the video on flights (to NZ etc..) and during possible delays etc...
It states on the 30gb version that can record upto max of 120 hours, but i have a feeling that it will end up being alot less because of the length of films and programs using up too much space etc...
As a rough average how many films can you actually record and store onto the 30 gb unit?
Everytime, just before i go away on holiday, i didnt want to be having to quickly delete some and start recording and storing new material at the last minute.
The 60 gb version seems to be priced at £350 (slight more than i want to pay without a secong battery) but it seems that you cannot buy a second battery for this unit as the batteries only seem to be available for the 30 gb unit and 100 gb unit and not the 60 gb unit?
Does anybody know how long the battery truely lasts on the Av500 30gb or Av500 60gb watching video continually?
Your help would be very much appreciated.