"reasonable expectations"4.0 starson by agordinier
Pros: Video play back is very good
Device doesn't weigh much
Screen size is "just right"
Cons: Poor touch screen
Limited Android apps
Poor Wifi stability
No built in Flash (fixable)
Summary: The first thing that every one complains about is the touch screen on this device and I can't say it's perfect But, the reality is that it gets the job done and allows for a device uncluttered by buttons. In this case the touch screen does what it was meant to do and is functional in that respect. I am more upset about the poor quality of the wifi. When other devices can connect this tablet has a hard time and easily drops the connection. Given that this device is billed as built to surf the internet it is a disappointing shortcoming. Another shortcoming is the lack of flash. The built in browser wont run it and browsers that can on android are few and far between. I did install "skyfire" and was able to watch youtube without a hitch, but can't get Hulu to work and that was part of my goal.
While the android platform for this device is stable and very functional there are a limited number of apps that are compatible due to the lack of a keyboard. The device does have it's own app store but the vast majority of those apps are playful at best.
The ebook reader (Aldiko) is a surprisingly useful addition to this device. I have tried several other high end e-readers and find this a more enjoyable experience to read. The reader is linked to a collection of books that are free to download, many of them classics and some hard to find in print.
The screen size is large enough to be a joy to watch movies and videos on, but still small enough that I can carry it in my cargo pants unobtrusively. I am still amazed at how smoothly it plays large movie files and the quality of the image. The built in speakers are surprisingly good but I often have to use headphones so I don't get to use them much.
In the end it is easy to see where the corners were cut to keep the price down (there is a spot on the frame where a web cam should have been that is now covered over). Despite that this tablet has some real uses and at $200 is hard to beat. I enjoy mine and carry it with me most every where. It wont replace a netbook or a laptop, but it has it's own uses and place.