"There's no reason to buy this over an iPad."1.5 starson by GatorDave45
Pros: Hardware is thin and light.
8.2" is a nice size.
4G network speeds are incredible.
Cons: Operating system locks up and restarts at least once a week.
Dearth of tablet-optimized Android apps.
Hardware buttons are in a bad spot and can't be used without looking at them.
Performance is laggy.
Battery life on 4G is not great.
Summary: The hardware, buttons aside, is really quite good. I suspect that this will be a terrific table if it gets stock Ice Cream Sandwich. The 8.2" screen is both noticeably larger than a 7" tablet while also noticeably smaller than an iPad. Both of those are good things, by the way. It's a good size for a tablet.
The software is where it breaks down. Android Honeycomb just isn't good. The thing locks up and reboots at least once a week, and more than that if I use it more often. The paucity of good, tablet-optimized Android apps makes the problem even worse. Even if you can overlook the third party app problems, there has to be some other Android tablet out there that doesn't crash on a weekly basis.
I might tell someone to get one of these based on the hope of ICS, but not at the prices it's being offered at. $429.99 is pretty steep given it requires a contract, and $600 off contract is ridiculous given the iPad's prices. The third gen iPad is better in every way no matter how you slice it, and it's just $30 more for the same specs (16GB, 4G networking).
With a lower price and ICS, this thing has a chance. As it is now, forget it.
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors' Program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. http://*******/VZWA