Some information you should know before buying this:
- the Android OS version is 2.1 and, according to the manufacturer,won't get updated to 2.2. What does that imply? Well it means that you won't get the advantage of the 2.2 update, including the Flash support. Of course you can view some videos (mobile version of You Tube), but don't expect to watch the BBC iPlayer for example.
- there is no way to access the Android Market, the Android Market app isn't installed, instead there is SlideMe, which doesn't rely on the Android Market. And any direct links to the Android Market downloads will fail (you will either get a 404 error or a "you don't have the permission"). You think you can get the Android Market app somehow? The answer is: legally, no. The manufacturer either didn't choose to let you access, or most likely didn't have the option to (Android on tablets is quite a new thing). If you search on the internet you won't find anywhere to either register or download the app, and if you manage to contact Google, then you get a "you will be unable to add Android market on your phone if its not support by your device manufacturer".
Why should you care? Because most of the apps are available only from the Android Market, you might not find them in the SlideME Market. Fortunately there are website where you can download apps that are not on SlideMe, or even the developers websites might have a link to the .apk that doesn't require the Android Market. But be ready to spend hours searching the web!
- the 7" screen makes it a good pdf reader (in my view), as long as you can find the right app for it (I would personally recommend VuDroid).
- the battery doesn't last long.
Overall this little machine is all right for its price, even though finding apps for it is a nightmare. A good introduction to the Android OS, but if you're looking forward to 2.2 wait a little longer.
PS: There is a hidden "System Update" app which updates the kernel (not the OS version), which seemed to improve the performance a little after I tried it. You can access it by sliding your panel to get "icons" panel, then press "menu", then "add application" and select the "System Update" app, which will now appear among your icons. Click on it and start the update.