Can I first say that I am a VERY fussy person when it comes to tech and I will not put up with rubbish.
I do have an "Iphone" and know what it can do and enjoy it very much but am also well aware that the Android operating system is in its early days and a bit of homework may be necessary to see if it does what you want it to so it may be a bit of a gamble.(Remember its not an Ipad)
I took the plunge and I am very happy with my purchase.
I am only writing this so I can address a few issues that have been raised in the reviews for this tablet, most of which I do not recognise.
The biggest issue most people are having is with the sensitivity of the screen or the lack of it, I can only speak for my own unit but I have had no problems with it at all and if it was as bad as most people say it is I would have sent it back straight away as it would have driven me up the wall.
Maybe I've been lucky but I think in the end it's down to the individual and I am more than happy with it.
The second biggest issue seems to be that there is no real manual with it.
If you think about it, most technology of this type will not come with a paper manual but an online manual is available and free to download and that is true of this tablet, just "Google" Android 2.2 Users Guide and its freely available and very useful.
There is a know issue with the "Youtube" player but most of the main online services like "BBC Iplayer", "Demand 5" and "4 Catchup" work well at this time with the Adobe Flash installed.
Before I purchased this tablet I was well aware that the "Android Apps Market" software would not be on it but I did a bit of homework and found that there are many other app type markets freely available for Android online that offer a great deal of choice in the software for the unit, not as many as the official Android Market but plenty to keep most people happy, and while a few apps do not work they are outweighed by the ones that do and I have installed many useful ones already.
I think that the 40,000+ applications mentioned in the review refers to the official Android Market which this tablet does not have.
Most of the software that comes installed is in English and very helpful and usable, there are only a few pieces that are in Chinese but usually an english version of the software is available to download and is no problem at all.
The USB cable that comes with it to connect to your PC works well and you CAN gain access the unit and the external SD card via your PC, it just takes a few seconds before you can see it.
Just follow the instructions on the pull down menu on the home page after you have connected the cable and click on the "USB connected" button then follow the instructions on the tablets screen and wait about 20 seconds for the tablet to appear as removable drives on you PC.
I installed no drivers.
Right then, now the bad news, the mains adapter that come with it is a 2 pin type that needs an adapter like the one you get with most razors and looks a little bit fragile so I'll be treating it with great care and also it is very hard to find a case to fit the 8" tablet so for the time being I keep it in a small netbook pouch for safety but would advise to try and get a proper case for it as soon as possible.
Also there is no built in GPS on the tablet but I'm not too worried about that side of it.
As Android is a new type of operating system I am learning things all the time about it but all in all I AM very happy with my first entry into this new market and can see myself with a tablet for some time to come.
It's not perfect but it is better than some of the reports might lead you to believe.
If you are going to buy one, do a bit of homework and make sure it does what you want it to and if you can try and have a play with one to get a feel for it, only you will know if its right for you want.
I did and I'm happy
There is plenty of information available online and also from Android forums sites.
Also for piece of mind buy one from somewhere with a good returns policy just in case.