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Great tablet for the price - rubbish apps store
on 20 December 2011
I picked this little beauty up for a song at HMV (they have it in a sale at the moment). I must admit that I'm very impressed with the tablet for the price. It's a sturdy piece of kit with a very nice 10 inch screen. It's able to show a high quality 720 image and movies/TV shows on it look great (as does streamed video such as on the BBC iPlayer site). It's also lovely to use for surfing the web and it's become my default device for lying around on the sofa checking Facebook, my email, Twitter, etc. If you get a good game to play on it, such as Angry Birds, then the screen looks great. However, some glarey, neon-like games do show up the screen's cheapness (unfortunately) and have the kind of glare that can hurt the eyes if stared at too long.
The operating system is fairly stable and moderately intuitive (there's nothing approaching a decent manual with it so expect to do plenty of tapping away to work out the inner workings of the tablet). However, I did have to install new firmware once as the thing went a bit crazy and mis-functional on me (what do you expect? It's not an iPad after all!). But since then it's behaved admirably. The only downside, though, is installing new firmware wipes out some applications and your brower's bookmarks, etc.
The area where the device really lets itself down, though, is in its applications store. The generic Android Market is not available for this device and it has an inbuilt store called AppLibs. AppLibs is atrocious to use. It's functionality is far too basic. It's impossible to see a large range of applications that are available and tends to only show those that are new or most downloaded (even though it boasts of having around 30,000 available). Many of the apps available are poorly made and don't function properly. I couldn't tell you how many times I've installed an app, tried it out and then deleted within seconds.
There is, apparently, some unofficial firmware out there which allows one to install the Android Market. However, for every success story relating to this on the web forums there is another where an Arnova 10 G2 owner is bemoaning his or her lot as their device - post install - has chosen to die on them or do strange and funny things, so a) I wouldn't personally recommend the installation of such and b) I'm somewhat reluctant to give it a try.
So, a great tablet in many ways but one that also makes me want to save up the extra pennies to get myself an iPad in a year or two.