I got this unit with some level of caution. I know it's not going to perform like an iPad, so I don't expect that. I also know that it is inexpensive, so I kept my expectations in line with the price. That being said, I just don't think this unit has lived up to what I would have expected, even for a unit under $200.
First, just because it is an Android O/S, don't expect to get Android apps at the Android Market Place. I have an HTC Android smart phone and have been spoiled by the excellent selection of good, high quaility apps. So naturally I expected to have access to them with this unit. WRONG. The app store with this tablet seems well stocked with less than adequate (translated junk) apps. There are a few good ones, but if they require Flash player, forget it. Flash doesn't work, and when I tried to download it, the message from Adobe said they cannot download to my unit because of restrictions from APPLE!!!!!! What's that all about?!?!
YouTube is horrible. Picture quality looks like something from a cheap video card from the late 1980's. Horribly pixelized and choppy, even though this unit has an 800 Mhz processor.
Prior to this one, I had an ereader that used Kobo for it's standard provider. I really liked the Kobo interface, but cannot download from Kobo to my unit. If it would allow me to access the Android Market Place, I could download the Kobo reader, and all would be well. But alas, my books are stuck in my Kobo library and I cannot get them to my new unit. Yes, I tried saving them to my computer and transferring to the micro-S/D card and then putting it back into my unit. However, all I got was ASCII text and symbols.
The screen is not easy to use by touch. I am a typical sized man, and don't have overly large fingertips. However I am finding it very hard to find the "sweet spots" when typing in a url; thus, having many misspellings along the way. Also when I touch a "button" on screen, it may work and may not. Sometimes I find myself having to touch below the button to get it to work.
I am no novice to computer operations. I have been using PC's since 1987. However, this unit has me stumped. I sent an email to customer service last night. We'll see if/when they respond if they can give me some answers to rectify these problems, and others I haven't mentioned here. If they cannot, then the unit will go back, and I'll probably just get a Kobo reader and be done with it. After all, I already have a computer.
I just want a unit that works, and does what it is supposed to do.
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