I purchased the Le Pan TC 970 for my husband as an early Christmas present in October from Amazon. It was not available at WalMart at the time. My husband has been using it instead of his laptop ever since. We have been able to connect our yahoo and gmail email accounts to it. Netflix is compatible, he watches it nightly. Facebook works fine on here. Angry Birds is awesome on the big screen! We have the Android and Amazon App store on it, Kindle App, Nook app, etc. My husband used the reader apps a lot. It is easier than holding a book for him when using the case stand. I got a Targus case for the Ipad 1 and have access to all of the plugs, buttons, etc. It holds it secure and folds into a three position stand. I cut down an ipad screen protector for it.
I have the HP ePrint app on it and can print to my Deskjet 3050A which is ePrint enabled. There are no USB or HDMI ports on it. It accepts up to a 32gb SDHC Micro card. I currently have a 16gb in in, and have 14gb available. Between the Android and Amazon app market, you can get lots of apps. I have an Iphone, and there are currently apps that I use on the phone that are not available, but Apple's market is larger. I have not tried the Skype, so cannot comment on it. There is a system tutorial, in the settings on the tablet, but nothing was in the package to tell you that. You find it after the fact. But the set-up was intuitive enough that we figured out the basics first. Looking at my battery usage at this moment, the tablet has been unplugged for 7+ hours, the battery is at 80%. My husband has not been using it much though, it has been in sleep mode when not in use. of the 20% used, 40% was wifi usage, 31% tablet idle, 16% display, 5% Android OS, 5% Android system, 2% Browser.
Cons have been few. There are four main buttons on the screen, which do most of your functions needed. They are not backlit though, so you cant see them in the dark. The screen had frozen up on us several times and had to be reset with a paper clip, but seems to be doing much better since the update to 2.2. We have had some problems with losing wifi, but it seems to happen mostly in our bedroom. You just pull down the top of the screen, click the wifi off, and click it back on and go back to where you were. My husband has big fingers and sometimes has trouble with the keyboard. I am currently checking with the company to see if you can hook a bluetooth keyboard to it. Haven't received an answer to it and I have a Stylus on order to see if that helps.
For the money, I don't think you can get better! The video is stunning, capacitive screen is sensitive. It has been a joy to use. My husband is disabled, and this works so much better for him than a laptop. It is easier for him to carry around. No, it is not an ipad, but I didn't want one. No thought of paying that much, did not want 3g access, no need for a forward facing camera. This tablet is very sturdy feeling, not flimsy. I am hoping, with the case and screen protector, that we will be able to use it a long time. Hope you enjoy yours as much as we enjoy ours!
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