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Maybe I kind of lucked out ...
on April 1, 2012
Since I responded to the first reviewer and 2 more reviews came in, I'll add some more thoughts and review this item. I also bought this from HSN since it was 8 inches, came with Android 4.0 and was the cost of a Kindle Fire or a B&N Nook. My wife and I wanted tablets for entertainment purposes so I figured I would buy 1 to see how it was.
At this point the positives outweigh the negatives on this. Positives - it comes with Android's newest OS, it is slightly bigger than the 7 inch tablets and it seems to work on the apps I dowloaded. Negatives - can't get Android Market, screen angle problem as stated and maybe battery life could be better.
Since I can't use the Android Market, through Amazon I have downloaded the Amazon App Store, Kindle, Dolphin browser, Winamp, Pandora (haven't used yet), Color Note, Tune in Radio and my son loaded Angry Birds; all are working OK except when you use the browser the internet radio goes out for a few seconds (tablet does not have a lot of memory (512 M) and it only has a 1 Ghz processor). I have loaded the tablet up with a movie and it's resident viewer works OK. I have not loaded music on it yet but I would imagine it too would work OK. I have downloaded a free book to the Kindle app to see how it was, it took about 30 seconds for the book to show up in Kindle, I was able to change screen colors, font sizes and brightness in the Kindle app.
Battery life for me doesn't seem to be as short as another reviewer stated but it certainly won't last 7 or 8 hours with the WiFi on; maybe 4 hours (laptops are about 2 1/2 to 4 hours). But with that said I have a brand new Windows phone that doesn't last the stated standby time as it is always broadcasting ... maybe 48 hours vs the 286 hours stated; because of this we are turning the WiFi off when we are not on the internet.
This definately is not an Ipad, it has a 0.3 M pixel front facing camera (bad), it has the newest Android OS (good), it is not tied to a specific company (I did not root the tablet) (good), it works with everything I downloaded so far (good), it has a micro sd card slot (I have 16 Gb in it - as much as the lowest version of the Ipad has)(good)and it costs less than $200 (good). At this point we don't Facebook or Skype and this certainly gets on the internet and gets email. If I were to buy a more expensive one it would be an Ipad.
All in all this seems to be doing what we wanted it to do, it could use some improvement but for $200 it seems like it works as intended.
UPDATE 4/6/12 - The battery life on this was about 5 1/2 hours and it seemed a little short. Went online and Googled some info and there seems to be some tablets that have longer battery life. Not too many 8 inch tablets out there and wanted a fully functional Android tablet with the latest OS - found some good reviews for the Archos 80 G9 and decided to try it ... MUCH nicer for a little $$ more. Screen seems beter, 2core processor, access to Google Play and a battery head to head comparison it may get 2x the battery life ... the HSN tablet went back. Archos is not as sleek looking but it has some nice features; other tablet was fully functional in what I installed but it seemed that the battery should last at least 8 hours with wifi off.