Goodintentions wrote:I must be one of the lucky ones, I actually own a cheap Chinese knock-off tablet (7" Pendo Pad 4, Ice-cream Sandwich) and I've found it to be quite good. It doesn't crash, and everything works (and keeps working). Its one 'failing' is a rubbish camera, but I don't use it for photography so it isn't an issue.Tech reviewers (most are apple fans anyway) sometimes use this tactic to praise apple. I remember seeing a few comparison between the ipad and "android tablet" articles. When I zoomed into the pictures, I was stunt to find one of those cheap Chinese made no-name tablets. Rather than using one of the higher end android tablets, they had to use a no-name tablet to compare to the ipad. Says a lot about the tech review industry.
Admittedly my mobile computing needs are minimal, but it's more than adequate for what I, personally, use it for (e-book reader, entertainment while travelling, net-radio, and email/posting on forums). Any and all 'serious' computing is done on the i7/Win 8 lappy. My type and amount of tablet-usage could in no way justify the purchase price of an iPad, nor do I believe that the experience would necessarily be any better.
EDIT: I'm not certain, but I believe it's manufactured by ZTE (my Android phone is, and the quality/price ratio is very good).