Item by item, here's what I can tell you, after about a week of fiddling with the Asia:
I ordered the 7" version from the Cherrypal Open Store web site: Cherrypal Open Store
There were several weeks where no info was received about the status of the order, even though they said orders would be shipped within 3-5 days of clearing of payment. There have been many complaints on the web about slow or non-existent customer service, so I was a bit nervous.
Then, I received an e-mail that apologized for the delay and offered a free upgrade to the 10-inch-screen Android model, which I accepted. The device was received the very next day!
So far, with fairly heavy use, the device has not crashed, and seems stable.
The sound is tinny, but works. The speaker is tiny!!
Asia found my wireless network immediately, and after entering my password in Menu > Settings > Wireless controls > WiFi settings
, I connected to my network. Since then, the connection has been automatic. So I would say this works very well.
Android Market is available. I haven't downloaded any of their apps, but have downloaded and successfully installed "LastPass", a password manager that I use with Firefox and Chrome. "LP Android" is a "premium" application, that can be tried for 14 days. its use is different than with the other browsers, but once used to its ways, works fine.
As Cherrypal states in its info, the battery life with the 10-inch screen isn't very long - I'd estimate 2 hours.
Touchpad works OK - as well as in a regular laptop.
Don't have a picture, but the site above has an accurate pic.
Overall comments: Having paid only $118 [including shipment], it's hard to complain! If one is used to Windows or Linux, the Android interface takes a bit of time to get used to. But it's an OS, and so the basic functions are there. But Android is a phone
interface, not a computer
interface, and it is oriented to a smaller screen with touch capabilities. So the user of an Android computer
has to understand that. But it is hardly an insurmountable barrier.
I suspect that Android was selected over earlier versions that used Linux, or a current [but more expensive] version that uses WinCE, because the device is small, doesn't have a lot of processing horsepower or memory, and would likely be much slower with a computer OS. The Android browser is very good - quick to load, and quick to accurately render pages in good resolution. Not surprisingly, the home page is "Google", and I've used most of the Google selections. Have had problems with Docs - the browser doesn't support word processing.
Also, have not been able to access YouTube sites. Asia has a Chinese video site - todou.com - that seems to work OK.
The device measures 7.25 by 11 by 1 inches, and weighs just under 2 pounds. I think it would be great for traveling, for use just as advertised: basic web surfing. I'm very pleased with it!