I just got one today, and paid 229 as well.
Originally Posted by ChudleyOne
... liking the screen, disliking processors, memory slots, non-stock OS & prices.....
i'd agree that the search for the right tablet has been frustrating. there seems to be plenty of nice, high-end stuff, and TONS of crappy stuff - but not much in the middle.
here are some initial impressions:
the screen has been absolutely brutalized in every review that i've read on the a2109. the truth is, it's not that bad. it's definitely not that good, but it's not awful. the viewing angles are quite limited, and it's not very sharp. it's passable though.
the cameras aren't very good, and that wasn't a deal-breaker for me anyway. it'll make a video call just fine (in good lighting). i can't imagine using either camera that much, however i did want a front & rear camera.
the sound is nice.
hdmi out and micro sd are there.
it's only my 2nd android device, and getting all my stuff over from the play store was easy.
it feels solid, and i really like the size of the device.
accessories.........dear god. unless you've got a contact in china, good luck finding a case for this thing. the only decently rated case on amazon that's actually made for the a2109 isn't in stock.
seems like a decent buy.