1. A101 16G
2. The Netherlands
3. Dixons (brick & mortar shop)
I've had it since march and I got the 16G model because they didn't have the 8G one; in fact I got the model on display because it was the last one in the shop. I was looking for a tablet to read webcomics and play flash games, and it is just perfect for that. The wide screen form factor was what attracted me to it in the first place, so of course I'm happy with it. This my first android device, but it is highly intuitive so it only took a couple of hours of playing with it to see how it works.
None of the horror stories in the thread happened to me, but I had just one problem the day I bought it: the internet connection. As I said, I got the model on display, so when I was in the shop I saw that everything was in working order. Imagine my surprise when I got home, connected to wifi, but the device wasn't acting like it was connected. I know it sounds strange, but this is exactly what it did: in settings it was telling me that it was connected, but the browser, appslib, and the registration behaved like it didn't. So I took it to the shop where it was showing the same problem, but they were closing and they suggested resetting the device, and if that doesn't work, I should bring it back. I didn't work, I brought it back the next day, they did a different reset, and it was fine.
I didn't have that problem again, but I got a different one when I went to my parents' house for Easter. The wifi connection might have been slower, I don't know for sure, but the device was behaving badly, everything was loading with speeds that I haven't seen since the old dial-up days, and both the browser and appslib were prone to freezing. When I got back, the problem was gone.
The screen quality seems to be completely in the eye of the beholder. I didn't let many people to play with it, mainly because it's MINE, but also because I don't like to see people poking the screen. I mean the screen is sensitive enough that it reacts even if I am wearing gloves (yes, I tried it because I was curious and because sometimes I don't even have to actually touch the screen to get a reaction), so why would anybody poke it hard enough to hear?
Anyway, I only let my younger brother really play with it, and he doesn't have a high opinion of the screen. Which was a surprise since I don't have any problems with it. From a landscape perspective, left and right are perfectly visible within 80 degrees from the perpendicular (so 160 in total), with up and down being worse as they are only perfectly visible within 45 degrees from the perpendicular. If I'm looking from the top at an angle bigger than 45 the colors look different (light blue background starts looking green), and if I'm looking from the bottom white becomes gray, gray becomes white, so If I'm looking at gray text on white I can't read it anymore at about 60 degrees from the perpendicular. To me those seem like ridiculous angles to use the device, so for me the screen is great. I'm not sure if this has an influence, but my eyesight is perfect, and my brother should use +0.5 glasses (and usually he doesn't).
I didn't get a screen protector because the glare isn't a problem unless I'm holding it at an angle that would reflect the lamp into my eye, and that is easily avoidable; I'm not planning on using it with dirty hands; and the screen only shows fingerprints when it is off. I did boy the sleeve when I got it, so that takes care of protecting the screen when I'm not using it.
The battery is good. I don't turn the wifi off, and during the weekdays I mostly use it for maybe half an hour in the morning and a couple of hours in the evening, with the device in standby in between, and I have to recharge it every other day. I don't take it with me during the day because I wouldn't get any work done. It looks like the battery drains faster when it is lower; when I was at around 25% it was loosing 1% every minute. The battery is also very slow to charge, especially when it is close to full. In about 9 hours it will go from 20% to 90%, but it would take at least 4 hours to get it from 90% to 100%.
As I said in the beginning, I got it for webcomics and flash games, and that is mostly what I'm doing with it. I got a few apps for weather and news, but I rarely use them; I got a few ereader apps, but I also have an eink ereader and I prefer it when it comes to reading books; and I got many games, but I'm either bored in 5 minutes, or play them for 4 hours straight (the device is just so comfortable to hold), neither of which is a good idea. I uninstalled everything that I'm not using.
The memory is an annoyance, mostly because I don't know what's using it. In System Monitor, if I close every other application, I never see more than 106 Mb as available. When it starts too many apps in the background, the web pages take longer to load. It isn't difficult to close the apps, but I do wonder what it is that I'm not seeing and uses up the rest of the memory.
Bottom line: I'm very happy with it, and I recommend it to others (with the mention that some people aren't happy with the screen).