I agree and I went through the same process, I went to the shop 3 times. Before I took the plunge.
I did the research (not much about this device at the moment) I picked it up and had a good play in the shop. I even did the tap test. (Tap what you want to buy really hard and listen for a rattle)
The shop assistant thought I was crazy but these days this weeds out the low quality devices.
It passed all the tests.
It isnÔÇÖt going to rock your world, this device is what it says on the tin. A well-built, Cheap budget device. I was concerned about the level of operating system and that is didnÔÇÖt have the standard Google tools.
I only want a device to watch videos, read eBooks, check mail, browse the internet and social forums, oh and play the odd game. I donÔÇÖt like landscape devices, they just feel unnatural and this device was ticking all the boxes. I almost bought the Samsung Galaxy tab but walked away when I realised it has a long way to go before it feels like an IPad. I am not an apple fan but you have to admit they know what they are doing when it comes to design.
Although AppLib wasnÔÇÖt my preferred option I decided to take the chance. I was a little concern about there not being much chatter on the forums but this was probably because it is a new device and Xmas got in the way.
The first out of the box demo on youtube was posted two days before Xmas http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llEBXqZbSTE
This device was sold out in every shop in my area. I had reserve and travel to get it. (WasnÔÇÖt sure to take this as a good sign or an omen)
So I got the shop and quizzed the shop attendant. They said this device was great for watching movies but that was about it. At least videos would be good
. I could always bring it back within 21 days if I changed my mind.
I got it home. Opened the box, navigated around. (Not much to navigate) but found the movie demo called Big Buck Bunny, my son watched it and wanted to see it again (pass one)
Ran upstairs downloaded Google tools from http://www.megaupload.com/?d=QSM6ATPB
And followed everals comments from http://www.arctablet.com/blog/forum/arnova-10-g2/install-android-market-without-root-on-latest-firmware/
I had all the Google tools running within 30 min. Set up my mail and browsed Android Market whereI downloaded Perfect Viewer for EBooks (Inc Comics) and MoboPlayer for videos. Greader for RSS feets. Evernote and Drop Box for online storage.
This is a great device. My 32GB memory card from http://www.amazon.co.uk/SanDisk-SDSDQM-032G-microSDHC-32GB-Card/dp/B003HIWHN0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325157713&sr=8-1
meant I could leave the 8GB to the OS.
I feel this device is well worth the money. It isnÔÇÖt going to get me to the moon but at least I will have my email, videos, and ebooks on the way.
This device will replace the need for a laptop in front the TV.
I currently have no regrets.
Be able to watch Videos [Check]
Be able to read ebooks [Check]
Be able to check mail [Check]
Be ablet get forum updates [Check]
be able to browse the market [Check]
be able to interact with documents stored in the sky [Check]
Get me to the moon [Fail]
I copied everals installation comments below as the tread was getting very long over at arctablet.
Extract the files, transfer the files and then install the apks using file manager in this order:
-1.Google Services Framework -2.OneTime Initializer -3.Setup Wizard -4.Talk -5.Gmail -6.Vending
1) After installing all the G Market files go try to login to Gmail. You will get an error.
2) Now go into settings and manage apps. Click on Google framework. Clear the cache files.
3) Do the same thing for Gmail and clear the cache.
4) Power down and back up.
5) DONT launch the market but launch Gmail and login. It should work.
6) Now you can launch the Market.
Only Change was that i have no "cached files" for "Gmail and Google framework" to delete.
So i have deleted the "data files" itselfÔÇª