Hi everyone--I'm really excited to join on to this active and enthusiastic community, and I hope I can work with all of you along the way to getting my very own aPad. That said, I come to you today flummoxed. I have been researching various models for about 1.5 weeks and have come away a lot more confused than I started. The blatant misrepresentation of device stats, compounded with the extreme difficulty of locating a reputable seller, the multiple re-brandings, and the erratic release cycle was almost enough to put me off trying to find one. Here are my, admittedly minimal, requirements: I am looking to spend ~150$ on a device that simply has a large screen. I have a large number of PDF ebooks and I would like to be able to read them on a large surface. In my less enlightened days I was considering a Kindle, which is an increasingly interesting option now that the basic model is 139, but I would need the large screen of the DX, which would run roughly 250$ for a used 1st gen. I thought to myself, this is a little too much for a black and white device that would only read ebooks. Likewise with the Nook, etc. Next came a general investigation of older slate tablets such as the earlier fujitsu stylistics and the Motion M1400. Nominally, faster devices, running Windows, which would be familiar, but still a 200 dollar pricetag. I next began looking into the wonderful world of knock-off iPads, and the EKEN M003 caught my eye--a large(r) screen, at least, in color, and roughly half the price. I even considered a 7 inch screen--after all, what can the difference between 7 and 8 inches be? And besides, the mod community is more active for the M002 and M001. But then came the overwhelmingly negative reviews of the usual built-in VIA processor. So I began looking into rockchips and had almost settled on the Moonse 7001, right when the Moonse "7002" (telechips) suddenly appeared on the radar. The problem? A 200 pricetag. I came very close to pre-ordering one on merimobiles. But then came all the talk of the upcoming 10 inch pads that could cost as low as 150. I began to think about what I would use this for--many, many ebooks; the occasional youtube video, maybe even a movie on the go (for content, not graphics); maybe an audiobook or two. I have a pc and a smartphone but this device would be a portable, smarter alternative to both these devices, as well as an alternative to physical books. I'm really not sure where to go from here. In summary, I'm looking for a big screen and not too much lag when turning pages on a 30+ MB PDF. I want minimum video playback, for youtube and maybe a documentary every once and a while. I want to spend the smallest possible amount of money--an amount that seems appropriate given the features I would be using the device for. Additionally, I live in California, and would not want shipping to tack on too much extra cost. One other thing, my undergraduate major was Chinese and I have studied this language extensively. I actually don't mind if the device comes already in Chinese, and in fact this might be fun. Though notably, I don't quite know my way around the Chinese Internet enough to find a reputable seller (hell, I can hardly do it in English!) Overall, perhaps this mythical device doesn't yet exist. I may be willing to go up to 200$ for a 10" screen. But at that price, it starts bumping into x86 and Kindle territory. I am excited to try out android, for sure, but these are just things going through my head. Then there's this whole Orphan thing....it really seems like something new comes out every 5 minutes. Running the same core as the real iPad?!?Anyhow, any help you could give in my thoroughly confusing search would be greatly appreciated. I can only hope that someone else comes along and finds some solace in the comparative calm of their personal aPad adventure. But maybe I'm just being paranoid.