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Before the forum crashed I had decided to do a review of the Wits A81-E so here it is. If I sound unknowledgeable, forgive me, this is my first Android device and these are just my opinions!I bought my device from www.jiongtang.com/shop and I found their service to be good. They took a little while to email me my tracking but the shipping took just over a week from China to the eastern US. They also run a forum that has a lot of helpful info. They also included a second battery for no charge. I could recommend them to anyone.The feel of the device itself is nice and feels solid. I like the shape of the back because it's quite comfortable to hold and although it isn't super thin, it looks like its only 2CM thick. The buttons have a solid click and don't feel cheap, but the ones on the face look a little dated. Oh well. The fit of the plastic panels is very good, and the battery door is almost too easy to remove on mine. They must have taken the previous criticisms of the A81 door really seriously! I dislike that the power plug can easily be put into the headphone jack on accident. I'm not sure if you could mess anything up doing that. The touch screen is snappy, bright, and felt pretty responsive scrolling about. Input errors are minimal. After viewing photos on it, I'd say that the resolution and color looks very good The Wifi reception has a good range and is fast. There are a lot of phone remenants that are only slightly annoying to me. The program Aldiko runs very well on this device and downloading books is seriously easy. Once you get Rockplayer to handle the video, the performance is great, I've played some fairly high res files and when you scroll through the video it refreshes instantly without complaints. Witstech has made claims that Android 2.2 will be available as well as other software fixes. We'll just have to see how they hold up that promise. Its worth noting that in the few days that I've had mine, Wits has released a revised firmware that claims to fix the speaker quietness issue as well as power management.Pros:Great battery life ( just got 5.5 hrs with the Wifi on )Great Wifi performanceGood build quality overallMinimal and unoffensive stylingDual OS support (real dual boot soon)Cons: Screen brightness can't be changedQuiet sound (but there is new firmware to fix this)No power management (supposedly the new firmware fixes this too)No GPS under AndroidNo Video out of the boxPower jack fits into the headphone jackTips: (Some tips apply to other devices too)Get ADW LauncherGet Rotating Screen AppGet Smart Bar AppGet RockplayerGet Advanced Task KillerGet OI File ManagerGet an unzipping programDON'T mess with the calibration (you may have to reflash the OS)If you should have to reflash the OS you HAVE to format your card with the HPUSB tool that Witstech has on their site.Anyway, it's not the longest review but overall I think the pros of this device outweigh the cons. I'm VERY happy with it so far, and can totally live with the negatives of this $200 MID. Now lets get some people hackin' this thing!
 

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Great review, thanks. Glad you're statisfied with your device. Mine's in the mail right now and I look forward to setting it up with custom themes etc. I do have some questions which hopefully you'll be able to answer for me:1/ did you get your apps from the official Market and is it build into the device?2/ have been looking for a rotating screen app but I cannot find anything, where did you find yours and what's its exact name?3/ I'm interested in buying a spare battery to help me survive an upcoming looooong trans-atlantic flight but I don't know where/which type of battery to order (I read it comes installed with a Witstech branded battery) so can you give me a bit of details on the (spare) battery you got, eg brand, size, everything you can tell me so I can find a spare.Thanks for your feedback and I'll let you get back to playing with your new toy now ;-)
 

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Glad that the review helped you. I can't believe that I forgot to mention this, but NO, there is no official market. I've had a small amount of trouble getting apps but I've used the SlideMe App in addition to these few websites. There are a few more I'm sure.www.pandaapps.comwww.androidfreeware.orgwww.androidfreeware.mobi/index.phpwww.freewarelovers.com/androidThe rotating software is literally called "Rotating Screen" and it along with ADW Loader and the Smartbar are available through the Jiongtang forums for download. The spare battery also came from jiongtang and they're an original Wits battery (3000mAh) and they're only $10. I got mine for free haha! Also, I have no idea how to get custom themes on ADW Launcher so if anyone could link me anywhere to some help or post info, I'd appreciate it.
 

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maddawg995;24301 said:
Does it dual boot? Or does it need to be reflashed each time?
From what I've read, wince goes onto an SD card and boots from that... beyond that no idea exactly how it's setup to work, so we'll have to wait for the OP to answer... probably some boot time option...
 

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I read that somewhere too but have also read that each time you change OS', you have to reflash. Since Wits themselves say they're working on a dual boot option, I'm thinking the latter might be true.On a side note, do you know of any other reliable vendors that has these? The only two I've found are merimobiles and JT. I have a serious problem with paying $30 for shipping.
 

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have you tried running wince on it?Any impressions of usable WiFi range?
No I haven't tried CE on it, but I've heard that its blazing fast with that impacted turd of an OS. Wifi range is very good with my router I haven't counted it out in steps or anything though!
 

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[quote name='cutterjohn;24309]From what I've read' date=' wince goes onto an SD card and boots from that... beyond that no idea exactly how it's setup to work, so we'll have to wait for the OP to answer... probably some boot time option...[/QUOTE'] It won't do a true dual boot yet so you have to reflash the different operating system each time. Right now it just isn't practical but they do seem intent on bringing that functionality to the device. I think it'd be cool to at least have the option.
 

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Hi all, i have the W1060 equivalent of the A81-E, have only just switched it to Android as the previous version was pretty crap. Wince (whilst not the best os) did work blindingly fast, had great wifi range and after a few tweeks was relativly easy to use. After finding a stack of Wince progs that worked (got them from a SmartQ forum) things are good. Wirelession just updated the Android OS so am trying it out. Everything worked great under Wince.Biggest issue withe the W1060 and im not sure if it is just mine - the menu button (lowest of buttons on bottom left) doesnt work under Android - not sure if it is just the w1060 that doesnt work. Im still not real sure about the 2.1 software yet, i also have the metal backed apad running the RB 5.1 software on it. If i had the knowledge and the ability i would try and get that to work on the w1060 as the UI on it is fantastic, everything can be operated by touch screen and it is fast! The 2.1 im running still is bloated (camera, phone contained) and the w1060 doesnt have camera (not sure why they left it in)
 

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Just wanted to say that I installed the most recent firmware. I have been getting way less force quits doing this. However it slightly speeds up music playback which is irritating.
 

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yeah seems like there is a problem when it comes to playing music, it speeds up by about 10% which sucks, would be nice if they could get the firmware right!
 

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@ficklecyclerDid you do something to extend battery life? My device can work for 5.5 hours only with WiFi turned off, enabled WiFi eats about an hour from [email protected]'ve contacted Witstech and reported some bugs, including music speedup(though I doubt I told them something new) and I was told that they'll try to fix most things in next updates, hope we'll get them soon.P.S. To keep this post from being offtopic:
 

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Ok, i'm about to bite the bullet and order one. I've narrowed it down to 3 places. Wirelession via aliexpress, Merimobiles and JTShop. With shipping and GPS, they're all about the same price. Does anyone know of any coupons that would help me decide which store I order from?
 

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[quote name='Dalkor;25527]@ficklecyclerDid you do something to extend battery life? My device can work for 5.5 hours only with WiFi turned off' date=' enabled WiFi eats about an hour from this.[/QUOTE'] All that I did was do a complete discharge and an overnight recharge. I can't see why they'd be different.
 

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thanks for that, would be nice if they can get it right, was reading elswhere (cant remember think it may me jt forum) that Wits are focusing on 2.2 firmware, sheesh they havnt got one right yet by what i've read, wish they could get this one right.Would love to be able to do a custom rom for this thing, but no matter how much i read and look at things its really beyond my measley skills/abilities
 

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Dalkor, how did you get market to work on it?? had 2.1 (no market) and 2.2 (no market) just loaded doesnt have market. Is there a simple (not to techie way) to get it to work?
 
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