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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!