Just adding my $0.02:
Received mine on Tuesday, and my first impression wasn't good -- I unboxed & turned it on in the car, and possibly as a result the calibration & gyro sensors were all messed up resulting in lots of trouble with basic input. Exploring later on with it charged up, it crashed several times in the web browser and was very hard to navigate. The on-screen keyboard was badly inaccurate and almost unusable. To make matters worse, voice input was on by default and later when I was trying to configure it in a noisy coffeeshop, there was all kinds of wild mis-input until I could figure out how to disable that $#!@% feature.
I decided to start over on Thu: fully charged, completely wiped, upgraded to ICS, and carefully recalibrated.
The experience is night and day. The screen is bright and touch response is sharp, apps are quick and I haven't had any noticeable problem with low memory. I set up my google creds and then spent some time turning off all the silly social-tween-g+sync-features (email and calendar will do, thankyewverymuch). Suddenly it's a really stable and pleasant user experience. Darn near businesslike.
Just a few issues:
- Charging -- It gave me a bit of a scare yesterday when I thought it wasn't charging (power icon showed charging, but % didn't change over many hours). However that appears* to be an ICS software issue, as the indicator jumped to 100% on reboot then behaved normally. Apparently the ICS taskbar widget has a problem, or a problem with the A101. *If this pops up again I may have to have a chat with cust svc.
- MicroSD card protrudes 1mm -- Yeah, I saw that in reviews. It really does, and it's really annoying (not safe to leave a card in there perpetually); but I knew about it when I clicked BUY.
- Wifi reception -- not great. Not as bad as the Archos 28, but not much better than the 43. Good enough for gummint work.
- USB port -- I knew there were no promises re alternate use, but I was a little disappointed to find the full size USB port does not recognize a number of usually-driverless items (keyboards, mice, etc). Sticking to Bluetooth, I guess.
Overall I'm pretty happy with the purchase. The kids are jealous; wish I'd picked up 2.