i think apple,archos,cowon make great products,but if all i have to spend is 100 dollars or so ,and can get a pmp that sounds good and plays all kinds of video formats and has a nice size screen and free shipping,that pretty much ends the comparisons for me,i have not jumped on the mid bandwagon yet,but a place like this would be the best place to get one,because they will help you if you have problems,those others places,most of them just sell you the stuff,and thats it,your on your own
I agree, and I think that the community here and the MP4nation shop itself are great assets. I'm really pleased with the help the support staff have provided and gladly/happily recommend this site to others.
The difference between the typcial PMP and a tablet is sizeable though. As a very basic example, I also bought the Ainol v6000hdt here and had no problems whatsoever in applying a firmware upgrade (thanks mainly to the superb step-by-step guide written by The Warrior Poet). However, the tablet I tried was considerably different and so much more difficult to work with, and I truly didn't even understand what the firmware/upgrade threads were instructing.
I do know that even the Sonys and Apples of the world will release buggy software, but you can guarantee that a fix is produced in a fashion of simply downloading a file and executing it, rather than having the user setting up multiple partitions and formatting memory cards in a specific type just to get started.
To TroyNation - I appreciate your continued advice. As the MIDnite is ordered I'll give it a try and if it proves the same I'll offer it on here or via eBay or something and just forget it. I don't really want to get the iPad though - I'm hoping the Samsung Galaxy or the new Archos tablets will be good enough to go with instead. It's not a 'fanboy' thing or anything like that, but I just don't like how Apple (and iTunes) tried to force me to buy an iPod just to listen to music I had legitimately bought from them (this is a different issue from simply authorising a certain player to accept content from iTunes, btw) so I'll avoid their products for as long as I am able to!