If you buy a Chinese iPad 135$, for sure you will not have the same quality as a 500$ iPad.
The battery, the touch interface, the screen size , the speed are not as good as an iPad.
However here are the things I found working very well:
- Reading eBooks : with the Amazon Kindle or Aldico apps, reading ePub is very nice. I have succesfully imported the ePub version of Zelf eBooks Uitgeven van Wiebe De Jager.
- Dedicated Android News Apps like FoxNews, Europort, Weather.com, Lesoir (developped by AppSolution)
- Social apps like Twitter, Facebook
- Email and Calendar (Gmail on Android)
On my Chinese iPad, (Eken M003) the following are OK – look promissing – but could be better (mainly due to the pushy touch interface):
- Google Maps
- Videos : Youtube works only in Low res on my setup
- Viewing Photos is a bit slow when the image is not at the right resolution
- Taking notes : if you get used to the touch screen it becomes possible, but it’s not as smooth as on a real iPad
Conclusion : your satisfaction with an Chinese iPad will heavilly depend on the applications you use.
A proper configuration and guidelines on what to do/ not to do will make you happy.
And if you want more on Android, wait a bit to buy a better tablet like the Dune. But this is more expensive, more like an iPad…