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So far this tablet has, I think, done a little better than the price I paid ($40) has merited. I bought this to see if a tablet this cheap could be worth anything, mostly out of curiosity...good chance I'll return it after a week or two.
The screen is dull, and a modest resolution. The speakers sound awful, don't get loud, and based on some distortion I hear will probably give without too much stress. The first time I used it (a few minutes of games, several minutes exploring the device, and one episode of House on Netflix), the battery percentage went to 67%....but it was dead when I woke up the next morning. For some inexplicable reason there's a dedicated hard button for the 'back' function. The camera may as well not exist for the 8-bit-esque quality of pictures it takes. There's no bluetooth, no GPS, no rear camera.
In other words, it's a very economy-level device. There's nearly nothing high-end about it, nothing luxurious. However, when it comes down to it, it is functioning, and fairly well. The touch screen is plenty responsive, the performance is definitely acceptable as far as speed is concerned (I was definitely surprised at how well Google's voice search worked). Also, while this hasn't happened to me (yet), it looks like the failure rate is pretty high (based on other reviews and whatnot). Your charger may stop working, the battery may never be up to par, the screen can go out, etc. There's a decently high risk of that with this device.
So I give 4 stars. I think I roughly got $40 worth of tablet...which is not a lot of tablet. Some parts will please you, others are extremely low-end, there's a high chance it won't last too long.
Quick update: The battery dying overnight hasn't been the norm so far; it has only happened the first time mentioned above. I haven't done any timing or anything, but since then the battery has lasted roughly how long I'd expect (not great, but not needing to be constantly plugged in).
It's probably worth mentioning that it has been taking over a second or two to wake the device (after prolonged non-use). It was much quicker before. A second may not seem long, but if you experience it I think you'd start to agree it's an annoyance.
Another update: I've decided to keep this little sucker. I don't use it heavily, I don't count on it for anything.
Upon closer inspection, I think under moderately heavy use a 3-hour battery life is roughly what you can expect, but it gets fairly better for non-Internet use. Idle battery consumption is fairly bad, but acceptable.
I use it for simple games, some internet browsing, and some basic experiments with learning Android. Serves me fine. Probably the biggest frustration is very frequent occurrences of the infamous "insufficient memory" Android bug. Apparently only 1GB is considered truly "internal" memory; the rest is considered a simulated SD card. Very annoying.
I think if you're extra kind to this thing, it will function just fine as a (very) basic tablet. I think the strongest demographic for this tablet are those who need personal Internet access on the (very) cheap. I imagine kids would be able to beat it up enough to cause problems, and if you truly need a reliable/quality device and can afford it, you'd be happier with something else. My overall opinion of tablets is that they are merely a toy; that's what this is for me.
Another update: I've owned the ematic for around a month and a half now, and it still has yet to show any true red flags of problems. It hasn't needed an unreasonable amount of care, though I do study electronics and generally know how to be kind to one. The performance has slowed a noticeable amount already, but it's still decently fast. I think battery life has stayed roughly steady, but am not sure...I go on and off with using a screen dimming app, and since the screen is typically >50% of my reported battery consumption, it's hard to gauge a typical battery life.
Update (June 8, 2015): I suppose it's been about 9 months now, and I very rarely ever use this tablet anymore. The few times I have lately, it has performed very slowly. I use it infrequently enough that the battery has usually died between uses, just from sitting idle. I think if you use it more regularly, follow better battery maintenance practice, have less updates to do every time it turns on (which majorly bogs it down for a while when you first turn it on after a break), etc., it would probably stay at a reasonable but low performance level more consistently. I think I've ended up using it as a mouse pad more than a tablet lately...the back is a pretty smooth rubbery matte that fills this need nicely when you're sitting on the couch with your laptop :)